You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to create snazzy graphic design, in-fact you don’t even need to be a Photoshop whizz, there’s plenty of online tools out there to get your mitts on! 

Creating graphics for your brand’s social media is so important because they allow you to speak as an authority, create awareness around your brand, and also show your personality. Creating exciting, relevant, and on-brand graphic design for your social media can set you apart from the competition!

So, what does that mean for you?

You need to be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons! 

A web user’s attention span is approximately 6.8 seconds, so it’s vital that you create thumb-stopping graphics to grab their attention.

Canva is one of the most well-known tools for graphic design and has become hugely popular over the last few years among bloggers, designers, small businesses, and large brands alike. But with recent complaints of user difficulty, we thought we would share a list of Canva alternatives that you may find useful. It’s always good to try a range of new things to see what works best for you. 

We’ve not only focused on DIY graphic design tools but also on animation and photo-editing tools, so we hope you find this useful!

 

  1. Stencil

Stencil is a graphic design tool specifically tailored to creating marketing imagery. They have a free plan which allows the user to create ten images per month, but if you’re using it often you can pay for $9.00 per month (£7.00) 

Stencil has over 2,200,000 stock photos and over a thousand templates to choose from so it’s definitely a great contender for Canva’s crown. 

Check out the important details below…

Features: 

  • Loads of  stock images and icons – all with a creative commons license
  • Instant resizing
  • Live previews, including being able to see what your graphics will look like on the following social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Buffer and Bitly
  • Automate – Stencil has integrated with Buffer, meaning you can schedule your social media posts without having to leave the programme!

 

Pricing and Packages:

Free version

  • 10 image saves per month
  • A variety of icons available
  • Upload up to 50 images
  • Create up to 10 collections
  • 10 favourites
  • 10 Instagram and SMS per month

 

Pro $9.00/mo

  • 50 image saves per month
  • 2,200,000 royalty free photos
  • 200,000 icons
  • 1000+ templates
  • Font uploads
  • Premium support available 
  • Upload up to 250 images
  • Create 25 collections
  • 100 favourites
  • 25 Instagram and SMS per month

Premium $12/mo

  • All Pro Features included
  • Unlimited image saves
  • Unlimited image uploads 
  • Unlimited collections
  • Unlimited favorites
  • 100 Instagram and SMS per month

 

Pros:

  • Extremely user-friendly 
  • Desktop and mobile-friendly 
  • Stencil appears wherever you are working from 
  • Offers browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari

 

Cons:

  • Fewer templates than Canva

 

2. Piktochart 

Piktochart is amazing for creating infographics, but you can also use it to create social media graphics, presentations, reports, charts, and graphs. It’s a little pricier than Canva, but you do get a better variety of customisation!

Features:

  • His res downloads
  • Design flexibility
  • Team template customisation
  • Sharing of projects
  • PDF exports
  • 1GB image uploads
  • Custom colour schemes and brand kit 

 

Pricing and Packages:

Pro $24.17/mo

  • Unlimited visuals 
  • 1GB image uploads 
  • HD image exports 
  • PDF exports 
  • You can remove watermarks
  • Password protection for published works
  • Custom color palettes
  • Custom fonts 
  • Organisation folders

 

Pro team $82.50/mo

  • All pro features available
  • More image upload space
  • Team template customization 
  • Sharing of projects
  • Design collaboration
  • Annotated commenting
  • Roles and Permission

 

Pros:

  • 200+ infographic templates
  • Can embed videos
  • Ability to export data from SurveyMonkey, Google Sheets and Excel

 

Cons:

  • Free option only temporary

 

 

3. Snappa 

Snappa is quite similar to Canva, in the respect that it’s a simplified, all-purpose design tool. It’s easy to create and edit graphics using built-in templates and you can also schedule social media posts without leaving the website.

Features:

  • Visual library
  • A large variety of templates
  • Graphic resizing
  • Custom fonts
  • Social media connection

 

Price and Packages:

Free

  • 1 user
  • 5,000 templates
  • 3,000,000 HD and graphics
  • 3 downloads per month

 

Pro $10.00/pm

  • 5,000 templates
  • Unlimited downloads per month
  • Social media sharing
  • Buffer integration
  • Custom font uploads

 

Team $20.00/pm

  • 5 users
  • 5,000+ templates
  • 3,000,000+ HD photos & graphics
  • Unlimited downloads per month
  • Social media sharing
  • Buffer integration
  • Custom font uploads
  • Team collaboration

 

Pros:

  • Includes photo editing tools
  • Numerous templates available
  • Buffer integration

 

Cons:

  • No drawing tools
  • Unable to edit uploaded images with the effect tool

 

4. DesignBold

DesignBold works exactly like Canva, but it actually has a larger collection of stock images which is super handy! They also claim to be the best online photo studio, and with an overall rating of 4.3/5 on G2 it could be true! Design Bold is known for offering a great free service, so it’s definitely worth trying. 

Features:

  • High-res downloads
  • Can save designs to dropbox
  • Able to share designs directly to social media
  • Drag and drop
  • Photo editing tools
  • A large collection of stock images

 

Pricing and Products:

Free

  • Lots of free Layouts
  • 2GB of storage
  • Team collaboration
  • Share designs for viewing and editing
  • Transparent backgrounds

Pro $9.99/mo

  • 10000+ Free Layouts
  • Millions of premium stock photos 
  • Thousands of premium layouts
  • Search 400,000+ Free Stock Photos
  • 2GB of storage
  • Team collaboration
  • Share designs for viewing and editing
  • Transparent background
  • Integrate images from a social media account
  • Resizing

 

Pros:

  • Templates suitable for printing
  • A huge variety of free layouts
  • Easy resize option

 

Cons:

  • No grid ruler
  • Not available for mobile use

 

5. Foto

Fotor has a very similar interface to Canva so if you’re looking for a similar to use alternative then this could be it! Fotor boasts thousands of beautiful and professionally designed templates. Their blog also offers a range of tutorials and how-to articles which are perfect for a beginner!

Features:

  • 1000+ design templates
  • Collage templates
  • Styled photo frames
  • Custom design stickers
  • HDR Tech
  • Photo effects
  • Portrait touch up
  • Raw file processing

 

Pricing and Products:

Free version

  • Basic edit 
  • Basic portrait touch up
  • Classic templates
  • Edit and save your work in basic formats
  • Basic HDR tech

 

Pro, $39.99/an $8.99/mo

  • Everything the basic version features
  • HDR tech
  • Ad-free
  • Advanced editing features
  • Advanced design features
  • Lots of storage in the cloud

 

Pros:

  • Has the option of desktop and mobile
  • Has a RAW file converter
  • Easy to use interface
  • Excellent blog/ tutorials

 

Cons:

  • Ads in mobile and web apps
  • Few options for deep image retouching
  • Not suitable for creating a brand new image

 

6. Easil 

Easil is another great alternative to Canva, much like the latter they feature a number of social media-friendly templates. What we like the most about Easil is there are no hidden costs- if you are on a free version you will only see what is free. They also offer bags of support, whether you’re more of an online chatter, emailer, or you would prefer to give them a call.

Features:

  • 1000’s of templates
  • Brand kit
  • Text effect tools
  • Easy resizing
  • Wide range of free fonts
  • Magic colour palette generator

 

Pricing and Products:

Free

  • 2,500+ all-inclusive templates
  • Free graphic elements
  • Free stock image range
  • Organize with layers and groups
  • Upload your own images
  • Pay per use stock images
  • Text effects
  • Organisation folders

 

Plus $7.50/mo

  • Upload your own images
  • Pay per use stock images
  • Text effects
  • Organisation folders
  • Download transparent PNG
  • Create animated GIFs
  • Download print-quality PDF
  • Text masking
  • Organise designs with folders & tags
  • Remove image background x5
  • Team collaborations
  • Colour palettes
  • Set document & design restrictions
  • Design resizing tool
  • Can save favourite elements
  • Upload your own fonts

 

Easil Edge $59.00/mo

  • Plus features available
  • Industry tailored templates
  • Priority support

 

Pros:

  • Affordable pricing
  • Replacer image and colour palette tool

 

Cons:

  • Unable to use offline
  • Not many customization offers

 

7. PicMonkey 

PicMonkey started as an online photo editing tool, and like Canva you can use it via the app, or on desktop. It allows you to crop, resize and play with the exposure and lighting of images. You can also add text and create your own graphics. PicMonkey is perfect for those who want to create beautiful imagery, but aren’t photoshop savvy.

Features:

  • Photo editor
  • Dozens of effects and filters
  • Thousands of graphics
  • Over 100 textures
  • Over 200 fonts
  • Pre-set blank canvases
  • Ability to create multi-photo designs
  • Portrait editor
  • Can access from desktop and mobile
  • Organisation folders

 

Pricing and products:

Basic £9.00/mo

  • 1GB of cloud storage
  • Can work with JPG or PNG
  • Large library of fonts
  • Templates and touch up tools
  • Access to every feature on the mobile app
  • Shareable folders
  • Edit images with others in real-time
  • Comment on images

 

Pro £14.00/mo

  • Basic features available
  • Priority email support
  • Upload your own fonts

 

Team £37.50 /mo

All of the above plus:

  • Discounts for multiple more users
  • Team and management permission

 

Pros:

  • Lots of cloud storage
  • Free trial option
  • Mobile capability
  • Simple interface

 

Cons:

  • No free option
  • Pricing tiers 
  • Unable to edit in bulk

8. Crello 

What makes Crello stand out is that it offers lots of animation freedom with its animation maker tool. It has ample image and animated formats for you to choose from, over 20,000 templates, and a photo editor.  Crello does have a forever free package but if you’re using it for animation, you’ll probably want to pay for the pro version at $7.99 USD per month. 

Features:

  • Drag and drop design 
  • Photo/video editor 
  • 25,000+ templates
  • Tens of thousands of design elements
  • Library of premium 500,000 images
  • Instant access to millions of stock photos

 

Pricing and products:

Free

  • 30,000 graphic and animated templates
  • Instant access to 140 million stock images
  • Upload own fonts and images

 

Pro $7.99/mo

  • Free features included
  • Half a million premium tags
  • Thousands of videos or animations (you can also upload your own)
  • Create teams to collaborate on designs

 

Pros:

  • Great usability

 

Cons:

  • Lack of infographic templates

 

9. Adobe Spark www.adobespark.com

Adobe Spark was created by the team behind Photoshop, Indesign and many other tools we all know and love! The great thing about Adobe Spark Post is that it’s so easy to get the hang of! You can use Adobe Spark on desktop or mobile, but the animation feature only works on mobile, which is handy if you’re on the go or not living the #laptoplife.  

Features:

  • A variety of free professionally designed fonts 
  • Select thousands of pictures from Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom CC, Dropbox or Google Photos
  • A wide variety of layouts, colours and fonts
  • Ability to share creations via social media or email
  • Available on desktop and mobile

 

Pricing and Products:

Adobe Spark offers a free starter plan where you can access thousands of free images and icons.

Individual £10.10/mo

  • Thousands of free images and icons
  • Can invite others to work on and edit your work
  • Use of premium templates
  • Can create personal branded templates
  • Able to remove the watermark from product

 

Team £20.22/ mo

Includes all of the above features plus:

  • Admin access
  • Access to dedicated 24/7 phone, email and chat support

 

Pros:

  • Part of monthly cost on creative cloud
  • Has a blog with a good range of tutorials

 

Cons:

  • Can only use animation on mobile

10. Adobe Lightroom 

Next up is Lightroom, another member of the Adobe family. This tool is designed for photo editing and sharing, and it’s great for retouching images that need minimal editing. Whilst it’s more of an editing tool rather than a graphic creator, this program is SO useful for adjusting images that can be incorporated into graphics. 

Features:

  • Create presets 
  • Ability to batch process images 
  • Transfer adjustment settings from one image to another
  • Non-destructive editing protects your originals
  • Powerful RAW file editor
  • Croppable images
  • Creative adjustment tools

 

Pricing and Products

  • Lightroom plan – £119.21 per year
  • Creative Cloud Photography Plan (20GB) – £119.21 per year
  • Photography Plan (1TB) – £238.42 per year

 

11. Animaker 

Okay, so this one is very different from Canva, but it’s so useful we couldn’t miss it off the list! Animaker, as it says on the tin, is used to create animated videos. Everything is saved onto the cloud, which means you can access your work from anywhere! 

Features:

  • Animated maps & charts
  • Brand management
  • Brand overlay
  • Camera in
  • Camera out
  • Grouping 
  • Click & choose
  • Content management
  • Curve
  • Custom characters and font
  • Custom sound and voiceover import
  • Voice recording
  • Drag-and-drop editor

 

Pricing and Products:

Free version

  • 5 exports monthly
  • 2-minute video length
  • Unlimited videos
  • SD quality
  • Pre-animated texts
  • Important images and audio
  • SD quality

Personal

  • 5 mins video length
  • 20 exports per month
  • Unlimited videos
  • Unbranded videos
  • Premium templates
  • Import images and audio
  • 20 voice downloads
  • Pre-animated texts

Startup

  • 15 mins video length
  • 40 exports per month
  • HD/SD quality
  • Unlimited video
  • Unbranded video
  • Premium templates
  • Pre-animated texts
  • 40 voice downloads

Business

  • 30 mins video length
  • 100 exports per month
  • Unlimited/unbranded videos
  • Full HD/SD quality
  • Premium templates
  • Custom fonts
  • Pre-animated texts
  • 100 voice downloads

 

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Great value for money
  • Animator
  • Cloud saving

 

Cons:

  • Previewing can make the videos lag
  • Limitations to using characters and voice-overs are frustrating

 

12. Venngage

Venngage is a really handy infographic design app. It offers you a range of templates to pick from, including reports, promotions, posters, and infographics. 

Features:

  • Add multiple pages
  • Unlimited support
  • 100 image uploads
  • Custom templates
  • Privacy controls
  • Business and premium templates
  • Ability to share with the team

 

Pricing and Product:

Free for students

  • 5 infographics
  • Ability to share public

 

Premium

  • 50 image uploads
  • Add multiple pages
  • Export PNG and PDF
  • Privacy controls
  • Standard email and chat support

Business

  • Business templates
  • Premium templates
  • Custom templates
  • Unlimited infographics
  • Personal branding choices
  • Export Hi-Res PNG
  • Export to PDF
  • Email chat and service
  • 1-1 consultation
  • Private community group
  • Live training workshops

 

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Great customer support for paying versions
  • Suits small, medium and large businesses

 

Cons:

  • Few options on free service

13. Wordswag

Wordswag is only available as a mobile app. We thought we would include this because it’s brilliant for creating cool quotes and graphics that are perfect for social media. You can get this app on both Android and Apple!

Features:

  • Exclusive hypomanic engine
  • 100’s of free to use quotes, jokes and thoughts

 

Prices and Products:

It’s £3.49 to purchase the app.

 

Pros:

  • Great for beginners
  • Easy to use
  • One-off payment

 

Cons:

  • Quite basic
  • Not a large variety of fonts and customization
  • Has experienced a number of technical difficulties 

14. Gravit Designer

Gravit Designer has some great features: the ability to download images as a transparent PNG, a huge library of templates, and vector graphics. Gravit is known for being versatile and easy to use, and it also offers a free service along, with a premium one at £49.00 a year, which is cheap compared to its competitors!

Features:

  • Vector graphics
  • Cloud integration
  • Auto layouts
  • Ability to download images as a transparent PNG
  • Multiple styles

 

Prices and Products:

Free version

  •  500MB Cloud Storage 
  •  PDF export (72 and 150 DPI) 
  •  Color Space (RGB only) 

 

Pro £49.00/annual

  •  Unlimited Cloud Storage 
  •  PDF Export (Up to 300dpi) 
  •  Color Space (CMYK, HSB, and RGB) 
  •  Work Offline 
  •  Advanced Export Options 
  •  Version History 

 

Pros:

  • Cheap pricing 
  • Advanced dashboard
  • Great for UI design

 

Cons:

  • Only works with an internet connection

 

15. Over

The last of our Canva contenders is Over, which is a mobile-only app that acts as a graphic designer in your pocket! There are some excellent reviews online for the app, and people seem to love it, which is very promising. Over’s mission is to “equip anyone and everyone with the tools, confidence, and knowledge to build a business, grow a brand, or stand out in an increasingly crowded world”- we’re all down for that, right?

Features:

  • Templates
  • Hand-curated videos, fonts, and images – updated daily
  • Blending, layering and masking features
  • Ability to collaborate

 

Pricing and Products:

It’s £2.99 to download the app.

 

Pros:

  • Lots of in-built content to choose from
  • Easy to use

 

Cons:

  • Problems with interface components 

 

We hope you’ve found this list of Canva alternatives useful. For us, Canva will continue to be a huge part of our working day. We find Canva super easy to use and LOVE the background remover tool because it helps us to create our amazingly on-brand collages! However, there are a few of us around the office that have already been downloading some of these amazing DIY graphic design software tools. 

We would love to hear from you about using some of these to create online graphics and which ones you love! Let us know, do you think any will knock Canva off the top spot?

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