20 Best Canva Alternatives in 2021

August 16

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If you are short on budget or prefer to do everything yourself, you are welcome to use all the following design platforms.

Canva is one of the best (and most popular) photo editing tools. But there’s nothing wrong with checking out alternatives from time to time. As a matter of fact, every business should re-evaluate its current setup to make sure it’s operating cost-effectively. You might just be pleasantly surprised to discover a tool that offers even more features and possibly even at a lower price.

The following are some of the best alternatives to Canva. Some of them you can use for free, while others are paid. The one thing they all have in common is that they have a range of fabulous features.

List of the best Canva alternatives, free and paid 

1. Design Wizard

Boasting more than one million images and great integration with Marketo and Hubspot, Design Wizard will help you whizz through your graphic design workload. With the help of this superb software, you can quickly add personal touches to your videos and images. Some of its other cool features include a library with free fonts, custom color palettes, free image storage, and a resize button. It also has templates for Pinterest, Facebook, Etsy, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube. 

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2. FotoJet

If you’re working a lot with branding projects, FotoJet will get you all set, as it allows you to use your own custom typefaces. Fotojet also includes many templates you can use to create invites or posts for major social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. The best part is that you can use it offline. 

All things considered, FotoJet is really easy to use. But if you do get stuck, there are tutorials available. On the downside, the free plan does not offer all of FotoJet’s great features. For instance, if you want to save your projects or select a custom canvas size, you’ll have to sign up for a paid plan.

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2.1. Template.net

Template.net, the home of high-quality, beautifully designed, and ready-made templates, offers more than an array of professional samples to our customers. We also produce informative and first-rate business articles with varying purposes—how-tos, tips, lists, and guides. Different companies with a specialized focus in the manufacturing industry and professional services sector can utilize our articles when planning and strategizing their marketing and business plans. We guarantee that the pieces we create and share with our clients are adequate for their respective business goals. 

We aim to provide the finest products for our esteemed clients. Hence, we give our 100% when designing various templates to showcase on our websites and when writing these comprehensive articles for our customers. As a company, we want to witness the success of our clients in their field of interest. Thus, they are here to deliver the necessary steps and manual that assist individuals with the realization of their business dreams. From complete guides in HR management to budget planning, they have indispensable details that matter to the company.

Whether a newly established firm or an existing corporation in the industry, business owners can still enjoy and use the detailed information in our featured discussions. 

They have an organized set up with each topic given a designated section. You can immediately browse through the portions of the blog to find the article you need. With this convenient structure, busy entrepreneurs—like yourself—can save time when looking for guides and tips on a particular process in the firm. Besides being concise and exhaustive, the articles are easy to learn and understand. Moreover, it expands a topic and makes it more comprehensible to every reader or viewer.  

The services they present to there valued clients surpass the expectations of others. At most, they extend their efforts within and outside the bounds of our capacity as an enterprise. Their excellent templates are accessible at any electronic device and our articles are available to all viewers. Importantly, the detailed account of articles provides sufficient information for you to begin your journey in the industry. So, by choosing Template.net, as your beacon for success. Don’t wait any longer and subscribe to there website now.

3. BeFunky

This easy-to-use app is ideal for editing photos, creating collages, and designing graphics. Similar to FotoJet, it boasts a wide range of templates for major social media platforms. With BeFunky, you can save your designs to your device, Dropbox account, or Google Drive. 

Although you can download a couple of complete images and get access to about 120 photo effects without creating an account, to be able to use the app to its fullest, you’ll have to opt for the paid version.

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4. Limitless Designs

If you aren’t too keen on doing the actual design work yourself, you’ll love Limitless Designs. When you sign up for the Unlimited Plan, a graphic designer will be allocated to work with you on your projects. 

There are no restrictions to the number of designs and revisions you can order from your new star employee. Whether you need a business card, banner ad, T-shirt design, or photo for one of your social media accounts, your dedicated designer will be able to help. Or if you simply need a current design resized or cropped, you can also pass the task to your designer.

What makes Limitless Designs so great is that you work with the same designer, so he or she will quickly start to understand your likes and dislikes. This is ideal if your business cannot afford its very own graphic designer yet (plus, you can cancel the service whenever you want). Alternatively, you can use Limitless Designs to take care of minor tasks (like cropping) so that your in-house team can tackle more important projects. 

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5. Shutterstock Image Editor

Shutterstock Image Editor is a free tool that you can use to edit your Shutterstock images. Though one quick word of warning: it is neither the fastest nor the easiest of tools. In short, it’s great if you need to change the size of your Shutterstock images prior to downloading them.

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6. Desygner

The interface of Desygner is quite similar to Canva. It comes with countless free images and templates you can use to design invites, banners, cards, Facebook posts, tweets, and even business logos. As there are no monthly limits, your only challenge will be if you’re struggling with designer’s block. 

If you don’t want to use the browser to create images, you’ll be happy to know that the Desygner app supports PSD and PPT file formats too (something that most other apps in this category do not support). Plus, you can save your final masterpieces in JPG or PNG format. If you want to import or export PDF files, though, you’ll need to opt for the paid service. You’ll also need to sign up for the paid service to use your own custom fonts. 

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7. Pablo by Buffer

Pablo is the perfect website for marketers who mainly work with social media images and would like to boost their social media engagement. It boasts an intuitive interface, so don’t be too quick to judge the simplistic appearance. 

You can either upload your own photos or use default images. Sadly, Pablo can only be used on your desktop, as there’s no mobile app version. Also, although it does have some editing effects, it’s restricted to social media. 

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8. Stencil

This is another great tool that can help you boost your social media engagement. Stencil comes with an impressive collection of royalty-free photos, database with quotes, Google Fonts, social media templates, and icons. You can create only 10 images per month with the free version, though. That being said, if you’re using it for small business or personal use you probably don’t need more than that.

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9. PicMonkey

With PicMonkey, you can be as artful as a wagonload of monkeys! Its main features include touch-up tools, social media templates, basic filters, and fonts. While its interface is simple, its pricing is unfortunately not. That being said, PicMonkey remains one of the most affordable graphic design solutions. If you want to design things like infographics and collages, be sure to pick PicMonkey. 

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10. Easil

You can use Easil for many different things, including to create menus, flyers, posters, and social media templates for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It’s a good tool if you own a small or medium-sized business, as it uses folders and tagging to make sure the right users can access the right files right away. 

But if you want to access many of its handy features, you’ll unfortunately have to pay. Easil offers free fonts and images, but you’re also welcome to upload your own pictures. 

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11. DesignPickle

If you find yourself in a design-related pickle, DesignPickle will come to your rescue. All things considered, the quality is good, but don’t expect first-class quality like some of the other tools can offer. The biggest perk of DesignPickle is that it can save you time. That being said, it’s not the most affordable tool and its project scope is not that extensive either.

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12. Polarr

Polarr is one of the best photo editing tools. As a matter of fact, some think it’s one of the greatest Photoshop alternatives. Although it doesn’t have social media templates, fonts, or stock imagery, you’ll really love the free filters and its nifty video editor feature. Whether you want to create a banner for a social media platform or design a stunning invite, Polarr is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to import and export straight via the app. Alternatively, you can use it in a browser. 

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13. Piktochart

This is an excellent tool if you only want to design charts or infographics. Although there is a free version, the paid subscription is a good investment, and discounts are available for students, teachers, and non-profit organizations. 

Piktochart provides more than 4,000 icons that you can use to create infographics along with a template. If you’re up for the challenge, you can also create infographics without the help of templates.

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14. Gravit

Gravit contains three apps: Cloud, Klex, and Designer. All three are easy to use and free of charge. If you do get stuck, there are tutorials and community support available. 

For those who have worked with Gravit before, Cloud will be the best option. Designer is more geared toward graphic designers, while Klex is great for users who need help with a wide range of tasks. Gravit offers templates for all major social media networks as well as custom sizes. 

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15. Fotor

Fotor is trusted by over 300 million users. This popular cloud-based software can help you with virtually all your photo editing and graphic design work, whether you need to create a professional-looking ad or invite people to your upcoming birthday party. There are countless design templates available for all the main social media platforms. Some of Fotor’s other features include fonts, stickers, and a built-in photo editor. 

Fotor is easy to use, but if you do get stuck, you can simply turn to one of the many tutorials. The thing you will likely find the most difficult to figure out is Fotor’s pricing.  

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16. Photoshop

Many users find Photoshop too complex for their skills or needs. That being said, it still remains the top tool if you need to edit images. With the help of Photoshop, you can whip up custom and unique designs. 

One thing Photoshop does not offer is social media templates. So if you simply want to create something like a Facebook ad, Photoshop will be overkill.

If you do want the real deal and want to invest in Photoshop, be sure to make use of online (and offline) communities where you can get tips and complete tutorials. Photoshop is not the most suitable solution for beginners without a graphic design background who don’t want to spend too much. 

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17. Snappa

Snappa is an excellent graphic design tool for smaller businesses, in particular those that regularly work with social media platforms. Unlike many similar tools, the free version of Snappa does not limit what you can design. But if you want to create more than five images per month, you’ll have to opt for the paid version. Also, you can’t use custom fonts with the free version. 

Snappa boasts more than 5,000 templates. So if you need a template for Twitter, email, Facebook, and most other social media platforms, you’re bound to find one here. 

Overall, Snappa is easy to master, making it a great tool if you need to create something like an infographic or eBook cover in a snap.

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18. RelayThat

RelayThat is an easy-to-use tool that offers templates for all the major social media platforms (including AdSense) along with more than 2,000 Smart Layouts and 350,000 royalty-free images. It also has sophisticated editing tools and a feature that lets you preplan your Instagram posts.

The biggest drawback of RelayThat is that if you don’t want your images to have watermarks, you’ll have to sign up for a paid version. Plus, many of the other alternatives mentioned offer similar features for cheaper. 

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19. Mac Computer Image Editor

Mac users often don’t need anything more than their Mac’s own free image editor. It’s the ideal tool if you just need to crop a picture or resize it fast. You can also use it to add arrows, text, and some other basic shapes – with the emphasis on basic. Its features are not extensive: there are no icons and you can’t use it to create a collage.

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20. Crello

With the help of Crello, you can quickly create an animated design for your business website or social media account. The speed at which you can whip up designs that capture attention is what sets this tool apart from the others. If you don’t know where to start, be sure to browse Crello’s themed collections and massive library with millions of pictures.

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