The development of Internet access, the emergence of operating systems such as Chrome OS spurred the development of web services, which began to compete with full-fledged programs for Windows 💬 and MacOS 💬 .
This happened in the field of illustration and document design: as an alternative to the usual Adobe Photoshop or PowerPoint came online editors that allow you to solve the same tasks – for example, the creation of a presentation or an advertising post for Facebook — in a shorter time.
Consider the capabilities of one of the popular online editors of this type – Canva.com
How to create in Canva in 5 minutes what you need
Unlike some other graphics editors, working in Canva requires registration. When creating a profile, the service offers to choose the occupation: blogging, education, small business, etc. — to adapt the service to specific needs.
The fact is that the creation of the image here does not start “from scratch”, but with the choice of a specific format.
Depending on the chosen field of activity, the interface will offer an appropriate set of documents: banners, graphics for social networks and booklets for small businesses, presentations, notes and lesson plans for teachers and so on.
All these formats have specified dimensions. The desired type of design can also be found through the search bar: postcard, calendar, logo and dozens of others, and you can look at examples before registering in the open collections of templates. If necessary, you can set your exact dimensions using the “Custom dimensions” button.
After selecting the format, the fun begins — the user can take as a basis for the design of one of the editable templates, divided into thematic categories.
For example, in the case of choosing the format of “Resume”, then you can narrow the search to one of the categories: academic, corporate, minimalist resume, resume designer, actor, etc. the Choice is one click on your favorite option. And then it remains only to change the layout in accordance with the task.
You can also replace photos, if they are used in the selected template — go to the Downloads tab, select the files on your computer — and they will be uploaded to your profile. Now these frames can be used for any design from any computer, which is especially useful in the case of logos, if you plan to add it to all created images.
If you are missing some photos, icons or cliparts, the editor has an online catalog in which the necessary illustrations can be found by keywords. Some of them are free, others cost from $1.
To fit the uploaded photos into the overall design style, use filters that work the same way as in Instagram. And in photography, and in any other elements — shapes, textures, etc. — can be made translucent, which, again, can be useful in the case of logos.
What to do with the design and for whom this service
Other features that can be useful when using Canva for work are the co-editing mode, where you can invite colleagues to work on the design by typing their email addresses.
The options for saving and publishing images are greatly expanded in the new, recently released version of the editor. Files can still be downloaded in standard JPG, PNG or PDF formats, or you can generate html code to embed the design on your website or blog.
In addition, you can publish your design for public viewing directly from the editor, turning a presentation or a booklet of several slides into a mini-site, where you can also add active links to other resources.
Of course, the functionality of the service is limited relative to special design programs — there is no possibility to draw something from scratch. All designs are collected on the principle of the designer of the finished elements-this point should be taken into account for those who need unique illustrations made in a pre-designed style.
However, for most users, this solution in the design of the site or group in the social network will be optimal, because it saves both time and money for the services of the designer, while maintaining a professional level of graphics.