My love for graphic design work goes back to my college days and my work-study position as a Design Assistant to the college’s Graphic Designer, where we used a Compugraphic typsetting machine … I know I’m totally dating myself there! Fast forward to 2021, and I want to gush about my favorite graphic tool, Canva!

Canva is an online design and publishing tool where you can create pretty much any type of visual content with ease.

I’ve been using Canva since 2013, and can honestly say that I not only like Canva, I love, love, LOVE it! And with over 65 million users, it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of other people love it, too!

Canva offers both a free and paid (Pro) version, and while the free version is plenty powerful, I want to share with you some of the additional benefits of Canva Pro that I can’t live without:

Brand Kit: This is by far the biggest advantage to Canva Pro. You can easily save and then apply your brand colors, logos and custom fonts (must have the rights to use it!) to any design image, making it super simple to maintain consistency in your graphics.

Stock Photos: While the free version does offer hundreds of free photos and graphics, Canva Pro offers 100+ million premium stock photos, videos, audio and graphics, so you never have to worry about copyright infringement jail!

Magic Resize: Resize any of your designs with a couple clicks of the mouse

Background Remover: Remove unwanted backgrounds in your images instantly

Free Templates: With 610,000+ premium and free templates, you don’t need a degree in design to create eye-catching graphics.

As a Virtual Assistant, I use Canva every single day, creating graphics and marketing pieces for my clients, and encourage you to check it out, too! Of course, you could always just reach out to me if you’d rather have some assistance with it! I’d love to help you out.