Canva Vs. bespoke graphic design: Which is right for you?

26 September 2022
Read time: 5 mins

Written by:
Elisha Gorton.

Within the Design department at GEL Studios, we've been noticing more and more businesses are turning to the likes of Canva to meet their graphic design needs.

With the software being simple to use and giving users access to hundreds of pre-built and pre-designed templates, it may appear easy for a business to create the items they need within a few clicks of a button. But is using software like Canva best for the business in the long term?

Below I've taken a look at Canva, evaluated its pros and cons and explored whether it beats placing your brand in the hands of a professional, knowledgeable graphic designer.

Think of it this way. If you use your phone to take photos, does that make you a professional photographer? The answer is no, which is similar to using Canva for your graphic design needs.

What is Canva?

Canva has become one of the world's most popular online graphic design tools with over 30 million users.

It allows people with little to no creative skill to be able to design materials including social graphics, business cards and brochures with a few clicks of a button. It's best suited to small businesses with smaller budgets which don't have the resources to use professional software such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Canva does have a free version which allows users to create 10-15 designs per month, also including 8000+ templates as well as access to free stock images and ready-made graphics.

Pros of Canva:

Cons of Canva:

Pros of working with a professional graphic designer:

Cons of working with a professional graphic designer:

So graphic designer or Canva - who do you choose?

While both options can create similar outcomes on a screen, there are massive differences between both choices. The factors below may just help point you in the right direction.

We're experts in all things graphic design.

At GEL Studios, we provide top-quality graphic design solutions. Our diverse team of talented in-house graphic designers are experts at all things aesthetically pleasing. They're always ready to exceed your creative needs, no matter how ambitious you may be.

All of our graphic design solutions are exactly tailored to your business needs, whether that be social media graphics, brochures, leaflets and even custom illustrations. So give us a ring and find out how we can help you realise your vision.


Written by:
Elisha Gorton.

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