Canva is a pleasure to work with and has few drawbacks
Updated June 23, 2021

Canva is a pleasure to work with and has few drawbacks

Peggi Wolfe | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Canva

I use our university's Canva account to design flyers and posters for various programs and events that our department is having. Canva is being used primarily by the media departments at the university. I believe it's being used by departments other than ours or Media, but I don't have first-hand knowledge of that. Using Canva for designs addresses the problem of keeping the approved university colors and fonts consistent across all flyers, brochures, newsletters, and other types of digital media created for the university and its programs and events. It really makes it so easy to create documents that will be approved because the correct fonts and colors are being used.
  • Provides readily accessible approved fonts and colors for our university publications.
  • A great selection of templates to select from.
  • Lots of resources for design, like photos, clip art, backgrounds, and other design elements.
  • The ability to share your design with others at the university.
  • The ability to download your design as a png, pdf, jpg, svg, even MP4 video or gif.
  • Easy to edit and alter the design and not lose what you had by creating clones of previous designs and then make the changes.
  • I have a hard time coming up with any improvements, perhaps increase the number of free elements to use in design.
  • Maybe, Canva should check if you start editing a previous document to see if you want to change the current design or create a new one as a clone of the current document (design).
  • I'm sorry, I really can't think of a 3rd. Overall, I really like working in Canva.
  • Our university approved colors and fonts for publications are set up in Canva and easily accessed.
  • The ability to make clones of previous approved documents to edit for programs and events.
  • Ease of use and access to lots of design elements to use.
  • I think Canva has had a very positive impact on our designs in that there is consistency with colors and fonts and approved school logos across all publications.
  • Since I am a only one user of many, I can't really speak about reduced costs or risk mitigation. But, I believe it has increased efficiency because our media department can access the designs done by other departments easily and make changes or corrections as necessary to keep the "brand" consistent.
  • I have not tried to use it on my phone, but I would think it would make it easy to work on designs no matter where you are.

Do you think Canva delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Canva's feature set?

Yes

Did Canva live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Canva go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy Canva again?

Yes

Canva is very well suited for designing a number of different publications, such as posters, flyers, brochures, newsletters, etc. It is an easy program to work with and doesn't take very long to become comfortable with the program. As far as scenarios that Canva is less useful, you have to use the elements, such as lines, frames, icons, shapes, and stickers, supplied by Canva. You can't create custom shapes on the fly. You could create a shape in something like PhotoShop and upload it, but you can't create them in Canva. Also, photo editing capabilities are limited in Canva and are best done using PhotoShop or similar digital editing program.