Cavna is an graphic design tool that allows you to create beautiful graphics quickly and easily. You simply drag and drop elements from the library onto your image. The result looks professional. And it only takes a few minutes to make something really nice.
Canva is a fantastic tool for bloggers. But as any blogger knows costs can add up when running your business. So do you need the paid version of Canva, or will the free one do. Let’s find out!
There is no monthly fee for Cavna, but there is a paid tier or you can just buy pro elements a la carte.
If you want to try out the paid version of Canva there is a 30 day trial period so you can try before you buy.
Both tiers offer a range of templates to use which makes designing graphics easier. But the paid version can help speed up creation significantly with things like multiple brand kits, one-click brand implementation, and the ability to create your own templates.
In this blog post we’ll break down the benefits and drawbacks of both the free version of Canva and Canva Pro so you can decide which is best for you and your blog.
Benefits of Free Canva
It’s free! That’s right, if you don’t have a budget for premium products then you can still achieve amazing results using the free version of Canva.
It has over millions of users worldwide. This means that there are plenty of people who already love the product and have used it in their blogs. If they love it, chances are you will too.
You can download and install it on all devices including mobile phones and tablets. There is even a desktop app, if you don’t always want to work in your internet browser.
With the free version of Canva you have access to tons of templates, graphics, and photos. And if there is a premium element you want to use, you can purchase it for just $1.
Here is a roundup of some of the benefits of Canva’s free plan:
- It’s free
- Ability to create 100+ different design types
- Access to 250,000 templates to help you get started
- Can download designs as JPG, PDF, PNG, GIFs, or MP4
- Can buy premium elements a la carte for $1
Benefits of Canva Pro
While the Free version of Canva and Canva Pro both offer thousands of templates, stock photos, graphics, and the ability to collaborate in real time, Canva Pro offers more of each element, 610,000 templates (including premium templates) compared to the free versions 250,000.
In addition to offering more of everything, the Pro version gives you access to additional features, most notably more organization capability.
With the Free Canva plan you can have up to 2 folders to keep your projects and designs organized. If you’ve been blogging for any amount of time, you can probably see that 2 folders won’t help much.
With Canva Pro you have unlimited folders and 20x the cloud storage of the free plan. Allowing you to stay organized and easily find designs you’ve created before.
The other features on Pro can save you tons of time, they include:
- Create custom templates
- Brand Kit that includes your Logos and Custom Fonts
- One-click branding application
And if that weren’t enough Canva Pro also gives you additional photo editing features, like background removal.
Can You Get By With Just the Free Version of Canva?
If you’re a new blogger looking to save money where you can then yes. If you’re a full-time blogger or working to go full-time, then the time savings that Canva Pro provides likely outweigh the cost.
The more content you’re creating the more time you can save with Canva Pro.
However, if you aren’t creating tons of content, then you likely have the time to be using the free version without too much of an impact.
Who Should Upgrade to Canva Pro?
For those who are serious about their blog, who are creating lots of content, and need the extra functionality, Canva Pro is the way to go.
This would be someone who knows what they’re doing but needs to make sure they’re getting the best tools and utilizing their time efficiently.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still not sure about Canva Free or Canva Pro, read on for answers to the most common questions.
How much does Canva Pro cost?
Canva Pro costs $12.99 per month or $119.99 per year. The annual payment option will save you $35.89 over the course of the year (so almost three months). If you aren’t sure about upgrading to Canva Pro, Canva does offer a free 30-day trial.
Can I try out Canva Pro before paying for it?
Yes! When you sign up for Canva, you’ll have the option to try Canva Pro free for 30 days. Once activated, you’ll have access to all the features of Canva Pro for 30 days. After the 30-day period has passed, you’ll have to decide to either pay or downgrade to the free plan.
What is the difference between free and pro Canva?
Besides the cost, Canva Pro offers more branding options, templating, organization and time-saving features.
The free plan has fewer features than its paid counterpart. For example, you can’t download images with a transparent background with the Free plan.
Is the paid version of Canva worth it?
The free version of Canva has almost all of the same features as the paid version but with a few limitations. If you want to save money, then the free version will absolutely work for you. But if you’re looking to systemize and speed up graphic creation (like featured images, social media graphics, and social media posts) then I think the cost of Canva Pro is more than worth it.
How long can I use Canva for free?
The free version of Canva has no time limit. Though it does limit cloud storage to 5 GB. If you want more space you’ll need to upgrade.
Are Canva templates free?
Yes. There are tons of free templates included in the Free version of Canva. With Canva Pro you get access to pro templates as well at no additional cost.
Are Canva images free for commercial use?
This falls squarely in the category of it depends. For more information on using Canva for Commercial Purposes please check out this post.
Should I use Canva or Placeit?
The best part about both services is they offer templates to help you quickly create graphics. But if you want to create something from scratch, it’s easier to use Canva. On the other hand, if you want to quickly create a mockup, then Placeit is the way to go.
That being said Canva has recently added functionality with SmartMockups which is extremely similar to Placeit.
What tips and tricks do you use on Canva?
The free version of Canva has most of the features you would expect from a professional graphic designer. But it’s not perfect. For example, its image editing tools are limited and it doesn’t offer any way to export your designs into HTML code.
You can find more tips on getting started with Canva and how to find the best elements here.
Does Canva have photo filters?
Yes. Canva offers your typical photo filters as well as some different photo effects. I’ve found that it keeps expanding on this functionality, every time I go in there are even more options.
Can Canva make videos?
Yes, it has a limited video editor that keeps getting better. You can record audio, add titles, and more.
Is Canva better than PowerPoint?
Canva has a lot of features that PowerPoint doesn’t offer, including templates, shapes, and animation. The interface is also easier to navigate. It even has a “present” function that allows you to record both your screen and your face, making it easy to create training videos and webinar presentations.
Is there a desktop version of canva.com?
Yes, there is a desktop version of Canva. So far I haven’t run into any issues with the Desktop missing any features.
Is Canva the easiest design tool to use?
If you’ve never done graphic design, then yes, Canva is probably the easiest design tool to get started with. If however, you’re used to using things like Photoshop, you may feel Canva is limited in it’s functionality.
As someone who wanted to throw her computer out the window when using Photoshop, I love the simplicity of using Canva. I found it works really well for most bloggers.
How to delete a design on Canva?
It’s easy to delete designs if you no longer need them and are trying to conserve space. Simply click on the “…” in the right hand corner and select “move to trash”.
There are lots of reasons why you should consider using Cavna as a blogger, but deciding on the right plan will depend on your budget as well as how much content you create.
Some people just don’t know what they want and end up wasting money on things they won’t ever use. So before you start paying for Canva Pro, make sure you know how’ll you’ll use it and test drive it free for 30 days.