Canva

Canva

Graphic-design tool for web & print media

4.7/5 (6329 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

Cost

Starting from
USD 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
Excellent
4650

Very good
1463

Average
203

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
Paulo otávio D.

No wonder it's so well known. You cannot go wrong.

We use it for both internal and external business needs whenever we want professional or fun-looking visual publications that won't take a lot of time to make (or money to pay a pro).


Thomas F.

Simple and Sleek design with decent functionality

Overall Canva is a great program whether using the free templates and graphics or unlocking their super high quality paid templates and graphics. Either way you won't be disappointed. I've been using Canva for a while and they keep getting better. It's real helped me on my Facebook post to educate my customers and make high quality infographics.


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.


Francisco C.

Save money on photoshop or high end software if you need to design for social networks

Its been great, I tried the paying plan but didnt actually got to use it at full.
Im sticking with the free plan since I use it only for quick youtube thumbnails or facebook posts that dont require more than JPG format and a couple of PDF files.
If you plan to use it like that you can try the 30 days pro plan and see if it fits your needs. For me the free is way more than expected


Christopher M.

Canva Definitely Understands Its Users!

My overall experience with Canva is a 9/10. Whenever I need a quick design made or even some design inspiration, Canva is a great resource to turn to. The design assets that they provide are up-to-date and have provided my team with a quick way to create templates for the current project and future ones. In total, Canva has saved my team thousands of hours over the 2 years that we have used the software.


Paulo otávio D.
Industry: Retail
Company size: 2-10 Employees

No wonder it's so well known. You cannot go wrong.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 21/05/2020
Review Source: Capterra

We use it for both internal and external business needs whenever we want professional or fun-looking visual publications that won't take a lot of time to make (or money to pay a pro).

Pros

First of all, it's really easy to use. Tools are a no-brainer for the most part (or require little exploring), and unlike in other offline apps, it has tons of resources (icons, images, even text templates with different sizes and fonts) just a couple of clicks away, so the best part is that it saves you a lot of time when you're in a hurry. We use it whenever we don't have time for getting a pro/a designer to do it while still needing something that looks either professional or even fun (for internal events, for example – making internal announcements). It's also quite affordable, and can be used even for some business needs. Great for designing T-shirts quickly; it even gives you the measures if you search.

Cons

Such simplicity and clean UI/UX comes at the cost of making a few really basic needs surprisingly slightly more complex than they should, such as when you have to draw a line. There's no "pencil", so you have to go to shapes, find a line you like, and then use it and adapt it. Still quite easy, but adding a few basic custom drawing tools wouldn't hurt.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Thomas F.
Industry: Real Estate
Company size: 10,001+ Employees

Simple and Sleek design with decent functionality

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 09/05/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Overall Canva is a great program whether using the free templates and graphics or unlocking their super high quality paid templates and graphics. Either way you won't be disappointed. I've been using Canva for a while and they keep getting better. It's real helped me on my Facebook post to educate my customers and make high quality infographics.

Pros

This tool is great for quickly creating infographics for real estate educational pieces that you can post on your social media platforms. Canva has templates for all types of postings that are fairly easy to customize. If you know the look and feel of the design you're going for then just flip through their large selection of templates, select the one you want, and make the adjustments you desire. It's that easy. The functionality is limited but powerful enough for almost any task. One positive to the limited functionality is that you don't get overwhelmed with all the options like some other programs which leaves you getting stuck in an endless loop of trying to find the "best" font or the best transitions. It's a simple, clean, inexpensive tool. Also, the export and import features are great. You can import your own photos, logos, etc. and the export function let's you export your creation to a bunch of different formats for whatever platform you want to share on. It's a great program with a large volume of quality stock images, graphics, fonts and templates to tackle any presentation. It works seamlessly with our real estate posts.

Cons

One downside to the software is the difficulty of changing the location of certain items in the layout. It can be cumbersome when compared to some of the other programs out there to relocate items within the presentation. The only other downside is that a lot of the graphics and templates are not free so you options are limited with the free version.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

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

Francisco C.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Save money on photoshop or high end software if you need to design for social networks

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 09/03/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Its been great, I tried the paying plan but didnt actually got to use it at full.
Im sticking with the free plan since I use it only for quick youtube thumbnails or facebook posts that dont require more than JPG format and a couple of PDF files.
If you plan to use it like that you can try the 30 days pro plan and see if it fits your needs. For me the free is way more than expected

Pros

The ease of use in Canva is as simple as a drag and drop.
You can choose from a lot of objects like images, text, shapes and now even video and gifs to create an engaging post for social media.
Since you have all the sizes available from start you choose your end use, pick the size and from there you just let your imagination do the rest.

Cons

For the free plan you get a LOT of benefits, but the problem is if you need to purchase or get a few extra things like premium images or shapes or export in specific ways like transparent PNG.
The payment plan is kinda cheap and you unlock good things but the problem is the micro transactions of stock imagery which you have to purchase item by item and those arent cheap.
I recommend to get the free plan and an external stock if you need the basic process.
If you want to replace photoshop all together you have to go pro (of course you wont be able to do the same) but at least you get more export methods and lots of stock included.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Christopher M.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Canva Definitely Understands Its Users!

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 26/04/2020
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience with Canva is a 9/10. Whenever I need a quick design made or even some design inspiration, Canva is a great resource to turn to. The design assets that they provide are up-to-date and have provided my team with a quick way to create templates for the current project and future ones. In total, Canva has saved my team thousands of hours over the 2 years that we have used the software.

Pros

Canva makes good design available to just about anyone with a desktop or mobile device. They provide plenty of templates for a wide range of different formats including digital and print. These templates are constantly updated and in-touch with modern design trends. In the editor, the software provides automatic guidelines that help the user understand symmetry, composition, and ratios. For users looking for pre-made graphics or stock photos, Canva also provides a huge selection of assets that can be dragged and dropped into any design.

Cons

Some features commonly used by illustrators such as a "Selector Tool" or basic masking tools are not available.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
9.1/10
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Canva Pricing

Canva Pricing

Starting from
USD 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 6,329 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
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4.5/5
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Videos and Tutorials

Videos and Tutorials

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: USD 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:

HubSpot CMS, 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