Unlike other services that require you buy the software, Canva is free to use for anyone who signs up for an account.

 

Canva: A Design Game Changer

In my role as the design assistant at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, I spend a lot of time dreaming up, tweaking, editing, scrapping, and occasionally actually publishing graphic content. While Photoshop and InDesign have long been industry standards, I find myself increasingly turning to Canva.com for its free and easy to use online platform.

Canva is changing the graphic design game. It is accessible to new users, and within a few minutes of navigating the website you can design everything from your own social media campaign images to bulletin covers. That link again? Canva.com Here are three reasons why we think you will like this resource:

1. Beautiful templates to get you started
Canva has basic templates for gorgeous presentations, invitations, posters, cards, social media graphics, and photo collages. They are a great starting point for your next project with almost endless options for customization.

2. Helpful tutorials make you feel like a pro in no time
With straightforward step-by-step tutorials on color choice, fonts, backgrounds, images, and texture, you can very quickly pick up the essential tools of the trade and start thinking creatively about design concepts for your particular ministry context.

3. It’s FREE!
Unlike other services that require you buy the software, Canva is free to use for anyone who signs up for an account. You can upload your own images or choose from the Canva library, which only cost $1 when you publish your design.

For a helpful tutorial video to show you the website and its basic features, check out this post from Key Resources: Easy Graphic Design with Canva.

Happy creating!

 


Kate Siberine is a second year student at Virginia Theological Seminary, from the Diocese of Chicago. She is the graphics guru at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching.

 

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