Thanatuch Kongsepan (Kem)

Jul 9, 2024

Canva: What You Should Know Before Getting Started

Canva: What You Should Know Before Getting Started

Everyone is familiar with design programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, which have long represented the pinnacle of professional design. However, in this era, we cannot overlook Canva. This is a design program tailored for beginners that continues to grow and evolve to support various design needs for all ages and genders.

Today, we encourage everyone to open their minds to using Canva for creating various media. Nowadays, teachers, students, and professionals alike are turning to Canva to create slides, educational materials, and business presentations. Rest assured, you will not be disappointed with the convenience it offers.

What is Canva? 

Canva is an online graphic design platform that enables you to easily create various media projects right in your web browser. It supports a wide range of designs, from educational materials and presentation slides to videos, without requiring any prior graphic or video design experience.

Canva is ranked as the 5th largest startup in the world. The business began from a small initiative by a group of young people passionate about graphic design. Today, it has grown to serve over 190 countries globally, with more than 55 million monthly users. With such impressive numbers, let's take a closer look at what the Canva platform offers.

Various Templates Available on Canva

Canva offers a vast selection of templates covering all types of design projects. Whether you need templates for social media posts, posters and banners, or documents and presentations, Canva has an extensive variety to choose from.

If you're unsure about which design to use, you can easily search for the specific template you need, such as educational materials, advertisements, or anything else available on Canva. If you still don't find one you like, you can select any template and customize it according to your goals and needs. This flexibility ensures that you can create exactly what you envision without any worries.


The templates are available in both free and subscription versions. If you want to try it out first, you can sign up for an account and use it at no cost. There are many free templates and elements available to get you started. If you like it and want to use additional features, you can upgrade your account. It's definitely worth it!

Canva: A Design Platform That Integrates All AI Tools in One Place 

Canva comes with a variety of tools and features that make creating images incredibly easy. Many people don't realize that this is exactly what they've been looking for to save time (available only for Canva Pro accounts). Now, let's take a look at the must-try tools for "photo editing" or “Magic Studio” that you should definitely check out.

  1. BG Remover

BG Remover: An incredibly easy tool for automatically removing image backgrounds with just one click. Whether you're creating profile pictures or editing photos, this tool makes it very convenient.

User Review: Graphic designers love this tool as it saves a lot of time on manually removing backgrounds. The results are generally good, although sometimes if the image has a lot of details or a complex background, the tool may not be perfect. In such cases, some manual adjustment might be needed. Nevertheless, it's still very convenient overall.

  1. Magic Eraser

Magic Eraser is a tool that helps remove unwanted objects from images easily. Whether it's people or other items, you can simply paint over the area or object you want to erase. It also fills in the area seamlessly, making it look as if the object was never there.

User Review: This tool is easy to use when you want to remove unwanted elements from an image. However, sometimes the results might not be perfect, causing the background to look a bit off. It can take some time to adjust the background after erasing. Overall, it still provides a lot of help and is very convenient.

  1. Magic Grab

Magic Grab is a tool used to extract desired objects from the main image. Simply hover the mouse over the object, and the AI will detect and separate it into a new image. The original image will be filled in seamlessly, maintaining its usability.

User Review: This tool is like combining Magic Eraser and BG Remover into a new tool. It’s great for editing product images, allowing you to resize or move objects easily. Whether you want to move an object from left to right, arrange elements, or perform cut-and-paste tasks, this tool is very helpful.

  1. Magic Edit

Magic Edit is a tool that allows you to easily cut, add, replace, and edit images by painting over the desired area or clicking on the object and writing the details of what you want to add, such as a necklace or a suit. Then, simply click create, and you’ll have a model with a necklace.

User Review: From my experience, the results are not always very realistic. Some prompts, like adding a formal suit, can appear a bit off. Although there are four image options to choose from, it takes time to generate a new image until you get the desired result. However, once it creates the image, it looks quite seamless. It still lacks consistency and balance, but overall, it works fairly well.

  1. Magic Expand

Magic Expand is an AI tool that helps extend the original image, enhancing its elements to complete the picture. Whether you want to change a horizontal image to a vertical one, expand an image to fill the workspace, or resize it, Magic Expand makes it easy.

User Review: This tool is quite useful when you need to use vertical images in presentation slides but only have horizontal ones that can't be expanded properly. Without this tool, expanding images could result in them being too large for the project. With Magic Expand, it becomes much more convenient. However, upon close inspection, some images may still appear slightly unrealistic.

Additionally, there are many other interesting features available, such as shadow effects that add depth to images and text, color tone adjustments, and image blurring (either partial or full). There are so many features that it's impossible to cover them all in a single article.

If Canva's AI image editing features still don't satisfy all your needs, Canva also offers "Apps" to make your projects even more dynamic. These include sound, text effects, and more, providing a truly comprehensive suite for all your design needs.

How Much Does Canva Pro Cost?

Canva offers both free and paid plans. The free version provides access to basic tools and a limited number of templates. When exporting files, a watermark will be present if you use Pro stickers, images, or templates (marked with a crown icon).

Canva Pro has both monthly and annual payment options. You can try Canva Pro free for 14 days and cancel if you're not satisfied. The Pro account can be used by up to 5 users.

  • Monthly Plan: 230 THB/month

  • Annual Plan: 1,850 THB/year (equivalent to 154.16 THB/month)

Canva Teams is designed for collaboration and is the most cost-effective for organizations or groups that need to work together and share brand assets. It supports 3 to 100 users within an organization (but the price increases with more users).

  • Monthly Plan for 3 users: 180 THB/month

  • Annual Plan for 3 users: Starts at 1,800 THB/year (equivalent to 150 THB/month)


For more detailed pricing information, you can visit here.

Why Use Canva?

  1. User-Friendly Interface: Canva is easy to use, with an intuitive interface that even beginners can quickly understand. You can create graphic designs swiftly.

  2. Variety of Templates: Canva offers a wide range of templates for various purposes, such as advertisements, posters, and social media posts. It caters to everyone, including students, entrepreneurs, designers, and more.

  3. Accessibility: Canva is accessible anywhere, as it can be used on both the website and mobile applications on all devices.

  4. Customizable Designs: You can freely customize text, images, and other elements in the templates to suit your needs.

  5. Time and Cost Efficiency: Canva offers both free and paid versions, helping you save on graphic design costs.

  6. Collaborative Work: Canva supports teamwork by allowing you to share designs and work collaboratively with your team. You can see all changes and edits made by team members in real-time.

All these features make Canva a compelling choice. It continually improves its tools, making designing easier and more efficient. New features are frequently introduced, ensuring there’s always something new to explore.
Furthermore, Botnoi is one of the Thai companies integrated into Canva (the first Thai app to do so). Botnoi brings text-to-speech technology to Canva, allowing users to create videos from text seamlessly. Try searching for BOTNOI Voice and see how it works!

Read More : BOTNOI X Teacher


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