Canva: Pretty pretty and pretty simple.
August 28, 2018

Canva: Pretty pretty and pretty simple.

William Laurienti | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Canva

I have used Canva to build infographics and to put together a case study packet for a client. I don't use it all the time-- it lends itself to specific types of project. I use it like you might use MS Publisher (only Canva's learning curve is easier on my back).


  • Canva makes it very easy to change your mind about what goes where.
  • Canva's chart/graph tool is decent for basic data representation.
  • Cava's palette tool is useful for replicating brand colors around a document. You just take the hex code from your brand documents and drop them in to create a palette.


  • Canva, as a tool that seems to lend itself to information representation, doesn't have any means for managing and representing more complex data relationships. I found myself making charts in Google Sheets, exporting the charts as .png files, and uploading them to Canva.
  • Canva makes BIG files. It may be that I didn't understand how to do otherwise, but that nearly cost me when I was trying to rush a job to the print shop for a client (hadn't realize it wouldn't send by email until I got there and it hadn't shown up). It would be great if there were ways to compress files inside the program rather than seeking another solution. That said, I was in a hurry and should've seen that the file was pretty big.
  • Overall, though, clients have been happy with what I make for them in Canva-- and it's a lot faster than building from scratch in Gimp or Adobe. I'm not a designer.
Visme is a very similar product- so similar, I'm not sure how to differentiate them. They look a little different, they work a little different, but they take about the same amount of effort on about the same learning curve to create about the same quality of results.
Canva is great for presenting graphic information. It has tons and tons of templates and access to free and paid graphics. It's also great for making hero images for social posts. It makes beautiful images, and it's super easy to use.


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