Forget the Rest, Canva’s the Best!

The Canva Visual Worksuite

When it launched in 2013, Canva was a breath of fresh air for creators. It offered an intuitive set of design tools that empowered thousands of people to forsake tools like Photoshop and embrace the power of the web.

The competition was eager to replicate Canva’s success. However, as time went by, it became increasingly hard for them to keep up with Canva’s pace of innovation.

Today, Canva is so much more than just graphic design. It’s a visual worksuite. So, in this post, I wanted to do a quick rundown of some of its latest updates and remind you to forget the rest, because Canva really is the best!

1. Canva Websites

With Canva, you can create a dynamic one-page website in minutes. You don’t need any coding knowledge, and everything is customizable. Best of all, the easy drag-and-drop interface can be used by anyone.

You can create your own navigation and add multimedia content to help communicate your message to others.

Once you’ve built your website, you can share it with a customized link or even use your own domain. You can also track views, clicks, and engagement with Canva’s Websites Insights tool.

Oh, and Canva Websites look great on mobile devices.

2. Canva Docs

Have you heard about Canva Docs? It’s like Google Docs but with more flair! Right now, it’s a beta, but you can sign up to be part of the testing today!

With Canva Docs, you can add videos, images, graphics, charts, and graphs. Docs includes access to all the elements in the Canva library, and it’s collaborative, so you can work with multiple people simultaneously.

As you might expect, there are templates for any Doc you want to create. You can add tables, embed HTML content, and insert your existing Canva designs. There is also a unique feature that will convert any existing Canva Doc into a presentation with just the click of a button.

3. Canva Whiteboard

If you choose a Canva Whiteboard template, you have an infinite canvas that you can use to brainstorm, collaborate and store your best ideas. With Canva Whiteboard, you have an infinite amount of space to work with.

This solves the problem of working within the confines of a traditional white rectangle, as you do with other Canva designs. You can zoom in and out of the workspace with the zoom slider or hold down the space bar to click and drag your way around the space.

Think of it like Google Jamboard on steroids. Not only do you have more room to work with, but you also have an entire library of Canva graphics and icons to choose from.

4. Canva Video

The Canva Video editor has been out for a while, but it continues to go from strength to strength. Recent updates include the one-click Background Remover that completely eliminates the need for a green screen. There are also new animation features that can be used across videos and presentations.

With the Canva Video editor, you can make Reels, TikToks, Stories, GIFs, YouTube Intros, and more. The Magic Resize tool ensures that your video looks good on whatever platform you use, while the new Match and Move animation mirrors features like Apple’s Magic Move or Microsoft’s Morph transition.

5. Canva Presentations

New features in Canva Presentations include the ability to drag and drop an existing PDF or a PowerPoint into Canva to serve as your base presentation. Everything that Canva recognizes from that file will be editable.

You also have the option to record yourself giving the presentation. Instead of using Zoom or screencasting software, you can use Canva! This way, you can share a video with others instead of just a slide deck.

There are also new data visualization options for Canva Presentations and a new remote control web app that you can use to move through your slides on your phone instead of your laptop.

6. Canva Print

I do so much digitally that I often forget about Canva Print. But there are over 35 different products that you can add your design to. Posters, business cards, yard signs, stickers, floor decals, and t-shirts can all feature your excellent designs.

Canva even has a new AI proofing tool that will alert you to possible problems in your print order, like low-resolution images or designs that extend beyond the safe zone for printing. It will even correct them for you if it can.

Another bonus is free delivery on all orders, and in-store pickup is available at your local FedEx (US customers) or Staples (Canadian customers).

In addition, Canva’s One Print, One Tree program means one new tree will be planted for every print order. Canva is currently on track to have planted 5 million trees worldwide by the end of 2022.

7. Canva Creators

Last but not least, Canva has taken its Canva Creators program out of closed beta. That means anyone can apply to sign up and monetize their designs on the Canva Marketplace.

There are three types of programs you can apply for. You can be a template creator, an element creator, or a teacher creator. All three programs can earn you a passive income that will vary according to how often others use your designs.

Sign Up for Canva Today!

So, if you have made it this far and don’t already have a Canva account, what are you waiting for? If you are even the slightest bit creative, I guarantee that Canva will make you better at what you do.

Best of all, you can get started for no money at all. There is a free Canva account, and it gets you access to so much more than you think. Free templates, free graphics, and 5GB of free cloud storage to get you started.

Free is great, of course, but the Pro Plan is where the real action is!

$119.99 a year unlocks everything that Canva has to offer. You get all the premium templates, all the stock photos, a brand kit, and exclusive features like Magic Resize and the Background Remover. The Pro Plan gives you more storage, more folders, and the ability to schedule posts on up to 8 social media platforms.

And remember, if you are an educator or a non-profit, you get the Pro Plan for free!

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