canva vs adobe

Designing With Canva vs Adobe: my personal experience from a RECENT client project

99% of businesses use design tools, with 68% of marketers considering visual content essential for their strategy. 

A client approached me to revitalize their Instagram and Facebook pages and make their website more appealing. Our strategy was clear: enhance user-generated content by sharpening images, creating branded memes, adding compelling visuals to their website, and overhauling their Facebook presence with engaging videos and animations. To achieve this, we turned to Canva and Adobe.

User Interface and Ease of Use


Canva is incredibly user-friendly. From the moment you log in, the interface is simple and intuitive. There are templates for almost anything you can think of. Want to make a flyer? Just click on the flyer template. Need an infographic? They’ve got those too.

Dragging and dropping elements is easy. You can resize and move things around without any hassle. It’s designed for people who might not have a background in design. Everything feels straightforward.


Adobe offers a range of products like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. The interface is more complex. It’s clear these tools are made for professionals.

At first, I felt overwhelmed by all the options. It took some time to get used to the layout. But once you get the hang of it, the possibilities are endless. Adobe tools are very powerful, but there’s a steep learning curve.

Templates and Design Elements


Canva shines with its vast library of templates. Whether you need a social media post, a business card, or a presentation, there’s a template for it. They’re modern and stylish, and you can customize them easily.

The design elements are also impressive. You can find icons, images, and fonts to fit any style. Plus, Canva’s library is constantly updated.


Adobe doesn’t come with built-in templates in the same way Canva does. However, you can find templates online or create your own from scratch. Adobe’s strength lies in customization. You can manipulate every detail of your design.

Adobe also has a vast selection of fonts, brushes, and plugins. These tools allow for deep customization and professional-level designs.

AI and Automation


Canva uses AI to simplify design tasks. The “Magic Resize” feature is great. You can create a design and then resize it for different platforms with one click. This saves a lot of time.

The background remover tool is another example. With one click, you can remove the background from an image. It’s not always perfect, but it’s pretty good.


Adobe’s AI tools, powered by Adobe Sensei, are more advanced. The “Content-Aware Fill” in Photoshop is amazing. You can remove unwanted elements from photos seamlessly.

The auto-reframe feature in Premiere Pro is also impressive. It automatically adjusts the aspect ratio of your videos for different platforms. Adobe’s AI tools are powerful but require some knowledge to use effectively.

Designing Images


Designing images in Canva is easy. The drag-and-drop interface makes it quick to add and adjust elements. I made a promotional image for a social media post in minutes.

Editing photos is simple. You can apply filters, adjust brightness, and add text with ease. It’s perfect for quick, good-looking designs.


Adobe Photoshop is the gold standard for image editing. The level of control is unmatched. I could adjust every aspect of my photo, from color balance to layers and masks.

Creating a promotional image took longer, but the result was more polished. If you need detailed work, Adobe is the way to go.

Creating Infographics


Canva’s templates are perfect for infographics. I chose a template, added my data, and customized the colors. It was fast and looked professional.

The icons and graphics available make it easy to visualize information. Canva makes creating infographics simple and fun.


Creating infographics in Adobe Illustrator offers more precision. I could control every detail of the graphic. The pen tool allowed for precise lines and shapes.

It took more time and effort, but the result was a high-quality infographic. For detailed and complex designs, Adobe is superior.

Designing Flyers


Designing flyers in Canva is a breeze. The templates are varied and stylish. I picked one, added my text and images, and was done in minutes.

The ease of use and quick results make Canva ideal for simple flyers. It’s perfect for those who need something fast and effective.


Adobe InDesign is fantastic for flyers. It offers precise layout controls and integrates well with other Adobe tools.

Designing a flyer took longer, but the level of detail and customization was worth it. If you need a high-end, professional flyer, Adobe is the best choice

Creating Videos


Canva offers basic video editing tools. You can trim clips, add text, and include music. It’s straightforward and good for short, simple videos.

I created a promotional video quickly. It wasn’t Hollywood quality, but it was perfect for social media.


Adobe Premiere Pro is a professional video editing tool. The timeline and editing options are extensive. I could add effects, transitions, and adjust every frame.

Editing a video in Premiere Pro took time, but the result was polished and professional. For serious video work, Adobe is unbeatable.

Collaboration and Sharing


Canva makes collaboration easy. You can share designs with a link and invite others to edit. It’s perfect for team projects.

The sharing options are straightforward. You can download designs in various formats or share them directly on social media.


Adobe offers collaboration tools through Creative Cloud. You can share files and work on projects together. However, it’s more complex than Canva’s sharing system.

Exporting designs from Adobe tools provides high-quality files suitable for professional printing or online use.



Canva offers a free version with many features. The Pro version costs $14.99 per month and includes additional tools and resources.

The free version is quite powerful, but the Pro version is worth it for serious users.


Adobe products are subscription-based. The Creative Cloud plan costs $52.99 per month for access to all Adobe tools. Individual apps are cheaper, with Photoshop at $31.49 per month.

Adobe’s pricing is higher, reflecting its professional-grade tools. It’s an investment, but for many, it’s worth it.


Both Canva and Adobe have their strengths. Canva is perfect for quick, easy designs. Its user-friendly interface and extensive templates make it ideal for beginners and those needing simple designs.

Adobe offers unmatched power and customization. It’s perfect for professional designers and those who need detailed, high-quality work.

If you’re new to design or need something fast and simple, go with Canva. If you need professional-level tools and are willing to invest time and money, Adobe is the best choice.

In the end, you begin to realize that both platforms have something to offer. It’s all about finding the one that fits your needs. Happy designing!