Canva Allows Everyone to Be a Designer
April 08, 2021

Canva Allows Everyone to Be a Designer

Kristi Porter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Canva

I use Canva for most all of my design needs such as blog and Pinterest graphics for my blog posts and social media images for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also use it for creating flyers, PowerPoint presentations, cards, and numerous other things. Anytime I have to create an image, either from scratch or based off of a previous image, I turn to Canva first. It is an incredibly handy tool with an enormous amount of templates, allowing everyone to be a designer. And they are always adding new features like stock images, making it a tool I constantly turn to and recommend.


  • TONS of templates so you don't have to create from scratch, but customize to your needs
  • TONS of pre-created "elements" for us like illustrations and shapes to give your graphics more oomph
  • Recently incorporating more stock photos making it a one-stop-shop for graphic needs
  • Lots of terrific features even for the free plan


  • It is a bit of a learning curve, particularly if you aren't familiar with design programs. But once you get the hang of it, you can do some really cool stuff.
  • It's nice to have the auto save feature, but sometimes I forget to "save a copy" for a new design and accidentally save over my original. That took me some time to get used to.
  • As a Mac user, I'm very used to Control Z or copy/paste functions, and they don't always work well in Canva, so it takes some adapting from current habits I don't often think about.
  • I completely understand them needing to make money, but some of the elements and illustrations they want you to pay for seem pretty basic at times or there are limited free choices. Once in a while, that trips me up.
  • Overall ease of use
  • No cost for most all my needs
  • Lots of templates to create what I need
  • Lots of different types of projects available like social media, flyers, presentations, cards, and much more!
  • It allows me to look very professional on a budget, which is incredibly important to me!
  • It allows me to create the graphics I need in a hurry, without having to contract it out.
  • It gives me confidence in knowing that I can create something that both looks good and is useful for my brand.
Years ago, I used to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. My old job paid for them and some basic design classes, but I was mostly self-taught. And there was a steep learning curve on those programs since they are used by professional designers. So, it made perfect sense when Adobe Spark came out as a direct competitor to Canva (though I don't know which was first). When I first started using Canva, several years back, someone told me about Spark and since I had previously used Photoshop and Illustrator, I decided to give Spark a try... In my opinion, it was very behind Canva. The features and templates were not there, so it was never really a decision at all. I'm sure it's come a long way in the last couple of years, but I wasn't impressed with Spark when I tried it. If there had been no Canva, I'm sure it would've been a good solution. However, when I compared the two side-by-side, Canva blew it out of the water.

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I recommend Canva all the time to peers, friends, and clients! If you don't have a graphic designer on your staff or can't afford to contract all your graphic needs out out, Canva is a terrific solutions! Even when you have the money, it's also great for when you need to create something quickly and don't want to take the time to contract it out for a fast turnaround. And there are so many templates to choose from, and you can almost always find what you need or adapt it to fit your needs. At it's core, Canva allows pretty much anyone to be a designer!


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