Want to mock up something like an infographic quickly and easy? Then Lawrence Harmer, founder of Solve Web Media, recommends Canva. It’s a free, browser-based tool that’s used by both designers and non-designers, to make graphics for both print and the web.
“Canva is pretty good for making nice images,” says Harmer. “Images are the window into the soul of your website and social media, so a tool like this can be key to success.”
Advantages of Canva
Users also have the option to create custom designs and templates that contain elements of their brand and company. With easy to edit templates and designs,Canva helps users ensure consistency of themes across documents. Templates, documents, and designs can be configured so that others can edit and introduce changes.
More Font/Template Options
Canva has 190 fonts available, almost double the options in Piktochart! In Canva, you can play with the spacing between lettering and opt for all caps automatically. You can also change the color or font of a word in the same text box. Unfortunately, none of these are options in Piktochart. Canvas also has 8,000 templates for handouts, social media, posters, ads, email headers, and much more. Piktochart has templates as well, but these templates are only accessible with PRO and limited to handouts, posters, reports, and infographics.
More Organization and Storage
Canva has the option to organize your graphics into folders. In Piktochart, you have to remember the name of the graphic or manually search few all the graphics you've ever made (ugh!). The free version of Canva has twice the picture storage of even the PRO Piktochart, which is perfect if you plan on uploading a ton of your own images.
Canva has some key features that Piktochart does not. Yes, you can work around them in Piktochart, but having these options available in the app saves time and hassle.
• Photo editor (crop down an image or change filters in the app).
• Transparent background (no white background behind your logos!).
• Automatic resize (magically turn your IG graphic into an email header).
• Save your brand's font and color scheme.
Pros and Cons
• Even in the free registry it will still give you good features to help you to be creative.
• Can easily upload images and there is a lot of variation for the sample text that gives more pattern for design.
• It saves my project history and there are different sizes for projects that you might need.
• I wish you could add a feature where you could remove a background of an image.
• For sample text to have a larger font size.
• Gives users simple tools to create effective graphics
• Easy to use interface with a wide variety of templates
• Good repository of deign-ready images
• I'd like to have more control over cropping and layering
• It is sometimes difficult to find the right template for your project
• Ease of use
• A wide variety of templates (both free and paid)
• Can be used to execute many different jobs (social media post design, cover design, ebooks creation, reports drafting, and much more)
• Saves brand colors and templates for reuse
• Good for light work, but doesn't replace Photoshop and Illustrator for complex jobs
• The platform is fully online, so working on a weak internet connection can be tiring (if the connection is lost, Canva doesn't save your work)
• Working on long reports or ebooks can cause the tab to eat a lot of RAM or even glitch.
Canva may not have web stories and animated video features, but it truly excels when it comes to image design.
This web app offers far more customization than Spark, allowing users to create something truly unique.
Unlike Spark, users of Canva can not only choose from preset dimensions, they can enter custom dimensions. Canva allows users to upload custom photos, and use more than one of their own photos in any given design.
Users have a plethora of font choices, and can use any colors they choose. Additionally, they can easily add icons, banners, and other styling to their design, and arrange these elements however they wish. Canva also allows users to purchase premium photos, icons, and other elements right in the app, if they need a little extra something to spruce up their design.
Users to download their designs in JPG, PNG, or PDF format from Canva, whereas Spark only exports designs as JPGs.
This allows Canva users more flexibility when it comes to where and how they share their designs.
While Canva does give users more flexibility, it takes more time to create a graphic than it does on Spark.
If you’re looking to put together a modern and streamlined presentation, an animated video, or quickly throw together a graphic for social media, Adobe Spark is probably right for you.