The Best Free Canva Alternatives for Your Next Design


With Canva increasing its reach and expanding its use cases, they’ve been moving some previously free features to paid. This can also be attributed to its acquisition by Atlassian. While you can still make do with the free features by supplementing them with your design skills, there are tons of Canva alternatives you can explore. So if you’re looking to create a new social media post, blog post cover, or explore simple photo editing tools, we recommend checking out other software. 

Since most of these alternatives have a better interface, templates, and more free assets, you can still use them for your specific use case. In fact, you’d either find features unavailable on Canva or that you’d have to pay for. That’s why in this article, we’ll look into some of the best Canva alternatives available today along with some of their distinguishable features. 

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If you need to create a simple graphic design for social media, ads, blogs, or email headers, then Snappa is a software you should consider using. For starters, it has an extensive template library with preset sizes for your social media post type. So all you have to do is, choose a template, modify it to fit your brand, and download it. Choose from over 200 fonts, 100,000 vectors, and shapes, or explore the photo effects until you get your desired result. 


There are about 5 million high-resolution stock photos available to choose from. Plus, it has a background remover, so you can customize your photo background for your next asset. We love that this software is easy to use so you don’t require any design skills to create something beautiful. It also means that there are no unnecessary learning curves.  If you use Buffer, simply connect it to this tool so you can schedule posts right from Snappa. 

Adobe Express

Looking to go beyond social media posts? The Adobe Express software allows you to create logos, flyers, slideshows, and more in addition to social media designs. On the free plan, you can use thousands of unique templates, design assets, Adobe royalty-free photos and so much more. Like Canva, you can upload images from your device or cloud storage too as well. There’s also a great selection of fonts to use. 


With this tool, you can also invite team members to collaborate with you on a project. They understand the hassle a creative block can cause. And so, there’s a trending ideas section to help you get inspiration for your next design. Need to create something on-the-go, download the mobile app for free from the iOS app store for Apple users or Google Play Store for Android users. 


While Venngage is popular for being an infographic and chart tool, it’s pretty versatile and can be used to create any design you need. The infographics creator helps you present boring data into more appealing content for your followers or readers. It’s also easy to share so it can reach your target audience faster. The infographic creator can be quite complex to maneuver especially as a non-designer however, there are professionally designed templates you can use to get started. 


Create flyers, posters, ebook covers, menus, logos, banners, certificates, mindmaps and so much more on Venngage. There are also preset templates for any design you’d like to create. There’s a library of stock photos and like Canva, you can create a character here too. These customizable illustrations can give your project that extra touch. If you work in a team, you can invite members to work with you. Here, you’d get feedback as comments and other input. It also has a presentation feature so you can present right from the tool. 

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Easil is a Canva alternative designed for teams. The most distinguishing feature is the brand kit that allows you to store your brand fonts, colors, logos, video, imagery and so much more in one place. This way, you can easily access them for your projects. It also allows you to create a catalog of reusable brand templates. Asides from importing your kit, there are over 1 million free stock images at your disposal and templates to get started with.


This software has an advanced team collaboration feature. So you can lock certain elements and approve areas each team member can work on. This allows you to create a workflow and structure your team to avoid any mistakes or unwanted changes. Explore its features for resizing, animation, background remover, and so much more.


If you’re a small business looking to create high-resolution images and graphics for your social media, then Stencil is the right tool for you. There are over 5 million free images to choose from and use in your next project. It also comes with social media preset sizes so your images are responsive on any account you’d like to publish them on. You also have the option of creating a custom size. 


While it doesn’t have extensive features like the other Canva alternatives we’ve reviewed, it has a Buffer integration. This means you can preview and schedule posts right from the app. You can also upload brand assets like logos, fonts, and more for the different brands you work with.

Place it

This is a great graphics design tool if you need to create product mockups, package branding, and social media posts. If you don’t have models to work with for your agency, you can simply use any of the templates and customize them to your specific need. Rather than spend a ton of money on photoshoots and images, you can simply create product images with this Canva alternative. 


Place it also provides mockups for T-shirts, mugs, hoodies, books, business cards, and so much more. You can also create logos, slideshows, and social media videos. As the name implies, all you have to do is place your branding assets on them. 


Are you looking for something to handle more complex projects like video, audio, and animation? Then Visme is a Canva alternative to use. In addition to these options, you can create social media images, infographics, presentations and so much more. Because of how complex it can get, we recommend using some resources to bridge the learning curve you might experience. It comes with free stock images and ready-to-use templates to get started


Like other tools listed above, you can import brand assets, and collaborate with your team. Although the free plan comes with limited features, you can still use it to create engaging content for your audience.

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As you’d see, there are many alternatives to Canva in the market. You simply have to identify what your specific needs are and choose any of the options best suited for it. We hope this article has been helpful. Do share this post with your friends who might need this.


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