Canva is a visual designing app. It is online, so it gives you the freedom to use it anywhere. Another tool in the same space is Desygner. It has many of the same options that you don’t find in Canva. So, which one should you use? The article covers Canva vs. Desygner.
How both are used
Although both Canva and Desygner are visual editors, Canva is more used for visuals, presentations, flyers, prints, and posters, whereas Desygner is used for visuals, posters, and prints.
Canva has lots of options on the editing interface. You find the editing options to the left, while the centre and right sides cover the visual canvas. Some visuals and element-specific options are on the top. Take a look at this video which shows how to create a poster in Canva.
Desygner takes the same approach. The options are to the left, while the canvas is in the middle. I found Desygner a bit difficult to use, and there are a few glitches here and there. Here is a video showing to create a design in Desygner.
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The below options are not available in Desygner.
Stock videos: Canva has free and premium stock videos to create video visuals.
Text styles: You only find plain text and headings in Desygner. Canva comes with hundreds of pre-built text styles to add to your designs.
Styles: The style option switches the design colours and fonts to one of the colour palettes. This option can create some unique design styles (example video)
Backgrounds: You have a wide variety of backgrounds to add to your designs. Choosing one automatically replaces the current background.
Charts: You can create charts and add data or import it from Google Sheets (example video)
Audio: Canva offers audio to insert into your design. A few are free, but most are in the premium plan. You can upload your audio files.
Collaboration: Canva allows adding users to designs to collaborate and comment.
Integrations: Canva supports a wide range of tools to connect. Some apps include Google Drive, Box, GIPHY, Pixabay, and YouTube. Some apps such as Dropbox support Canva to edit photos as well.
Elements colour: Many elements such as shapes and graphics offer the functionality to change their colour.
More shapes: Compared to Desygner, you find more shapes (with more features) in Canva.
Interface: The interface of Canva feels eye-catching. From selecting options to colours, the app offers a unique touch.
Document colours: The colour option shows all the current colours in the design. This helps pick the right colour quickly.
Text effects: You can add effects to text. Some of those are shadow, highlight, hollow, glitch etc.
You don’t find these options in Canva.
Drawing: You can draw with your mouse, pen, or finger.
Tables: Desygner enables adding and adjusting tables.
Icons: Both offer to add your logos and use them in your visuals.
Multiple export options: Both offer multiple export options, including JPG, PNG, and PDF.
Mobile apps: Both have provided apps for iOS and Android devices.
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According to the official Canva website, there are over 400K templates. Of course, not all are free.
In comparison, the total number of templates on Desygner is unknown, but the website suggests that there are 1000s of templates available.
Premium vs free plans
In this part of Canva vs Desygner, we look at the limitations of the free plans.
Many photos, videos, graphics, audio files, a couple of premium export formats, text styles, and templates are not available in Canva’s free subscription.
The premium (Pro) plan comes with 100GB of cloud storage, background remover, social media post scheduling, brand kits, and an option to resize the image. The resize option is not as functional as some apps, such as Photoshop.
Desygner Pro+, on the other hand, offers unlimited storage, post scheduling on social media, background remover, premium templates, edit history, and access to 125 million Shutterstock images, illustrations and videos.
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Canva comes in a few plans:
- Pro offers all the features mentioned above, and it costs $12.99/mo or $119.99/yr. Up to five people can use the app in this plan.
- Enterprise offers unlimited storage, team options, SSO features, brand options and more. The plan costs $30 per month per user.
- The other two plans are Education and Nonprofits for people with specific needs. Those offer the same (Pro) features at a discounted price.
Desygner, in comparison, has two premium plans:
- The Pro+ comes with the above ???? options and costs $9.95 per month or $4.95 per month on the yearly plan.
- The Business plan has more stock content, team and organisation tools, advanced search etc. The subscription costs $19.95 per user per month or $9.95 per month for each user on the annual plan. It also includes 100 guest accounts.
Which one should you use?
Canva is more powerful but expensive too. If you can afford it, Canva is the right tool to select at this time. Desygner is also good, but it needs some time to add the missing features. However, if you can’t afford to pay for Canva, Desygner is a good alternative.
Canva vs. Desygner: Links
The article Canva vs Desygner covered most of the topics. I hope that the text helped you decide which program is right for you. If you have any questions or suggestions, please use the comments box below.