I have been using Photoshop for almost two decades. In 2007, I began taking photography more seriously, and I photographed for an MLS sports team. I’m a huge Photoshop enthusiast. It’s powerful, flexible, and can do anything. However, I less and less need the more powerful features. This brought me to Canva.
It’s everywhere I look now. It’s web-based, so it’s easily accessible wherever I am. I have multiple computers, and it’s just an easier experience for me to work on media from whatever laptop I am using.
It’s also cheaper. With Photoshop, you can’t use it for free, but Canva has a free tier, and it’s pretty good for simple jobs.
The main selling point for me is that since the tool itself is web-based, so too are the files/projects you create. They store the files on the web in your account and it’s much easier to access and share them. Coupled with the fact that I often work together on files with my wife, it’s a more functional and cheaper option for us. It was only an additional $2/month to add her to my account. Now we can collaborate live together on files even remotely, editing the same file at the same time, and can see each other’s changes in real time.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t use Photoshop, but if you’re new to creating promotional material, editing images, or making designs for hundreds of different reasons, Canva is much easier to get started.
- Perfect for those on a budget
- “Powerpoint” like experience
- Able to save your work online
- Create in minutes!
- Limited free photos and design elements
- Tons of photos, elements (shapes, videos, etc), and hundreds of fonts.
- Access to more video inserts and premium headers and background images.
- Upload your own fonts
- Perfect for team collaboration
- Cheaper than Photoshop, especially for teams.