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Canva.com is a online graphic design tool that can be used to make presentations, posters, charts, QR codes and more.

Plans and Pricing

  • Free subscription - templates, photos, graphics - good option when getting started.
  • Pro subscription account - same interface as the free account but more templates, photos, graphics and added background remover etc. 
  • Not for Profit account  - Canva offers free Pro subscriptions to Public Health services - Submit a request via this form.

Getting started:

Canva User Guide   

Attend webinar: Visual Design for Beginner's using Canva - Browse upcoming events

Watch a recordingthe Library Latte page has a 25 min recording of how to make visual abstracts in Canva 

 

Canva functions:

 Templates: Look for templates for inspiration before starting a new design.

 Elements: Add graphics, pictures, videos or audio.

 Uploads: Upload your own images into your Canva gallery.

 Text: Add a heading, subheading or body text.

 QR code: Quickly generate a QR code for your document.

 Charts: Add a graph or chart.

Canva keyboard shortcuts:

Function Keyboard Shortcut
Duplicate Ctrl + D
Copy Ctrl + C
Paste Ctrl + V

Note: When you copy and paste an image to your Canva document, Canva automatically saves it in your gallery.


Additional information and training outside of the library

Visual Design Tools

  • Other online tools for creating posters and infographics:
    • Visme: Online visual design tool with free and paid access.
    • Piktochart: Tools for creating infographics easily.
    • BioRender: Large number of icons and graphics relating to health and life sciences available.
    • Mind the Graph: templates for graphical abstracts and infographics. minimal free access...paid subscription more useful. 
    • Adobe Express: Online visual design tool with free and paid access.
    • Vistacreate: Online visual design tool with free and paid access.

Images

! Beware of copyright and attribution requirements when using online images.

Medical images

  • Openi - Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine
  • BioRender: Browse thousands of life sciences icons and templates
  • Mind the Graph - Visually appealing figures for your research - scientifically accurate illustrations in popular fields.
  • ClinicalkKey - Use MH login to access images and multimedia 

General:

  • Unsplash: Online source of freely usable images
  • Pixabay - Online source of freely usable images 
  • Openverse - Extensive library of free stock photos, images, and audio
  • The Noun Project: Huge range of icons and photos   

Colour Accessibility Tools

Check for appropriate colour contrast:

Check for colour blind accessibility

  • Color-blindness simulator
    • You have to first convert your visual into an image then upload to this simulator to check against types of color-blindness 

Monash Health Identity Hub

  • Monash Health logos, templates, brand kit and guidelines on how to use them are available to download.

   Purple #25215d                     Blue #005ca9                      Green #00a39a                   Grey #efeeed

 

Monash Health Image Library

  • Monash Health images are available to download.

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