I was contacted the other day and asked if I wanted to try a service similar to Canva.com called Edit.org. Since I enjoy trying out new things and wasting my writing time by making gifs and banners, I said yes. Daniel hooked me up with a Premium account and said, "Go nuts. Oh, and also offer Premium accounts for one year to five of your readers."
As I've already stated, Edit is similar to Canva in many ways. It's online and you can make a variety of banners and buttons. Edit doesn't have as many pre-made dimensions as Canva, but there is a custom option so you have the option to make something any size you want.
There is a variety of fonts to use. It looks like they have more font styles than Canva. They also have some pre-made templates for 3D style font effects. Another thing I enjoyed was the gradients they had that I could apply to fonts. That's something I hadn't seen on any other online editors. Clicking on the gradient multiple times changed the direction the gradient went.
There are plenty of free images available to choose from. Although, I can't say how the selection would look on a free account. When you sign up, you are automatically given a month of Premium for free, so I couldn't check to see for sure. It appeared they did, but I couldn't search without being prompted to sign up.
One thing that was a real perk were transparent backgrounds. I could make the template's background transparent. That's really useful when I make something I want to add to another image in Gimp. But again, I couldn't check to see if this option was available if you used the free version. I also liked I could stretch and distort the images. The resize was locked in on the corners, but the sides weren't.
But it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. There were a few things I found irritating and have passed on to Daniel so he can let the development team know.
The site is on the laggy side. It takes a few seconds after clicking on anything for it to pop up on the template. (Edit to add, Daniel letting me know they had servers in Canada, we're left wondering if it was lag on my end. Lag on the site definitely doesn't seem as bad today.)
The only way to save an image was to use a template, so I'd have to pick a template, delete everything I didn't want then add what I did. If I created a new design without a template and saved, it only saved a blank template. (Edit to add: This has been fixed.) It wouldn't work for me on Firefox. I couldn't get logged in. (Edit to add: Also fixed.) Chrome and Brave had no issues, though. Another issue I had was when the image extended beyond the template, I couldn't see the corners to resize. I'd have to move it so the corner was in the template, resize, then move again until it was the desired size.
But in all reality, once I got used to the differences it had from Canva, I found it easy to use. I'd like the lag issue resolved, but that may have to do with the fact I believe they are located in Europe (Daniel replied to me in Spanish and their twitter says they are in Barcelona) so it might be lag from the servers sending info across an ocean. With hubby being a developer, I know when it comes to developing for browser, each one is different so you can't make code for one browser and have it work on all browsers. Sometimes changing code so it works in another browser breaks the code that made it work on the first browser. Hubby says it can be a real pain.
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