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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Photoshop

Scenarios where we love using PhotoShop:
  • Editing a background
  • Editing someone or something out of a background
  • Removing or adding items to a photo
  • Creating visual effects on or with a photo (making a photo look old or an old photo to look new)
  • Creating print-ready, high-res high-end graphics
  • Creating gradients
  • Creating multi-layer effects on photos
Scenarios where you can use PhotoShop, but other items in Adobe line can facilitate better:
  • Creating illustrations, vectors, or iconic shapes: Adobe Illustrator is better for this
  • Creating multi-page brochures or books: Adobe InDesign is better for this
  • Creating batch images in different renders and sizes for multi-platform media: Adobe Spark is good for this.
This is NOT an easy product to work with. You must have experience and training in order to produce the desired effects (Not for beginners).
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Canva

Canva is a really nice app for businesses that don't have professional designers on staff. While I am a full-time graphic designer, I have also used it when I need a simple graphic to make up for creating posts or stories to promote my business on Instagram or Facebook. I can, of course, do more effects using a professional graphic design program, but Canva is perfect when you're on the go.
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Pros

Adobe Photoshop

  • Highly Functional & Extremely Versatile — Users can accomplish a LOT with Photoshop, including photo restoration, graphic design, vector-based art creation (such as logo design), digital painting... even animation!
  • Industry Standard — Adobe Photoshop is one of the industry-leading software for graphic editing.
  • Responsive and Reliable — Photoshop runs extremely smooth. I rarely ever run into any issues or glitches due to software malfunction. It does what it does, and it does it well.
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Canva

  • Social media posts: The gallery of social media posts are great. We usually use the templates to show off reviews and testimonials, sale alerts, or new products.
  • Business Stationary: The gallery has plenty of great templates to create business stationary such as letterhead, internal memos, and business cards.
  • Design ideas: If you need something that looks professional but you aren't a great designer, Canva offers a wide selection of templates and ideas for you to piece together something that looks great. You can then use this as the production item, or send this off to a graphic designer to create and polish.
  • Quick and easy editing: The design editor is pretty simple with a point and click interface. You don't need to be familiar with Photoshop, InDesign, or other programs, Canva makes editing pretty easy.
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Cons

Adobe Photoshop

  • I think PS could be a little more intuitive. Since there is so much you can do with it, it's hard to know what every function does without in-depth changes.
  • Like most Adobe products, PS is always updating which can make it hard to keep up year after year.
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Canva

  • There are more templates and search functionality on the mobile apps than on the website. This is rather odd and makes the product a bit confusing to use. We sometimes have to find a design idea on the app then save it and use it on the web app. Would be easier if the ability to find designs was just baked into both web and mobile apps.
  • While it is a versatile design tool, Canva does not allow you to import just any fonts. Our team has had to find other workarounds to use the library of fonts we have as they cannot be imported into Canva, despite the functionality being advertised.
  • Being unable to import or export vectors or design files lets Canva down. As a tool that can be used by almost anyone, it needs some advanced features for professional designers. If we could export designs with layers or import them it would really make our workflow much easier.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 9.7
Based on 27 answers
We have 11 people using the program almost every day and when needed, we pull in other free lancers to continue the work flow. We have our Adobe subscription set to auto-renew every month and we're not getting rid of that anytime soon!
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Canva

Canva 6.2
Based on 2 answers
Because there are tones of different ways to use it properly. Canva provides a very satisfying user experience
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Usability

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 8.2
Based on 10 answers
I've used it for a long time and would consider myself a Pro user at this point. I know where everything I need is, have custom actions set up to make common actions faster, and have my workflows automated so much that everything is easy. Occasionally, a new version of Photoshop will change a common usability feature which will slow things down for a short time before I'm able to adjust, but generally I really like my setup. However, if you're new to Photoshop, it is likely going to take you a while to figure out how you can best use the features.
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Canva

Canva 9.1
Based on 10 answers
Canva is so simple and easy to use, it is kind of ridiculous. I wish this software was around years ago. My flyers and graphic design work would have looked so much better and been done much quicker. If you aren't convinced yet, just go download it or go on your computer and try it out!
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Adobe Photoshop is very reliable, but is never 100%. There have been times when Adobe Photoshop has had trouble opening, but nothing a little computer restart couldn't fix. I use Adobe Photoshop on a Mac for both work and at home on a daily basis, and I would be lost without it.
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Canva

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Speed can be an issue when you are dealing with large files for large format printing or billboards. When working on web images, speed is not an issue.
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Canva

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 8.0
Based on 46 answers
The times I've had issues, support staff were friendly. The live chat on Adobe's site has been helpful with some licensing issues I've had. But over the years, I have had some issues with product functionality that it seemed like the company could care less about. Not sure if it's fair to rate them based on experiences that happened a few years ago, but I guess it's all part of the total experience I've had with Adobe.
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Canva

Canva 7.9
Based on 10 answers
I gave a ? because I have never needed to use the Canva support, so I am not able to answer this question. Things have been very straightforward on the platform, and they're just have not been an instance I couldn't figure things out quickly. I have searched for an answer before on Google and have found a quick fix for what I needed.
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In-Person Training

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 10.0
Based on 1 answer
So, I received the training at the HQ and it was train the trainer training. A good time, I spent a week at their campus
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Canva

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 7.0
Based on 5 answers
The implementation of Photoshop is pretty easy, almost every artist that has a Wacom or other drawing tablet will learn Photoshop in a short amount of time.
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Canva

Canva 10.0
Based on 1 answer
This question shouldn't be asked for a tool which only requires a sign-up via email/Social.
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Photoshop

Other image editors I've had experience with are Pixlr, Gimp and Windows Paint. While I personally liked Pixlr the most out of those 3, none of them hold a candle to Photoshop. I've spent more time in Photoshop than the others, so naturally, I'm more familiar with it. It takes a little bit of practice and time to get comfortable in it but once you know your way around, it is the most efficient and effective image editor available on the market. Learning keyboard shortcuts increases efficiency ten fold.
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Canva

Venngage and Canva are very similar. I feel Canva is more user friendly. However, our office uses a paid version of Venngage which is more robust in features but less user friendly for those who have little to no design experience.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Photoshop

  • Photoshop really produces professional results that make images appear more professional in nature
  • With its large compatibility with multiple image formats, Photoshop can help save time by combining editing features for different types of images.
  • Although slight more expensive than other products, It has capabilities that many marketing and design firms need.
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Canva

  • I don't have hard numbers but we're probably saving thousands on design software each year.
  • We're also probably saving thousands in staffing time each year.
  • As Canva allows us to provide high quality, customized designs, it's probably helped us win a deal or two.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Photoshop

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

Canva

General

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

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