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Canva vs. PowerPoint

Canva vs. PowerPoint

Canva or PowerPoint? Both are two excellent presentation programs. Choosing one can be tricky because of the extended features and options.

So, is Canva better than PowerPoint? The article makes an in-depth comparison of both and covers Canva vs. PowerPoint.

Usage

Canva

Canva overview | Creating a poster

Canva is a free web-based visual maker. It can be used to create infographics, flyers, album covers, posters, presentations, videos, and many types of digital art.

It uses a drag-and-drop system to create beautiful designs in minutes. You can upload your images and integrate them into your designs to create custom artwork and presentations.

It’s kind of like Photoshop but without the complicated interface.

You can share designs online and invite others to collaborate. The free version of Canva comes with a limited number of stock templates and photos.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint overview

Microsoft PowerPoint is used to create, edit, and present slideshows. It’s a compelling application that comes standard with Microsoft Office.

It is mainly used to display information with many advanced graphics, such as moving charts, graphs, and videos.

Like Canva, you can upload presentations online and share them with others.

If you’re asking about Canva vs. PowerPoint for strict ease of use, Canva will be the best option. You can log in using an email, Google, or Facebook so that you can save your projects for future editing.

Related: Canva vs. Desygner

Platforms

Canva is available for macOS, Windows, Android, iOS, and web devices.

PowerPoint is available on all, plus Linux. The web and mobile apps are free, but the desktop app requires a subscription.

Differences

Screen recording

You can screen-record your work process on PowerPoint with associated audio.

Winner: PowerPoint

PowerPoint designer

A feature that uses AI to generate design ideas. The feature can be used to purchase a professional design created by seasoned graphic artists.

Winner: PowerPoint

Cinematic motion presentation

PowerPoint allows cinematic motion within its slides to make eye-catching presentations.

There are also stock animations, transitions, and layouts in your presentation. This feature is like creating a video in Canva.

Winner: PowerPoint

Translation

You can translate the selected text into another language in PowerPoint.

Winner: PowerPoint

Storing files

Canva automatically saves your files to your account. You can also store files on OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

PowerPoint desktop can save files offline and in your OneDrive account. The web version saves files in your account.

Winner: Canva

Styles and color palettes

Color Palettes in Canva
Color Palettes in Canva

Canva has many pre-made color palettes and text fonts that can be applied to your designs with one click.

Winner: Canva

Animate

You can animate a page, all pages, or even individual objects in Canva. We don’t have this option in PowerPoint yet.

Winner: Canva

QR code

In Canva, you can create QR codes and add them to your presentations.

Winner: Canva

Convert to website

Canva allows converting your presentations into simple websites. This option is not available in PowerPoint.

Winner: Canva

Similar features

Templates

Canva has over 11,000 presentation templates. Total 600,000 (around 200,000 free to use) templates. Check out our best presentation templates guide.

PowerPoint has thousands of templates that users have created that can be downloaded and imported into PowerPoint.

Export options

With Canva, depending on the visual, you have multiple export options. Some include PTT, JPG, PNG, PDF, and MP4.

PowerPoint, in contrast, allows exporting slideshows to GIF, MP4, PDF, WMV, and other formats.

Stock content

Canva has thousands of photos, backgrounds, videos, elements, and audio. The premium content has a pro sign, but you can use the pro items individually by paying a small one-time fee.

PowerPoint does not offer free content.

Notes

You can add footer notes for each page in both programs.

Comments

You can comment on the text, images, or any other element in both programs.

Charts

Adding Charts in Canva

Canva supports 16 chart types. The app offers to add data, but you can import the data from Google Sheets.

PowerPoint desktop lets you create charts (around 50), but the web version does not support this feature.

Collaboration

Real-time Collaboration in Canva

Both apps support real-time collaboration.

Related: VistaCreate vs. Canva

Integrations 

Canva supports many third-party apps. Some of the important ones include:

  • Google Photos
  • Slack
  • PowerPoint
  • Typeform
  • Prezi
  • OneDrive

On the other hand, PowerPoint is not as advanced, but we have a few apps that can work with this app. Some include:

  • Microsoft 365
  • Google Calendar
  • Canva
  • Twitter

Pricing

Canva vs. PowerPoint
Canva vs. PowerPoint Pricing and Plans

As mentioned, Canva is free to use but with certain limitations. It has two premium plans: Pro and Teams.

Pro comes with more stock content, background remover, more export options, premium fonts, and edit history.

The Pro version also includes custom brand kits to add logos and fonts. So if your company has a specific style, you can add those to each design and bring your style to life.

You can save custom templates to use and store all of your content on 1 TB of cloud storage.

Canva Pro costs $12.99 per month or $119.99 per year. The plan is for individuals. The Team plan does not offer many additional options except allowing you to add more people.

For five users, it costs $14.99 per month or $149.9 per year. You can add more users, but the cost will increase.

On the other hand, PowerPoint has a one-time payment feature (selected regions). You pay $159.99 and enjoy the program on one PC.

The app also comes in the Office Personal and Family plans. You pay $6.99 monthly or $69.99 annually and get access to 1 TB OneDrive storage and other Office apps.

The Family plan supports up to five users, each getting 1 TB of storage. The plan costs $9.99 monthly or $99.99 yearly.

Which one is better?

Both are great for presentations. Canva offers stock content, and you can create other designs, such as flyers and posters. So if you want an all-in-one visual tool, Canva is the one you need.

PowerPoint is for you if you want a program, especially for presentations. It has more presentation-specific features, so you will have more power.

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Summary

So, this is the end of the Canva vs. PowerPoint battle. The article covered the main topics and compared the two where necessary.

I hope it helped you understand the usage of both. Please let me know if you found anything missing in the comments.

Al-Howie

Sunday 19th of June 2022

I very much appreciate the time you take in write these comparisons, thank you.

Wonderful site I've stumbled upon, I think I'll be here for a while.

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

@Al-Howie, thank you so much for your kind words.