• reece stewart

War of Design: Canva vs In-Design

There are a lot of design tools out there including Canva and InDesign, but which one is right for you?

Canva is a more limited platform and is significantly more template-reliant, but that would not be a fair assessment of the platform. Canva is not InDesign. They are both tools in a designer's toolbox that serve their own purpose. The question is, which one will serve your purpose?

Lucky for you, while we can't answer that question, we can help you figure it for yourself. Straight from the mind of our Creative Director, check out the Bluberry Creative Approved Canva vs. InDesign pros and cons list.

Price: Canva Wins

This is an easy one. Canva is free, with an option to upgrade to a paid Pro version. InDesign, on the other hand, is only available through a paid subscription. Though it is important to note that older versions of the program are available for a one time fee. When it comes to price, Canva gets the point.

Speed: Tie

Speed is not a question of software but more a question of designer experience. So for beginners, Canva is, in most cases, faster to use. Its user interface encourages you to keep things simple, using templates and software that intentionally limits how texts and images can be manipulated. However, for someone more experienced, it might actually be faster to use InDesign. When it comes to speed, these two platforms tie.

Ease of Use: It Depends!

This one is somewhat similar to speed. It is dependent on what you're trying to make. Canva has a much shorter learning curve, but there is also significantly less to learn. On the other hand, it will take longer to learn InDesign, but what can't you do with it? This one is a definite tie. If you're not trying to make anything too fancy, then Canva is the way to go. If you're looking for something a bit more sophisticated, InDesign will probably serve you better.

Quality: InDesign

There is no comparison here, InDesign takes it by a mile. The software is downloaded on your computer, and not edited through the web like Canva. As such, anything you create can be exported at a much higher resolution with more customization. Moreover, the templates offered in the most recent version of InDesign (CC) are more professional in general.

Stock Content: Canva

Both platforms have a process for obtaining stock photos. InDesign requires an Adobe Stock subscription, which is separate from the InDesign subscription. Canva offers some free stock photos, with the option to purchase additional content on a case by case basis in the event you do not have a Canva Pro subscription. In short, Canva wins this one.

Customizability: Tie

InDesign allows for more freedom in your designs, no question about it. However, the program is document-based. Canva, on the other hand, continues to add new functionality to rich media like animation and gifs. So, it kind of depends on what you're looking to achieve. We’re calling this one a tie too.

Professionalism: InDesign

InDesign creates more professional-looking documents due to the templates it offers, and the customization features allow you to create completely unique designs. Canva is geared more towards social media graphics and presentations and leans more towards a younger audience.

Shareability: Canva

Because Canva is cloud-based, it's much easier to share and collaborate with other people. Canva software is free to use, so it allows you to share the designs you make with others without them having to pay for the service. Canva documents can even be shared via a link, allowing you to do a full presentation through the platform. InDesign, on the other hand, can only be shared with people who have the same version of the software that you do. In this case, Canva takes the win.

Final Thoughts

Both Canva and InDesign have their goods and their bads. The thing is, neither option is inherently better than the other. Just because you use Canva does not mean your content will be low quality, just like having InDesign doesn't mean you'll suddenly be a pro designer. It's all about how you use the software. In other words, you can give caveman spray paint, but that doesn't make him Banksy.

Your decision as to which platform is better is all about skill level.

If you're looking for a designer to end your software war, contact us today. We have a really great design team and we're happy to share.




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