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Canva is a versatile and user-friendly graphic design platform that empowers individuals, businesses, and organizations to create stunning visual content without requiring extensive design skills. Launched in 2013, Canva has become the go-to tool for professionals and amateurs alike seeking to produce engaging graphics, presentations, social media posts, and more. With its intuitive drag-and-drop interface, a vast library of customizable templates, and an extensive collection of high-quality images, fonts, and design elements, Canva simplifies the design process and enables users to bring their creative visions to life effortlessly.

One of Canva's key strengths lies in its accessibility available as both a web application and a mobile app, it allows users to create, edit, and collaborate on designs seamlessly across various devices. The platform has become particularly popular among public safety professionals due to its cost-effective approach to design. Canva's commitment to democratizing design is evident in its mission to empower individuals worldwide to design anything, and its continuous updates and features ensure that it remains at the forefront of the graphic design landscape, catering to the diverse needs of its ever-expanding user base.

In this tutorial-style session, you’ll learn: 

  • What is Canva?
  • Canva Free versus Canva Pro
  • Navigating Canva like a champ
  • Tips & tricks for creating engaging and unique content
  • Timesaving design shortcuts and templates every public safety professional should be using
  • Wait, there’s more – noteworthy apps to push your designs even further

Michele Bowman
Manager of Public Affairs and Community Engagement
Leesburg Police Department