Confession: I didn’t really like Canva the first time I used it.

I thought that I had a lot more flexibility in Photoshop and could create more professional graphics there. I thought my graphics wouldn’t look as good in Canva as they could in Photoshop.

I learned how to use Photoshop, created a few templates for my images, and used that for all my graphic creation for about a year. I completely dreaded creating graphics whenever I needed a new one. I have a lot fun designing, but Photoshop really took the fun out of creating graphics for me.

I decided to give Canva another shot a few months ago, and I’m so glad I did!

It’s really fast for me to create graphics in Canva and it’s so much easier to use. There’s also a LOT of flexibility with Canva that I wasn’t originally aware of.

For me, Photoshop was adding unnecessary steps to my graphic creation process.

Here’s why I use Canva for creating graphics instead of Photoshop.

It’s simple to use

Not tech savvy? Struggle with design? Canva is perfect for you. It’s simple to use with its drag and drop features and it has pre-made designs to get you started and give you some inspiration. Canva doesn’t overwhelm you with features and options. They do have a lot of features, but it’s just enough to allow you to create the stunning designs you want, without having option overwhelm. I like to think of myself as pretty Photoshop savvy, but I probably still don’t know what half the buttons do.

Everything is one place

When I used Photoshop, anytime I needed to add a stock photo or logo to a design, I had to search for it on my laptop. With Canva, I can keep all of my photos in the sidebar and just drag and drop them into the template I’m creating. This has really cut down the time it takes me to create new graphics.

It’s way faster + more fun!

Switching to Canva has made creating graphics fun for me again! I love creating graphics, but Photoshop made it feel more like a hassle and eventually made me dread having to create graphics. I love going into Canva to update my graphics and play around creating new ones!

I think part of the reason creating graphics is more fun in Canva is because you can create graphics in seconds. You just open up your template, update the text, pop in a new image, and in less than 30 seconds, you have a new graphic.

You can access your designs from anywhere

Since Canva is web-based, you can access your designs anywhere you have internet. They also have a mobile app, but I haven’t tested it out. I personally love having a big screen to design.

Since it’s web-based, you can also share your designs with people. If you want to get an opinion on a design, or collaborate on a design with someone, you can share the link and both have access.

Want to create graphics even more quickly?

If you want to create graphics even quicker, having templates for your graphics is a must! Templates help you brand your graphics and if you need a graphic quickly, you can post on Instagram in seconds. That’s why I’ve launched brand new Canva Instagram templates! If you need to get clear on your social media strategy, there’s a Social Media Starter Kit so you can be confident in your social media marketing and attract the right clients.