Graphic designing seemed like rocket science to me. Hence, I never even thought about giving it a try despite my love for creativity. And then I learnt about Canva. It has become a game changer for me. Canva makes everything ridiculously easy that even a ten years old child can create designs with that.
With Canva, I can unleash the creativity within me and create many web and print media designs. Canva helps you create professional quality designs yourself. You can create posts for social media, cards, invitations, posters, banners, flyers, resume, presentation and many more. Drag and drop feature makes it easy to create designs and edit them. It is so much fun creating designs, learning and editing and getting the desired results.
Canva free plan offers you thousands of templates, fonts, images, elements and videos to create designs. It is a great platform for designing if you are using it at a small scale and infrequently or using it as an amateur. New to Canva? Read about how to use Canva?
What is Canva Pro?
Canva Pro is a paid plan offered by Canva that brings many additional features along with all that you get with the free plan. It is very useful for individuals and small teams who want to use the advanced features of Canva and want better content creation.
Let me first share with you what you get with Canva Pro-
75 million plus premium photos, videos and elements
If you have been using Canva free plan for a long period of time, you may feel the need to experiment with more images, templates and features. When I started using Canva (free plan) I loved how simple it was and all the free features that it offered. Over the time as I started learning and using Canva more, I felt the need to try Canva Pro. The images and templates are obviously better in the paid plan (Canva Pro).
With Canva Pro you get access to millions of stock images that otherwise you would have to purchase. It saves a lot of time and effort as you do not need to visit various different resources looking for the best photo for your design. Just use the search option and filters to get the right photo.
3000 plus premium fonts
If you are someone who loves to try different fonts than probably you would also like to increase the fonts available for use. Canva Pro offers 3000 plus fonts. The interesting thing is that you can also upload your own fonts and use them in your designs.
420000 plus premium templates
While using the free plan, often I would get irritated when the template that caught my eye was not available for free. And more than often it would be the premium templates that I felt like using when I started using Canva more and more for creating designs.
Another great feature is the filter option to search for images. I can use filters for searching photos based on color, orientation and availability. You can filter your search for audios and videos too.
How often I would drop using a good image just because the background was not good or had something that didn’t match my requirements. Background remover available in Canva Pro clears the background with just one click.
Saves so much time and botheration! You can also use the brush to achieve a smooth finish if needed.
I often create a design that I share on various platforms. One click resizing of designs helps a lot. No more wastage of time in resizing the designs according to various posts like instagram, facebook post or a poster.
Just click on the option and get it resized as per your need.
Easy to use and well organized interface
Information overload often makes it difficult for me to work. I need everything organised and well-laid in front of my eyes when I work. Canva has it all clear. You can locate everything quite easily and everything is reasonably easy to understand and use. Though this is quite similar in Canva free plan too but I just had to mention it as it makes everything a lot easier for me.
Canva Content Planner
Canva Content Planner makes it so much more convenient to create designs, save them and share them on various platforms. All you have to do is connect your Canva account with social media accounts.
You can plan, create and schedule all of your content through Canva. Canva will automatically post it as per the schedule you set.
Create a team
If you work as a team or you are collaborating with someone for designing, Canva Pro makes it easy for you. You can work as a team on designs, share your designs, make real time changes in the designs and share comments on them.
You can also share design links externally for others to view or edit or use as a template. You can add people as members, template designers or administrators.
Sell your Canva Designs as Templates
With Canva Pro, you can sell your Canva designs as templates to your customers. You can not resell the templates already available on Canva but you can create yours using Canva and sell those. You just have to share your designs through the share links.
The free Canva plan provides you with a very limited Brand Kit. Canva Pro Brand Kit allows you to set up as many color palettes as you want, upload your own brand logo and fonts.
Comparison between Canva free and
Canva Pro Plans
|Canva Free||Canva Pro @ US$119.99 per year|
|270K plus photos||75M plus photos|
|Limited fonts||3K plus fonts|
|Limited audios||25K plus audios|
|250K plus templates||420K plus templates|
|5GB Cloud Storage||100GB Cloud Storage|
|Brand Kit (Very limited)||Brand Kit (Pro)|
|–||One Click Resize|
Canva Pro free for nonprofits and education
Canva Pro is available for free for the registered nonprofits and for educational organizations (teachers and students). You just need to check your eligibility and register.
Should you get Canva Pro or not?
With the Canva Pro features shared above, it can be concluded that Canva Pro is very useful for people who-
- regularly create visual content
- need huge storage space for their designs and work
- design prints for t-shirts and mugs
- are into printing- cards, banners, flyers, posters etc
- want simple and easy to use interface to create designs
- do not want to spend much time learning how to use a complex graphic designing tool
- want to create good quality visual content within your budget
- create designs in collaboration or work in a team
- want to save their time and not start every design from scratch
The only reason not to have Canva Pro and stay with Canva free plan is when you don’t create visual content regularly. Or you are happy with the basic and limited features the free plan offers. If you are in the creative or design field, you would surely get bored with the limited simple free templates and photos.
To conclude, I would say that I highly recommend trying Canva Pro for free for a month and experience it. Then only you would be able to make the right decision if you need it or not. Click here to try Canva Pro for free.
Frequently Asked Questions-
If your work involves regularly creating visual content, then Canva Pro is definitely worth getting.
Yes, Canva Pro is available for a 30-day free trial.
Canva Pro is available at US$9.99 per month.