If you are new to canva it is a free easy to use online graphic designing tool. There are numerous templates available from which you can choose the one you like and start editing as per your need. You can also use free graphic images from websites like graphizy.com and use them as elements in canva by simply uploading them.
Pros of using Canva
If you are not a designer or you are one of those with no technological prowess or a tech-savvy person even if you do not know the basics of professional graphic designing, but want to create some impressive and good-looking graphics, Canva is indeed the best way to get started.
Canva is a time saver if you have a shortage of time and want some stunning designs. Just drag and drop whatever you want onto the canvas from the given menu and you are good to go. Also, it is really handy to use as you can download the app on your phone and can design a quick on the spot social graphic for a client
Another best part about Canva is, much like professional design you can undo mistakes, save your projects automatically, easily upload images and choose from a variety of font options. You can also export the canva projects in standard file extensions like pdf, png, jpg. Canva also provides you with an option to collaborate with a team by sharing the file you’re working on with other people who can work on projects from their devices.
Keep this in mind that if you are using canva for your professional designing work, it wont give you the desired result as these designs and templates are already available all over the market and there is no uniqueness in your work , so even if you think you have created an amazing design using canva it will still lack the uniqueness, and your clients will not give you the desired attention. Therefore canva is only suitable for those who are new to graphic designing and just started their career.
Cons of using Canva
If you want your designs to be unique it is better to consult a professional graphic designer who will use their skills to create exclusive designs for you which canva won’t be able to provide. Canva can only provide you with the templates and elements they have in stock which are already being used by many people.
Designing is a creative work which requires fresh ideas to create a unique design, but using canva or any other editing applications hiders the creativity skills
These editing apps don’t give you the access to create something new which means you are not designing anything just assembling the various already existing element to create with modifying colors, fonts and sizes which shows the resulted design has no distinctiveness
If you are designing for a paying client or creating for your professional work which requires sophisticated technology like CMYK settings for images (required for professional printing), drop shadow effects, etc. For which you need a proper graphic designer or you start something from scratch rather than copying from other templates.
In a nutshell, Canva is suitable for fulfilling basic and simple graphics designing needs. If you are a brand owner, blogger, or small business owner with limited resources you can start with Canva for graphic designing.