If you are like me, graphic design is one of those terms that makes your head hurt. Good example: Photoshop. You download the program excited about learning a new skill then find that it is meant more for professionals and is not user friendly for the easily overwhelmed amateur. Finally, after much frustration you begin looking on those pre-made book cover sites hoping to find something that might fit your needs.
They say need is the mother of invention and, luckily, some enthusiastic individuals were listening and began creating user friendly graphic design products. Out of the many, the one program that nearly all the presenters I've listened to talked about was Canva and how easy it is to use. Curiosity piqued, I had to check it out.
On the plus side:
- there are no monthly/yearly fees
- Canva offers a tutorial when you first sign up.
- many Youtube videos for the more adventurous
- they have many free photos, elements, and backgrounds
- you can change colors and fonts
- paid elements are only $1 each
- make e-books, posters; FaceBook, Pinterest, Instagram templates
- able to use your own pictures
- you have control of size
- Even with tutorials, practice still is the best teacher and that takes time.
I found Canva's pluses out weigh the negatives and now understand why so many presenters were quick to talk about this program. The creators went out of their way to help the non-graphic designer to create successful products in a short period of time.