October 31, 2014

Canva Button: What it Means and Why You’ll Be Seeing it More

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If you’re stuck with a boring website design and don’t have the technical skill to improve it, the new Canva Button may be an option.

The Canva Button allows website owners to quickly design their own site elements like headers and banner ads using drag and drop technology. If you don’t have a lot of graphic design experience – and your website shows it – a tool like Canva Button could save you hours of frustration and add a little more visual appeal to your site.

Canva CEO and co-founder Melanie Perkins writes on the Canva blog:

“Instead of just offering an ‘Upload’ button and expecting users to figure out the rest, the Canva Button enables a website’s users to easily create graphics without leaving their page. We want this to be accessible to everyone so the Button is free and can be implemented with just a few lines of code.”

As Perkins has pointed out before, Canva won’t replace professional designers. It won’t enable a non-designer to draw a logo from scratch or create a complex illustration. But it will speed up some of the basic layout functions and make the design process more accessible.

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Canva has announced partnerships with websites like GoDaddy, Tailwind, Agora Pulse, Post Planner and TabSite that will enable the users of these platforms to implement a Canva Button. But the tool will really work on any other site where you can paste the code for the Canva button.

These and other platforms are sites that regularly prompt their users to upload their own content. But when the Canva Button is enabled, instead of having to use a program like Adobe Illustrator to design a custom header or banner ad, you click the blank area on your site and Canva Button takes over.

Canva Button recognizes the blank spaces it needs to fill with design work. There are millions of photos and graphics within Canva’s library already, along with hundreds of fonts to use in your design. Using drag-and-drop functions, you move and manipulate objects and text within the design area. Then when you’re finished, you publish your work.

Canva is focused on online and collaborative graphic design. The company’s first app allowed users to create promotional and other printed materials, as well as web presentations. Photos that you incorporate into those designs will cost $1 each from Canva. But the company offers template designs for products like brochures, banners, newsletters, and more for free.

Images: Canva

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Joshua Sophy - Staff Writer


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering technology and business news. He is a journalist and editor with 15 years experience in media. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Joshua also serves as President of the Board of Directors of a curling club and is editor of a regional newsletter focused on the sport of curling in the Eastern U.S.

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  1. Sounds interesting. So it’s like a very light version of Illustrator.

    I wonder if they’ll partner up with WordPress.

  2. This sounds like an interesting and useful tool to have for webpages. I would love to hear a review from someone who has actually used this tool.

  3. I bet this program will become very popular with the ambassador, Guy Kawasaki, involved in the company!

  4. A promising feature! This will certainly be popular among budget-strapped professionals and small businesses who prefer to do their own graphic needs.

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