40 Great Canva Alternatives for Effortless Graphic Design

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Sandra Goh

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Once upon a time, graphic design was best left to the pros. But in recent years a bunch of useful tools have popped up online to make it easy for anyone to create eye-catching visual content.

Canva is one of the most popular of these tools. Companies of all shapes and sizes use it for everything from infographics and social media posts to presentations and business proposals. It has one simple goal: “to enable the whole world to design” (which it completely nails).

While you can do just about anything with Canva, there are plenty of great design tools that can help you achieve your goals. We’ve collected some of the best Canva alternatives so you can get an idea of what’s out there and find the best tool for your needs.

(Check out this post for expert tips on designing eye-catching social media posts.)


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  • A free tier with limited features
  • Annual plans start at $37/month
  • Monthly plans start at $49/month


  • A.I. for quick, easy content creation
  • Tools for every content type
  • Extensive asset library


  • Tools are not fully released
  • Not available offline

Designs.ai is a full online creative suite made for marketers, small business owners, agencies and enterprises. It uses advanced artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology to help you create logos, videos, banners, mockups and voiceovers in only 2 minutes.

The tools analyze your data and automatically generate materials you'll need for a successful marketing campaign. One of its best features is batch processing, which allows you to save time by creating thousands of social media graphics, logos or mockups in just one click.

Designs.ai vs Canva

Designs.ai’s AI capabilities set it apart from Canva. It has a variety of automation tools like auto-generation, resizing and design suggestions that make it even faster for you to make visual content.

Designs.ai also lets you duplicate your designs across multiple products or services. It also has mockup editing, voiceover generation and full video creation - tools not offered as part of Canva’s services.


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  • Free forever


  • Completely free
  • Easy to use
  • Quick creation time


  • Limited advanced features
  • Small built-in asset library
  • Not available on mobile

Vectr is a free online design software aimed at everyone from bloggers and social media specialists to software engineers. Its editing tools allow you to create any simple 2D vector graphic easily.

It features a simple, beginner-friendly interface that guides you through the design process in a matter of minutes. It’s not the most complex tool, but it’s not trying to be. It’s perfect for creating annotated images, logos, collages, watermarks and any sort of vector graphics.

Vectr vs Canva

If you’re looking to create vector graphics, Vectr is one of the best free tools on the web. It also has exclusive features that you won’t find on Canva. For example, the pen tool allows you to create custom shapes and you can download projects in SVG for free.


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  • Free plan with limited features
  • Yearly billing starts at $9/month for the Pro plan or $12/month for Unlimited
  • Monthly Billing starts $15/month for the Pro plan or $20/month for Unlimited


  • Easy to use
  • Static image and video editing
  • Millions of copyright-free photos and icons


  • Limited template categories
  • Limited collaboration features
  • Not available offline

Stencil is an easy-to-use online graphic design tool and image editor built for business owners, entrepreneurs, social media marketers, and bloggers. It offers templates for social media posts, eBook covers, holiday celebration posters, emails and more.

Stencil vs. Canva

While Canva has a broader array of templates, Stencil focuses on social media and web images. Some exclusive features include the ability to preview social media posts, save watermarks and upload fonts.

You can also resize images and create transparent backgrounds for free, features only accessible through Canva’s paid subscription.

Design Wizard

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  • Free basic plan with limited features
  • Monthly plans start at $9.99/month for Pro and $49.99/month for Business
  • Annual plans start at $7.42/month for Pro and $37.42/month for Business.


  • Ease-of-use
  • Millions of royalty-free images
  • Simple built-in photo editor


  • Limited project exports per month
  • Limited file download options
  • Limited collaboration features

This graphic design tool makes it easy to create both static images and short-form videos. It is a great option if your business has basic design needs, but doesn’t feel the need to hire a graphic designer.  

Their expansive library of professional templates includes everything you could need, from social media posts to website banners and business cards. Just pick a template, tailor it to with custom fonts and images and share or download your design.

Design Wizard vs Canva

Design Wizard allows you to schedule designs across all your social media platforms with its integrations with Marketo, Buffer and HubSpot. Canva has this feature too, but it only offers HubSpot integration.

One of Design Wizard’s most magical features is the ability to customize your dashboard. For example, you can select image sizes you frequently use and pin them to the top of your screen for easy access, speeding up the photo editing process.

Adobe Spark

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  • Free Starter plan with limited features
  • Monthly plans start at $14.29/month for Individual and $28.59 for Team
  • Annual plans start at $149.19/year for Individual and $343.07 for Team


  • Intelligent design with A.I.
  • Affordable team plans
  • Great for video and web design


  • No custom sizes and text styles
  • Export projects only to JPG
  • Video length limited to 30 seconds

Adobe is the undisputed king of the design world and Adobe Spark is one of their most popular offerings. This online and mobile app helps you create social media graphics, short videos and even entire web pages.

Unlike many of their products, which are aimed at professionals, Spark was made with beginners in mind. Whether you’re a social media marketer, small business owner or a UI designer, you can easily use it to create just about anything you need for the web.

Adobe Spark vs. Canva

One of the most unique aspects of Adobe Spark is ‘Spark Page’, a feature that allows you to create magazine style web stories for any device. You can also get suggestions from Adobe Sensei, a useful AI assistant that suggests layouts and text placements for your designs.

Adobe Photoshop

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  • $29.99/month for Photoshop on desktop and mobile with 100GB cloud storage
  • $14.29/month for Lightroom, Photoshop on desktop and iPad and 20GB cloud storage
  • $76.99/month for All Adobe Creative Cloud apps and 100GB of cloud storage


  • Unparalleled features
  • Best dedicated photo editing tool
  • Industry-standard software
  • Customizable workflows


  • Steep learning curve
  • Overwhelming interface
  • Pricey subscription plan

The chances are you’ve heard of Adobe Photoshop. It’s the single most advanced photo editing tool built for professional designers, photographers and artists. It's a tool that's helped launch thousands of photography businesses around the world.

Photoshop boasts a huge range of professional editing features and is ideal if you require more advanced design. You can do anything from photo editing and digital art to graphic design and animation. It’s also a part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud which includes access to other advanced tools like Illustrator and Lightroom, for all your photo editing needs.

Photoshop vs Canva

Photoshop is the tool for you if you need to do things beyond putting together a few quick social media posts. It gives you unmatched power to retouch images in all sorts of ways, whether it’s removing entire objects, retouching portraits or adding effects.

It also has an excellent cloud service that lets you take designs anywhere. You can start a project on your iPhone, edit it on Google Chrome and add the finishing touches on your tablet.


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  • Monthly plans start at $12/month for Basic, $19/month for Pro and $49.98/month for Team
  • Annual plans start at $8.99/month for Basic, $9.42/month for Pro and $39.99 for Team


  • Simple editor
  • Huge library of high-quality stock content
  • Create videos, logos and images


  • Few third-party integrations
  • No printing support

PicMonkey is a Canva alternative made for social media marketers, small businesses and entrepreneurs who require impactful visuals to tell their brand story. The focus here is on social media images and they have a huge template library of graphics for all the major players.

The platform was launched back in 2012 and has since developed a worldwide base of over a million users. Their templates make it easy to create graphics that suit your company and you can create a brand kit to control your color palette, logos and fonts.

PicMonkey vs. Canva

PicMonkey’s photo editor is more advanced than Canva’s. On top of one-click background removal, a feature both platforms share, PicMonkey allows red eye correction, blemish airbrushing, teeth whitening and face editing. It also offers a wide range of filters, textures and text effects unavailable on Canva.


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  • Free plan with limited features and a single user
  • Annual plans start at $10/mo for Pro and $20/mo for Team
  • Monthly plans start at $15/mo for Pro and $30/mo for Team


  • Great interface
  • Extensive asset library
  • Speedy creation time


  • Limited editing features
  • Only exports to JPG
  • Video length is limited to 30 seconds

Snappa is an online graphic design tool focused on ease of use and quick creation time. The platform strips away complex design features and boasts, a simple, clean, interface with everything non-designers might need to create graphics.

You’ll find all the standard design app features like templates, high-res stock photos and the ability to easily resize images. Snappa concentrates on making the experience as painless (and quick) as possible.

Snappa vs. Canva

Snappa is one of the most similar tools to Canva on this list, though it’s newer to the space and  doesn’t offer as many features. One element where it rivals Canva is with its on-boarding support. As soon as you sign up you are guided through the creation process with a video tutorial sent straight to your inbox.


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  • Free plan with basic editing tools and ads
  • Monthly plans start at $7.99/mo for Premium and $29.99/mo for Creative Pack
  • Annual plans start at $4.90 for Premium and $14.99 for Creative Pack


  • Clean, intuitive interface
  • Affordable team plans
  • Usable for video and web design


  • No custom sizes and text styles
  • Exports projects only in JPG
  • Video length limited to 30 seconds

Pixlr is a next generation online photo editor with millions of customers worldwide. It aims to deliver a smarter, faster and easier design experience for business owners, freelancers, content creators and students.

They achieve this with their intuitive editor, clean interface and assistive technology that makes it quick and easy to create great visual content. There's a huge library of stickers, and overlays, as well as a bunch of tools that automate the mundane and repetitive tasks that come with editing lots of images.

Pixlr vs Canva

Much like Canva, Pixlr runs entirely in your browser. You can access it from anywhere, whether you’re using PC or Mac. Convenience is at the centre of Pixlr's model, which, similarly to Canva, makes graphic design approachable for the average Joe (or Jane).

What Pixlr offers that Canva doesn’t is a more advanced option. Pixlr E gives you an experience closer to Photoshop for in-depth image editing.


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  • Free Starter plan offers five downloads every month and restricted features
  • The Pro plan is $9.99/mo or $7.99/mo when paid annually


  • No learning curve
  • Extensive resource library
  • Available on mobile


  • Can't save brand colors
  • Some limits to the editor

Crello prides itself on being one of the easiest online design tools to create animations, videos and graphics for social media and web ads. You can do all the usual things, from resizing and layering your image with other pictures or adding stickers.

This tool is perfect for small entrepreneurs looking to make visual content that pops. With the handy template library, easy to use interface and support for multiple content types, Crello makes it easy to design without being a pro.

Crello vs Canva

Canva may have Crello covered when it comes to features, but something unique that Crello offers is the Animation Maker. With this feature you can animate templates and objects to bring more spark to your images and videos. Use it to make your social feed stand out from the pack or grab attention with a flashy animated logo.


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  • Free plan with limited features
  • Monthly plans start from $7.50/mo for Easil Plus or $59/per member each month for Easil Edge
  • Yearly plans start from $6.25/mo for Easil Plus or $49/per member each month for Easil Edge


  • Advanced editing features
  • Extensive resource library
  • Cheap premium plans


  • Only exports in PDF and PNG
  • Limits on background removal
  • No team plans available

Easil is a drag-and-drop design tool suitable for both designers and non-designers. Upload your brand assets, choose a template, customize it to your liking and share or print your design. There are heaps of exclusive stock images, logos and fonts to choose from to make your creation look great and fit your company look.

Easil vs. Canva

Easil is one of the more advanced Canva alternatives. It has great text effect and mask tools that give you plenty of freedom and possibilities when editing photos. It does lack data visualization features though, so if you need that it's not the tool for you.  


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  • Free plan with limited features and Piktochart watermark
  • Monthly plans start at $29/month for Pro and $99/month for Team
  • Annual plans start at $290/year for Pro and $990/year for Team


  • Easy to use
  • Available online and offline
  • Supports PNG, JPG, PDF and HTML


  • Not available on mobile
  • Free plan is very restricted
  • Low value for money

Where Easil has a lack of data visualization options, Piktochart has a whole bounty. They specialize in helping you quickly turn any data or textual content into great-looking charts, reports, presentations or infographics.

Templates are designed by a graphic design expert, which gives you confidence in your design. Customize it with your brand colors or just drag your logo onto the page and let Piktochart choose for you. It’s a fantastic way to present complex data in an engaging way on social media, or in person.

PiktoChart vs. Canva

PiktoChart doesn’t boast the same capabilities as Canva. However, it does fair better when it comes to data visualization. If presentations, infographics and graphs are the type of content that you prioritize, then you should consider adding PiktoChart to your design tool belt.


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  • Free plan with restricted features
  • Billed monthly the Pro+ plan is $9.95/mo
  • Billed yearly the Pro+ plan is $4.95/mo
  • You can also organize custom Enterprise plans based on your needs


  • Budget friendly
  • Available on web and mobile
  • Small learning curve


  • Limited pre-designed templates
  • Poor file management
  • Free plan is limited

Desygner is a (mostly) free image editor and graphic design tool built, alongside the majority of tools on this list, to create awesome marketing materials. You can do it all with Desygner - social media images, web ads, email banners or business cards.

It’s a simple, powerful and inexpensive tool for creating content fast. The drag-and-drop interface is easy to master and you can work with layers, effects and multi-page files to create your masterpieces. Once you're done, sharing is easy with integration with Facebook, Google and other major platforms.

Desygner vs Canva

These two tools have similar features and interfaces. But for users who prioritize organization, Desynger lacks features to allow you to create files and properly manage your items. Its free templates also lack customization options, which is a problem Canva doesn't have.



  • Free plan with limited features
  • Pro plan from 9.99/mo or 7.99/mo billed annually offering full access to premium layouts, stock photos and team sharing functionality


  • Drag and drop interface
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • User-friendly and intuitive


  • Up to 20 custom fonts only
  • Not available on mobile
  • No option for making video

DesignBold is a user-friendly and intuitive design platform built to create content for print or digital that’s eye-catching and professional. Their goal is to make it effortless to get sophisticated results without any technical training, and they largely succeed.

One of its main selling points is its massive resource library. DesignBold offers users access to over 40 million stock images and assets - including templates, layouts and photos. It’s a great choice for bloggers, marketers and students.

DesignBold vs. Canva

Both DesignBold and Canva are user-friendly and have similar interfaces - each uses a drag-and-drop editor and give you access to countless templates and layouts. What makes DesignBold shine is their huge resource library, as well as the unlimited cloud storage on offer.


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  • Pro plan is $25/mo for up to two users
  • Enterprise plans are available for on enquiry


  • Quick to get started
  • Drag-and-drop editor
  • Automated SEO capabilities


  • No free version or trial
  • Limited editing features
  • No custom sizes

RelayThat can turn your team into a marketing army by converting your brand guidelines into high performing visuals for landing pages, social media images, banners and ads. They have a bunch of useful features - from headline generators and one click resize to a library of over three million free images.

Just upload your brand assets and RelayThat will provide different design sizes and formats for a variety of platforms. It’s a great tool to create images for your social media or company website.

RelayThat vs. Canva

If you’re someone who juggles many projects, it’s important to note that RelayThat’s Pro plan only offers a maximum of 20 projects. Canva has no limit. But you do get access to a huge library of  images that are SEO optimized to help you rank higher in organic search.


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  • Free plan with limited features
  • Monthly plans start at $25/mo for Standard and $39/mo for Business
  • Annual plans start at $15/mo for Standard and $29/mo for Business
  • Enterprise plans are available upon request for advanced features, upgraded security and more support features


  • Wide range of features
  • Millions of stock resources
  • Intuitive Interface


  • No custom sizes and text styles
  • Not available offline
  • Free plan is very limited

Visme boasts a wide array of tools that allow users to create engaging presentations, interactive infographics, documents, graphics and just about anything else you may need. It empowers anyone to create branded content no matter of background.

A handy feature is the ability to embed things like polls, tweets and surveys. You can also add charts, maps and data widgets with a few clicks, or upload your own. Their features make the content creation process easy and their cloud storage means you’ll never have to worry about losing your work.

Visme vs Canva

The library of templates that Visme offers leans towards business-oriented designs instead of a boost of creativity. You can always customize or switch the colours of the template around to your liking to make it more fun, but Canva offers you many more possibilities.


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  • Free plan with limited design and Venngage branding
  • Monthly plans are $19/user/mo for Premium and $49/user/mo for Business
  • Quarterly plans are $17/user/mo for Premium and $43/user/mo for Business
  • Yearly plans are $16/user/mo for Premium and $39/user/mo for Business
  • Custom pricing is available for Enterprise customers


  • Templates are easy to edit
  • Interface is clear and intuitive
  • Linkable charts and infographics


  • Premium templates are limited
  • Free plan is majorly restricted

Venngage is a graphic maker that focuses primarily on infographics. It also features a wide range of tools for presentations, newsletters, social media posts and other visuals. With the help of thousands of design elements, it allows anyone to create stunning graphics.

This tool makes data easier to process, remember and share with your audience or team members. Start with a template, add charts and visuals and then customize it to fit your brand. Use them to present important information, boost your blog posts or share useful stats on social media.

Venngage vs Canva

Venngage won’t beat Canva when it comes to creating simple social media graphics, logos, and things like Linkedin banners. But they’re not trying to. Venngage’s goal is to make it easy to create infographics that look great - and that’s what it achieves.

Pablo by Buffer

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  • Completely free


  • Free (no sign-up required)
  • Handy Chrome extension
  • Super easy to master


  • No custom sizes and text styles
  • Basic features
  • Few filters and text options

Pablo is an image editing and creation tool made by Buffer. It lets you transform any image by adding simple text over it in seconds. You can use it to create inspirational quotes, blog post teasers, product images, or even Facebook covers for your business.

There’s no sign-up or registration required - just hop on to their website or add the Chrome extension. You can pick from a few sizes, search from over 600,000+ images and add your text. It’s great if you want to create shareable images for Instagram in particular.

Pablo vs Canva

Pablo isn’t really going to compete with Canva as an overall service. But if you’re looking for a way to pop text over the top of an image, you won’t find a faster and easier way to do so. It’s made even faster with the Chrome extension, and with no sign-up required, you don’t even have to remember any login details.


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  • Fotor Basic is free with limited features, photo effects and design resources
  • Fotor Pro is $8.99/mo or $51.99/mo when billed annually
  • Fotor Pro+ is $11.99/mo or $107.99 when billed annually (and is the best choice for startups, agencies and corporate marketing.)


  • Next to no learning curve
  • Available on mobile
  • Affordable pricing


  • Lack of advanced features
  • Limited template sizes
  • Free plan is very limited

Fotor is an online photo editor and graphic designer. Some of its features include adding filters, frames, text, stickers and more. Choose Fotor if you value the option to retouch and beautify your photos, or if you want to create designs for a website.

With billions of photos processed with their tools and over 450 million users, Fotor is no slouch when it comes to creating visual content. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting started, but if you have any design-related questions you’ll find plenty of answers with a wealth of tutorials and guides a few clicks away.

Fotor vs. Canva

Fotor has similar features to Canva. Where it is unique is its photo retouching and ‘beautifying’ tools. There’s also a big difference when it comes to pricing - Canva Pro is more than $100 more expensive.


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  • Free plan supported by ads
  • The Pro plan is $4.99/mo when billed annually or $6.99/mo billed monthly


  • Small learning curve
  • Intuitive interface
  • Available on mobile


  • Too many advertisements
  • Very limited free plan

BeFunky is  another tool that excels at helping amateurs be a photo editor, graphic designer and collage maker. It calls itself an “all-in-one creative solution” and achieves that through a vast library and tools that help bring your creativity to life.

You can do standard tasks like crop and resize photos, retouch portraits and remove backgrounds from images. There are also some unique things that come in handy, including the ability to batch-edit photos and create collages in a single click.

BeFunky vs. Canva

BeFunky is pretty straightforward on what it does: edit photos. Canva is more of a jack of all trades. Pick BeFunky if you’re looking for an tool for background removal and all sorts of image retouching.



  • Free version with limited features supported by ads
  • Plus plan from $3.33/mo when billed annually or $6.99/mo billed monthly


  • Easy to use
  • Create shareable content


  • Lack of advanced features
  • Too many ads in free version
  • Can’t upload your own photos

Fotojet helps turn your ideas into stunning, shareable artworks. Whether you’re creating photo collages, editing photos or creating your own design, it gives you the power to make something unique.

PearlMountain—the team behind Fotojet—also offer another service called FlexClip that makes it super easy to create stunning videos in only a few minutes. It's flexible, versatile and outputs videos that look fantastic.

There’s a huge library of templates that free up time for you to concentrate on parts of your business other than graphic design. Just pick one and get started. It’s also a handy tool to quickly enhance or crop photos for upload on your socials.

FotoJet vs Canva

FotoJet isn’t quite as full-featured as Canva. Most of what Canva offers in their free service is locked behind FotoJet’s paid plan. It does have a  number of pre-designed templates and more photo editing features, but overall Canva’s a more full-featured, cost-effective tool.


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  • Graphic Design Essentials is $399/mo and recommended for solo entrepreneurs and small businesses
  • Graphic Design Pro is $995/mo and recommended for agencies and medium to large businesses
  • Custom Illustration is $499/mo and recommended for content creators and brand focused businesses.


  • 24 hour customer support
  • Unlimited requests and revisions
  • Fast turnarounds


  • Expensive monthly rates
  • No team collaboration outside Pro plan
  • Additional payments for custom illustrations

DesignPickle is a flat rate graphic design service that does the design for you - literally. You get access to professional graphic designers who will come up with material, from advanced interactive graphics to gifs, book covers and social media banners.

Whatever you choose will be completed within two business days (with unlimited designs and revisions.) This is a great option for entrepreneurs or small business owners who don’t have the time to fiddle with the design themselves, but don’t quite want to fork out the cash for an actual designer.

DesignPickle vs Canva

DesignPickle is a great, albeit costly, alternative to Canva. Where Canva and most of other apps on this list give you the tools to create your visual content, DesignPickle gives you a dedicated designer. While the monthly fee is expensive, you can get truly unique graphics specifically tailored to your business by a professional.

Placeit by Envato

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  • The Unlimited Subscription gives you access to all Placeit’s templates and costs $14.95/mo or $89.69/year (a saving of 50%)


  • Fantastic usability
  • Colossal asset library
  • Intuitive interface


  • No free trial
  • Limited advanced features
  • Not available on mobile

Placeit is another smart design, logo and mockup tool that empowers users to create stunning visuals and marketing materials. Choose from the thousands of apparel, video, and graphic design templates and edit it to your liking.

This tool is great whether you’re an individual or huge eCommerce retailer that wants to create visual assets to promote your brand. It also gives you access to the largest collection of mockups on the entire internet.

Placeit vs Canva

Where Canva is aimed at users creating all kinds of posts, Placeit concentrates on helping people create mockups for social media content and apparel. In contrast to Canva, Placeit also has a single purchase option for users who don’t want to commit to a monthly fee, or only need a single design.


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  • Free Basic plan with limited features
  • Pro plan is $25/mo or $19/mo billed annually and includes the ability to download, up to 100 projects, and access to premium templates and images.
  • Business plan is $79/mo or $67 billed annually and adds the ability to upload your brand kit, use a larger library and create unlimited pages per project
  • Team plan is $179/mo or $149/mo billed annually and adds real-time collaboration and engagement analytics
  • Enterprise plans are available upon request and includes priority support, custom domains, branded profile and subdomain, and training for your team.


  • Comprehensive features
  • Great drag-and-drop editor
  • Export in various file formats
  • Great plan variety


  • Limited to 10 projects on free plan
  • A bit pricey for small teams
  • Does not support GIS data files

This tool is dedicated to helping small business owners create engaging infographics and reports in a few minutes. You can design with ease with their drag-and-drop editor, collaborate with your team in real-time and download, share or publish your creation online.

Infogram even offers cool features like charts that users can interact with and add links, legends and tooltips. There’s a useful analytics too, so you can measure your viewer demographics and get an idea of how many people shared your content.

Infogram vs Canva

You’ll find that for most teams Canva will be the best option, particularly if you’re not a power user. Canva offers features to create basic infographics, graphs and charts - and the option to export in various formats - without paying a cent.


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  • Free plan supported by ads
  • PiZap Pro is $5.99/mo or $2.99/mo when billed yearly


  • Easy to use
  • Budget friendly
  • Quick and straightforward


  • Designs are kind of outdated
  • Lack of advanced features
  • Exports only in PDF and JPG

PiZap is four tools in one:  an online photo editor, collage maker, meme maker and design tool. As you can imagine this means they have a huge range of features, including effects, fonts, stickers, collage layouts and a bunch of others.

To make things easier there's a piZap app on iOS and Android for quick edits on the go. It’s not the most complex tool, but it’s great for simple editing.

PiZap vs Canva

PiZap is fun and easy to use, but the price for the premium account isn’t justified. Canva offers far more advanced features and tools completely free of charge. However, we will suggest piZap if you want to spend some time creating funny memes to get a few laughs on social media.


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  • Free plan with restricted features
  • Pro plan is $9.90/mo or $7.49/mo when billed annually
  • Master plan is $39.90/mo or $20.82/mo when billed annually
  • Team plan is $79.15/mo whether you pay monthly or annually


  • Fantastic for presentation slides
  • Zero learning curve
  • Offline viewing


  • Limited templates
  • Exports only in PDF and JPG
  • Free plan is very limited

Genially offers a way to turn boring presentation slides into something more exciting, by using visuals and animations to wow your audience. Whether you’re creating a video presentation or a dossier to present in-person, Genially allows you to bring your content to life. Create visual stories and turn boring data into amazing experiences that people want to see.

Genially vs Canva

Genially’s advanced presentation tools separate it from Canva. If you’re looking to create engaging video presentations or slides you really can’t beat it, especially if you’re displaying complex data (which is why it's used by several large universities).


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  • Completely free


  • Free to use
  • Export to many formats
  • Active user community support


  • Steep learning curve
  • Unattractive interface
  • Not very intuitive

Inkscape is a  free and open-source vector graphics editor used widely for illustrating cartoons, logos, typography and flowcharting. The great thing about vector graphics is the high resolution, sharp printouts and renderings that don't limit the number of pixels (unlike raster graphics).

In layman’s terms: it's great if you want to create designs that can be scaled to any size. For example, the same inspirational quote graphic you make could be used as a Twitter post and also a poster to display in your office, without any distortion.

Inkscape vs Canva

Inkscape doesn’t look as visually pleasing as Canva. However, it makes up for what it lacks in looks by being completely free. More than most tools on this list, Inkscape emphasises original designs rather than pre-designed templates.

PaintShop Pro by Corel

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  • PaintShop Pro 2021 is a one-time payment of $119 and offers all the tools you need to edit and enhance your photography and create graphics quickly and easily.
  • PaintShop Pro 2021 Ultimate is $149 and includes a bonus collection of software like AI HDR Studio, PhotoMirage Express and Corel AfterShot.


  • Great value for money
  • Constant updates
  • Small learning curve


  • Only available on Windows
  • A.I. tech has limitations
  • No pre-designed template for graphics

PaintShop Pro is a powerful tool that has everything you need to create graphics, edit your images with retouch, restore, layering and effects. It also features a video making tool that can help with everything from storyboarding to timeline editing.

One of its biggest strengths is that it’s constantly being updated with new features. Some recent additions include A.I. technology to remove distortions and noise, as well as resize your photos, and a photography workspace for underwater and drone shots.

PaintShop Pro vs Canva

While PaintShop Pro is easy to learn, it’s difficult to master. There are many advanced features to conquer. In comparison to Canva it’s concentrated on creating graphics from the ground up, so if you need something simple and fast, it’s not for you.

Tailor Brands

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  • Free


  • Easy to use
  • Budget friendly
  • No learning curve


  • Not available on iOS
  • No free trial
  • Lack of advanced customization

Tailor Brands is the world’s first A.I.-powered logo design and branding platform. Does that mean that there are robots behind the scenes making all kinds of fancy graphics for you? Well, kind of. Except it’s the software kind.

Their tools are help your brand to stand out from the crowd. It’s particularly great for small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs as it takes lots of the heavy lifting out of graphic design.

Tailor Brands vs Canva

You won’t find Tailor Brands’ A.I. capabilities on Canva. Their tools for business branding management are also more advanced than Canva’s because that’s their specialty. While Canva does have a brand kit, Tailor Brands fully coordinates your brand identity onto things like business cards, merchandise, presentations and more.


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  • Free plan with limited templates, stock media choices and up to five designs
  • The Basic plan is $8.99/mo or $4.99/mo when paid annually and offers unlimited templates, stock icons and modules, as well as high-res PNG & PDF exports.
  • The Plus Plan is $12.99/mo or $5.99/mo when paid annually and adds the ability to upload your fonts and to save up to 1,000 designs.


  • Easy to master
  • Budget friendly
  • No learning curve


  • Not available on mobile
  • Limited templates
  • Only exports in PNG & PDF

The younger sibling of FotoJet, DesignCap is a new video game console with better graphics than the Xbox One and more exclusives than PlayStation 5. Oh wait - no it’s not. Just like all the other tools on this list, it’s an online design software that aims to make professional graphic designs approachable for everyone.

It allows you to save time and money by giving you access to countless templates and resources to boost your creative output. Powerful tools allow you to do things like adjust, resize, and customize graphics with ease. While the focus is on posters and flyers, there’s plenty of other templates for a range of use cases.

DesignCap vs Canva

Canva offers most of the features that DesignCap does and, to be honest, has much nicer  templates. The pre-designed templates from DesignCap tend to look a little out of date. It’s still good software for designing graphics, but doesn’t have the same polish or variety offered by Canva.


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  • Free one day pass that offers full access for a single day
  • The Lite plan is $10/mo or $99 for a year and is best suited for small agencies and campaign managers
  • Custom Enterprise plans are available on request and feature multi user support, cloud storage and premium stock image access.


  • Great interface
  • Unlimited downloads on all plans
  • Ready-made templates


  • Not available on mobile
  • Limited features
  • Cloud storage for Enterprise only

If you’re looking to make your own banner, QwikBanners is for you. It allows you to design and generate your own high-res banner in seconds, with no coding or design skills required. It’s easy, efficient and economical.

Don’t stress over design - pick from their ever-growing collection of templates. They’re all pre-tested to ensure you get a good click through rate (CTR). Save time by creating up to ten banner sizes at once and create countless variations with unlimited downloads.

QwikBanners vs Canva

QwikBanners doesn’t have as many features as Canva, but that’s not their model. Their main feature is in the name: banners. If this is what you need to do then you can’t go past it.  


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  • Free to get started
  • Access to Youzign Pro is $9.99/mo or $99 for lifetime access and also gives you access to the entire zSuite software suite.


  • Easy to use
  • Budget friendly
  • Free weekly Q&A seminar


  • Lack of HTML5
  • Limited image editing tools
  • Poor tech support

Youzign is an all-in-one design platform aimed at providing you all the tools you need in one place. Whether you want to create a new Linkedin cover, ad banners for your website or remove a background for a fancy PR shot, you can do it with this software.

It aims to be a kind of bridge between software like Photoshop that is too complex and expensive for most users, and Canva, which hides its best features behind a paywall. And it largely succeeds.

Youzign vs Canva

Youzign offers most, if not all, that Canva does. But you might notice that Youzign’s polish isn’t up to Canva’s standard - from the website to the interface and template gallery, it just doesn’t look as professional or well-designed. Youzign’s lifetime deal does give you great bang for your buck though.


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  • Free to make your video up to 20 slides with limited features
  • The Pro plan is $31/mo or $294/year and includes all templates for social media, access to the stock library of over three million images and videos, magic resize, custom color palettes and URL sharing


  • Automatic design features
  • Quick and straightforward
  • Easy to learn


  • Can’t add graphics to video
  • Limited text-to-speech voices
  • Expensive for what it offers

Tyle excels at helping you create video marketing materials. It features a smart editor that automatically adjusts your designs to improve the appearance and readability, as well as an image enhancer that makes it easy to create high-quality content.

Taking a different approach, Tyle aims to inspire users with a range of templates that each express a certain mood. Need something upbeat or professional? Funny or serious? Find exactly what you need then pick the right messaging with their helpful tools.

Tyle vs Canva

Tyle offers the tools you need to create videos and slideshows for digital audiences. Canva doesn’t have the same video creation tools, so if that’s what you’re after then Tyle is a good option.


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  • Free to create and edit up to 3 designs
  • The Create plan is $17/mo per editor, billed yearly or $32/mo per editor, billed monthly and allows you to create and edit unlimited designs each month
  • The Automate plan is $35/mo per editor, billed yearly or $45/mo, billed monthly and includes access to a Generator that automates your visual design production, unlimited Brand Kits and a Feed Ad Builder
  • The Enterprise plan is custom-made for complex teams with 10 editors and more and includes training, a dedicated account manager, premium customer support and API integration


  • Great user interface
  • Easy collaboration
  • Quick to learn


  • Free plan is limited
  • Few integrations with third-party apps
  • Not available on mobile

Creatopy is an all-in-one, cloud-based production platform that makes it easy to create static visuals or animated banner ads. It gives communicators the tools to spark their creative journey and keep visual content organised and on-brand.

It supports HTML5 animations, custom codes (if you’re tech savvy) and works with all major ad networks. All in all, it’s an excellent solution if you want to create interactive ads that convert.

Creatopy vs Canva

Canva and Creatopy are pretty similar when it comes to prices. While Canva offers more features overall, Creatopy has an advantage when it comes to helping create effective display ads. Their ad template gallery is also excellent.


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  • Free plan with limited features and no commitments
  • Starter plan is $32/mo or $14/mo billed annually and is perfect for publishing and sharing
  • Professional plan is $48/mo or $35/mo billed annually and is for more serious publishing, branding and analysis of your digital catalogs
  • Business plan is $99/mo or $79/mo billed annually and has everything you need for corporate publishing, including team management
  • Enterprise plans are available from $250/mo or $210/mo billed annually and includes a dedicated account manager, custom domain, 10+ users and several other advanced features


  • Interactive content
  • Available on mobile
  • Platform to sell your publication


  • Limited to 20 pages
  • Sparse template library
  • Finicky interface

Flipsnack has a unique niche: flipbooks. If you’ve never heard of a flipbook before, it’s a way to transform boring old PDFs into online books that you can flip through. It’s great for things like online magazines, brochures, and creating eBooks.

Just upload a PDF and turn it into a digital publication - it’s really easy to use. You can also design from scratch from within the app. They’ve got an excellent drag-and-drop editor, as well as a bunch of useful design features, to make it a breeze.

Flipsnack vs Canva

Flipsnack is heavily geared towards magazines and interactive PDFs. This makes it a really effective tool for specific use cases like creating study material for students or building an online catalog.


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  • Free plan for basic designs with limited templates, photos and graphics
  • Pro plan is $69.99/year for unlimited premium templates, photos, graphics and font collections, as well as the Shapes tool
  • Over Teams is $69.99/year and adds a range of collaboration features as well as shared folders and activity notifications - but is only available on iOS


  • Website has great resources
  • Affordable Pro plan
  • Follows current trends


  • Free plan limitations
  • Over Teams only on iOS
  • Limited video creation options

Over’s tagline sums up what it specializes in: “beautiful design, made easy.” Like some of the other tools on this list, their niche is helping design amateurs create professional ads, branded content and stunning social stories in a matter of minutes.

You can bring your ideas to life with easy to use tools that make designs that fizz, crackle and pop. Keep branding consistent with a hub for brand assets, and if you’re stuck for ideas, you can borrow one from Over’s constantly-updated premium templates.

Over vs Canva

Perhaps more than any other tool on this list outside Canva, Over really has its finger on the pulse of current design trends. Especially when it comes to socials. You get templates that reflect what’s happening in the industry, which is great for driving engagement.


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  • Free plan with limited features, ads and a PhotoADKing watermark
  • Starter plan is $6/mo or $4.50/mo billed annually and includes 30 designs a month, HD video and animation and full access to in-app content
  • Pro plan is $11/mo or $8/mo billed annually and includes everything in the starter plan with additional support and unlimited designs


  • Budget friendly
  • No learning curve
  • 24/7 live customer support


  • Ads and limits on free plan
  • Not available on mobile
  • Outdated designs

You want a graphic design tool to be easy to use, output high-quality designs and ideally have a huge library of templates, stock images and fonts available. PhotoADKing has all these features and more, and is an excellent platform for promotion and finding fun ways to reach your audience.

PhotoADKing has all the major features you need with lots of customization options, the ability to autosave work and add multiple layers, and even 3D designs. Some of their designs are outdated, but you can customize them to look more modern.

PhotoADKing vs Canva

While PhotoADKing has a free plan, it’s limited to ten designs and comes with a watermark. Canva doesn’t have invasive ads and allows you to download without any markings at all. The Pro plan is only $8 a month though, with unlimited resources and designs, making it a slightly cheaper Canva alternative.


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  • Free plan with limited features and only three documents
  • Pro plan is $10/mo for unlimited documents and pages, premium templates and advanced design features
  • Team plan is $12/mo per user with a three user minimum and offers advanced template locking and account identity management
  • Custom Business plans are available upon request


  • Printing service included
  • InDesign compatible
  • Free webinars


  • Not available on mobile
  • Free plan limitations
  • No video creation option

Lucidpress knows what you need: on-brand, personalized content that gets results. They promise to get those results for you with their brand templating solution that helps you make content to scale. It’s used by companies like Amazon, HubSpot and Prada, so you know it’s doing something right.

Their template gallery helps you start quickly and their drag-and-drop editor makes the process pretty much effortless.

Lucidpress vs Canva

Like Canva, Lucidpress offers great brand options to manage your designs and solidify your workflow. An area where it particularly excels is security - Lucidpress offers advanced encryption and multi-factor authentication for those working with sensitive documents.


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  • Free plan with attribution and limited feature
  • Full Artify is $7/mo, $79/year or $99 for lifetime access and includes Artify Editor, Artify Illustrations and Artify Gallery for 4k vector illustrations
  • Full Design Bundle is $9/mo, $99/year or $149 for lifetime access and includes everything in Full Artify plus Iconshock Full


  • Easy to use
  • Premium plan shareable to 10 users
  • Affordable lifetime plan


  • No mobile experience
  • No video creation
  • Only exports to PNG and SVG

Artify is a simple web-based design editor packed with features and a huge library of assets including two million icons and 3,000 illustrations and mockups. The interface is minimalist and quick to get the hang of.

On top of that there are thousands of ready-to-use templates to kickstart your creativity.The great thing about Artify’s templates is that they have hundreds of use-ready titles and editorial templates for you to adapt to your needs. That means you save time on design and copy.

Artify vs Canva

Artify really isn’t a competition for Canva. Canva offers more variety in templates, export options, tools and just about everything else. But what Artify lacks, is made up for by their great value for money.


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  • Free plan with limited features and lite editor
  • Freelancer plan with full-featured editor, templates and fast image delivery for $15/mo or $12.50/mo billed annually
  • Team plan with collaboration features and premium connections for $30/mo or $25/mo billed annually
  • Agency plan with additional brand styles and user permission features for $120/mo or $100/mo billed annually


  • Fast and easy to use
  • Free trial for every plan
  • Export HTML and images


  • Limitations on free plan
  • Few templates
  • Not available on mobile

We aren’t talking about the buzzing kind: BEE stands for ‘Best Email Editor’. It takes pride in being one of the best drag-and-drop editors for designing mobile-responsive emails. Any business owner knows how important emails are, and BEE promises to help you design newsletters, marketing and transaction emails that convert.

There’s options for everything from freelancers to full-scale digital agencies - and it's easy to get started. By looking after the design aspect of email marketing, BEE gives you time to concentrate on other aspects like copywriting and improving open rates.

BEE vs Canva

BEE’s speciality lies in creating eye-catching and responsive email templates. It’s something that you can do with Canva, but certainly isn't a main feature. If you’re looking for an email software solution it’s worth a try - and you can get started with the free plan.

As you can see there’s no shortage of options in the graphic design space. There’s a tool for everyone, whether you need to create social media graphics, touch-up photos or just find a way to spruce up your business reports.

While Canva is the king of online graphic design tools, the scale and quality of the alternatives shows just how much the field has evolved. There’s no shortage of choice in 2021 and beyond - which pushes innovation and benefits consumers.

The good news is you don’t have to commit to one software. Whether you're looking for web development tools, online form builders or payment gateways, the process is the same. Try some of the free trials available and consider which tool is best for your use case.

It’s about speeding up your workflow, improving your visual content and freeing up time so you can do other things related to your business. All that’s left now is to try them out. Good luck!

This article was a joint collaboration between Sandra Goh and Ashley Yeong from Designs.ai. Sandra is Senior Product Marketing Analyst and Ashley is a Product Marketing Intern.

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