Canva Alternatives: 8 More Simple Graphic Design Tools

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!

1. Stencil

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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.

Go to Stencil

Psst. I reached out to Stencil after seeing how many people were signing up and they gave me an exclusive coupon good for 10% off any plan. Just enter code NEWCOMER at checkout to get the discount.

2. Snappa

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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.

Go to Snappa

3. DesignBold

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.

Go to DesignBold

4. Fotor

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.

Go to Fotor

5. Piktochart

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.

Go to Piktochart

6. PicMonkey

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.

Go to PicMonkey

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.

7. Desygner

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
  • Invitations
  • 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.

52 thoughts on “Canva Alternatives: 8 More Simple Graphic Design Tools

  1. Hey Colin!

    I would love for you to check out Easil.com and see what you think 🙂

    Maybe next time we will make your list of tools – especially as we have a bunch of new stuff coming that I think you and your audience will love! More than happy to answer any questions if you happen to have the time to check it out! We are a very small team and fairly new – so any feedback you have is appreciated!

    Kind Regards,
    Annette McDonald

      • Hi Colin!

        Our main points of difference:

        • All designs are all inclusive as you seen them, on your particular subscription. So if you’re on a free subscription, if you can access a template, there are not any hidden paid elements included. As you go up to paid tiers, the number of templates included is much greater

        • We have a focus on providing commercially ready artwork templates. All of our qualified graphic designers have worked in commercial environments, and prepare the templates in a thoughtful manner – including appropriate calls to action etc, so a lot of the thought has already been done, as well as the design!

        • We have a graphic design support team online as well – even if it’s just to ask a design question, they are available! We have many clients that come to us for services from logo design to brand creation, and having bespoke suites of design elements created for them. We really enjoy helping people on their journey – not everyone is ready to DIY immediately without a helping hand.

        • We offer print services from foiled business cards, through to large format posters and banners.

        • Support is available via in-app chat, email or even… the phone! We love hearing from our customers!

        • Many of our editing tools are different too, and we’re continually evolving. As mentioned last message we’re only a small team – but super passionate, so take on board all feedback.

        Would love to hear your thoughts once you’ve had a play!

        Thanks 🙂 Annette

  2. Hello Colin, Great thanks for this amazing tutorial! I just started blogging and would love to use some images for my post but could not find an easy one for a starter. I will definitely try Snappa’s starter plan. 😍😍

    ___Lisa

  3. Great article! I was just wondering if any of these alternatives to Canva are able to let you share your images with the public so other people can edit what you originally created without the original images getting edited. We tried in Canva but they don’t have that option. You can only share within a team and we want to share our designs with anybody. Let me know if you know a workaround for this or another tool to check out. Thanks.

    • Hey Daniel,

      DesignBold has a sharing feature that’s similar to Google Docs. You can generate a link and share it with others so that they can create a copy and further edit it if needed. They don’t even need to be designbold users – anyone with the link can do it.

      You can learn more about it here.

      I haven’t personally used that exact feature, but my girlfriend works there and that’s what she told me 🙂 Maybe worth checking out!

  4. Hi! Working for a school district, I create flyers, brochures and social media posts with pictures. In order to be ADA compliant we are now adding “alt text” to all of our electronic images. We love how easy Canva is to create these docs, but as you know, when you save them to post to the web, they are .pdf files and that doesn’t allow for adding the “alt text” to the individual images within the document. We are looking for something similar to canva that will allow this feature and allow us to stay clear of the MS office stuff… (publisher works but we don’t have that on our systems at this time).

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    ~Jennifer

    • Jennifer,

      I use Canva graphics on my WordPress.org blog all the time. I save them as PNG files. I have the option of adding “alt txt” to all of my Canva creations.

      • I thought she was referencing embedding alt text into PDF documents or something.

        But yeah, if you just want to add alt text to images on a website, you can do that with any of these tools as all it takes is adding HTML.

  5. I would add Crello to the list. It’s another Canva clone, but unlike others on this list, you can download transparency for free. 🙂

    • This is the new one from DepositPhotos, right? I caught it on ProductHunt. Looks interesting (though pretty “cloney” indeed) but I haven’t had a chance to play around with it yet.

      Thanks for sharing!

      • That would be the one. Comes in handy if one’s Canva subscription has expired, and you need to be able to download an image with a transparent background — and being pretty darn “cloney,” it doesn’t take long to figure it out.

  6. Colin,

    I work for a public library and I can’t use a credit card for subscription services — we can do invoice payment. Do you know if any of these options offer this method of payment? Canva does not. Thx!

    • Hey Jackie,

      Sorry but I’ve never had to use invoice payments so I don’t know. Maybe if you contact their support they’d be willing to work something out for you, though! I imagine they’d be game – especially if you were willing to pay yearly.

  7. Thanks for the info, Colin! I have a few new things to check out.

    Do you have any recommendations for someone who is wanting to make printables (I sell them on Etsy)? My major frustration with Canva is they don’t have any option for making columns and tables which is a pretty basic design element to me. I like the professional templates but it doesn’t feel geared to my type of design. Any suggestions? Thanks!! 🙂

    • Hey Bethany, I’m not really sure as I’ve never done printables. I know DesignBold offers a PDF for print option, but I’m not sure its print quality is as high as Canva’s.

      So maybe worth a try, but no promises that it will actually be an upgrade with respect to that 🙂

  8. Hi!

    This list is really brilliant. And super-helpful.
    The Q&A makes me want to try out Easil too.

    But what I’m after is a solution that allows for CMYK print files. And not a RGB converted to CMYK.

    Any pointers in that direction?

    Pradeep

    • Hi Pradeep, same here. I’ve emailed support of 3 of these recommended platform and will let you know if any of them allows for CMYK color mode creation. Canva told me a month ago that they may develop this capacity in the near future…

  9. Hi Colin,
    Thank you so much for those canva alternative collections!
    I Really love Snappa so much. I am working on Snappa for 5 months, its amazing! I like another tool you shared which is Piktochart 😍😍

  10. Thanks Colin for sharing with us these tools, I already used Canva and Spak adobe. I’m going to try some of them. One platform I find it easy to use is Crello.com. It is another platform like canva, spark adobe, but here anyone can create stunning graphic designs and also animated videos.

  11. Thanks for sharing! I’ve bookmarked a few of these. I’m also looking for new ones for when I’m too lazy to open PhotoShop. One that’s not listed is FotoJet. Like Fotor, they don’t have too many templates and it’s impossible to resize images but they do have some unique templates also the free version is even more limited. I love Crello too.

  12. Hi there!
    Was wondering if there is an app i can buy for my computer that is a one-time fee instead of the each month payment, I really like the idea of having the software on my computer. Cheers!

  13. Hi

    I use Canva quite a lot and like it. The one thing I am missing is the ability to create a clickable link in a PNG file. Do you know of a similar tool that would allow me to do this?

  14. Great info.. Which one would you recommend for designing a book cover, I have used Canva but there are just a few things I’d like to change that I can’t on Canva.. Thanks in advance..

  15. Thank you! Canva revolutionised my work. I work as a PR & marketing manager in hospitality and I don’t have a big marketing budget, so Canva is perfect for me. 1$ for picture is not so much but I can create some nice offers for our clients. Here you have an example of my work. It’s a nice alternative for Shutterstock etc. Fonts are beautiful, it is very creative thinking to learn how to mix them. I use it also on my personal blog

  16. Hi, I was wondering if you had a suggestion for making t shirt designs. I’m looking for an app or website where I can make png images with a transparent background, that can be saved on my cpu.

    • Definitely – WordSwag is a good lightweight one if you just want to churn out some basic social media graphics. I wouldn’t put it up as a full alternative to Canva though unless they’ve expanded.

  17. Thank you for the splendid list, Colin.

    I’ve tried canva but don’t really like it personally, but since everyone’s recommending it and it’s free. I gave it a shot.

    I think I’ll be using “stencil” instead. Looks good to me, not sure about designbold. Hopefully it’s just as good as canva and stencil.

    Tried fotor but it seems like the ratings are not as good as canva and stencil.

  18. Thanks for the article, but seems like none of the competition listed is not worse Canva’s 10% , especially Stencil and PickMonkey, nothing special at all. I am wondering why there is no Crello on the list, it also has good staff and helps to create animation, this is why it is my fav, especially for Instagram video stories

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