Things can be pretty overwhelming when you’re a rookie in the world of graphic design. There are a lot of things that you need to learn while familiarizing yourself with the interface of tools for creating images. Our intention for writing this article is to slow things down a bit and reach out to designers who need help in navigating the world of image tools.
The most popular among all the image tools available in the market is Canva. It’s easy to use, and it offers a wide array of filters, fonts, templates, and other special design features. We listed the top ten:
Text holders come in handy when you want to play around with texts when designing your images. You can use these holders to move the text around to canvas while you try to figure out which spot suits it best. The text holder is one of the tools for creating images that you can use to align your text. It also helps improve your composition.
Scale plays an important role in the world of design. It allows artists to determine the appropriate size of each element on the canvas. Scale is essential in making sure that all of the design elements have balance and harmony. You can also use scale to determine how to highlight certain aspects of the image to create stunning effects.
It may not seem like much, but frames add value to images. You can use these frames to make interesting compositions without the need to make things visually overwhelming. It’s also very interesting to do. All you have to do is choose a frame and drag the photo or text that you want to put inside it. Canva has thousands of frames for you to choose from; all you have to do is explore the library!
This special design feature refers to the opacity of an object or element on the canvas. You can adjust it to determine how “see-through” the object will be so you can highlight other elements. The higher the transparency, the more solid the object is. What’s fun about this image tool is you can layer several images and create beautiful graphics by simply adjusting the transparency.
It can be tricky to determine which colors work well together and which ones don’t. You can use the color wheel to help you change the colors of each design element in a jiffy. All you have to do is hover over the wheel and choose from a plethora of color options. Simply tweaking the color can add emphasis to a wide range of elements including icons, shapes, backgrounds, and text.
Lines can convey ideas and emotions. Straight lines show neatness and order, wavy lines show movement, while zig-zag lines show excitement or tension. It’s a special design feature that can help emphasize elements on a canvas.
It functions as a frame that you can drag your images into. It makes your composition even more interesting, since it allows you to stretch, crop, or place various images together. This tool is also handy when it comes to adding unique filters and enhancing images. If you have a knack for making collages, this tool is for you!
You can add depth to flat images by adding shadows. Depth gives people the illusion that there’s something beyond the image, leaving them wanting for more. It’s also a perfect way to make people look at the image longer, allowing them to pay attention to every detail.
Shadows aren’t just linear, they skew, warp and bend depending on what’s being asked of them. The way to go about knowing how to add shadows is by observing how light hits different types of surfaces. Once you go that down pat, it’ll be easy to replicate that using Canva’s special design tools.
Considered as design’s biggest foundation, typography also opens you to a world of possibilities. Fonts convey different emotions that’s why it’s very important to know which one works best with the elements on your canvas. It can also put emphasis to the heading or body copy of a poster or ad that you’re making.
Images are effective when people feel a tug at their heartstrings when they look at it. When people feel moved by an image, they share it on social media. The blur tool is one way to show movement on an ad or a poster. It’s also an excellent way to highlight elements that you may deem are more important than others.
When it comes to designing stunning images, less is indeed more. The basic tools can create the most powerful images. The secret is knowing how and when to use them. Good luck!
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