Easily creating graphics for all social media
April 13, 2018

Easily creating graphics for all social media

Marcelo de Vasconcellos | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Canva

Canva is an easy and quick way to create graphics for most social media platforms. At my organization, we constantly had journalists asking graphic designers for small images to go along with posts on social media. Canva allows them to make such images themselves. In my other role as a lecturer at a local university, I teach young musicians the first steps on building an online presence and for them, Canva is invaluable, since it allows people without graphic design training to create compelling images. Even for professional designers using Canva for quick creations it can be easier than opening and editing an image in Photoshop.
  • Easy to understand
  • Quick to get results
  • The templates and styles are visually pleasing
  • The search function could be improved, perhaps taking inspiration from Google Image filters.
  • It would be interesting to see some kind of Photoshop import/export function.
  • Journalists became less dependent on graphic designers to post their stories online
  • My students were able to learn how to create visually pleasing fan pages, enhancing their presence online
  • Overall, my contributions to social media now tend to be more visually enhanced
  • SumoPaint and Pablo
Despite its integration with Buffer, Pablo is very limited compared to Canva. I present both Pablo and Sumopaint to my students as possible options to Canva, but so far, no one has chosen them.
Sumopaint has a lot of potential, since it allows heavy editing of images, but it also is more difficult to learn and to use, so, for most daily uses, Canva is still the best choice.
It is particularly well suited to people active in social media, but who lack design training. Actually, anyone who constantly has to create simple images (including slides and report covers, for example) quickly can benefit from Canva.

However, Canva is not the best option if you need to make adjustments in the photos. It is not a tool for merging images or creating complex visual effects. This kind of work will require a full graphics package like Photoshop or Illustrator.

Using Canva

I have been introducing students to Canva for some years. They are music students and don't have a technical background, but they always learn to use Canva very quickly.
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • The way it presents the right image sizes for the different social media is very useful
  • The photo browsing is very quick and easy
  • Sometimes the number of options can be overwhelming. A better search could help that