Canva allows you to create compelling designs for all aspects of print, online and social media marketing. Canva focuses on all types of users, including education, small businesses, large companies, nonprofits and even personal use.
- Business cards
- Social media graphics
Ease of Use
Canva is very simple to use yet delivers beautiful high-quality designs. When starting a new design, Canva takes the guesswork out of what dimensions to use by giving you a list of preset items to choose from (such as Instagram post, business card, etc.). You can also enter custom dimensions. From there, you can choose one of Canva’s existing layouts to edit, or you can start from scratch and upload your own elements. A search tool allows you to easily find desired images from Canva’s online gallery. Add photos, text, shapes and more to your design by using the drag-and-drop editor. Canva also has a built-in photo editor for your convenience. When your design is complete, share, download or order prints right from your editor screen.
Canva’s “Customer Happiness Team” is available via email Monday through Friday 24 hours, and Saturday and Sunday with limited support. You can expect a response within one to four hours on the weekdays and 24 to 48 hours on the weekends. Canva does not offer phone support. You can also reach the support team with a direct message via Twitter (@canva). Canva’s online Help Center allows you to browse and search topics you might need help with. There is also a troubleshooting section that will walk you through common issues. Under the “Learn” tab on Canva’s website, there are articles and resources in different areas such as design, nonprofit, education and photography, as well as online courses and tutorials.
It is free to use Canva’s online designer. Many elements in Canva’s design library are free, but there are premium elements available for $1 per one time use. Additionally, it costs extra to order prints through Canva. Pricing depends on your product and print options.
Canva for Work is an upgrade which allows you to collaborate with team members on your designs. Advanced elements are available through this upgrade such as free access to premium elements, the ability to upload custom fonts, priority support and more. This upgrade costs $12.95 per month per user, or $9.95 per month per user when paid annually. Canva offers a free 30-day trial for this upgrade. Nonprofits can upgrade to Canva for Work for free.
- Canva’s editor is completely free to use (unless using premium elements), and it is free to download your design.
- Canva has one million images available in its library to use in your design.
- Canva’s designer does not have page grids or alignment tools.
- Users have reported difficulties when selecting multiple items, especially when items are layered.
- There is no option to search through free images only.