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.