Looking for some Canva alternatives? Canva, the popular free online graphic design tool, is massively popular. And for good reason – it’s a great tool! But as much as that may be the case, there are plenty of other apps that can help you accomplish the same types of tasks.
So if you’re looking for a new approach, or maybe even just some new templates or interface options, the graphic design apps that I’m going to feature in this post are absolutely worth checking out.
For each Canva alternative, I’ll tell you a bit more about it, as well as why you might want to pick it over Canva when push comes to shove.
Ready to dig in? Let’s gooooooo.
Best Canva Alternatives for 2018
Like Canva, all of these tools allow you to create gorgeous designs without needing to be a professional designer. That is, no Photoshop skills required!
Stencil is a graphic design tool that’s focused on marketing, rather than making graphic design accessible. And beyond marketing, Stencil is specifically focused on social media images.
This “niching down” allows them to offer a hyper-focused tool, though you’ll also lose some flexibility when it comes to templates and stock photos.
The big draw of Stencil is that it’s designed to allow you to push out social media images as quickly as possible. And it’s also stupid simple to use.
Stencil has hundreds of templates, 1,200,00+ CC0 images, 800,000+ icons, 100,000+ quotes, and lots of other nifty features.
They have a free plan that lets you create 10 images per month. But if you really want to use it to boost your social media tools, you’ll need one of the paid plans starting at $9 per month.
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Like Canva and DesignBold (next on this list), Snappa is another all-purpose design tool that simplifies graphic design enough to make it accessible to an average person. Quickly create images based on set dimensions or pre-built templates. Then, edit and add effects as needed to create the perfect design.
Snappa offers up 200+ fonts and 3,000+ vectors and shapes to help you create some stunning designs. And what’s really nice is that you can schedule your images to post on social media without leaving the Snappa interface.
That’s definitely handy!
Like Canva and DesignBold (again!), Snappa also has a feature that lets you automatically resize images to convert between different dimensions.
Snappa has a free plan that allows 5 downloads per month. After that, you’ll need to go with the $10 per month pro plan.
DesignBold is a tool that’s quite similar to Canva. While you’ll feel right at home in DesignBold’s interface if you’re already familiar with Canva, DesignBold does do a couple things well to differentiate itself.
First off, it has a much larger selection of stock photos. SO if you were always disappointed by the stock photos available in Canva, you’ll be happy to know that DesignBold struck a deal with the popular stock photo site DepositPhotos to make all of DepositPhotos’ stock images available inside DesignBold (for a fee of course).
Additionally, DesignBold has a whole new set of templates that you can choose from when you’re creating your designs.
Like Canva, DesignBold has a stellar free plan. Then, if you want more features, you can upgrade to a paid plan to get access to tools like:
- 20MB upload limit (free plan is 5MB)
- Download transparent PNG
- Download PDF for Print (in beta)
- Custom color palettes for your own design info
- Ability to upload custom fonts
- Magic resize tool to reuse the same design across different dimensions
The pro plan starts at $19 per month.
Fotor is another tool that offers a surprisingly similar interface to Canva. If you enjoy the Canva interface, you’ll feel right at home in Fotor.
Like the others, you select your dimensions and then build your page from a variety of text and shape elements. Or, you can always start from a pre-made template if blank canvases aren’t your thing.
The only downside of Fotor is that, at the time I’m writing this post, their library of elements is not nearly as good as Canva or DesignBold.
Piktochart is what Canva would look like if it were exclusively focused on infographics and charts and graphs. It’s definitely a niche use, but if you do find yourself needing to create infographics or reports, then Piktochart is a specialized tool for the job.
Piktochart includes a number of infographic templates to make it easy for you to create an infographic even if you’ve never done it before.
While Piktochart does have a free plan, you really need to go with the pro plan if you want access to the best templates and features.
PicMonkey is more focused on photo editing than full-on graphic design like Canva, DesignBold, and Stencil. While you can add text and vectors, most of the tools are on adjusting things like exposure, colors, and more.
It’s a nice tool for photo editing, but if you need something to truly mimic Canva and others, then it might not be the best alternative.
Apps Like Canva for Android and iPhone
Want to take your graphic design mobile? While these apps can’t quite match the versatility of Canva’s desktop version, they do let you take your designing on the go.
Desygner is an app that’s available for both iPhone and Android that allows you to create all types of designs on your mobile phone. It’s surprisingly powerful. That is, it’s far more than just creating images with text like many other graphic design mobile apps.
With it, you can design:
- Facebook covers and posts
- Twitter covers and posts
- Pinterest graphics
- Marketing materials
- Lots more
For a mobile app, it’s definitely one of your best options for a Canva-like experience on-the-go. There’s also a web app version that’s on the way.
8. Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark is a mobile design app from the people behind Photoshop. So I think it’s fair to say that Adobe knows a thing or two about making a solid design tool. But while Spark does come from Adobe, it’s got nowhere near the learning curve of Photoshop.
Like Canva, it’s graphic design…simplified. With Adobe Spark, you can quickly whip up a variety of social media images straight from your phone.
Wrapping Things Up
And that just about wraps up my list of alternatives to Canva! As I come across more great graphic design tools, I’ll be sure to add them to the list.
But for now, I think this list of 8 Canva alternatives should give you plenty of new graphic design apps to play around with! And if you come across any tools similar to Canva that you think are worth sharing, I’d love if you left a comment so I can add them to the list.
Colin Newcomer is a freelance writer for hire with a background in SEO and affiliate marketing. He helps clients grow their web visibility by writing primarily about digital marketing, WordPress, and B2B topics.