Skip to Main Content

Canva for Academic Presentations and Posters: Home

This guide provides an overview of using Canva, a web-based graphic design program, to create scientific and academic presentations and posters.

What is Canva?

logo for Canva website

Canva is a free, web-based graphic design platform that is used for a vast number of projects, including:

  • Documents
  • Posters
  • Presentations
  • Invitations
  • Business Cards 
  • Social Media Posts
  • Photo Books
  • Calendars
  • Newsletters

The drag-and-drop interface makes customizing thousands of templates simple and easy. Canva's wide arrange of features allows you to create projects without a lot of graphic design experience.

Why Use Canva?

This presentation was made with Canva.

Why Use Canva for Presentations?

As a speaker or presenter, your slides can make you or break you. Think of all the presentations you’ve had to sit through where the speaker used unreadable or boring slides with the same, tired design over and over. Microsoft's PowerPoint still has its uses, but if you want to make an impact on your audience, perhaps it's time to break the mold.

Canva's presentation maker is a fresh alternative to traditional presentation software. Here are some key reasons to check it out:

  • It's free. While you can upgrade to the paid "Pro" account, the free version has access to thousands of templates and graphics.
  • It's completely web-based. This means you can access your account and your projects from anywhere that has an Internet connection. There is no need to download huge files to bring your presentation with you... it's all there in the cloud for you to access anytime, anywhere.
  • There is a mobile app for iOs and Android devices, so you can take your designs on-the-go.
  • There is a huge media library with presentation templates, graphics, and illustrations.
  • Offers intuitive graphs and charts. Includes bar, line, pie, or doughnut charts. You can also create Venn diagrams, organizational charts, and even mind maps.
  • You can SHARE your presentation with colleagues and collaborate on projects.
  • Post your presentation online, send it via email, or embed it into your blog or website.
  • Easily download and convert your presentation as PNG, JPEG, or PDF files. Or, you can also convert your slides as PowerPoint or Google Slides presentations.
  • You have the option to pre-record slideshows for automatic play. You can also record your live presentation.
  • With Canva Live, you can get real-time feedback, poll your audience, answer viewer questions, and receive emoji reactions.
  • Canva support includes free video tutorials and courses on a wide range of topics.

Best of all, Canva is easy to use without any sort of graphic design experience.