About Canva

Category: Graphic Design
Canva is an easy-to-use graphic design platform used to make graphics, presentations, headers, documents, invitations, posters, resumes and multiple visual contents. It has a video & graphic maker, photo editor and logo creator all in one app.

Company: Canva

Canva was established in 2012 by Melanie Perkins. Canva has successfully created a reliable and notable platform for those who want to make stunning creations without necessarily being adept in design. The company's aim is to boost its users' productivity to the next level by offering premium design tools.

In-Depth Analysis

0 Overall
Price 4.0
Ease Of Use 4.5
Features 4.5
Support 3.0

Pros

  • 75 million+ accessible files
  • 420,000+ free templates
  • Easy to share option
  • Automatic save

Cons

  • Best features aren't available for free
  • No phone, live chat, email or community support
  • Its online version has more templates and design elements

Canva Comparisons

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Plans & Pricing

Canva offers its users a variety of pricing options. Each pricing plan has its unique features. You can subscribe to one of the following plans: Free, Pro, or Enterprise. 

Free
$0
/mo
Pro
$12.99
/mo
FREE trial
Enterprise
$30
/mo
FREE trial

Free

Canva’s free version allows users to access a wide range of templates, stock photos, and videos for free with 5GB of storage.

Pro

The second pricing plan is Canva Pro. Also known as the premium plan, it is the most recommended choice. It costs $12.99 monthly and $119.99 annually. It comes with added variety of visual content that includes photos, templates, graphics, unlimited folders and brand kit pro, animator pro, and 100GB storage for uploading assets, thus enhancing better functionality.

Enterprise

Canva Enterprise is similar to the Canva Pro pan, except that it helps teams access and make uploads as a team to Canva. This plan is suitable for brands or companies that are into full-time graphics design. For a price of $30 each month per person, Enterprise allows a maximum of 20 people on a team.

Ease of Use

The homepage of Canva has a search button, making it a seamless process to find the images and templates you desire. These templates are further grouped into different categories and functions using a drag-and-drop method of operation. With all of the templates grouped in that manner, it’s easier to find the one you prefer without stress.

Customer Support

Canva has a Canva Support which serves as their help center. The help center provides swift responses to issues asked. You can also access free design courses and tutorials via the Canva website.

Additional customer support:
Blog
There is a insightful blog full of many helpful articles. You can find this resource on the Canva site.

24/7 Help & Support
24/7 Help & Support
Available only to users of Canva Pro, Canva Enterprise and Canva
Video Tutorials
Video Tutorials
Canva has over 50 educational videos available on its website
FAQ
FAQ
There is a comprehensive FAQ section on their website
Features & Functionality
General Features

Portfolio and Experience

The design portfolio has a wide range and comprises the Search, Layout, Text, Background and Uploads tab. It equally has the Zoom Control, Shares, Download and Make Public buttons.

It requires little or no experience at all. There is a range of designs that cover Social Media posts, Logos, Filers, Invitations, PowerPoint slides and Presentations. What’s more, these graphics contain texts and symbols.

Design Process

It only takes little knowledge of color combinations to make your designs and can take as low as 5 minutes to finish a design. If you make any error during the process, you can easily edit this by clicking on the ‘My Designs’ button.

How to make your design on Canva

  • Choose a template by clicking on it.
  • Once the template comes up, click the search button to search for any keywords of your choice to add elements.
  • Choose your desired colors.
  • Select your preferred fonts and tweak them to your taste by adding images, importing elements, or changing your design background.
  • Then click on download to save.

You can also get different versions and sizes of the elements such as fonts, images, colors, depending on various uses.

Features
  • API
  • Templates
  • Image Database
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Content Import/Export
  • Content Management
  • Edits Vector & Raster Graphics
  • Touch Interface Support
  • Pro-Level Typography
  • Print Management
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Language
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Social Promotion
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Engagement Analytics
Advanced Features
Features
  • Animation
  • Document Storage
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Freelancer Screening & Profiles
  • Search/Filter
Editing Features
Features
  • Photo Editing
  • Video Editing
  • Offline Editing
  • Rich Text Editor
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Drag & Drop
Verdict

Canva is great for the unskilled and skilled and is a must-have for everyone. It’s a great tool to use when you have a tight deadline to beat. It offers much value for money when you subscribe to the pro and enterprise plans because it has excellent extra tools.

The free plan has helped users to save costs on hiring an in-house graphic designer. This will come in handy for small businesses, teachers, nonprofits and students who may not have such a huge budget.

Max Hoffheins
Author: Max Hoffheins

Canva User Reviews

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Tim B
No employees
Used for: 2+ years
29 May - 2021

Canva review

Canva has provided the exact tools that I've needed to create multiple brand kits and marketing campaigns.

Pros

Canva makes it super easy to create short promotional videos. It gives you a large library of audio, elements, and photos to choose from when designing.

Cons

Sometimes the drag and drop mechanism is tedious work when having to move objects

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Rama P
No employees
Used for: 6-12 months
03 Feb - 2021

Highly recommend

There is so so much you can achieve when working in Canva. Lots to do and many tools/elements.

Pros

Cost effective, no experience needed to design using Canva, cloud based so I can use on the go, and awesome selection of templates.

Cons

Not the smoothest platform. It can difficult to sort through all your files once you've created numerous designs.

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Tim B
02-10 employees
Used for: 1-2 years
20 Apr - 2021

Canva does it all

Canva allows you to get instant visuals. I am able to create a wide variety of graphics in just a few minutes. The dashboard is relatively organized and simple to navigate.

Pros

Best for social media marketing!

Cons

I do wish there was a larger array of stock photos. Printing from the files provided by Canva isn't ideal and is complicated.

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Gabriel P
11-50 employees
Used for: 6-12 months
13 Apr - 2021

Love Canva and all of its uses!

Wow, thanks to Canva I have been able to design everything for my branding in a decent amount of time and for not too much money.

Pros

My business cards look great, my logo, my social banners, my promotionals, just to name a few others also turned impeccable. I've got so many compliments on my shop's new look!