Canva started rolling out updates and a new version called Canva 2.0 this week. At first it was released to only about 10% of users – as a trial & to eliminate bugs, I’m assuming. Today they officially released it to everyone – at least in Canva for Work. I’m not sure on the unpaid version, as I use Canva for Work myself. If you’ve got input on the free version, I’d LOVE for you to leave me a comment & let me know what’s new in version 2.0 for you!

This post is a quick overview of some of the new features in Canva 2.0 for Work – I’ve got 20 so far, and I’m sure I’ll be back to update this as I discover more. I’ll give a quick description of each to help you get started. Once I’ve played around with things a bit more, I’ll be posting tips, instructions, and pros & cons on each new feature – so be sure to check back soon for these new posts!

PS – if you’re just wanting to scroll through a quick list, without the details, you’ll find it at the bottom of the post!

 

Ok, without further ado…I present to you, in no particular order:

 

20 new features in Canva 2.0 for work

 

Let’s start with the most apparent new features:

 

  • In Canva 2.0, the search bar at the top allows you to search for any template you need

  • The “recommended” section now replaces the group of templates you normally saw on the top of your homepage

Now, I’ve already seen some complaints on this feature (yes, the virtual assistant gang goes wild over any and all updates – especially in a service as widely used as Canva!).

One of the concerns was that there was no longer a Twitter template. This is incorrect – there IS a template, but you may have to search for it instead of finding it in your “recommended” section. I’m not sure what criteria Canva bases that section off of, but if you’re not seeing your favorite social media template there, simply search for it. You’ll see pretty much everything is covered, as well as some awesome NEW templates!

Another complaint I saw was that having to search for things we already use on a daily basis seems like more work. I’m not going to split hairs here – everyone has different preferences in how they get the same job done. But what I will offer is this: if you make the same type of graphics on the daily, you should probably create and save a template to streamline your process – if you haven’t already.

 

Which brings me to another new feature in Canva 2.0:

 

      • Design & Photo Folders

Ok, so you could already create custom folders for all your different projects…but now you can create separate folder sections for your designs & photos, which make it a tad easier to stay organized. I know I’m guilty of just letting all my uploaded images & designs hang out in one messy, disorganized section. But I’m hoping with these new features, getting my graphic shizz together will be just a tad less tedious. Because we all know we function better & creativity flows more freely when we’re organized, right?

 

Speaking of photos & graphics:

 

      • Canva 2.0 has added more photo & graphic elements to choose from for your designs

I’ll admit, I’m still going to use my favorite stock photo site for background images, but a bigger selection of icons to highlight my designs is pretty exciting! It keeps things from getting boring, and reduces the chance that you’ll have the same design as someone else.

 

A few more cool new features of the sidebar in Canva 2.0 when working in your designs:

 

      •  The elements section is now more organized & easier to navigate

      •   As is the templates section – plus you can now more easily search for that PERFECT template for your design!

      • Another Canva 2.0 bonus: you can now totally collapse the side panel to give you more room to view and work in your design

These updates may seem minor – but when you’re wanting to browse for a specific type of template or element, but aren’t sure exactly what you want, the new organization can be a life-saver! And searching in templates is so much better than mindlessly scrolling through the seemingly bazillions of awesome designs – because as fun as it can be, I don’t have time for that – do you?

 

And check out these cool sidebar features:

 

      • The “apps” section that highlights the different tools available to you as a Canva 2.0 for Work user

Here you’ll find not only a list of the tools you have access to, but you’ll also find tips and instructions on how to use them. It’s broken up by category like “organization”, “animation”, and “magic resize” to name a few.

 

        • There is also a section for “new apps”, like pulling your photos directly from your Facebook album, and soon-to-be-added unlimited photos feature!

And speaking of animations…

 

        • You can now animate your designs as MP4 or GIF files

GIFs in Canva! A girl can get carried away with this…but I won’t…yet… 😉

 

        •  There’s also a special template for Instagram stories

That’s right – Canva is jumping on the IG stories bandwagon and giving you the ability to create AND animate graphics to use. There are so many cool possibilities with this – choosing what design and animation to use is going to be TOUGH!

 

        • You can also create presentations & present directly through Canva 2.0

This is great if you don’t have – or aren’t familiar with – programs like PowerPoint. Now if you are wanting to dabble in creating a slideshow for an online workshop you’ll be doing, you can easily access and use all your branded elements in a program you’re already familiar with. I think this definitely increases the value you get with Canva for work!

 

        • Want to create a landing page or special event page? Now you can do it in Canva – and publish it too!

That’s right – Canva now has website templates. You can create multiple pages and layouts and publish to your website right from Canva. I wouldn’t recommend this for your full website – you’ll want to use a layout and/or theme that’s a bit more technically appropriate for this. But for one-off pages like landing pages, this is a cool feature!

 

Canva 2.0 has added some awesome new abilities for social media as well:

 

        • You can now publish directly to certain social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumbler, and WeChat).

I’m not sure why Instagram isn’t on this list, and I’m a bit disappointed, as that is probably my most frequently used platform for graphics. If I find any info on this, I’ll be sure to update this post.

 

        • You can also schedule future posts to the platforms mentioned above.

I’ve not tested this out yet, as I’m pretty committed to using Hootesuite for my scheduling, but it may be worth checking out so you don’t have to jump around between different programs all the time.

 

If you’ve ever been concerned with where the margins are on your graphic, Canva has got you covered:

 

        • You can now view margins in the “view” tab, as well as see the print bleed.

This is useful when you’re planning on printing out your design, as is this other new feature:

        • You can save your design as a “print ready” PDF

Now it’s easier to print your graphic while maintaining its quality and the integrity of the graphic. It was already a feature – but the language of the option is more clear, I think, and deserves being featured on this list.

 

And last, but not least, a feature that helps make Canva even MORE accessible for everyone:

 

        • Canva 2.0 is available in over 100 languages!

This is super exciting, because I feel that with a program as easy-to-use and versatile as this, expanding access to more people is important. This may not affect me or you directly, but I know that it’s going to have a HUGE impact on the graphic design community overall.

 

Alright, there you  have it – 20 new features in Canva 2.0 for work & a description of each to help make the transition a little bit easier for you. And as promised, here’s a quick & easy list of them for you:

        1. The search bar at the top allows you to search for any template you need
        2. The “recommended” section now replaces the group of templates you normally saw on the top of your homepage
        3. you can create separate folder sections for your designs & photos
        4. Canva now has more photo & graphic elements to choose from for your designs
        5. The elements section is now more organized & easier to navigate
        6. The templates section is also more organized & easier to navigate – plus you can now more easily search for that PERFECT template for your design!
        7. You can now totally collapse the side panel to give you more room to view and work in your design
        8. The “apps” section that highlights the different tools available to you as a Canva for Work user
        9. There is also a section for “new apps”, like pulling your photos directly from your Facebook album, and soon-to-be-added unlimited photos feature!
        10. You can now animate your designs as MP4 or GIF files. *insert happy dance here*
        11. There’s also a special template for Instagram stories
        12.  You can also create presentations (aka slideshows) in Canva
        13. And now you can present directly through Canva, too!
        14. Want to create a landing page or special event page? Now you can do it in Canva – and publish it too with website templates!
        15. You can now publish directly to certain social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumbler, and WeChat)
        16. You can also schedule future posts to the platforms mentioned above
        17. You can now view margins in the “view” tab,
        18. And now You can also see the print bleed
        19. You can save your design as a “print ready” PDF
        20. Canva is now available in over 100 languages!

 

Canva is really stepping up their game to be one of the easiest, most versatile online graphic design tools available. By adding these new features, I really feel they are setting themselves apart and growing with their customer base.

Have you tried any of these new features, or have you discovered some that are not on this list? Leave a comment and tell me all about it – I’d love to hear from you!

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