Canva and Wattpad, two greatest websites ever created
We all have hobbies, some like playing football, others enjoy listening to music and some may like shopping etc. but these two websites I am going to tell you about are the best ones for people who like reading, writing, editing pictures and are into Graphic Design.
Some years ago, a friend of mine was obsessed with a book she had read about a demon haunting a girl. As I found it an interesting story, I asked her where I could buy the book. She told me it was not a paperback and that I could find it on a website and mobile application called “Wattpad”.
Wattpad is a websiteand application for smartphones, where you can write your own book, read thousands of books for free and the best part is that you do not need an internet connection because you can read them offline. All you have to do is add the book to your personal and private library and then you are good to go.
The best thing about Wattpad is that you have the freedom to find any book you want, in different languages and it does not matter if you live in New York, Tokyo, Tirana or London, you can access the application from everywhere.
To date, more than 45 million people have joined this community. There are 100,000 story updates per day and more than two million writers. You can meet new people, comment on different parts of the chapter and even talk to the author. It is also the perfect place to get noticed because there are many publishing houses that spot the talented authors who were lucky enough to get their works and become New York Times Bestsellers.
But if you are not into writing or reading, it does not mean that you cannot use the app for other purposes. It is a great website to start sharing your work as a graphic designer.
Many authors ask graphic designers to make an ebook cover for their book, a good cover can attract attention so the better your work is, the more requests you get thus you become a “famous” graphic designer on Wattpad.
But which programs can you use to make an ebook cover for Wattpad? I would suggest you Canva. It is the perfect online website for making book covers, invitations, cards, poster, Facebook ads etc.
You can register for free and use it all the time and you won’t be charged unless you use some pictures and other illustrations which don’t cost more than $1 each.
There are about 6 million users on canva.com, with over 38 million user-uploaded images and 30 million designs.
You have lots of dimensions for creating your own design. It has more than one million photographs, fronts and graphics to choose from. This program is ideal for beginners and those who want to be self-taught graphic designers. It is user friendly and has a lot of advantages for example: dotted lines will appear when the element you are using is in the centre of the page, or if you want to put two elements in the same place but on different sides of the page you are working on.
The good thing is that you have a variety of text styles, you can find those styles which every program has but you could also use some really cool ones which are premade and free.