Canva Gives Professional Results at a Fraction of the Cost!
August 22, 2018

Canva Gives Professional Results at a Fraction of the Cost!

Lisbeth Tanz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Canva

I've used Canva to create headers for social media, posters for bands, logos from products, thank you cards for clients, and an ebook. For me, Canva offers simplicity when designing pieces like this. I'm not a graphic designer and I can't afford to hire one when the need arises most of the time. Canva provides drop-dead easy solutions to my designing problems.
  • If you're a monthly subscriber, you have access to TONS of images, photographs, and fonts. They usually have something that works for whatever you're designing.
  • They also provide a large number of predesigned templates. All you have to do is erase the wording you don't want and put in what you do want. It couldn't be easier!
  • Canva also allows for cross-team functionality. I didn't need this, but I can see how it would reduce turnaround time for a project.
  • A negative is a monthly cost. As a solopreneur, $12.95 per month is a steep cost for something I don't use every month. I wish they had something else between $0 and $12.95.
  • I had a hard time keeping track of the money I paid upfront for images. (For example, I paid $10 upfront to take care of the $1 image cost for premium images.) I wasn't always sure I was getting credit because it seemed like I was paying anyway.
  • I'm always complimented on how professional my work looks!
  • The bands I design for love that their gig posters don't look like they were created in Word or Publisher. They feel Canva makes them look like they're serious about their business. Bar owners have also commented on how nice the posters look.
  • I'd have to say the only negative is the recurring monthly cost. It may not seem like a lot, but in the scheme of my budget, it has an impact.
Canva is well-suited for any situation that needs a well-designed, professional result. I used Canva to create logos for products I was marketing, which was a lot simpler than finding a designer. I also created an ebook using an ebook template. It looked professional and was very easy to use. I also liked that I could get a transparent background on my images, although I believe that's only with the paid version.

Using Canva

No system is perfect, but Canva comes close. It really is easy to use and generally doesn't warrant the tearing out of hair when using it. :) I found it to be intuitive and simple to figure out, so I rarely ran into problems. When I did, customer support was there to take care of me.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • The interface itself is easy-to-use. They've designed it to be intuitive, a big plus for anyone who doesn't have a lot of time to learn new software.
  • The number of images they provide is huge! And inserting them into the piece being created is dead simple. They also provide guidance so your placement is just right.
  • It's very easy to create new pieces, but even easier to modify an existing template for your needs.
  • Really, my only issue was keeping track of the money I paid upfront to cover the cost of images. It's not obvious as to where it's hidden and I'm not certain they tapped those funds each time I needed a paid image.