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Canva vs. Figma

Canva vs. Figma

Visuals are essential in many industries. Whether those are photos or some buttons presented nicely, we present designs for better communication.

Two of those popular visual designing programs are Canva and Figma. Which tool should you use for your projects? Let’s find that out in this Canva vs. Figma comparison.

Quick overview

Creating a Poster in Canva

Canva is a visual designing app for creating flyers, posters, presentations, infographics, and social media posts.

Figma, on the contrary, is a graphic editing & collaborative UI & UX designing tool to create prototypes of products, websites, apps, and everything in between.

Although Canva can also be used for UI designing, Figma offers tools to make it easy to design prototypes.

Figma does not offer Canva’s options because its usage is not towards creating photos. It’s more focused on how the project will look when it’s complete.

Figma supports layers; you can hide, lock, and copy any layer.

Canva somewhat uses layers, as you get to lock and copy elements, but it does not come with the standard layer system that tools like Figma, Photoshop, and Illustrator support.

Canva vs. Figma: Tools

Editing tools

Creating a Calculator Design in Figma

Canva offers a wide range of options, of course, more than Figma. Most things that can be done in Figma can also be done in Canva (except the pen tool).

But if one thing is possible in both, it’s easier to do in Figma. Anyway, here is what Canva is all about:

  • Many text titles
  • A few text effects (shadow, lift, hollow, etc.)
  • Image editing options
  • Lots of fonts
  • Rich text editing features
  • Design animations
  • Element animations
  • Video designs
  • Color palettes
  • Font sets
  • Online sharing with insights
  • Design backgrounds
  • Data charts
  • Layers
  • Logos
  • Qr Code for easy access
  • Website
  • Comment and mentions
  • Bulk Create

Figma is known for its highly flexible shape tools to draw and size shapes using your mouse. It also comes with a pen tool to draw custom shapes. Here are some of Figma’s options:

  • Rectangle
  • Arrow
  • Line
  • Ellipse
  • Polygon
  • Star
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Frame
  • Slice
  • Text effects (fill, stroke, inner shadow, drop shadow, layer blur, background blur, etc.)
  • Hand tool
  • Arc tool
  • Commenting

These are the main editing tools, but the features that take Figma to the next level are:

  • CSS support for elements
  • Advanced grid system
  • Great layer duplicating system
  • Layer exporting option
  • Image support
  • Layer inspect system
  • Auto Layout

Related: VistaCreate vs. Canva

Presentation features

You can present your designs straight from the editor. Canva comes with standard, presenter view, and present and record buttons.

Figma has many presentation devices. You can choose one, and the presenter window will display the prototype in an emulator. You can also select the fill option to show each page.

Overall, Canva has a better presentation page than Figma.

Pages

Figma Editor Interface
Figma Editor Interface

Canva supports pages with a maximum resolution of 8000px x 3125px (width x height). You can add multiple pages to continue the presentation. Each page has notes filed to add presentation notes.

Figma comes with an endless canvas to create all the design pages. The canvas stretches as you add content. Zoom in and out is possible with the help of the mouse.

Sharing options

Both also support sharing of files. With Canva, you can share your design directly to your social media account.

You can save designs to cloud storage platforms like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive.

With Figma, you can share your project only through the link and invite others to either view or edit through guided access. You can also publish your work to the Figma community.

Collaboration

Collaboration in Canva

One of the great things about the two is that both offer to collaborate in real time. Team members can work on the same projects, and as they do, they see each teammate in a different color.

Users can comment on specific design elements and mention each other on a specific task to work collectively.

Read next: Figma vs. Adobe Illustrator

Exporting

Canva shows the exported formats according to the design. For example, if the design is animated, you see MP4.

Similarly, it shows PNG for image designs. You also see JPEG, PDF (standard & Print), SVG, and GIF formats.

Figma only exports designs in image formats, including JPEG, SVG, PDF, and PNG.

Integrations

Typeform-in-Canva
Typeform in Canva

Yes, both offer integrations to give you more power. Canva has several apps that are categorized into:

  • Import media
  • Discover content
  • Photo editing
  • Share and publish

You find cloud storage, photo editors, stock images, and social media apps for designing without going to other apps.

Figma, on the other hand, separates integrations, plugins, and widgets. You find plenty of apps, including:

  • Dropbox
  • Slack
  • Coda
  • Trello
  • Notion

The plugins are another way to extend its functionalities. Some of the plugins are:

  • Color Palettes
  • Remove BG
  • Vectary 3D Elements
  • Figma to HTML, CSS, React, & More

Lastly, the Figma widgets improve workplace morale by introducing ways to work together. Here is a list of a few:

  • Bitmoji 
  • Voice memo 
  • Giphy stickers 
  • Calendar 
  • Sticky notes, and many more.

Check out our best Figma widgets guide to see the top plugins.

Mobile apps

Alright, let’s talk about the apps of the Canva vs. Figma battle. Canva’s mobile app offers the same features as the web, so you can design, edit, and share files.

Most options are available; however, you will miss some if you use the advanced features.

Figma’s mobile app allows you to view and share designs but does not support creating new ones. That can only be done on a desktop.

Templates

Canva has a library of over 610,000 templates, of which about 210,000 are free to use. Most are photos, but some are video templates.

Some template types, such as presentations, have multiple pages to use the whole template or just a single page from that design.

Figma templates are pre-made design prototypes. It has a template gallery of 300+ designs that you can use. There are some third-party services that also offer Figma templates.

Pricing

Pricing and Plans

Both use a subscription-based pricing model. Canva has Pro and Team. It also has student, non-profit and enterprise subscriptions.

All the basic options are in the free plan, so it’s enough for newcomers. The difference between the free and the pro plan is vast. Here are the features of the Pro subscription:

  • 1 TB cloud storage for uploading photos and videos
  • Image size change option
  • Image background remover
  • 600,000+ templates
  • Post scheduling feature to social media
  • Millions of images, videos, elements, and audio files
  • Access to file edit history
  • Option to download transparent background images
  • More export formats
  • Custom fonts upload option
  • Access to premium fonts
  • Brand kits
  • Image compress feature while downloading PNG
  • Option to add four other members to your plan
  • Schedule social media content to 8 platforms 
  • Magic resize

You only need to pay $12.99 monthly or $119.99 yearly to get a discount.

The Team plan costs $14.99 monthly for the first five users. You can get the yearly plan for $149.9. The team plan is flexible, so you can add and remove users. You will pay extra if you extend your teams.

So, if you have four other people, each will pay $3.25 per month.

Figma, on the contrary, offers Professional and Organization subscriptions. The free plan only offers:

  • 3 Figma files
  • Unlimited collaborators
  • Plugins, widgets, and templates
  • Unlimited personal files

The Figma Professional subscription costs $12 per month per creator on the yearly contract or $15 per month on a monthly plan. The noticeable benefits are:

  • Unlimited Figma files
  • Sharing permissions
  • Audio conversations
  • Version history 
  • Shared and private projects
  • Team libraries

The upper-hand (Organization) plan is only available on the annual billing. Each creator pays $75 per month, and the team gets admin features, private plugins support, organization-wide libraries, single sign-on, and more.

Which one is for you?

It all comes down to what you want to achieve. If you want to create infographics, posters, flyers, social media posts, videos, and presentations, Canva is the program you should consider; no more questions.

If you are a prototype engineer (or in a similar role) and work on UI and UX projects with your mates, Figma is your friend.

It is much easier to use, and with real-time collaboration, your team will be away from common conflicts.

Canva vs. Figma: Links

Summary

Canva and Figma are two great design programs. The usages are a bit different, but you won’t be disappointed with either.

Let’s end this Canva vs. Figma comparison and design something new in our favorite program. Thank you for reading, and feel free to check my other Canva articles to learn more.

Thomas

Saturday 15th of October 2022

Canva is a user-friendly graphic design app that makes creating professional designs simple and easy.

Madhsudhan

Saturday 15th of October 2022

@Thomas, Indeed