71+ Designs You can Effortlessly Create in Canva Today even if you know Nothing about Graphic Design
Updated: Apr 3, 2022
You have probably heard of Canva if not, no worries. Let me explain.
Before I knew about Canva, I was a Fake graphic designer. What do I mean by that? What does it take to become a good graphic designer? What is Graphic design anyway?
Graphic design is simply the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of type (text), photos, and illustrations.
When I graduated from the University with a Bachelor’s in Information Technology in early 2016, I thought I knew a lot about graphic design simply because I was lucky enough to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and I was just starting to learn about 2D animated graphics in Adobe After effects which to most is a mystery.
When I got my first job as a graphic designer at a local Television station, I thought I had become a professional graphic designer. I even started learning how to create 3D models in Blender and later Maxon Cinema 4D because I have always been a life long learner.
Later, I realized that I was not learning new things anymore since I was the lead graphic designer and basically didn’t have anyone on top of me or better than me to learn from and improve myself professionally. I was this type of graphic designer who does who didn’t know much about graphic design and I didn’t realize that until later.
Never settled for less, looked for new opportunities, and luckily with a few connections especially from my big brother, I moved on to my second job as a Freelance graphic designer which was the biggest challenge for me and eventually made me realize that I actually didn’t know anything about graphic design.
I remember one day, my boss called me at his desk and asked me “What do you know about color?”.
Long story short, that is the day I started to discover some of the principles of design like alignment, repetition, contrast, color, typography among other elements and principles of design.
Did I really need to learn all that in the first place? It depends. If you are working for a Design Agency or a Television station like I did, maybe you need to or maybe you don’t.
To be honest, I still don’t think I needed to learn all that stuff but I did anyway.
But the thing is, you might not have the chance or more so the time to learn all that stuff and in fact, I don’t think it’s worth it, but that’s just me.
However, when I discovered that there are some online graphic design tools that make it extremely easy to create graphics by just dragging and dropping elements around, I was happy that I had found a graphic design tool that does require me to learn about the principles of graphic design and that’s when I started my Internet Marketing Journey.
Among the online marketing tools and software that I discovered while learning about Digital Marketing is Canva.
With Canva, I learned that you can use it to effortlessly create professional high-quality and beautiful graphics for free without investing the time or money to learn a cooperate priced software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.
Today, I will share with you 71 and more designs that you can create in Canva without the need to learn anything about color, contrast, alignment, or any of that stuff.
Canva is an online graphic design platform that allows non-graphic designers and anyone with a low budget for designs to effortlessly create high-quality professional social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content.
The good thing is you can use Canva on the web and also on your smartphone. Yeah, that’s right Great designs right from your Smartphone for Free.
Actually not everything is free, but the free version offers up to 8,000+ free templates, hundreds of thousands of free photos, and graphics.
And that’s not all, the paid version of Canva, Canva Pro offers millions of high-quality images, great looking fonts, and highly powerful templates and illustrations that you can use in your designs. Over 60 million photos with a Free one month trial with a Canva Pro Account thereafter a small fee of 9.95$ per month or just 100 dollars per year.
For large businesses seeking integrated tools to keep their brands consistent, Canva Enterprise offers unlimited storage, unlimited folders, and built-in workflows for teams like getting approval on designs and the ability to control what team members can see, access, and upload in Canva.
Not forgetting 24/7 support.
In my Canva Pro Series — a free Canva graphic design course, I show you how to use the 10 most powerful tools in Canva Pro like uploading your own fonts and logos using Brand Kit, One-click design resize with Magic Resize, Photos Pro with 60+ million premium stock images, photos, videos and graphics and more.
Make sure to check out the Canva Pro Series as it helps you get more familiar with the whole process of creating great high-quality graphics in Canva.
Today, you will learn 71+ designs that you can create with Canva.
1. Business Design Solutions.
First of all, Canva offers a free Logo Maker — Your logo is the face of your business, so it’s fitting that we start with this. Logos are not the only thing you can design in Canva, logos usually go along with things like business cards, invoices, reports, resumes, proposals, presentations, letterheads, memos, you can even design Zoom virtual backgrounds using Canva.
You can learn more about how to create logos in Canva here.
2. Marketer's design solution.
Canva’s flyer creator is the easiest you’ll ever use and it’s free. You’ll go from idea to finished flyer, brochures, banners, posters, restaurant menu, event program designs, coupons, table of contents, and for online marketers, email headers, and Newsletters all in minutes.
Canva partners with leading printers enabling you to create beautiful designs and seamlessly print and send with free delivery with just a few clicks with Canva Print.
3. Social Media templates
Let’s move on to your favorite, Social Media. You probably have more than one Social media channel, right? The question is when was the last time you posted on each of them.
Anyway, I am not here to teach you a Social media content strategy or content calendar. Even though with Canva Pro, you can create and schedule your posts for later, right from Canva.
With that said, what social media templates are available in Canva?
These are interesting, starting with YouTube content creators — YouTube thumbnails, Twitter headers, Snapchat geofilters, Facebook Ads, Facebook covers, Facebook stories, Instagram stories, not forgetting video intros, video outros, Tumblr graphics, and even Whatsapp status.
You can even use Canva as a Meme generator.
4. Canva for Personal Use
So far, we have looked at the different templates businesses, creators and marketers can use in Canva. But what if you are not a YouTube creator, business owner, or any of the above? What if you just want to design something simple like an invitation card?
Well, Canva got your back too. You can use Canva to create quick announcements, daily planners, e-Cards, mood boards, online thank you cards, wedding programs, wedding invitation kits, wedding seating charts, checklists, Eid al-Fitr Cards, and more.
Remember, you can use Canva Print to get your designs printed and delivered free.
It all begins with a cool design in Canva.
5. Canva for Educators and Professional Trainers
Give your students or customers or employees the recognition they deserve with a professionally designed and beautiful certificate to remember from Canva.
You won’t have to start your design from scratch as Canva’s amazing designers came up with over a hundred certificate templates you can use and re-use for free for every award under the sun with Canva’s free drag and drop certificate maker.
Certificates are not the only cool thing you can create though, lesson plans, class schedules, worksheets, report cards, infographics, bookmarks, Nametags, yearbook, flashcards are some of the templates ready for you to edit among others.
Other Design templates available
Below, you will find more templates Canva has to offer that we have not mentioned so far. Although some fall under a few of the above categories like eBook covers which I think you expected to see in marketing templates, right?
Anyway, let’ look at more.
Let’s say you have a video project and wanted to draft a process for your shoot and share it with your team. What do you need in this case? Right, you guessed it, a storyboard. Canva’s storyboard creator is free and easy to use — perfect for collaborating and sharing with clients or your team very easily.
Did someone say sharing? Oh, almost forgot. Have you noticed that whenever you create and export a design from Canva especially on the mobile app, you get the option to share it on the different Social media channels among other platforms and sharing options? Or is it just my smartphone that does that?
Back to the list, Comic strips are on it too. Album covers, book covers, I have already mentioned eBook covers, feel free to add eBooks to the list too. Additionally, Christmas tags, gift tags, campaign posters, e-mail invitations, postcards, quote posters, quote graphics, recipe cards, scrapbooks, tickets, photo books, gift certificates, and even wallpapers.
I hope this article saves you time and the hustle that I had to go through to learn graphic design. I hope it opens up your mind on all the cool things you can do with Canva and all the design solutions Canva Pro has to offer.
Because you don’t have to go through what I went through to start creating beautiful designs.
Which Graphic design software do you use? Is it online and How easy is it to use compared to Canva?