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Canva Photo Editor

Canva Photo Editor

Looking for a detailed Canva review from experts? Have you heard anything about the Canva Photo Editor? What is it? Is it a substitute of a full-fledged photo editor or an attempt to make something similar? The developers of the program describe it as a simple, universal online graphic design software and a tool for creating artistic masterpieces. Is that really the case and how it can simplify photo retouchers’ work? Now we are going to figure this out and name all the pros and cons of this online photo editor.

What is Canva Photo Editor?

Canva online photo editor is not just an ordinary graphical design tool, but a well-structured program that will help you save your time on designing and editing photos. It’s simple but, at the same time, a powerful graphics editor with a large set of tools for photo editing. Its functionality is great comparing to many usual graphics applications. It is easy to adjust each tool, and you will not need a lot of time to learn how to use them.

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Official website: Canva
Alternatives: BeFunky, Fotor

 

 

Overal Rating70
Color Correction           
0
50
100
Photo Retouching        
0
50
100
App's Design                 
0
80
100
Easy Navigation            
0
90
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions    
0
45
100
Response Speed           
0
40
100
Advertising                    
0
40
100
 


According to my rating the Canva photo editor is recommended to use BUT for designing rather than photo editing. It is free, and you do not need to buy a subscription or download something. You just open the browser and use it. The interface is somehow similar to Photoshop and Lightroom or something in between them. The program itself is easy to learn and does not require special skills. Like many other online services, this photo editor does not support the RAW format. You will have to work exclusively with JPG images. It is definitely not the best free photo editor, but can be recommended to use for designing. For a more detailed Canva review, read below.

Product photo retouching help from $2 per photo – clipping path, natural shadows or changing product color is done fast and of high quality.

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Canva Photo Editor: Pros & Cons

 
Pros+
  • It is a free program
  • It does not require some unique skills
  • It is easy to learn
  • There are active forums and technical support
Cons-
  • Outdated Flash-players
  • The performance of the program depends on your Internet connection
  • A small number of tools
  • Works only with JPEG files.
 


I think Canva photo editor has several shortcomings. During the workflow, there may appear the defects and errors. You can see one of them just while opening a web page. Online photo editor Canva was designed and now works with an old Flash-player. The second, no less important factor or the defect, in this case, is that Canva is a web application and it is directly dependent on your Internet connection. Actually, the online photo editor like Canva cannot be an alternative to a full-fledged photo editor, because it has a small number of tools for photo editing, especially for professional image retouching. But, after reviewing the premium version of this photo editor, you can realize that this is something that any other online photo editor offers. The impressive number of various ready-made banners, images, hundreds font types and additional elements for your image will ease the picture editing twice. This is something new, something that really deserves your attention despite the cost.

Canva Photo Editor’s Modules

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Canva Photo Editor is a universal application, which in turn supports all kinds of platforms. Originally, the photo editor supported only the iOS platform, but recently the application also has become available on Android, due to the increasing demand.

Canva Price

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The Canva photo editor app is free, but there is also a paid version – Canva for Work, which requires a monthly subscription fee of $12.95. What exactly is a paid version? It’s a platform that is created for the teamwork. In other words, a service in which several people can work simultaneously on an image or create a website design from different computers. After that, they can upload and save the finished results on the online storage provided by Canva. It is quite a convenient way out, as you will not have to engage extra expenses, such as buying a Google disk for storing edits or finished images.

System Requirements

To make the Canva photo editor work in a smooth way let’s consider the variants of usage:

Canva Online System Requirements

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer (IE11 only)
 

It is important to use the latest version of a browser. Keep in mind that this app will not work in mobile browsers. If you want to access Canva on your phone, you will have to download the mobile application.

iPhone and iPad Apps System Requirements

  • The version of the iOS should be 9.1 and higher
  • No less than 150 MB of free memory space
  • Constant Internet connection
 

Android Apps System Requirements

  • The version of the Android should be 4.1 and higher
  • No less than 150 MB of free memory space
  • Constant Internet connection
 

Canva Online Photo Editor

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USE ONLINE

 

Overal Rating75
Color Correction           
0
50
100
Photo Retouching        
0
50
100
App's Design                 
0
80
100
Easy Navigation            
0
90
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions    
0
65
100
Response Speed           
0
60
100
Advertising                    
0
50
100
 


Photo editor Canva is an extremely easy-to-use online photo editor, which will allow you to create banners, logos, and so on. There is also a great variety of ready-made layouts to help you get started more quickly. Now we’ll tell you about the main functions of the Canva feee photo editor, and we'll see what it is capable of.

Canva Review: Interface

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Simplicity is the key to success, isn’t it? I did not mention this phrase just for the heel of it, as the first thing that catches your eye in the Canva free online photo editor is simplicity. The design of the interface is not done in a provoking way, but on the contrary, there is nothing redundant, and only the necessary functions are available. The first thing you should do while working with the Canva free photo editor is to add the photo. In this case, it can be uploaded from your computer, or you can work with the finished image.

Image Loading

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This photo editor hasn’t become a special case, and it does not support the RAW format, like many other online services. When you try to upload some RAW files, there will be probably an error. So, you’ll have to work exclusively with JPG images.

Tools Review Canva

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Having added an image, many people were surprised at how the functions are limited. There are 6 available functions, such as the adjustment of filters, adjustment of shadows, contrast, and saturation, cropping, resizing, rotating and flipping. Well, despite the small number of functions provided by Canva photo editor, we will analyze each of them, and tell you what you can achieve, using them.

Filters

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First of all, the photo editor suggests applying a filter to the image. Even at the very beginning you can get disappointed because of several reasons. The number of filters is very small and cannot be expanded. In addition, the filter is not customizable; it means that you cannot adjust the tone or color saturation. There is no opportunity to change some setting.

Adjustment Review Canva

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An adjustment tool provides only the sliders for adjusting shadows, contrast, and saturation. It’s quite a strange solution of the developers because now almost every photo editor features more tools such as exposure, sharpen, vibrance, colors, hue & saturation, curves, clone tool and much more. Well, it seems like the developers decided not to bother and limit the functionality.

Crop and Resize

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Crop and Resize are very important tools for the photo editing. As for photo editor free Canva, the decision to separate these elements is strange a little, as in our case they perform the same function. You can change the aspect ratio and change the resolution of your photo as well.

Rotate and Flip

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In this case, the developers created two different elements, though they could be combined. The rotate and flip tools allow you to rotate an image to one side, reflecting it.

Image Saving

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Having edited the image, you’ll be offered to save it to the computer or to your account.

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This is how your account tab looks like. Here you can store the photos, create new images or improve the ready-made templates. Teamwork is also welcomed. In other words, you can create a team and work on the project together, upload the finished work or sketches to the account, which, by the way, includes an online disk. However, not everything is so pleasant, as it seems. The function mentioned above is paid, but after subscribing you will be given a month of free use, and when the term is finished, you will have to pay a monthly subscription. Also, you have the opportunity to pay for the year, which in turn gives you a 23% discount.

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By clicking on the an upgrade tab, you’ll see the menu to enter the data and select the subscription type, (monthly or annual), and fill in your card details to perform payment. Now you’ll find out about the paid version of Canva photo editor.

Create a Design

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When you select such tab as Create Design, Canva photo editor online offers you to choose the type of your future work, namely the direction for your work, what is the aim of creating the banner or something else. You will probably be pleasantly surprised because the developers took care of the consumers and created a really high-quality product. You have an unlimited choice, whether it’s the social networks, such as Instagram, Facebook, or the resume for work, photo collage of family pictures, the menu for your restaurant or a cafe-bar, logo of your product and much more. There are lots of themes offered by Canva. Regardless of the fact that there is a variety of themes, you can create your own design and add it for the common use.

Functions of the Private Designer

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Canva photo collage editor offers thousands of ready-made banners that you can edit or download. For creating your own design, you’ll have an advanced search, text adjustment, and a great variety of elements.

Search

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The search is worth mentioning. In fact, the search of the Canva photo editor is very easy to use. Enter the right word or phrase and get hundreds of different ready-made layouts, which can be adjusted.

Images

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What is this element for? In this panel, you will see 3 lines, namely: All, Photos, and Graphics. The “All” field includes images with the words you’ve already selected, all sorts of effects, and graphic elements. Here you can find both free and paid content to use. The “Photos” tab is made just for you to select the desired image, so you would not be distracted by the unnecessary elements. The “Graphics” tab offers a collection of all kinds of previously made graphic images that you can choose for your banner (a graph showing rise or decline, a world map or a simple sign pointing in any direction).

Text

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Canva photo word editor features different fonts collected from the Internet as well as fonts added by users. Here you can choose any font to your liking. The choice is really great. Besides, you can write each word in a different font, and edit it after saving.

Image Saving

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This function has been significantly improved. Thus, the application allows you to save the image in several ways: save it to your PC or publish it, share the ready-made layout in various social networks, send it to the mail, or send it for printing directly from the app. Pre-attaching an account to the photo editor allows you to use these functions in one click.

SUMMARY

Canva Desktop is an online photo editor designed not only for photo editing but also for creating personal design. A simple and understandable interface, easy to learn functionality. Despite the fact that the main version of the program is paid, you can use almost all functions in the free mode.

 

Canva Mobile

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Overal Rating65
Color Correction           
0
60
100
Photo Retouching        
0
50
100
App's Design                 
0
80
100
Easy Navigation            
0
80
100
User-friendly Interface
0
70
100
Additional Functions    
0
45
100
Response Speed           
0
50
100
Advertising                    
0
50
100
 


Canva Photo Editor mobile is as good as the online one. Does the photo editor have enough functions to meet the basic requirements of the photo editing and creating a personal design?

App Authorization

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First, the Canva photo editor for Android and iOS offer to sign up and log in if you already have an account. You can log in from the account you use with the web version. In addition, all the saved work will be synchronized with your account and available for viewing as well as for further editing with the help of your smartphone.

Interface

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After you registered or logged in using your account, you will see a very nice interface, which is most likely copied from the web version. The same search, topic selection, and panel for personal design creation, where you can also upload your image and work with it are available in the app.

Functions

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After you’ve selected an image, use the search or adding a personal photo. You’ll see a very similar functions, namely the same ones that the web version of the photo editor has. Images, Colors, and Filters. The Colors function is a new one. It allows you to choose the color of the background when creating a personal project.

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In the Filters tab, you will have a number of built-in filters, which can be supplemented by changing the color saturation, tone, and the exposure.

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You can use a ready-made palette of 10 colors, or create a new color, which will be a fascinating activity as you can use not only the available palette, adjust the tone as well.

Text

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After double tapping the area you want to change, for example, the text, a new menu with its functions will appear. In Canva photo editor text mode you’ll find such adjustments as making the text bold or italic, putting it in the center or any other side, the text color, the font thickness, and the lines that separate it. The menu is multifunctional and very easy to master.

Additional Functions

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Press ‘+’ as it is shown in the photo to get an access to the menu that has been copied from the web version.

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The Text tab provides hundreds of different fonts, which you can also add and edit, as well as write each word with a different font.

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The Graphics tab has the same elements that you can add to your image. Canva also gives you an opportunity to create a personal graphic symbol, which you can add to the library and use it in the future.

Image Saving

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One of the most important functions of the photo editor is saving the photos, and Canva mobile copes with it successfully. It offers you to save the photo to your smartphone and to your account what gives you a chance to look at the photo using your computer. In addition, you can share the finished result in the social networks directly from the app, or you can send it to the mail or to a printer.

SUMMARY

Canva mobile is created for all platforms, offers support of almost all functions as the web version has, is proud of good synchronization with the account. Easy to learn interface, convenient and properly submitted functionality.

 

Tutorials

Photo Filters and Effects Tutorial

How to Find Free Images in Canva Tutorial

How to Design from Scratch Tutorial

How to Create Beautiful Designs in 60 Seconds Tutorial

How to Upload Your Own Photos to Canva


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