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Highlights

Adobe Photoshop and Canva are both graphic editing software. Adobe Photoshop is the market incumbent, while Canva is a new, more niche offering. Both products are rare among enterprises, but Canva is more concentrated in the small business market due to its robust free package and focus on user-accessibility. 

Adobe Photoshop is positioned as the legacy market incumbent, with advanced features for a range of more intensive editing uses. Canva specializes as an online entry-level editing software particularly well suited for social posts and graphics. 

Features

Both Adobe Photoshop and Canva offer basic graphic editing features, including graphic creation and editing existing content. However, they each provide features tailored to their specializations. 

Adobe Photoshop has invested more heavily in powerful and advanced editing capabilities. This allows Photoshop to provide deeper functionality for most editing and graphic design needs. The range and depth of its capabilities makes Photoshop ideal for frequent or power users. Broadly speaking, Photoshop has set the baseline on which editing software is compared to. 

In contrast, Canva differentiates by being more accessible for more casual or inexperienced users. Canva provides a free version that is fairly sufficient for many basic tasks, and includes a range of prebuilt templates for common use cases, such as social media graphics. It is designed to be extremely user friendly and accessible to users, regardless of prior experience or skill level. 

Limitations

While both Adobe Photoshop and Canva offer strong features, they also have some limitations worth considering. 

Adobe Photoshop’s power also entails greater complexity. The more advanced features and interface often requires a steeper learning curve to become proficient and work efficiently within the tool. Additionally, Photoshop has no free version. This requires more up front investment in the application than freemium products. 

In contrast, Canva is more limited in its functionality. Many of the better or larger graphics and images are paywalled, placing a ceiling on what can be done with the free version of Canva. There are also more limited account management features within the software. The lack of these features is most pertinent to freelancers or contractors, who may manage graphics for multiple clients within the software. 

Pricing

Adobe Photoshop is sold individually for $20.99/month. It can also be bundled with Adobe Lightroom for $9.99/month. 

Canva has 3 pricing tiers. The free version provides 8,000+ templates, 100+ design types, and many free images and graphics. The Pro version additionally offers a Brand Kit for white labeling, more free templates, premium images, and custom templates. The Enterprise version includes multiple Brand Kits, team management, workflows, and additional security features and support.

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe PhotoShop

If you're looking for a tool to create advanced graphics, superbly edit your photos, manipulate them, or create a mere ad poster it is a good tool for you. But only if you are pretty expert in using computers. If you're just starting out it will take you some time to adjust to the overwhelming interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Human Resources, Public Relations, and Training/Development departments of any size organization would most benefit from utilizing Canva. Clear and consistent messaging, which is also modern and professional, can be better managed by using Canva team sites. For smaller organizations, Canva is also useful for the promoting of services with high-impact and low-cost.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Adaptability - there are so many different tools that can be used to solve so many different problems.
  • User Interface - hover cards and tools and tips can help beginners.
  • Photo Manipulation - being able to fix images pixel by pixel is extremely beneficial.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

  • It has lovely templates if you want to start from a beautiful starting point.
  • You can easily customize templates are start-from-scratch on your graphics.
  • There are lots of free graphics to use, but you can also pay for more premium ones.
Mandy Cramer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Price: They used to charge $800 every few years for a newer upgraded version, and now it's on subscription status. Now, to use PhotoShop it's $50 per month. It's not awful, but I'd be a more passionate brand evangelist if they took the cost down a bit more :)
  • Adobe PhotoShop CAN but it isn't ideal to create brochures and multi-page print layouts (you can, but InDesign is a much better product for that).
  • Photoshop is OK for social graphics. Adobe SPARK is the new product to help with batch graphics. (thank you adobe).
  • The difficulty of use - This is an advanced program. I really wouldn't recommend it for newbies. It takes a learning curve to work with it.
page V | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

  • Perhaps it is a function of a higher pay-tier, but the ability to export the finished product into a different filetype would be helpful. Currently, it exports into .jpg, .png, and .pdf. Being able to use .doc, .eps, or .indd would be advantageous.
  • Though Canva features a great font selection, it would a nice to be able to upload a font for use in the product.
Scott Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.5
Based on 28 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!
Daniel Joyce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva 5.1
Based on 2 answers
Because there are tones of different ways to use it properly. Canva provides a very satisfying user experience
Oral Tosun | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.0
Based on 12 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.
Nicholas De Salvo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva 9.3
Based on 11 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 9.0
Based on 4 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.
Kris Bram | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

No score
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Performance

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 8.0
Based on 4 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.
Keith Bailly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

No score
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Support Rating

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 8.2
Based on 103 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.
Eric Karkovack | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva 8.2
Based on 25 answers
I don't think I've ever had to use the support for Canva because everything in the platform is so straight forward. I guess you could say that not having to reach out to anyone based on the performance of their program would qualify them for a ten out of ten rating!
Mark Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Keith Bailly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

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Implementation Rating

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 7.0
Based on 10 answers
I took a course so it really helped. I didn’t take the course until much later after beginning to use it, so I wish work would have sent me right off the bat. It would have alleviated a lot of frustratinon
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva 10.0
Based on 2 answers
This question shouldn't be asked for a tool which only requires a sign-up via email/Social.
Ankur Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe PhotoShop

Photoshop is the standard for graphics editing and manipulation— other software often attempt to emulate what PS can accomplish, but never fully deliver. Software such as Gimp, Corel Paint, Pixlr, and others, while great alternatives if Photoshop is not an option, do not provide the rich features and smooth functionality that Photoshop has perfected. We do utilize Adobe Illustrator in addition to Photoshop, as Illustrator focuses specifically on Vector graphics editing (used for logo designs). But, if Illustrator was not an option, Photoshop could also get us by.
Dan Talvi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

I would pick Canva for the ease of use for small quick projects. I would use the other programs for creating more complex projects like wall wraps or posters, etc. Canva does not have the ability to scale for projects such as a wall wrap. The precision that is required for that type of project is much better handled by the Adobe projects with Illustrator being the one I would use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Adobe PhotoShop

Adobe PhotoShop 4.0
Based on 1 answer
It seems expensive compared to the free/cheap programs now available
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

No score
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Return on Investment

Adobe PhotoShop

  • Photoshop is well worth the monthly subscription individually or with the whole CC suite. We have needs for Premiere Pro, Illustrator and other Adobe products, so it makes sense for us to pay for the whole CC suite.
  • Photoshop allows us to edit images quickly and has made our workflow more efficient.
  • Because we use Photoshop, we are able to provide visually stunning and engaging online training courses.
Danny Wood | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

  • I managed to impress many of my clients with the speed we managed to turn around and update social media designs. This helped us retain them for longer periods of time
  • You can't go wrong with fancy reports, my managers always expressed their delight whenever I delivered a professional looking elegant report
  • Saved me a lot time that I would've spent learning more complex tools like Photoshop and Illustrator to deliver simple designs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe PhotoShop

General

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

Adobe PhotoShop Editions & Modules

Edition
Single App$20.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Canva

General

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

Canva Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$12.951
Enterprise$30.002
  1. Per Month
  2. Per Month Per User
Additional Pricing Details

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