Canva

Canva

Graphic-design tool for web & print media

4.7/5 (5412 reviews)

Canva Overview

What is Canva?

Canva is a web-based graphic-design tool offering a drag-and-drop interface that provides access to hundreds of design layouts for creating presentations, social media graphics, posters, flyers, invitations and more. The tool can be used by both non-designers and professionals to create custom web and print media. Users can select from a stock library of over a million photographs, illustrations, graphics, fonts, and more to add to their designs.

Canvas includes preset photo filters and advanced photo editing tools that enable users to add text, stickers, borders, frames and more. Users can upload their own photos, vectors and illustrations into the drag-and-drop interface or select from over a million stock library images and add icons, shapes, and various other elements. The platform provides a vast selection of fonts and suggests multiple font combinations that best match a selected typeface.

Users can browse through a variety of fully customizable document templates and designs including eye-catching posters, flyers, pamphlets and presentations, to media kits, tickets, email invitations, social media posts and logos, banners and more. Canva helps teams organize their thoughts and present big ideas with mind maps, charts, and diagrams to make data visually appealing and easy to comprehend.

The Canvas app for iPad allows users to create designs and collaborate on projects while on the go. Users can share their designs directly via email, to a social media network, messaging apps, or export to their camera roll. Professionally designed layouts for social media pages are perfectly sized for standard Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram graphics.

Canva Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$12.95/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Canva: free

Canva for Work: $12.95 per month

Canva Enterprise: Coming soon

Pay yearly (save 23%)


Canva Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Australia
Supported Languages
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish and 12 others, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Screenshots

Canva screenshot: Access thousands of layouts for any type of presentation
Canva screenshot: Access thousands of layouts for any type of presentation Canva screenshot: Click and drag a style to add headings and text Canva screenshot: Choose from a variety of designs including social media, presentation, poster, Facebook cover or post, blog graphic, and more Canva screenshot: Add text, shapes, elements, stickers, borders, frames and more. Canva screenshot: Share directly to social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+ Canva screenshot: Upload custom images to the editor or choose from Canva's extensive library of images Canva screenshot: Convey messages by adding text or captions to designs Canva screenshot: Get access to more than hundreds of professional templates via iPad and tweak them to suit any need

Canva Reviews

Canva Reviews

Overall rating
4.7
/
5 5412 reviews
Excellent
3968

Very good
1258

Average
173

Poor
5

Terrible
8

Value for Money
4.6
Features
4.5
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Support
4.4
97% recommended this app
Katherine K.

Would You Recommend? Too Late, Already Have.

I make graphics for our companies and occasionally clients, in a whole variety of capacities. I have used Canva to create newsletter graphics, social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, Pintrest, Tumblr, Instagram, and Reddit, brochures for products or services, infographics for conferences, and more.


Carolyn B.

Easiest Design Program EVERRRR

The user-friendly interface, hundreds (if not thousands) of templates, and ability to create designs with a mobile app have me sold on this software. The "business" or "pro" version of Canva comes at a minimal cost of ~$13 per month if you want all the bells and whistles. Otherwise, one could easily use the free version with no issues or limitations, other than not having as much access to the library of free images and graphics.


Jeheen mahmood Z.

This is, hands down, the best graphics design tool for non-designers

I mostly use Canva to create social media images. This might sound rather simple. But with Canva's preset sizes, I don't have to worry about resizing, cropping, dragging anymore. That easily saves me 10 minutes per image I create - Canva is saving me hours regularly.


Stephen P.

Canva is Great for Social Media

It's not bad for someone with no design experience as long as they are willing to pay more for printing. For the higher cost of printing you could pay a professional such as myself to design for you and print at a lower cost and higher quality. The application is bad for the overall marketing industry because it has lowered the quality standard and impact of advertisements being created by business owners who think they understand marketing, design and printing. I recently said to one of my clients who owns a high end auto detailing business and tried to create some marketing materials on his own, "I don't now how to properly wax and detail my vehicle. I would probably ruin the paint job somehow if I were to do it myself. That's why I hire a professional. I wouldn't expect you to be able to handle a design, print and marketing job either because that's not what you do." In short, stick to what you know and leave the rest to professionals. It will cost you less in the long run.


Dysiree R.

CANVA the Holy Grail

I really had a great experience using this software and I think I will continue to use it until somethingbetter than canva comes up. But for now, Canva for me is more than enough.


Katherine K.
Industry: Writing & Editing
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Would You Recommend? Too Late, Already Have.

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 18/02/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I make graphics for our companies and occasionally clients, in a whole variety of capacities. I have used Canva to create newsletter graphics, social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, Pintrest, Tumblr, Instagram, and Reddit, brochures for products or services, infographics for conferences, and more.

Pros

I have been using Canva since I began teaching myself to make graphics over two years ago. It has served me well in both simple projects (like graphics for social media) or full-on gif animations. They continually add new features and content and are always revamping the suggestions for "fresh" ideas. It's also super easy to share your project to other people or places, and you have quite a few download options for your files. And it is SUPER easy to use, the user interface is very intuitive and if you have questions their docs are great!

Cons

I have very few complaints, and the ones I have are pretty niche issues. Systematically I don't see issues at all! But sometimes it can be hard to format a picture correctly due to their "snapping" feature that snaps whatever element you're using to the nearest part of the picture the program "thinks" you want to use. For example, if you try and move a circle to a centimeter away from the middle of the graphic you're creating, it will automatically center itself and won't let you un-center it without an enormous amount of fuss. But this is minor and doesn't really happen often for me!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Carolyn B.
Industry: Retail
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Easiest Design Program EVERRRR

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 18/02/2020
Review Source: Capterra

The user-friendly interface, hundreds (if not thousands) of templates, and ability to create designs with a mobile app have me sold on this software. The "business" or "pro" version of Canva comes at a minimal cost of ~$13 per month if you want all the bells and whistles. Otherwise, one could easily use the free version with no issues or limitations, other than not having as much access to the library of free images and graphics.

Pros

Canva is easy to learn so you can start creating designs almost right away. There is also a huge library of images and graphics to choose from so you don't have to constantly upload your own images and graphics just to make simple designs. I also LOVE all the pre-made, FREE templates they have available to their users.

Cons

There are certain design functions and features that Canva has not yet implemented. For example, it would be really nice if there was a text-bending feature, to curve text around graphics, images, or other text. It would also be nice to have layers. Nothing extensive, but for example, I'd love to make a rose-gold text from a font "layer" and a rose gold "layer" by merging the two and "cutting out" my text to create a rose-gold font.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Jeheen mahmood Z.
Industry: Outsourcing/Offshoring
Company size: 2-10 Employees

This is, hands down, the best graphics design tool for non-designers

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 30/01/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I mostly use Canva to create social media images. This might sound rather simple. But with Canva's preset sizes, I don't have to worry about resizing, cropping, dragging anymore. That easily saves me 10 minutes per image I create - Canva is saving me hours regularly.

Pros

I am not a designer. Last I draw or make something was 12 years ago. But with Canva, I can make a presentable graphics in 10-15 minutes. With my skill level (I used to use MS Word Clip Art tool and Paint), I should not be able to do anything at all.

True I havent been able to draw a masterpiece, but Canva is not for that sort of work, at least not that I know of. But if you are looking for a social media post, image for your blog post, poster, cover image, Canva can handle all of those. Sure, you still need to hire a designer if you are going to do stunning artworks. But the day to day grind to produce several images everyday, either professional or personal needs, Canva is there for you. You can even create memes with it!

Another nice surprise is, you dont need a paid plan to use Canva. Only the premium features and elements are paid. And to be honest, most users dont even need them. Even I haven't used the premium feature for myself. The free plan is more than enough, better than any other free tool in the market and a few premiums too.

Cons

There is absolutely nothing I want to change. This is simple, intuitive, free or very, very cheap. What more can I ask for??

There is some grumblings among pro-designers who use Canva about some high-level features being absent, certain export formats not there or background remoal option not available. But this is not Photoshop and we should not treat it like that. Also, last I heard, Canva is working very hard to add more functions to their toolbox.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Stephen P.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Canva is Great for Social Media

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 31/05/2019
Review Source: Capterra

It's not bad for someone with no design experience as long as they are willing to pay more for printing. For the higher cost of printing you could pay a professional such as myself to design for you and print at a lower cost and higher quality. The application is bad for the overall marketing industry because it has lowered the quality standard and impact of advertisements being created by business owners who think they understand marketing, design and printing. I recently said to one of my clients who owns a high end auto detailing business and tried to create some marketing materials on his own, "I don't now how to properly wax and detail my vehicle. I would probably ruin the paint job somehow if I were to do it myself. That's why I hire a professional. I wouldn't expect you to be able to handle a design, print and marketing job either because that's not what you do." In short, stick to what you know and leave the rest to professionals. It will cost you less in the long run.

Pros

It's very easy to use and offers a ton of design content for free. You don't necessarily need to search outside of Canva for images but you can if you want. It's great for designing simple social banners or marketing materials quickly but there is a catch. They are trying to sell you printing services and their pricing is not competitive with quality printers.

Cons

I recommend Canva to clients who need to create social media marketing images. I have worked with clients who need me to print postcards, flyers or brochures that they designed on Canva and there are issues. Canva is trying to sell printing services. Their design templates are sized and setup for the printer companies they outsource to. If you design on Canva and download the files to send to a professional printer then those files are not setup correctly and require alterations to be printed. That's if there is room for alterations, but not all designs will allow for easy alteration so therefore the customer is forced to print on Canva at higher costs.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Dysiree R.
Industry: Real Estate
Company size: 13-50 Employees

CANVA the Holy Grail

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 16/01/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I really had a great experience using this software and I think I will continue to use it until somethingbetter than canva comes up. But for now, Canva for me is more than enough.

Pros

I have been using this software for our email campaigns, my personal resume, flyers, training materials, business cards and even logo... I would say that CANVA for me is just the cream of the crop among other softwares that provide same service.

-- The software is very easy to use, and when I say easy I meant very easy. It is perfect for beginners or even for people who are not that artistic but would like to have their campaign materials, resumes , business cards or other document to be professional looking.

-- The free trial of the software is enough, but for higher quality and more premium tools, the price is reasonable considering your end product.

-- They have everything readily available for you , from templates to sizes of docs. and everything else, and if you wanted to make it more personalized you can do it to some extent is still free of charge.

-- The output can be downloaded in different formats and in different quality depending on your taste.

-- It saves everything from where you left off.

-- You can access it on your phone, tablet and computer which is very convenient.

It is just so perfect for me.

Cons

-- First, the customer service is good however, they can only be contacted through twitter and facebook and I think it is more convenient to have a customer service support through phone.

-- There is no option to add video clips. It would really be a plus to have this option.

-- Limited free options, specially with the image quality.

-- If you are working with a team member, there is no way for you to collaborate on same account. Unless you email each other or talk in person. It would be great to be able to leave a note, or a simple chat box for communication purpose between team members.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9.1/10
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Canva Pricing

Canva Pricing

Starting from
US$12.95/month
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Canva: free

Canva for Work: $12.95 per month

Canva Enterprise: Coming soon

Pay yearly (save 23%)

Canva: free

Canva for Work: $12.95 per month

Canva Enterprise: Coming soon

Pay yearly (save 23%)

Value for Money
4.6/5
Based on 5,412 user ratings
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Canva Features

Canva Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Chat
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customisable Branding
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
File Management
Permission Management
Projections
SSL Security
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4.5/5
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Videos and Tutorials

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Additional information for Canva

Additional information for Canva

Key features of Canva

  • Blog and website posts
  • Branded templates
  • Business cards
  • Business logos
  • Cards and invitations
  • Collaborate with partners
  • Color code thoughts and ideas
  • Custom templates
  • Customizable branding
  • Design folders
  • Drag & drop editor
  • Graphs, mind maps, charts, & diagrams
  • Icons, shapes & elements
  • Layouts for every occasion
  • Library of fonts
  • Multiple document types
  • Organize images into folders
  • Photo editing
  • Photo filters
  • Presentations
  • Publish for web & print
  • Resize designs
  • Share photo folders
  • Share via email, text, messaging apps
  • Snapchat geofiler templates
  • Social media graphics
  • Stock images and illustrations
  • Stock vectors & photographs
  • Transparent backgrounds
  • Upload fonts

Benefits

Canva enables users to create a variety of on-brand marketing materials, presentations and social media graphics for organizations of any size, within any industry.

Both professionals as well as non-designers can use Canva's drag-and-drop editor to create high quality web and print media graphics.

Canva provides thousands of customizable layouts for a wide selection of documents such as presentations, newsletters, reports, calendars, infographics and more.

Canva allows organizations to save their brand’s colors and upload custom logos and fonts, as well as share photo folders and designs with teams.

Users are able to resize designs in a few clicks, such as change a Facebook post into a full-size poster.

Canva FAQs

Canva FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Canva.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Canva offer?

Canva offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$12.95/month

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Canva: free Canva for Work: $12.95 per month Canva Enterprise: Coming soon Pay yearly (save 23%)

Q. What are the main features of Canva?

Canva offers the following features:

  • Blog and website posts
  • Branded templates
  • Business cards
  • Business logos
  • Cards and invitations
  • Collaborate with partners
  • Color code thoughts and ideas
  • Custom templates
  • Customizable branding
  • Design folders
  • Drag & drop editor
  • Graphs, mind maps, charts, & diagrams
  • Icons, shapes & elements
  • Layouts for every occasion
  • Library of fonts
  • Multiple document types
  • Organize images into folders
  • Photo editing
  • Photo filters
  • Presentations
  • Publish for web & print
  • Resize designs
  • Share photo folders
  • Share via email, text, messaging apps
  • Snapchat geofiler templates
  • Social media graphics
  • Stock images and illustrations
  • Stock vectors & photographs
  • Transparent backgrounds
  • Upload fonts

Q. Who are the typical users of Canva?

Canva has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Canva support?

Canva supports the following languages:

Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Canva offer?

Canva has the following pricing plans:

Free, Subscription

Q. Does Canva support mobile devices?

Canva supports the following devices:

iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Canva integrate with?

Canva integrates with the following applications:

Post Planner, Rippling, Sendible, Shift, Viraltag, Wordpress, e-clincher

Q. What level of support does Canva offer?

Canva offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials