One graphic platform down, one to go! Last week we discussed Piktochart and concluded that it's best for icon-based materials like infographics and reports. While Canva can do everything Piktchart can do, Canva has some pretty neat features that sets it apart.
More Font/Template Options
Canva has 190 fonts available, almost double the options in Piktochart! In Canva, you can play with the spacing between lettering and opt for all caps automatically. You can also change the color or font of a word in the same text box. Unfortunately, none of these are options in Piktochart. Canvas also has 8,000 templates for handouts, social media, posters, ads, email headers, and much more. Piktochart has templates as well, but these templates are only accessible with PRO and limited to handouts, posters, reports, and infographics.
More Organization and Storage
Canva has the option to organize your graphics into folders. In Piktochart, you have to remember the name of the graphic or manually search few all the graphics you've ever made (ugh!). The free version of Canva has twice the picture storage of even the PRO Piktochart, which is perfect if you plan on uploading a ton of your own images.
Canva has some key features that Piktochart does not. Yes, you can work around them in Piktochart, but having these options available in the app saves time and hassle.
Limited Free Icons
A major downside of Canva is that most of the good icons will cost you $1 each. You won't be charged until you are ready to download the image, but still, $1 per icon?! One infographic may have well over ten different icons, so that can add up quickly. You can always upload your own icons and images, but icons can be hard to find for free. In the case of infographics and other icon-based materials, Piktochart wins.
When you compare Piktochart Pro and Canva for Work, Canva is $190 cheaper! Granted, you may have to pay for some additional icons, but Canva is still a bargain. Unlike Piktochart, Canva has a free month trial available so you can determine if you will use the additional features. Just make sure to cancel your subscription before the 30 day trial ends!
Is the CANVA FOR WORK membership worth it? If you plan on using Canva as your primary design resource, yes. You will want the added organization and ability to resize designs for a variety of social media platforms. Play around with the free trial and see if it's the best option for you.
Summary - Best for Social Media Graphics
Ultimately, Canva is best for social media graphics. Typically, these graphics are more photo-based over icon-based. With tons of font options and a photo editor in the app, anything that you want with a photo background is ideal for Canva. You can make infographics on Canva, however, I still prefer Piktochart for infographics!
So, what do you think about Canva? I would love to hear what you have used it for!
Hungry for more? Next week, Piktochart and Canva duke it out in an infographic!
I am a Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, and self-taught graphic designer who loves delicious food, weight training, and colorful graphics.