Adobe’s giant Photoshop is the most famous graphics design software around the globe. Adobe Lightroom, which you’ve surely heard about, is also one of the biggest between Adobe’s software. Long story short, it’s meant to be complementary of Photoshop. The two together are one of the strongest, if not the strongest, combination for graphic designers that want the most professional software for their work. However, even as separate and standalone programs, they’re great.
Canva is a simple yet feature-rich graphics software tool used for creating designs for websites, blogs or social media pages. There are many tools and preset templates for what you will be designing, making the creation process faster and easier.
Canva is very easy and straightforward to use, while also giving the user many tools to choose from for creating what he wants. Let’s start by covering the most basic features and see how well they work.
Designs & Layouts
Presets. Many of them. For everything you’d like to do. This is great if you are just starting out and you don’t know how to set up your designs. When you’ve found the design perfect for you, simply select it by clicking on it. You can modify it as you please, by changing its image or dimensions for example. Of the many layouts you can search by filtering them, a lot of them are free, but others need you to pay $1 for using them.
The search bar looks for any image you wish you use for your design, on the internet if you need one. It works like any search engine, it will filter the images on Canva’s database, then show them to you. Just like layouts, most of them are free, although there are some that cost something, usually $1. For using the image, you simply drag it into your project and you’re done.
This tab is the core of the tools you’ll need for designing. Whatever you wish to do, is through the elements tab. Frames, icons, shapes and images are all shown here. What you need to do to use them, is simply to drag them in your design. Editing elements is also possible, like changing their size or color. Canva offers a list of the elements you’ve included in your design, so that you don’t lose track of them.
Selecting a background can either be done through images, which will require you to select one from the background tab, or simply through color. You can choose the color from the many available in the color swatch.
Once you’ve added your background, now it’s time for choosing the text. There is a specific button for this, through which you can add text to your design. There are many presets here you can choose from as well, which you can edit later however you like, by changing its font, color or size.
From Local To Online
As you might’ve already noticed, there is the upload section, which is used for transferring the image you want to work with, from your local system to Canva’s servers. Uploading can also be done through Facebook, if there is an image you like.
Of course, your finished design can be downloaded, but also saved on Canva’s servers. The formats support are PNG and JPG, but also PDF.
The comfort of having one’s images also saved online, is that you can always edit them, since they will appear in your account. If you happen to lose one of your designs, or you simply need to save it as another format, you can re-download them to your system.
Adobe’s products are both offered in bundles or individually, with or without subscriptions. In this case, Lightroom is always paired with Photoshop. Lightroom is selling with Photoshop together for a more convenient price. That includes updates as well. Individual purchase is possible but will exclude updates from the price. So once you get the program, it’ll stay as it is unless you decide to pay for the updates.
Photoshop and Lightroom do very distinct jobs. But this is the reason why they work very well together. They are both editing software, only that Lightroom is more focused on exporting and sharing. While also offering very general and big-scaled editing features. Photoshop from the other hand, focuses on finer and much more complex editing on single images. But lacking the ability to export and share the content as well as its counterpart.