Picmonkey vs. Canva: I Like Both, But Here’s the Straight Dope!
Hi guys, I’m back again, this time I’m going to take a look at Picmonkey vs Canva, another great graphic tool you may have heard about or been curious about, maybe from a friend or fellow blogger? That’s how I heard anyway (Aren’t word of mouth referrals always the best kind?)
I’ve used some free tools in the past that weren’t up to snuff….One of them just crashed on me out of the blue (prior to that I was enjoying using it…if you notice, some of the images on my older posts, prior to 2018, look different)
And another one I only used twice before I got fed up with the annoying ads. Now these two I’m comparing in this post, have NONE of those dysfunctions, I’m happy to report!
Why Picmonkey and Canva Are Both Great Tools
If you prefer you can read my full Picmonkey review right here and get the straight dope on all of the unique features. There are many – and a good bit of the site has changed in the past few years – for the better, I’d like to add!
Even though a piece of software can be your very own, there’s downsides – sometimes it’s expensive (especially for a brand new edition), you have to install it and enter some long string of code (called a “key”), and you may be deterred from buying a used or older version cheaper as it may have bugs, be pirated, etc.
Picmonkey and Canva are both web-based online tools, so you don’t have to deal with downloading any software!
I use a variety of tools to create artwork, images for this blog, and other stuff….I do like to diversify😊 . It’s fun just sampling all the different tools that are out there for the taking and any that you don’t like as much, you don’t have to subscribe to.
This is the “grid” backdrop on Canva that I started working from.
When you find one you can’t live without you can go ahead and sub for it to get all the full benefits of it. When I first opened a shop on the creative handmade platform , Etsy, in 2017, I was advised to create a shop banner there as there are templates already sized with simple backgrounds on them to build upon.
I experimented with several shop banners before I finally committed to this one:
It probably took me all of thirty minutes to do this…I just dragged and dropped a few elements, added my shop tagline and welcome message, and that was it!
Both platforms have a fair amount of attractive templates to choose from that include social media platforms, web graphics, A4 documents, flyers, business cards, infographics, posters, greeting and invitation cards, and more occasions and events.
Picmonkey Has Lots of Graphics, Canva Has Stock Images
Picmonkey has loads of cool graphics…there is every theme under the sun, including seasons and holidays, pop culture, superheroes, anything you could dream of for an occasion, business need, or marketing niche, it’s all there! And it seems they’er always adding new ones all the time too; as indicated by that little red “dot” you see in the image below👍 .
There is one thing however, lacking, and that’s a stock photo library. For me, that is no big deal…I have a few places online that I am able to obtain free images, as well as taking my own pictures.
How important this will be for you will depend on your niche, and needs. I find that with my niche, it’s not always easy to find stock photos that “fit” what I’m doing…. some niches like health and wellness, love and romance, and technology and computers….there seem to be TONS of relevant photos.
Pictures of people doing art – they’re out there, but not as much as the niches I mentioned earlier. So whether or not I can obtain stock photos easily is not a concern for me. Especially when I can close the gap by taking my own pictures or if nothing else, I can create an infographic about the topic!
Storing and Saving Files
I have a few things here and there that I have stored with my Canva account, unless I were to upgrade to the Pro plan, there is a limit to how much I can store. On Picmonkey I have access to up to 1 GB of space to keep all my works in progress.
As it turns out, Canva has got a team collaboration feature in which you can interact with other members mid-project. As in be able to comment and offer virtual feedback and share images of the work in progress. Picmonkey has now got that too…it’s just come out recently.
So if you work with others on important designs and like the idea of exchanging feedback on assignments as a real time saver and productivity booster, you can’t go wrong with both of these!
Magic Resize Tool
On Canva there is something that you can get (if you upgrade to the Pro plan) called the “Magic Resize” tool – What it does it lets you take a completed design and convert it to a certain size for various social media platforms, so you don’t have to spend time endlessly creating new layouts in different sizes.
All the different platforms show up in the drop-down menu, you can tick off the ones you need, and voila – you’ve got an image that is the right size for each platform all with one click!
I regret to mention I can’t do that in Picmonkey – or if I can , I haven’t stumbled into that tool yet. It’s not a deal breaker for me, though, I usually share mainly on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, and I only need two images in particular sizes, large and rectangular for Pinterest, and Facebook and Twitter, wide rectangles work fine.
I have a Basic subscription plan with Picmonkey ($5.99) and I get a lot of bang for my buck. There are also two other paid plans, the next paid upgrade allows for more design storage space and access to pdf downloads, and the highest level is a volume team discount.
I have a free account with Canva to just dabble a little here and there, and it too, has a paid upgrade that will unlock more features, such as access to more images. The Canva Pro upgrade is $9.95 a month.
I hope this comparison piece is helpful for you, now get out there and design something amazing today!