Quick and Easy Graphics

Quick and Easy Graphics

When taking a course online, the last thing you want to do is worry about the quality of graphics, and navigate all the online information about graphic creation, file type, and size. So here, I have put together a short list of graphics programs with pros and cons that you’ll be able to use to make graphics for your Canvas course.

A quick word about file types. For online purposes, we use JPEGs or PNGs. PNGs are preferable in quality but their file sizes are a bit larger. We always our images online to be the best quality and the smallest file size possible.


Program Pros Cons

Online photo editor

  • Easy to use
  • Has a free version


  • Ads

Downloadable image editor for OS and Windows

  • Many features
  • Similar to Photoshop
  • You have to download and install
  • Clunky interface

Presentation tool, part of Office Suiteuite

  • A lot of different uses
  • Familiarity
  • Cost
  • Can be slow and clunky

Software from Techsmith.com

  • Annotating
  • Easy to use
  • Cost

Free software that comes with Mac computers

  • Comes on every Mac
  • Very easy to use
  • Only on Mac
  • (Quicklook is a Windows equivalent)