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Canva Review

Using Canva felt like getting a peek at the future of home-based graphic design. It’s unlike any other greeting card software we tested because it’s an online platform.

Our Verdict

If you aren’t interested in learning the ins and outs of more complicated software, Canva’s drag-and-drop features make it a good alternative way to create greeting or event cards.

For

  • It has more images and templates than any other software we reviewed.

Against

  • The program’s simplified editing tools make it difficult to alter images and graphics.
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Canva is a graphic design platform that includes templates for greeting cards and other projects.

Canva is a graphic design platform that includes templates for greeting cards and other projects.
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If you subscribe to Canva for a monthly fee, you’ll get access to 50,000 templates, or you can get limited access to content for free.

If you subscribe to Canva for a monthly fee, you’ll get access to 50,000 templates, or you can get limited access to content for free.
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Canva has a massive online help center where you can search for answers to most of your questions.

Canva has a massive online help center where you can search for answers to most of your questions.
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You’ll have to edit your photos before uploading them to Canva; the software has limited photo tools compared to other greeting card software.

You’ll have to edit your photos before uploading them to Canva; the software has limited photo tools compared to other greeting card software.
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You can choose from thousands of image elements to create a unique design in Canva, like charts, photos and clip art.

You can choose from thousands of image elements to create a unique design in Canva, like charts, photos and clip art.
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It’s easy to resize and arrange clip art for different projects in Canva.

It’s easy to resize and arrange clip art for different projects in Canva.
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While Canva for Work will get you even more graphics and templates than the free version, there are still some that cost an additional fee for one-time use.

While Canva for Work will get you even more graphics and templates than the free version, there are still some that cost an additional fee for one-time use.
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You can collaborate with a team at Canva to create design elements, webpages or other online content.

You can collaborate with a team at Canva to create design elements, webpages or other online content.
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While they are expensive, you can order prints for your projects directly in Canva.

While they are expensive, you can order prints for your projects directly in Canva.
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Other greeting card software didn’t offer the sharing options you’ll find with Canva.

Other greeting card software didn’t offer the sharing options you’ll find with Canva.
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Canva’s homepage lets you keep all your projects in one place.

Canva’s homepage lets you keep all your projects in one place.
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There are tutorials on the Canva site to help you learn graphic design practices.

There are tutorials on the Canva site to help you learn graphic design practices.
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If you’re managing a website or brand, you can save and bookmark your designs and fonts on a convenient page.

If you’re managing a website or brand, you can save and bookmark your designs and fonts on a convenient page.
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In addition to printable greeting cards and announcements, you can create all kinds of digital images and documents.

In addition to printable greeting cards and announcements, you can create all kinds of digital images and documents.
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Canva’s social media pages and connections let you chat with a representative in real time.

Canva’s social media pages and connections let you chat with a representative in real time.
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There are several plans available with Canva.

There are several plans available with Canva.
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Canva has 150 fonts you can use in your design projects.

Canva has 150 fonts you can use in your design projects.
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Canva also has an app so that you can carry your design with you and have them on the go.

Canva also has an app so that you can carry your design with you and have them on the go.

Using Canva felt like getting a peek at the future of home-based graphic design. It’s unlike any other greeting card software we tested because it’s an online platform.

Rather than downloading software to install on your PC, you pay to subscribe to Canva and store all your designs in the cloud. Or, if you want to save money, you can just create an account and use the service’s free graphics and templates. On average, greeting card software costs about $40, so using Canva’s free option or carefully managing your $12.95 monthly subscription for a single project can save you.

A big benefit of using Canva is you don’t have to worry about downloading updated versions or new images to your current software. It also makes it simple to share projects through email or social media, and the service directly connects you to a print shop, which makes getting your creations in hand that much easier.

Like other greeting card programs, including Print Artist Platinum and Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe, Canva has templates to create a variety of projects. With 50,000 templates and 300,000+ graphics available with its subscription, Canva has more options than any other program we tested. It’s worth mentioning that not all the graphics unlock with the monthly subscription, and there are some templates and clip art you have to pay an additional fee for.

However, more traditional greeting card software doesn’t always let you pick and choose which clip art to buy – sometimes you can only purchase new images in large packs. Canva lets you be selective and buy individual graphics, or you can use the ones included in your subscription package.

Canva is also missing a few tools you might find in a traditional greeting card program. For instance, while you can upload your photos to the system, there’s a limited number of editing tools to use. If you want to make major changes to your images, you most likely need to edit them in another program before sharing them to Canva. You also can’t add sound, music or animations to your designs, which might be a deal breaker if you like to create e-cards. Still, there’s value to be found in the service’s simple drag-and-drop editing tools, especially if you’ve never used a graphic design program before.

When I tried Canva, I liked that all the graphics and templates were up to date and stylish. It made searching for designs easy – it only took me few minutes to find one that suited my tastes. I created invitations and greeting cards that I would have been happy to send to friends or family.

The site’s tutorials and searchable help center offer plenty of advice and direction. While you can’t speak to a representative over the phone, you can visit Canva’s Facebook page to live chat with support.

Canva has an easy-to-use online platform, and its subscription plan come with tons of content. It is the most stylish and up-to-date greeting card software and graphic design platform we reviewed, and we recommend it if you want to quickly make your own custom designs for large projects. Both its low-cost subscription and free trial provide access to a lot of content, which is why it’s our best value pick for greeting card software.