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Have you tried Microsoft’s new Designer tool?

Microsoft has been a company at the forefront of business apps for decades, bringing powerful and accessible tools to organisations across the world. Microsoft 365 began with about seven apps. It now offers users access to over twenty including their new web-based AI creative tool Microsoft Designer.

This quick-and-easy design tool has caught the attention of designers and professionals alike. You can use it whether you’re a graphic pro, marketer, or small business owner. Or someone who simply wants to make a funny meme.

Microsoft Designer offers a range of features to streamline your design process. If you haven’t used it yet, you may want to check it out. With AI features and an easy interface, it can elevate your design game. Not to mention saving time and money creating business graphics.

Let’s explore the key features.

<H3>Intuitive and User-Friendly Interface</H3>

Microsoft Designer boasts an intuitive and user-friendly interface. This makes it accessible to both beginners and experienced designers. The first prompt it asks is “Describe the design you’d like to create.”

Its user-friendly features include things like:

  • Text prompts to start your design
  • Drag-and-drop functionality to add your own images
  • An AI image generator to create custom images for your design.

This simple text-based input approach makes it simple for someone with no design experience to use it. Based on your prompt, the system can leverage AI to generate graphics and create social media posts, memes or simply marketing images for you.

describe what you want to create

Comprehensive Design Templates and Assets

Microsoft Designer has several impressive features. One of them, like many Microsoft 365 products, is its extensive collection of templates and assets that it can draw from. These enable you to kickstart your design projects quickly.

Whether you need a business card, flyer, or social media post, this app has you covered. Additionally, the tool offers a vast library of assets. These include:

  • High-quality images
  • Icons
  • Fonts
  • Colour palettes

You can use these to create visually stunning designs that align with your brand identity. The abundance of assets and AI-generated images means that you can be almost infinitely creative too.

Smart Layout Suggestions and Design Recommendations

Microsoft Designer goes beyond being a mere design tool. It’s a knowledgeable design assistant. The software employs artificial intelligence to analyse your design and provide smart alternate layout suggestions and recommendations. So even if making images isn’t “your thing,” you can make something decent.

The AI help is useful for those who may be new to design or seeking inspiration. Your “design assistant” can offer optimal font pairings, appropriate image placements, and more.

Microsoft Designer helps you make informed design choices. In addition to creating professional quality media, it also keeps you from spending hours on one design.

Seamless Collaboration and Integration

Collaboration has become essential in the digital workspace, especially with the rise of hybrid working. Microsoft Designer has been built with this in mind and offers seamless collaboration capabilities. It allows several users to work on the same design project simultaneously.

You can easily share your designs with team members or clients. As well as get real-time feedback and edits. Furthermore, Microsoft Designer integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft Office applications. Such as PowerPoint and Word. This creates a cohesive workflow across different design and documentation tasks. The ability to collaborate ensures efficient teamwork. The integration with other tools enhances productivity.

Accessibility and Cross-Platform Support

Microsoft Designer recognises the importance of accessibility and cross-platform compatibility. The tool is available both as a web application and as an Edge and Chrome progressive web app (basically turning into a desktop app – just one that requires an internet connection to work). You can use it on Windows and Mac or even from your mobile device. Its adherence to accessibility standards means it’s inclusive and usable for individuals with diverse needs.

What Does It Autogenerate?

Just for fun, let’s see what we get with the AI-generated options.

First off, we wanted to generate a meme image to accompany a social post about old servers running like a bag of bolts. We popped in the description “a realistic hessian sack full of bolts running on two legs, dropping bolts behind it” and we got this out ready to make our meme:

In just a few seconds, this is what Microsoft Designer generated as options.

visualisation of the phrase "running like a bag of bolts"

Next, let’s see what we get playing around with the AI-generated design option. We’ll describe our design as, “a sales ad for orange juice with palm trees.”

requesting a design based on a specific prompt

While some images might not be relevant, it gives many options that are. If you’re not getting what you want the first time, rephrase your prompt.

If you’re seeking a user-friendly design tool, Microsoft Designer is worth exploring. Whether you’re a seasoned designer or a beginner, it can save you time and money.

Learn More About Our Microsoft 365 Support

Microsoft 365 is a vast universe of apps. Ones that can lower costs and boost your productivity. From the Office suite to Intune for endpoint management, it’s a valuable asset.

Need help with M365 questions? Looking for setup and security support? We can help. Get in touch today to schedule a chat about our Microsoft support services.

Article used with permission from The Technology Press.

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