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Canva vs. Photoshop

Canva vs. Photoshop

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

Differences Between Canva and Photoshop
Differences Between Canva and Photoshop

Canva is a free web-based visual designing program to design images, flyers, infographics, resumes, thumbnails, presentations, posters, social media posts, and even videos.

Photoshop is an image editing program to make common to complex image edits. With Photoshop, your imagination is your limit as the app can do hundreds of things.

You need a constant internet connection to use Canva, whereas Photoshop is offline, so internet is not required.

Ease of use

Transparent Background in Photoshop

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.

Editing tools

Creating a Poster in Canva

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:

  • Crop
  • Rotate
  • Image effects
  • Image/layer opacity
  • Image brightness
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Image shadow
  • Text

Here is the list of the advanced tools that we only see in Photoshop:

  • Layers management
  • Layer opacity
  • Filters
  • Brush
  • Pen and pencil
  • Rectangle, ellipse, polygon, and gradient select
  • Color sampler
  • Fill tool
  • Continuous selection tool
  • Magnetic selection tool
  • Pan
  • 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
  • Eyedropper
  • Ruler
  • 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
  • Swatches
  • 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 design, and this is where Photoshop lacks. Canva comes with the following:

  • 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
  • Grids
  • Tables
  • 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 in Photoshop

Templates are pre-made pages to inspire you to create something amazing. Canva has over 600,000 templates, and among those, around 25000 templates are free.

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 will find lots of free templates.

We should cover 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.


Presets of Canva and Photoshop

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:

  • Video
  • Presentation
  • Poster
  • Resume
  • Logo
  • Instagram
  • Newsletter
  • Booklet

Adobe Photoshop focuses on devices, not on design types. Here is the full list:

  • Photo
  • Print
  • Art and Illustration
  • Web
  • Mobile
  • 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


Real-time Collaboration in Canva

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 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 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:

  • Presets
  • Watermark
  • Fonts
  • QR code generating
  • Printing

Photoshop is also integrated with other Adobe apps, such as Premiere Pro, Illustrator, and Lightroom.

Mobile apps

Both have mobile apps, but you will get more value from Canva because Canva’s mobile app offers 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.

Related: Photoshop vs. Photoshop Elements 2022

File support

Unsupported File Error on Canva
Unsupported File Error on Canva

Both support plenty of file formats, including:

  • JPG
  • PNG
  • SVG
  • HEIC
  • WebP
  • GIF
  • MP4

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 MP4 format, but short clips can be exported as GIFs.

Photoshop, on the other hand, supports a wide range of formats, including:

  • BMP
  • PNG
  • JPEG
  • TIFF
  • TGA
  • PSB and PSD (Photoshop file)
  • PDF
  • GIF
  • DCS 1.0 and 2.0
  • Portable Bitmap
  • RAW
  • SCT
  • Dicom
  • MPO
  • PCX
  • EPS
  • IFF
  • PXR

Additional options

Video editing

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 several animations to animate specific elements or the whole design.

Other than that, you can upload or use stock videos. The standard 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 has some video editing functionalities, such as cutting the video and adding or deleting audio, but that’s pretty much it.

Grid lines

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 vs Photoshop Pricing and Plans
Canva vs. Photoshop Pricing and Plans

Canva is freemium, whereas Photoshop is premium. Canva’s Pro subscription has all the premium options. Here is the full list:

  • 1 TB 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 the 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 multiple pricing structures. In all, Photoshop is the same, but other features are different. The Photography plan offers the following:

  • Desktop and iPad apps
  • Lightroom
  • Lightroom Classic
  • Adobe Fresco
  • 20 GB / 1 TB

It costs $9.99 per month (yearly contract). You will pay $19.99 for the 1 TB plan.

The Photoshop Standalone plan offers Photoshop desktop, iPad, and mobile (premium), Adobe Fresco, and Adobe Express. You can get the 100 GB plan for $20.99 per month or $239.88 per year.

Which one do you need?

Canva is for visual designing, so it should be used for that. If you are into photography or in the photo editing business, you must have Photoshop. It is an all-in-one tool for editing photos.

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.

I hope the comparison helped. Please share your thoughts in the comments, and enjoy the rest of the day.