Last updated: September 23, 2018
Canva is arguably one of the best online tools to create designs online. Social media agencies use it to create visual contents for the social media posts, bloggers use it to create visual contents for the blog posts, event organizers use it to create printable marketing campaigns. And many other use cases.
One of the good things about Canva is that it has a collaborative ecosystem that enables third parties to contribute. As a result, Canva is unbeaten when it comes to template options.
However, not everyone loves Canva. Probably, you once had an unpleasant experience with Canva so you planned to make a switch from it. Whatever leads you to switch away from Canva, here are the best alternatives you can use to replace it.
Canva and Crello have a lot in common. First, they have an extremely similar interface. Crello is the tool that doesn’t require too much adaptations if you want to switch away from Canva. Many believe that the two are a twin brother, although they are owned by different firms. Crello is owned by a microstock agency Depositphotos. Unlike Canva, all of the features available on Crello can be used for free. You will only need to pay if you want to use the photos supplied by Depositphotos. Several design types you can create using this tool amongst other are flyers, posters, social media posts, blog image, business card, invitation and so on.
Lucidpress is an online design tool that has a desktop-style interface. There are several menus lie on the top bar of the Lucidpress window, much like the vast majority of desktop-based software. Lucidpress itself is specifically the tool you need if you are looking for an online alternative to InDesign since it has a compatibility with it. You can use this tool to replace Canva to create designs like brochure, flyers, invitations, magazines, business card, poster and so on. Lucidpress comes with a good document manager feature.
3. Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark is a relatively new app. It’s an online design tool part of Adobe Creative Cloud, released firstly in 2016. Adobe Spark is also a great enough tool to replace Canva, especially if you are an Adobe fan. The capability of Adobe Spark tends to limited enough, but there is no bad at all if you want to give this a tool a try.
Piktochart is designed specifically to create presentations, infographics and reports. However, it’s also possible if you want to create flyers as well as posters. Piktochart is especially a great online design tool if you have to work with the smaller device. Its design is similar to Canva, with two panels lie on the left side of the interface. The difference, one of its panel — the selector panel — is hideable, which is handy enough to give extra space for the canvas.
Lazy enough of creating an account to use an online design? If so, FotoJet is the tool you are looking for. FotoJet allows you to start working immediately without needing to create an account. It’s just, you have to be whole-hearted to work with ads banner surrounding the canvas. The user interface of FotoJet is not much different to Canva so you won’t also make too much adaptations. Several design types you can create with FotoJet are posters, business cardrs, invitations, social media posts, flyers, logos and so on. In addition to design tool, FotoJet also offers online photo editor as well as collage maker.
The concept of Fotor is slightly similar to FotoJet above. First, if you work with the free version Fotor you will see two banners on the right side of the screen as well the bottom area. Second, you can also use Fotor without creating any account. However, you keep need to register before being able to download your design. Third, it also offers online photo editing tool as well as a collage maker, other than design tool. The interface of Fotor is also similar enough to Canva with a pair of panels on the left and the right side, respectively. The right panel of Fotor is hideable. Several design types you can create with Fotor as book covers, invitations, business cards, posters, social media posts and so on.
PosterMyWall is specifically a great choice to create event flyers although you can also use it to create visual contents for your social media accounts as well as blog posts. There are a bunch of event-related flyer templates available on PosterMyWall. Like music events, conferences, parties and so on. PosterMyWall allows you to create design without needing to create an account, without being annoyed by ads at all. However, you fill find your designs contain watermark and you can remove it unless you upgrade your account. PosternMyWall has a clean interface.
Snappa is specifically designed to help you to create visual contents for blog posts as well social media posts. The templates offered by the tool are rich enough, although not as reach as Canva. Snappa comes with a very clean interface and provides a bunch of free images you can take advantage of. Snappa also comes with a handy design manager. It’s just, you need to upgrade your account before being able to save your unfinished design.
BeFunky also combines three tools to be one, like Fotor and FotoJet. The design tool offered by BeFunky can be used to create designs like flyers, brochures, invitations, flyers and so on. However, the free version of BeFunky is very lack of template. You will also have to deal with the ads banners on the right as well as botton side of side of the screen, which is not cool.
Visme is originally an online presentation maker. However, it also offers tool to create designs. From printable designs — like business cards, posters, flyers — to designs for social media contents as well as blog posts. This tool doesn’t offer to much templates, but you might will find the templates suit your needs on this tool. No one knows. Visme also has a good design manager. However, the feature is only available for the premium users.
PicMonkey is better known as an online photo editor which allows you to effortlessly get the best tones for your photos. Apparently, PicMonkey also features an design tool which you can use to create printable designs as well as web-oriented designs. One thing you need to know, PicMonkey is a premium tool instead of freemium like 10 first tools mentioned above. You won’t be able to use PicMonkey for free unless during the trial period which lasts for 7 days.
Pablo is a free online design tool from Buffer, a popular social media scheduling tool. Pablo is specifically designed to help you to create visual contents for social media posts. Pablo is lack of feature, but if you need a simple tool to create simple visual contents for your social media accounts then there is no bad to give Pablo a try. Pablo takes advantage of Unsplash API to provide hundreds of free images you can add to your designs.