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Canva

147 Ratings

Adobe Illustrator

319 Ratings
Score 9 out of 101

Canva

147 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Illustrator

Well suited for creating and converting vector files. Also offers a lot of customizations for file editing, which can come in very hardy. For basic image editing or file designing, I would prefer Photoshop or InDesign. Illustrator has so many options that I try to avoid using it, simply because for my basic day-to-day tasks, there are simpler products to use.
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Canva

Good for:
  • Light jobs when you want to create quick social media posts.
  • Book or report covers
  • I've created full small ebooks with it (up to 20 pages)
  • C.V.s and resumes are also some of my favorite things to create on Canva
If you do a lot of simple design work and change stations, Canva is the perfect platform for you. I did pay for some of Canva's premium images and designs to add spice and to make sure I stand out from some of my competitors, some of whom I realized are stealing/copying my social media post designs.
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Pros

  • Tracing and controlling traced images either black and white, gray scale or colored.
  • You can have a easy to do or a basic render and when you trace that image you get various visual styles
  • To create path to give details to image compositions.
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  • Ease of use
  • A wide variety of templates (both free and paid)
  • Can be used to execute many different jobs (social media post design, cover design, ebooks creation, reports drafting, and much more)
  • Saves brand colors and templates for reuse
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Cons

  • Some more features for the perspective tool
  • Maybe some connection with 3D software
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  • One of the major flaws is when you go to select multiple items that are layered to move or work with. They have an odd way of grouping them. Also, it is very difficult to select an object on a sub layer to move without moving everything on top of it.
  • Second issue has to do with printing the pdf files. I have had my alignment in the piece go completely wonky when it printed and there was not an easy way to fix the issue.
  • The templates that list a monetary number are confusing - it seems like you would have to pay to use the template but in reality the cost is actually for the stock photo they are using in the template. If you replace the stock photo, the template is free.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Illustrator9.5
Based on 2 answers
While Adobe Illustrator CC is one of the only true design software out there, it really stands heads above the other products. It's clean UI and menu structure is easy to navigate.
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Canva10.0
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Usability

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Canva9.4
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I have seen firsthand how easy it is for new staff to get up-to-speed on design projects and quickly start using the program. We produce a lot of collateral on a regular basis, and new hires, with no experience using design software in the past, immediately felt comfortable enough with the interface and help features to start producing great looking materials.
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Support

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Canva10.0
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Canva deeply cares about its customers -- regardless of whether they're paid or free trials. This is the commitment and spirit inculcated across the organization. Absolutely commendable!
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Implementation

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Canva10.0
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This question shouldn't be asked for a tool which only requires a sign-up via email/Social.
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Alternatives Considered

This is the go-to industry standard if you are talking about vector editing platform. This comes a long way and most of the printers have illustrator to serve up for all your print needs.
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Far easier to use than Photoshop (although cannot create highly technical images.)Piktochart is better for designing infographics but has more fonts and templates for flashcard style images available.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased collaboration between illustrators and photoshop users.
  • Has more creative freedom compared to Photoshop and time invested in Illustrator for the same artwork to be done in Photoshop can reap greater rewards.
  • As part of the Creative Suite, it is always easy to assign software to the individual team member at ease.
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  • Increased social media click-through rate as Canva enabled me to create eye-catching images to draw people in
  • Better brand awareness as basic stock images can be transformed to reflect the brand and be identifiable as collateral that is being delivered by this particular company
  • Saved money on having to hire a freelance designer as could complete work myself in-house
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Pricing Details

Adobe Illustrator

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Canva

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details