Canva is arguably one of the most popular free tools for creating graphics and logos. However, its capabilities are quickly limited in the free version. As a result, many graphic designers prefer to turn to paid solutions such as Photoshop or Luminar AI, which are excellent and very comprehensive… but their complexity can be daunting for beginners. However, with Polotno AI, this problem doesn’t arise! It is a completely free and online graphic design tool. We explain in more detail how it works in this article.
Polotno Studio: a 100% free design editor!
Polotno Studio is a completely free online graphic design tool! Its operation is quite similar to Canva, although its interface is more streamlined. Additionally, using it doesn’t require any registration. The tool makes it easy to create infographics, illustrations, and graphic compositions. Now, let’s take a look at how to use it.
How to create visual content with Polotno Studio?
To get started, go to studio.polotno.com. This will give you access to the web tool interface from where you can create your designs. On the right side of the screen, you’ll find a sidebar listing all the types of items available to you.
If you browse the ‘Templates’ category, you’ll have access to pre-designed illustration templates for free. Just click on one to add it directly to your design space. From there, you can modify the elements of the composition to add your personal touch. This is very handy if you lack inspiration!
The ‘Text’ category allows you to add textual content. You’ll have a choice between different typography, font sizes, and various title layouts. Again, these elements are editable once integrated into your workspace; just use the toolbar at the top of the screen. This offers you many editing possibilities such as changing the font, text color, size, making the text bold, italic, underlined, highlighting, adding a shadow effect, and more.
You can also add photos, backgrounds, icons, or shapes depending on the different categories. If you’re looking for a specific item, you can use the search bar to save time. The tool has its own image and icon bank, but you can also import your own from your computer.
Just like Canva or Adobe Photoshop, Polotno Studio works with a layer system, where elements are stacked on top of each other. You can easily arrange them using the ‘Position’ button (top right) to move them forward or backward one layer. You can also lock their position by clicking on the padlock symbol
Polotno VS Canva: what are the differences?
The Polotno editor offers many other design possibilities. For example, you can change the opacity of elements, blur them, highlight them, duplicate them, and more. However, where the tool really sets itself apart from Canva is in resizing. On Canva, you can’t change the dimensions of your design after setting them (except with the premium version), but with Polotno, you can! Just click on the ‘Resize’ function to change the height and width of your working frame.
Another significant difference between this tool and Canva is worth highlighting. By going to the ‘AI Generated’ category, you’ll have access to countless unique illustrations generated by artificial intelligence. This function is supported by the ‘Lexica‘ tool, a search engine and image creation tool powered by AI. You can even generate your own illustrations from the Polotno Studio interface, but your number of credits will be limited to 10
As you may have noticed, in terms of visual creation, Polotno is a powerful tool. The platform is often cited as the best alternative to Canva, and it’s easy to see why! Whether you’re creating posters, flyers, templates, video thumbnails, or all kinds of infographics, it outperforms most free tools. This editor is likely to gain even more popularity in the coming months. In the meantime, you already have everything you need to give free rein to your creativity. So, get ready to unleash your imagination… or rather, your mouse!