Oh, how I love templates. How I appreciate a funky, new design where I can simply plug in my information and let all those people with a modicum of aesthetics do all the hard work for me.
Imagine my excitement when I heard through this article that Canva, which up to now was only a web-based application, now has a new app!
What is it?
Canva helps you create posters, invites, info graphics, etc. It has many , many different lay outs.
How does it work?
First, you choose a template:
I chose to make a poster. Then scroll through the vast field of lay out options:
Ok. Picked one. Now for my text!
Ok. So far so good. I add the text by simply tapping on the filler words. You have to tap each line to modify the text. Here is where the app got slow, like molasses slow. I thought it was frozen but realized after a while that it was just taking a long time to process. I am not sure if this is because I am using an older iPad (iPad 3) or if it was just having a bad day…Will have to try again at a later date to test this out.
You can also add more text by choosing one of the text layouts.
There are many layouts:
You can move text around and change the colour of the font as well as the backgrounds:
I was especially impressed to see that they provide the hex code for the colours, which is super handy if you want to get the colour exactly right:
Once you are done, you can download your design as either an image or a pdf:
But the sharing was weird. When I first tapped on the share tab, I got this message:
So I went back to the “My designs” page and then opened my poster again and was finally able to get my sharing options:
Even with the slowness, this poster took me only a few minutes. It is way better than what I could accomplish with powerpoint (which is the lazy way I usually make my posters) and way easier to navigate than something like photoshop (which I have valiantly attempted several times but then always run away screaming).
Here is the finished product:
This is a great app for students to use when they need to make a visual for a project- from info graphics to posters to invitations, it has got something for all aspects of school life! It is also easy-to-use and free. I will be adding this app to the iPad Lab!