Canva

Graphic-design tool for web & print media

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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

Media

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

Canva Reviews for UK Users

Overall rating
4.7
/
5
Excellent
6300

Very good
1862

Average
252

Poor
12

Terrible
13

Value for Money
4.6
Features
4.5
Ease of Use
4.7
Customer Support
4.4
97% recommended this app
Avendanogonzalezs L.

Hooped on Canva: The best desition for NonCreative Professionals

Once you get in ¨the Flow¨you will be able to create any Ad or other product that you can create with Canva in a very short period of time. Of course, it will be a nice way to start from scratch and learning each day a new way to add a visual value that can lead you to attract new customers.


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.


Liezl J.

Best product in years!

FABULOUS! Love it! From day one, could hug it. Its easy to sign up, easy to use, easy to store and easy to access my business logos, colours etc. it has remarkable features, options, and works quickly - no big time lags.

Canva has saved me years of time and frustration. It honestly is the best thing since sliced bread. My favourite and top rated software application - for everyone!

The options to make simple animated or short videos without costing an arm and a leg has been the star power cherry on top!


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.


Faisal R.

Canva Made Me Uninstall The Most Popular Vector Design Tool

I am working as a content marketer. Since my agency is very small, I manage all the stuff alone. From writing content to designing graphics and to marketing them. For the jack of all trades, like me, an intuitive tool is needed that requires a little learning curve to get the things done quickly.

Canva is such a kind of tool. When a friend of mine told me about this, I thought it would be yet another fancy editing app just for social media. But I was completely wrong. This is a professional tool and it has a bunch of features.

Once, I believed that graphic design is not possible without using the so-called vector design tools like Illustrator. They are indeed more advanced for gigantic production houses. But, for small marketing agencies like me, Canva is more than enough.

The main thing I liked about this tool is the power of its free version. No other tool is offering such flexibility in the free version. It's enough for personal usages. And, you won't have to face any watermark issues. Although, I have subscribed to the yearly plan and I am loving it.


Avendanogonzalezs L.
Industry: Professional Training & Coaching
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Hooped on Canva: The best desition for NonCreative Professionals

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 16/04/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Once you get in ¨the Flow¨you will be able to create any Ad or other product that you can create with Canva in a very short period of time. Of course, it will be a nice way to start from scratch and learning each day a new way to add a visual value that can lead you to attract new customers.

Pros

As a professional, I have no chance as a Designer. Definitely I am not what a can recall ¨an artist¨, but, since I started to use CANVA, I have a revolutionary change in the way I create my ads for my job. Once I got the patience and the creativity starts to flow, I became an exceptional artist (jocking....of course, it is in my standards). Canva is the best software to create your own Ads and it is a very user-friendly solution. I love it. Now I am testing the Canva Pro, so maybe I will be creating a better than ever Ads for my customers, empowering my job in a very complex world right now. Do not waste more time, and hooped on Canva.

Cons

The problem is not the software, the issue is the user. If you plan to make any Ad and create a very empowering idea to attract new customers, you must take your time and of course, use all the potential of Canva. It is a very cool software, so you have to spend some time learning what you can create. Be smart, spend time and make some ads. It is the only way to learn and maximize your potential.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Thomas F.
Industry: Real Estate
Company size: 10,000+ 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

Liezl J.
Industry: Design
Company size: Self Employed

Best product in years!

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 04/12/2020
Review Source: Capterra

FABULOUS! Love it! From day one, could hug it. Its easy to sign up, easy to use, easy to store and easy to access my business logos, colours etc. it has remarkable features, options, and works quickly - no big time lags.

Canva has saved me years of time and frustration. It honestly is the best thing since sliced bread. My favourite and top rated software application - for everyone!

The options to make simple animated or short videos without costing an arm and a leg has been the star power cherry on top!

Pros

Canva is my new best friend!! Its the most useful, designer friendly, user friendly, time saving product I've used in years! It offers phenomenal features that are easy to use. I often choose to use Canva over my high-end photo editing and design software that is 8x the cost!

I use it almost daily for social posts, web design pictures, logos, documents, posters and sale notices.
I spent years learning how to use high end design software, and can spend hours getting something right. On Canva I can get the job done in half an hour and get on with my life! Its WONDERFUL!

The sizing guidelines have saved me 10 000 grey hairs (I've spent the last few years trying to keep up with social media changes and recommended sizing that hardly ever displays correctky and ruins the work done).

The resizing options allows me to perfect designs for multiple outlets - quickly!

I cannot recommend Canva highly enough. Aside from my Accounting software - this product tops my list and will be the very last item to go in a costs cutting endeavour. It saves me oodles and oodles of time to get designs done - well, and get on with my business.

The new invite a team mate option is going to be useful!

Cons

The background remover sometimes fails or stalls -totally understandable with so much going on that needs to happen - but it is a little frustrating.

Also, the new background brush (to put back or refine the removing background edit) is a wonderful option - but isn't as easy to access if you want to go back. You get one chance and that's it. Again, totally understandable, its probably beta - and very cool. So grateful all the same as you work on it.

Sometimes the elements colours cant be changed. E.g. a yellow star sprinkle can't be made purple to match a palette. A filter can be applied but thats about it.

I've discovered that the access to photo search is MUCH better from within the design creation field. If you search pendulum on the platform you get maybe 5 photos. If you search for photos from within the design process there are are hundreds! Its much easier to search on the big screen than in a dropdown - so if you could make the design algorithms available on the photos search page it would rock!

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

Faisal R.
Industry: Internet
Company size: Self Employed

Canva Made Me Uninstall The Most Popular Vector Design Tool

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 30/10/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I am working as a content marketer. Since my agency is very small, I manage all the stuff alone. From writing content to designing graphics and to marketing them. For the jack of all trades, like me, an intuitive tool is needed that requires a little learning curve to get the things done quickly.

Canva is such a kind of tool. When a friend of mine told me about this, I thought it would be yet another fancy editing app just for social media. But I was completely wrong. This is a professional tool and it has a bunch of features.

Once, I believed that graphic design is not possible without using the so-called vector design tools like Illustrator. They are indeed more advanced for gigantic production houses. But, for small marketing agencies like me, Canva is more than enough.

The main thing I liked about this tool is the power of its free version. No other tool is offering such flexibility in the free version. It's enough for personal usages. And, you won't have to face any watermark issues. Although, I have subscribed to the yearly plan and I am loving it.

Pros

The first and foremost benefit of this tool is easy to use UI. The traditional design tools, even in this modern era, could not implement a modern user interface. Although they have a lot of features, they are cluttered with unnecessary things in the UI. This makes a new person like me totally frustrated.

Canva is very easy to use with a lot of free templates. And, if you subscribe to the premium plan you are getting a lot more. Design tools like Photoshop and Illustrator require a lot of processing power and storage space. Do you know what is the most interesting thing? I can create a design with Canva while I am commuting on my 4 years old iPad!

The inbuilt image and elements library is a great feature. I don't like searching for elements on Google and then include those in my design. Rather I just type what kind of image I need in the Canva search bar and 90 percent of the time I get that. Although, you can always upload your own photos to it.

A good design requires good typefaces. The Canva font library is adequate for that. There are a lot of free fonts for you to try out in your design. Did I just forget to mention motion graphics? There are a lot of motion graphics templates too for creating engaging content for social media.

Cons

I am using Canva for a long time. It's improving day by day. I don't think anyone will be able to mention any cons of this tool. However, certain things should be improved. For example, the image library should be enriched. If they can introduce the support for vector files it would be awesome. I hope the Canva team will come with more features that will help content marketers like me.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9.1/10
Based on 8,439 user ratings
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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 8,439 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
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
File Management
Permission Management
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4.5/5
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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:

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

CMS Hub, HelloWoofy.com, Mango Signs, Post Planner, Rippling, Sendible, Shift, Viraltag, Wordpress, e-clincher

Q. What level of support does Canva offer?

Canva offers the following support options:

FAQs, Video Tutorials, Online Support, Knowledge Base