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Graphics can add a lot to documents, Web sites, and D2L course shells. Most folks struggle with creating their own custom graphics, however. Adobe products are clunky with bells and whistles that most consumers don’t need. They are also very costly. We have long been on the hunt for a free solution that would replace our use of Photoshop for graphic creation. In Summer 2016, we came across Canva and ditched Photoshop almost immediately. No regrets.

Examples of our Canva graphics: 

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Canva is impressive. It allows you to easily create beautiful designs and documents. It has a drag-and-drop interface and professional layouts that you can use to design stunning graphics. You have many formats to choose from to help you create presentations, social media, and flyers. There are also plenty of free images to choose from, plenty of photo filters, many free icons and shapes, as well as hundreds of fonts. Used around the world by 13.6 million people, over 97 million designs have been created.

Canva has been an amazing tool for COLI. We design all of graphics in it using a shared COLI account (this way we can share one set of designs and make copies of the ones we love for other projects).

Examples of our Canva graphics: 

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This winter break, why not give Canva a try.