The world is moving towards online visual makers because those are quick and easy. Still, tools like Illustrator and Photoshop hold popularity in editing options. So, which is the one you need? This is the article Canva vs. Photoshop to decide which software you want.
The main difference
Canva is a web-based visual designing program to design images, flyers, infographics, presentations, posters, social media posts, and even videos. It’s free, but a premium plan is available with extended options.
Photoshop is an image editing and manipulation program to make common to complex image edits. With Photoshop, your imagination is your limit, as the software can do almost everything that you can think of.
You need a constant internet connection to use Canva, whereas Photoshop is offline, so the internet connection is not required.
Ease of use
Canva is easier than Photoshop. A beginner should start using it within a few minutes. It has tools to the left and sub-tools on the top. The canvas contains the project pages with notes, zoom, and page info down the bottom.
Photoshop is complex because its interface is crowded. A newcomer will more likely get confused because of several panels on the interface.
You find the toolbar to the left and the color, layers, properties, gradients, and a few other panels to the right. Customizing the program is possible to make it a bit easier.
Photoshop is the king of editing features. If you can achieve something in Canva, most likely, you can achieve that in photoshop, but performing the same thing in Photoshop is more challenging than in Canva.
In total, we find over 60 tools in Photoshop, and some of the similar ones are:
- Image effects
- Image/layer opacity
- Image brightness
- Image shadow
Here is the list of the advanced tools that we only see in Photoshop:
- Layers management
- Layer opacity
- Pen and pencil
- Rectangle, ellipse, polygon, and gradient select
- Color sampler
- Fill tool
- Continuous selection tool
- Magnetic selection tool
- Eraser and magic eraser tools
- Freeform paint tool
- Layer blending
- Artboard tool
- Lasso, polygonal, and magnetic lasso select
- Magic wand
- Quick and object selection
- Perspective crop
- Slice tool
- Slice select tool
- Spot healing brush tool
- Healing brush tool
- Patch tool
- Content-aware move tool
- Red-eye tool
- Color replacement
- Paint bucket tool
- Blur tool
- Sharpen, smudge, dodge, and sponge tools
- Type tool
- Vertical type tool
- Free pen
- Curvature pen
- Path and direct select
- Parametric shape
- Custom shape tool
- Hand tool
- Single-row select tool
- Single column select tool
- Frame tool
- 3D material eyedropper tool
- Color sample tool
- Mixer brush tool
- Clone stamp tool
- Pattern stamp tool
- History brush tool
- Art history brush tool
- 3D material drop tool
- Add anchor point tool
- Delete anchor point tool
- Convert point tool
- Vertical and horizontal type mask tool
- Path selection tool
- Direct selection tool
- Subject selection tool
Now let’s talk about designing, and this is where Photoshop lacks. Canva comes with:
- Millions of free images
- Thousands of free videos
- Several shapes, icons, elements, and graphics
- Several text titles
- Several text effects (shadow, echo, etc.)
- A few image shadow options
- Many frames
- Design and element animating options
You can also create charts, apply color themes, and upload media in designs. Those features make it much better than Photoshop in terms of visual designing.
Related: Canva vs. Adobe InDesign
Templates are pre-made pages to inspire you to create something amazing. Canva has over 400,000 templates. Yes, 400K if you create a Canva account. Many template types, such as presentation templates, have multiple pages. Some templates are premium, but still, you find thousands of free ones to use.
Adobe Photoshop also comes with thousands of templates. While creating a new file, under each preset (discussed below), you find lots of free templates.
One thing we should cover is that some templates are over 200 MB in size, and unlike Canva, you must download any to edit.
The app also has a search bar to search for templates on Adobe Stock. Most templates are paid, but you find some free ones. Other than that, many third-party services provide free and premium Photoshop templates.
Overall, you have many options and services to find templates for both programs.
This tiny round of Canva vs. Photoshop reveals a lot about the two. While creating a new design in Canva, you see resolutions for many platforms. Some of the sizes are:
Adobe Photoshop focuses on devices, not on design types. Here is the full list:
- Art and Illustration
- Film & Video
Overall, we find more built-in presets in Photoshop. The tool also saves many recent sizes, whereas Canva saves three.
Related: Photopea vs. Photoshop
Here is another round in Canva’s favor. Being a web-based tool, it supports real-time collaboration. You can invite users with a Canva account to share the design. Users can edit the design and comment on each element to provide feedback.
Furthermore, Canva’s premium plan supports up to 5 accounts so that you can share designs with your team with one click.
On the other hand, Photoshop supports collaboration, but functionality is limited. You can share the image link for others to view, comment on, and edit, but the real-time collaboration is not yet available. As The Verge reported, others can access and edit the file, but not when you have the file opened.
Canva vs. Photoshop: Integrations
Hundreds of apps can connect with Canva. These include photo editors, cloud storage platforms, QR code generators, and share and publish apps.
On the other hand, Photoshop has a marketplace where you find extensions and app integrations. As of writing this post, only one integration supports photoshop, but you will find several extensions for better editing. Some of those are on:
- QR code generating
Both have mobile apps, but you will get more value from Canva because Canva’s mobile app offers the essential design features, and if you have a desktop subscription, you get all the premium benefits on a mobile phone.
Photoshop’s mobile app is a free basic image editor, and it’s not linked with the desktop app, meaning you will need to subscribe to the mobile app separately if you want the premium options.
Photoshop’s iPad app has more options than the mobile, which comes with a desktop subscription.
Both support plenty of file formats, including:
Canva does not support RAW files, whereas Photoshop can open and edit those files.
If you talk about exporting, we don’t get many options with Canva. You see JPG, PNG, PDF Standard, and PDF Print options while exporting images. The videos are always in the MP4 format, but short clips can be exported as GIFs.
Photoshop, on the other hand, supports a wide range of formats, including:
- PSB and PSD (Photoshop file)
- DCS 1.0 and 2.0
- Portable Bitmap
Alright, both support videos. Canva can create and edit videos. Now, what do I mean by creating? You can animate an image for free. It comes with a handful of animations to animate specific elements or the whole design.
Other than that, you can upload videos or use a stock video. The common options like text can be placed above the video. The editor does not support the timeline, so all the options on the design are visible the entire time.
Photoshop comes with some video editing functionalities, such as cutting the video and adding or deleting audio, but that’s pretty much it.
Both provide grids to help you position objects, but Canva’s grid system is improved. Photoshop shows the basic lines, whereas Canva displays more as you move an object. Canva also comes with a quick position option to set the object position. Photoshop offers the same feature, but doing so takes a few clicks.
Pricing and plans
Canva is freemium, whereas Photoshop is premium. Canva’s Pro subscription has all the premium options. Here is the full list:
- 100 GB storage for your photos and videos
- Image resize option
- Background remover
- Premium templates
- Post scheduling feature to social media
- Premium stock images, videos, elements, and audio files
- Access to file edit history
- Download transparent background image
- Additional export options
- 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
The plan can be shared with up to five users. It costs $12.99 per month or $119.99 per year. Students and educators get a special discount on this plan.
Photoshop, in comparison, has three pricing structures, In all, Photoshop is the same, but the additional apps are different. The basic Photoshop plan offers:
- Desktop and iPad apps
- Creative Cloud Express and Web
- Adobe Fresco
- 100 GB storage only for Photoshop files
It costs $20.99 per month (yearly contract) or $239.88 yearly. You can pay $31.49 and cancel the subscription at any time.
The Photography plan offers Photoshop apps, Lightroom, and Lightroom Classic. You can get the 20 GB plan for $9.99 per month or $119.88 per year.
The 1 TB subscription costs $19.99 per month or $239.88 per year. The Creative Cloud package with over 24 Adobe apps costs $52 per month on the yearly contract.
Which one do you need?
We have been covering the main differences since the start of this article. If you want a designing app, Canva is the one you need. If you want a photo editor or you are into photography, Photoshop is the app you need.
Canva vs. Photoshop: Website links
Thanks for reading this Canva vs. Photoshop article. Both are great, and if you are into blogging and content creation like me, you might need both. Anyway, I hope the comparison helped. Please share your thoughts in the comments, and enjoy the rest of the day.