Canva provides a plethora of free features on its platform. So does VistaCreate. But the difference between both of them is quite significant.
Canva provides free templates and content to design your graphics, free fonts are available too. Not all of it can be accessed without a premium membership.
While the free features are ample for generating personal graphics, business needs are not satisfied with free elements and photos.
Canva offers objects and fonts for free. But the majority of photos, videos, and animation elements are available on a paid basis.
VistaCreate doesn’t offer download customization for the generated graphics and doesn’t constrain users to download a low-quality version without premium membership.
The differences between VistaCreate and Canva free features are apparent. While Canva has a more content rich platform, most of it is not free.
Vistracreate doesn’t have as vast choices as Canva, but offers much more free options. VistaCreate also doesn’t limit your content quality while downloading.
Ease of Usage
It’s only natural. If they would’ve made a platform that rivals Photoshop, it wouldn’t have worked because of the complexity. No one likes to train themselves to use a web app.
While their interfaces are quite similar in design, there are some significant differences.
Canva lets you change colors, animate, and layer elements to produce graphics. You can create custom size projects and the templates will match themselves accordingly.
Want to change the dimensions after creating the image? You can do that with Canva.
Several edit options are also provided with Canva. Rulers, guides, and margins, to name a few. You can also see print bleeds with integrated options.
Canva also lets you upload your product directly to Fb and instagram from the app within. Canva also lets you right-click on picture elements within their web app to access some handy tools. Which VistaCreate doesn’t.
Most of the integrated options mentioned are absolutely absent with VistaCreate. You can’t change the dimensions while designing.
You’d need to start from scratch if you need anything changed. The edit options are also unavailable with VistaCreate. Sharing through FB is available though on a beta basis, which worked absolutely fine with me.
Templates are predesigned structures that you can use to create your image. The convenience of these platforms depends mostly on templates. You set a dimension, or use a pre-defined one, apply a template and build on top of that.
Having templates in both quality and quantity is a plus for any of the graphic designing platforms. Canva and VistaCreate both offer a plethora of templates to choose from.
As per my experience, Canva has more quality templates than VistaCreate. While it’s almost impossible to know the particular number of templates available, we can safely assume that Canva is richer in numbers too.
Some template options available on Canva are free, but most of them are bundled with Canva Pro. Although the free options should be enough for you to create a blog image or YouTube thumbnail, you must consider the premium options if you need more versatile content for ads.
VistaCreate templates are free. The quantity and quality doesn’t necessarily compete with Canva, but it’s enough for your lite image generation.
It’s acceptable considering that if you rely on these platforms, you lack skills and knowledge to operate more complex image processing softwares like Photoshop.
You can just apply a template without needing to worry about the pricing with VistaCreate.
Canva has more templates in their arsenal. And are of more quality. VistaCreate templates are free to use.
It’s a tie.
Sourcing multimedia content is another useful feature of these platforms. While generating images, you’d need photos, videos, illustrations, design elements, audio, and much more.
And if you are invested into the advertising industry, owning the content is a must. Although both of the platforms offer ample options to choose from, it’s good to know which one does it the best.
Canva sources its content from other stock websites. It’d seem like they are offering everything for free, but once you search something up, it’d cost you a premium membership.
And I’ve stumbled upon photos that are enlisted as free to be charged on Canva. I don’t blame their policy, they are providing a service, and the cost is justifiable.
It’s not that they’d stop you from using the image, but a watermark will be present without Canva Pro. You never own your multimedia with Canva, once you terminate your membership plan, the photos, and videos go Pro-only.
VistaCreate also sources their multimedia from different websites, but doesn’t let you use the Pro only photos on your designs even with watermark.
Once you register with their Pro plan, you own the images that you download. Even after terminating your plan, you’d be able to use them whenever you like.
Typography is critical for any graphic to stand out. Typography is a collection of fonts that works best in accordance with each other and the project.
Fonts are mostly considered at the last stage of image creating and are very crucial. Canva and VistaCreate offer bundles of fonts that go with each other and can be customized to suit the image.
Canva has a lot, I repeat, a lot of fonts for you to choose from. Although it’s a different story that most of them are premium ones. But the ones available free are quite good and are ample.
You can choose your one without needing to keep changing the text, as the platform shows the characteristics of each of them in the sidebar itself. You can also customize font size, effects, and color from the menu.
VistaCreate is also enriched with a plethora of fonts that all are free, but doesn’t come near Canva. The other features are mostly similar, with some elemental differences in between.
The way VistaCreate resolves their lack of fonts is by letting you add your own. While Canva constrains you with their collection, you can use VistaCreate to use any font available on the internet, especially on Google fonts. So, virtually, you have access to all the fonts in the world for free.
Canva wins by a slick margin for having the most available options.
Pricing is important. The way the platform operates dictates the pricing. Canva and VistaCreate both are very affordable considering the vast image processing abilities they offer.
Both of the applications are dependent on freemium pricing. You can take advantage of them for free for rookie jobs, but to produce striking images, you’d have to consider the Pro options.
Canva Pro is billed $12.99 monthly. Which is the same as VistaCreate. But Canva offers a yearly discount plan and an enterprise plan for corporations. Which can significantly reduce the costing.
It only makes sense that VistaCreate is cheap, but to compete with Canva, they could’ve taken their price game more informedly.
Customer support is an important aspect for any SaaS platform. The better the support, the better the chances of getting an update sooner for your requested features.
Canva and VistaCreate both take customer support very seriously and have dedicated employees to take care of your issue.
Canva is quite upfront about what kind of support they provide to their different customer tiers. For free users, the wait time is 2 weeks and for Enterprise – 2 hours. Pros are thrown in between of these with a 24 hour wait time.
VistaCreate offers a request form for customer support and has extensive tutorials on their support pages to tackle your issue. If you have a problem, you can search for that in their documentation page.
It’s a tie.
Canva has a lot of third-party apps supporting their platform. You can do a lot with them in addition to using Canva. From removing backgrounds to creating effects, there are a lot of opportunities when you are using these apps in Canva. These are free with Canva Pro.
VistaCreate doesn’t offer such functionality.
The Bottom Line
While both of the platforms have their pros and cons, Canva wins the race by a small margin. Third-part support, pricing, typography, and ease of usage take the win away from VistaCreate. Before you jump into conclusion and choose Canva as your enterprise solution, try giving both of them a go and see what works best for you.