Canva first came across my desk about 7 years ago. A client was using it to create e-books but upon completion was having a persistent issue when trying to publishing his work. He asked me to take a look.
I have to say I found Canva frustrating and I was grateful that my 25 years of photo editing had me very skilled and aligned with Photoshop. No, I didn’t resolve his issue and I found Canva to be tedious and not very useful.
Moving forward as an educator I continued to look for a tool that most anyone could master – nothing I found was the right fit for clients needing to edit photos much less allow for a successful layout. Photo editors were designed to edit photos, design tools were designed to layout ideas but none really bridged the real need when it came to an all in one tool. I experimented with Photoshop Elements as a tool option fo my clients but even that watered-down version was a monumental undertaking for most.
About 2 years ago I revisited Canva and it won me over with its spectacular ease of use. Today I start every student out by requesting they claim a free Canva account. In addition to Canva’s almost limitless offerings around design and creation for a business. Canva offers, stock photography in the thousands for free. Useful and beautiful quality images for unlimited use. Premium images at a value point of $1.00!
Here is a short video showing a glimpse at the image resource library inside my canvas account.
Tory Smith Felkey
All Media Internet Marketing
Educator and Consultant