You’ve heard about Canva from an excited friend or coworker, and now you’re here, wondering just how much you’re going to have to shell out, or just how much budget is going to be eaten up by this wonderful design tool.
I won’t waste your time with backstory and details – yet – so here is what you need to know.
Is Canva Free?
Canva can be used for free, allowing for the creation of a variety of different designs with access to 250,000 templates, 100+ design types, hundreds of graphics, and more.
With that said, like most tools, there is a paid version called Canva Pro, which offers a number of benefits like one-click background removal, the ability to add your own fonts, greater asset libraries, and much more.
If you’d like to give Canva Pro a shot, or if you have a project you need such tools for immediately, you can try for free for 30 days.
Is Free Canva, Good Canva?
So just because something is free, it doesn’t make it good, right?
Yes, but rest assured—free Canva is still an awesome tool, and I used it for years until the rollout of valuable features like those mentioned above. Especially now with this blog, I use Canva daily, and need the paid version daily.
But, again, there is still plenty you can do with free.
For instance, I illustrated an entire kids book with Canva, using only free elements for the most part (meaning, if any “premium” elements were used, it wasn’t done so intentionally, and could have easily been avoided). I’ve also created an ebook, as have many others.
Point is, and especially with the many ready-to-go templates at your disposal, you’d be amazed at all you can do with the free version.
What is Free with Canva?
To go in depth a bit, with the free version of Canva, you can access:
That’s a lot of templates! And if you’ve ever tried to start a design project from scratch, it’s tough to get going. Templates either give you something to work directly from, or, inspire creativity to build something on your own.
Top categories include:
- Facebook posts
- Instagram stories
- Business cards
And so much more.
Free Photos and Graphics
Finding stock imagery can easily be a chore, so Canva helps makes things easier by bringing a number of photo options into your selector for possible use within your design. Of course, you need to be mindful of licensing depending on your project goals, but the photos are there nonetheless.
More so for me, the icons—you can easily search from a library of elements and icons to help spruce up your creations.
Last, what makes Canva so convenient is the fact that you really don’t have to spend a lot of time and effort perfecting your designs. In fact, if you had time and a bunch of resources, you might be in a better position to sit down and spend hours with professional design tools.
For instance, each of these was done with the click of a button. Easy.
Is Canva Pro Worth It?
Ok, so if the free version is great, why pay? It really depends on your goals. If you use Canva here and there for a kids’ birthday party invitation, etc., then you may not ever need Canva Pro.
But, if you’re a blogger or a writer looking to find some sort of monetization, Canva Pro can help kick things up a notch so that you can catch eyes on social media, via email, etc.
I’ve written an entire post on whether or not Canva Pro is worth the cost, but here are some of the main benefits I get from it:
For me, being able to easily remove a background from a photo has opened a number of design doors.
One of the biggest things when first starting out with Canva was trying to stay “on brand” with creations. Font plays a huge piece in that, so being able to upload your own fonts to Canva is a big win.
The third prong to consider is the ability to resize a design. When would you need to do this? For me, it came (and comes) when I need social media assets. You spend time creating the perfect logo or banner, and you want to be able to easily transform those looks into other dimensions.
Canva Pro allows for this.
So, all in all, Canva is free, and is very good as a free tool. That said, paying the price for pro is well worth it in my opinion, if your design needs match the added value.