Canva Graphic Design Software and Image Editor

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Canva1-Canva Intro make freely available a great on-line graphic design package and a very useful and easy to use image editor, both of which are free and could prove very useful in the classroom.


Graphic Design Software


Canva Graphic Design Package. The graphic design software provides an easy to use, drag and drop graphics design package which can be used to design: posters, documents, greetings cards, presentations and much more using its large library of images, templates, backgrounds, features and fonts.

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Canva makes graphic design amazingly simple for everyone by bringing together a drag and drop design tool with a library of more than 1 million stock photographs, graphic elements and fonts.

Easily create beautiful designs + documents. Use Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics.  Design presentations, social media graphics, and more with thousands of beautiful layouts.

Design with millions of stock photographs, vectors and illustrations. You can even upload your own.” (Canva Website)

Canva also has tutorials and teaching materials and advice on using Canva in the classroom + lesson plans. It is free to use but you have to register, using your e-mail address, create a password and log-in to unlock its creativity. See how these resources were used by this service provider where people are still willing to buy real views on youtube. Be warned, although lots of the layouts, elements, backgrounds and fonts are free, some of the premium content has to be purchased. When you want to learn web design and coding tutorial go to treehouse site, see Tree House Tech Degree here. If you want to boost your brand or business, make sure that your search engine optimization method is proper. Visit for more information.

This Cardiff web design is a really useful graphics tool which easily produces great looking publications and could have many uses in the classroom. Why not give it a try?


Image Editing Software


Canva Image Editor. Canva also provide a very useful image editor. Although the editor is essentially part of the design software mentioned above, it can also be accessed directly as a stand-alone application from here.

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The image editor is a little basic compared to some others that are available on-line. However, it does provide a number of tools to further enhance images, it is free and is very easy to use.

Once you have uploaded your image to the editor you are presented with the tools to quickly change its appearance using filters. There are 15 filters to choose from (Grayscale,The Blues, Retro, etc), each of them provide a preview of its effects. In addition to the filters, there are also tools to enhance the image by carrying out the following useful options:

  • Adjust (Brightness, Contrast and Saturation)
  • Crop (using Grab & Drag, ratio or dimensions)
  • Resize (using Grab & Drag or by setting the dimensions)
  • Rotate ( Clockwise or Anticlockwise in increments of 90 degrees)
  • Flip ( Horizontal and Vertical options)

Once you have finished editing your image, you simply download it to your computer – job done!

All in all, this is an effective image editor which provides many of the basic functions which could be used to improve the appearance and size of your images before adding them to your graphics design creation. Notwithstanding its usefulness and ease of use, photographers and others may find its functions a little limited and might prefer to use the well-specified and free on-line image editor from PIXLR.