Canva for Work

A couple months ago, I wrote about Canva and my undying love for the website. At the time, Canva for work had just been announced, but access wouldn’t be granted until August. Now that I’ve had a bit of time to play with it, I wanted to come back and let you know about the new features.  To be honest, some of them I just don’t care about, like brand kit and custom templates. I can see how they can be highly useful for other business or if I was handling all library marketing, but for my own day-to-day uses, it’s pointless.

The file organization is nice though. I, of course, have a lot of images I upload, so being able to organize them is a bonus. I love that if I’m working on a Horror bookmark I can just throw all those images into one folder and access them with ease later. It’s made keeping track of my images so much easier. It’s a small feature, but one that’s helpful when digging through a lot of images.

The other big feature is the resize option. You have two choices for this one. The first is just a basic resize where you can change the size of the item you’re currently working on. This is great when I miscalculate what size I really want. Normally, I would have to start all over, so that’s a plus.

The other option is magic resize, which creates a new file and resizes everything to the new dimensions that you want. So, for example, you could take a standard 8.5 x 11 and magic resize it to an Instagram post.  Here’s one I did for a Fantasy booklist I created

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8.5 x 11 Instagram Magic Resize

It’s not perfect, but it would only take me a couple of minutes to tweak it into what I wanted. This is a best case scenario though. Some of the magic resizes just don’t come out as nice. Here’s what it looks like when I try to change a web banner to Instagram size.

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Web Banner (2000 px x 600 px)  Magic Resize (no edits) Final Image


As you can see it’s no where near as pretty, but the sizes are so radically different that having it be a pretty resize is asking for the impossible. And while the transition is ugly, it’s still much faster for me to make my tweaks than to restart all over from scratch. It’s not a perfect flow, but I have noticed that it cuts down my design time considerably. If I’m ever able to convince my marketing person to make the jump to Canva (or if I did all my own fliers) the magic resize tool would save me even more time. As it is, I’m redesigning all her stuff into Canva to make my web banners and Instagram pics.

Alright, I can hear you asking, okay, but what about the price? How much is it? Are these features worth the price? And that is where I’m falter. If you pay for an annual account it’s just a little over $119, which honestly isn’t that bad. However, once my trial is up I’m torn if I want to pay that much/ask my library to pay that much. It does cut my work time down, but I’m not sure if it’s enough to justify the cost. Maybe if they add more features or create a staggered pricing for teams (right now you can create a team of accounts, but it’s $119 PER person, YIKES) I’ll feel differently. Or maybe once my free trial expires and I no longer have the options, I’ll be telling another tale, but for now I’ll be on the no side of paying. It has a lot of potential, but not enough to make me jump on the pay wagon.

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