Canva for Photographers

PF 061: Canva for Photographers

Canva for Photographers is Like Strength Training for Runners

Thank you for listening to The Photo Flunky Show. We decided to have a discussion about using Canva for photographers, particularly those of us who aren't trained as graphic designers.

Canva is a design tool. So how does that help photographers? In much the same way that strength training helps runners improve their sport. It strengthens an area where you may be weak and helps you become a better storyteller. Suddenly, you find yourself thinking about how you may use your photographs to make a statement, rather than as just a pretty picture.

The truth is that you can do everything in Photoshop that you can do in Canva, and much more. In fact, Canva isn't a tool you use for post processing or finishing your photos.

It has very basic filters for exposure, contrast, blur and other global adjustments, but it really doesn't have any brushes or local adjustments as you would find in Lightroom or Photoshop.

So why would we recommend Canva for photographers?

It's because Canva does a great job of helping you create graphics and documents using your photos. It has layouts for different types of documents, social media platforms, ads, and marketing materials.

Best of all, you can use the basic version for free.

I upgraded to Canva for Work, which includes some additional benefits. Canva for Work allows me to upload my own fonts, create my own templates for social media or other documents. I also have a Brand Kit that let's me easily choose my own color palette and fonts so I can be consistent from one message.

Canva for Work also lets you provide some organization to your saved designs. Since I have multiple web sites, I have a brand kit for each one and can store my designs separately.

If you want to learn more about graphic design, check out the Design School Blog to get a deeper understanding and some tips for items like font pairing, color palettes and more.

Canva is a great tool, whether you use the free version of upgrade to Canva for Work.

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