4 CANVA ALTERNATIVEs WORTH TRYING OUT

TL;DR: Canva is amazing, but the Canva alternatives listed here pack some features that you will not find in Canva.

Social media is primarily a visual medium and the evidence supporting the point that visuals bring engagement is overwhelming.

Here is a statistical fact that will compel you to pay more close attention to visuals in your content. 

When people hear information, they’re likely to remember only 10% of that information three days later. However, if a relevant image is paired with that same information, people retained 65% of the information three days later.

And when we mention online design tools Canva has pretty much become the benchmark.

Canva is amazing, but the Canva alternatives listed here pack some features that you will not find in Canva. Let’s take a look at them.

Canva is amazing, but the tools listed here pack some features that you will not find in Canva. 

Adobe Spark

This tool can virtually add a spark to your visuals. Adobe Spark is a user friendly Canva alternative, packed with a variety of templates for you to choose from. The tool consists of three main modules: 

Spark Post: This is a module geared towards creating social media content. You can create stunning graphics for all leading social media networks using pre-built templates and a huge library of visual assets. Goes without saying that you are free to build your graphics from scratch too.

Spark Page: This module allows you to create simple but still stunning web pages. Since it comes with a bunch of templates, you don’t need any design expertise to create a pages. 

Spark Video: Videos rule the roost when it comes to Social Media. Spark video enables you to create slick videos by adding images, video clips, icons, and music. You can even add your own voice to a video and make it truly personal. 

Adobe Spark is available as a Web App as well as for Android and iOS. 

If you are a casual user Adobe Spark’s free version is more than enough. You can upgrade to a paid plan if you require the premium features.  

Here’s a quick intro to Adobe Spark

STENCIL

Stencil is an easy to use Canva alternative designed for entrepreneurs, content creators, and marketers. With 1000+ templates and 22,000,00+ stock photos, this tool is more than enough for all your visual design needs.

Stencil is highly rated in review sites like Capterra, High Performer, and Trust Pilot and used by some of the leading media companies like Mashable, CNN, and Entrepreneur. 

Here’s a video that shows Stencil in action

Snappa

The name itself has the word ‘snap’. 

It is another Canva alternative that allaows you to create visual content as easily as a snap. Using Snappa you can create graphics for social media, ads, blogs, and more – without hiring a designer. 

The pre-made templates can be used to create infographics, ads, blogs, and social media content. The differentiating feature of this tool is that it allows you to share your content to all major social media networks, right from the tool. Snappa even supports integration with Buffer so that you can even schedule your content after creating them.

The free plan offers 3 downloads per month and limited features. The premium plans start from USD 10 per month. 

Snappa allows you to design in a snap!

Bannersnack

Bannersnack is not exactly a Canva alternative, as it’s more suitable for marketers who use display advertising. Having said that, you can still use it to create social media assets with ease.

It’s the ideal tool if your main objective is to create banners for display advertising. Whereas other design tools need you to create a single visual at a time, with Bannersnack you can create multiple graphics for different ad sizes in a single click! 

Another feature that sets this tool apart is the PSD Editor. You can upload a Photoshop file to Bannersnack and edit it without needing Photoshop installed. 

Bannersnack offers a free limited features plan. Premium plans start from USD 7 per month. 

Create multiple designs at once using Bannersnack

Conclusion 

Traditionally good visual design is something only large companies had access to. With their big-budget and dedicated design teams, they were able to churn out eye-popping visual designs. The small entrepreneurs had to stick to MS Paint as their main design tool.

But the times have changed. 

Today, there are plenty of tools that will allow you to create professional-looking visual assets even if you have zero design experience and at a zero budget. 

The only limit is your imagination.    

Though Canva remains the leader in this field, the Canva alternatives listed here offers some unique features that can help you go that extra mile.  

Shyamanta

Employer Branding, Corporate Communication, and Social Media professional with nearly 16 years of experience across global corporations, funded start-ups, and nonprofit.

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