Canva – Michaela Gives Us A Great Review

Canva is a great website for designing. You can choose from a wide selection of designs, such as a photo collage, poster, presentation, and many more. All of these designs come with their own layouts and designs.  If you want to, you are allowed to customize your dimensions.

First to get started, you can go to http://www.canva.com, and a window will pop up asking you to either sign up with your email or a Facebook account. Either one works, but once you have done this, you will be directed to the “design page” as I call it. You can then choose which design you would like. After you have done this, you will be directed to a new page with a blank design.

 

Then, once you have been brought to the page, it will show the wide selection of layouts, and you don’t have to use a layout, but I chose to use the bakery layout. If you want a use a basic layout, but want to use a little more creativity, there are layouts available that aren’t as advanced. Once you have chosen the layout that fits your liking, you can start by either searching for pictures or uploading your own. One problem with searching for pictures is any picture with Canva written on it, or a dollar sign next to it, does mean it is available for purchase. If you would like upload your own images, you can do this by clicking the upload arrow. Next, you can upload photos from your computer, or Facebook if you are logged in with your Facebook account. Once you have uploaded photos, you can either drag them into the design, or you can just click the picture and it will show up over your layout. If you would like to change the filter of the picture, just click on it and click filter. You can also change the brightness and contrast.

 

If you would like to add text sticker, click on the T for text button on the sidebar. If you would like to add one of the text stickers onto you design, just click on it. To change the text, double click on the type, and type what you would like. To change the color of the text, click the colored circle, and choose what color you would like to use. To change the size of the text, click on the numbers, and either type in your desired text size or choose a default size. If you would like to change the font of the text, click on the box to the farthest left, and then choose your desired font. To resize a picture, sticker, or text box, click on the item, then click on the little circle in the corner of the item and drag until you have the size to your liking.

When adding a sticker or little picture, click onto the magnifying glass on the sidebar. Most of these stickers are free and come with the site. You can choose from any category you would like, and then easily just add it to your design.

To add a background, you are going to click the striped box on the sidebar, and if you just click on a background, it will show up behind your layout.  If you would like a solid background, you can just choose from the colored circles above the other background selections. Once you are finished, you can share or make a new design. To go back to the “design page” just click the Canva button, and it is automatically saved for you.

In my preference, this is an easy website for anyone to use. You can really make a blank page grow into a cool project. The first time I used this site, I had minimal difficulties. My only problem was the cost of some pictures, and at times the website did make my computer slow when I overwork it. I really enjoyed using this website for this project.

Please click here to see the video tutorial.

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