Canva: Empowering the World to Design

Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.


Canva is free and includes 8,000 free templates, images, and fonts. They also offer other images, templates, fonts, and graphic elements for a $1. The free version is limited to 10 team members sharing files and 1GB of storage for photos and assets.

They do offer a Canva for Work option that is $12.95 per month as of Fall 2017. The paid version allows up to 30 team members with unlimited storage and access to 300,000 free photos, illustrations, and templates.

How to access Canva

Visit to signup and access the tool. You can log into the app using your Google account.


Canva offers an excellent support site at Their “Getting Started” section provides tutorials on design basics, the use of fonts, colors, and more. They also provide help on how to use the tools in Canva.

Learn More about Canva

Canva Tutorials

Best Practices

  • When creating designs for university purposes please consult the Editorial Style Guide for APU.

  • Canva is great for creating images that can be used in email. Keep in mind that utilizing text, such as, event name, date, and time within your email allows your readers to add your event to their calendar. Use the graphic to grab their attention but give them a way to interact.

  • Be mindful of copyrighted materials when creating your graphics. Only use what you have permission to use.

Saving Your Graphics

At this time Canva does not allow a way to automatically save to Google Drive. Your graphics can be saved as a JPG, PNG, or PDF directly to your computer’s hard drive.

Service Notes

Free version has the following limitations:

    • 2 folders for organizing designs

    • Up to 10 team members can share/access designs

    • 1GB storage for photos and assets

    • Access to over 8,000 templates

    • Access to millions of photos for $1 each.


APU can remove access to this tool at any time without prior notice if IMT determines that the continued use of Canva poses a significant risk to the safety and privacy of university and student data.