7 Awesome Graphic Design Tools Other Than Canva

Canva has truly revolutionized graphic design as we know it. The platform has definitely made it fast and easy for users with little or no experience to design like a professional. Anyone can create anything from business cards and posters, to social media posts and newsletters, to restaurant menus and infographics.

Launched in 2013 in Perth, Australia, Canva has since gained fame as a user-friendly online graphic design tool. As of 2021, the Canva community has “rapidly grown to over 75 million people in more than 190 countries.” It’s definitely safe to say that Canva isn’t going away anytime soon.

It is, however, wrong to assume that the service is the only practical graphic design platform on the market. In fact, there are a lot of other good services you can use if you’re not a Canva fan. Or maybe you're just curious about trying new options?

Here are 7 amazing Canva alternatives you might want to check out:

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is an online and mobile graphic design solution. It may not be as functional as Adobe Photoshop but it can surely give Canva a run for their money.

The official Adobe Spark site tells us that the platform helps users “make content that always stands out.” Users get access to thousands of pre-made templates with free images and icons. Moreover, the clean interface and drag-and-drop feature also makes this extremely user-friendly.  

Adobe Spark can be accessed free for 2 months by signing up for a Creative Cloud subscription. On the other hand, the paid versions can give individuals and teams the entire package. This includes premium templates and watermark removal, among other benefits.

Go to the Adobe website for the free 30-day trial version to test the software before making the purchase. Otherwise, the paid version is priced at $9.99 per month.

PicMonkey

Powered by Shutterstock, PicMonkey is another good Canva alternative that offers attractive, easy-to-use features. The tool lets you use “stunning templates for logos, banners, thumbnails, and more.”

PicMonkey is perfect both for businesses that need to create eye-catching marketing materials. It's also ideal for individuals who want to take their social media graphics to the next level.

To register for a free PicMonkey account, you will need to sign up with your email address. Basic premium costs $7.99 per month. Meanwhile, the Pro version is $12.99 per month and the Business version is priced at $23 per month.

Pixlr

Pixlr is a free photo editor you can use straight from your browser.

With it, users can “experience speedier and easier edits for maximized creativity” without having to install anything. The tool comes highly recommended among designers, photographers, and avid social media users.  

Compared with the other services featured in this list, Pixlr’s paid version is way cheaper. Case in point, a Premium subscription is currently priced at $4.90 per month. You can even sign up for a 30-day free trial. Other than that, you can pay for the Creative Pack, which costs $14.99 per month.

Snappa

With thousands of templates easily accessible from Snappa’s library, you don’t have to “start from scratch or stare at a blank screen ever again.” Reviews have often praised the service’s “simple and clean” editor.

A free Starter account allows you to use over 6,000 templates but only lets you do 3 downloads a month. To take the experience to the next level, you can go for a Pro subscription which gives you unlimited monthly downloads. On the other hand, a Team plan lets 5 users use the service for $20 per month.

Stencil

Stencil markets itself as an “easy-to-use graphic design tool for bloggers, business owners, and social media marketers.”

Using Stencil, you can just select a background, drop your text, and get done with your project. You will only need a few seconds.

With a free account, you can save up to 10 images per month. If that’s not enough for you, a $9 per month Pro subscription gives you up to 50 images along with other interesting features. Meanwhile, an Unlimited version lets you save – you guessed it - unlimited images and access more features for $12 per month.

Visme

Highly ideal for business presentation use, Visme can be perfect for creating professional and engaging diagrams, infographics, pie charts, videos, and other marketing materials. Moreover, the platform also offers a massive library full of illustrations, images, audio, and video that can be used for various purposes. Need to create GIFs or do some basic photo edits for your social media? Visme also has you covered!

According to their homepage, Visme effectively “marries capability with ease of use.” Meanwhile, their FAQ section tells us that “about 80% of all functionality is free” so that’s pretty generous of them. The rest of the advanced features are exclusive for premium users, which cost $15 (personal) or $29 (business) per month.  

VistaCreate

Formerly known as Crello, VistaCreate is another worthy – and user-friendly – Canva substitute. Boasting over 50,000 templates with 50 million royalty-free photos, vectors, and videos, you can bet that you’ll be able create a lot of fantastic projects with this tool.

You can directly edit available design formats or you may also use your own images and video clips if you want. With VistaCreate, you can easily whip out Facebook covers, Instagram stories, Pinterest graphics, Twitch banners, YouTube thumbnails, and Zoom backgrounds. On top of that, you can also create coupons, ebook designs, flyers, gift certificates, motivational posters, and much, much more.

You can sign up for a free VistaCreate account or you may also pay $10 per month for the Pro version to unlock more features.

Conclusion

We’re confident this list will be useful for individuals, influencers, and businesses looking for awesome Canva alternatives. With these software choices, graphic designing doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming - even for those without any professional experience. If you are into social media marketing, you’ll also want to read this great post about other tools you can use to up your game.

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