When it comes to choosing an editing tool, Canva and PicMonkey are probably at the top of your list.
They have launched almost at the same time a few years ago and became extremely popular and functional since.
They can both magically turn you into a graphic designer without having to download any kind of software or go through a whole bunch of annoying tutorials.
Even if you have no idea what you’re doing!
They make perfect allies for influencers, small business owners, or anyone who needs professional-looking results but lacks the time and experience.
Both tools can successfully achieve similar results and they are constantly adding features that kind of match the ones that the other platform has.
Even though they are similar, they serve slightly different purposes.
The first thing you’ll notice about PicMonkey is that its photo editor is way superior to Canva’s, although Canva has more and better design tools.
PicMonkey is aimed at everyday photo-editing. It covers all your basic edits plus filters and overlays, including a few special tricks specially designed for correcting or enhancing photos of people.
You can also read our full review on PicMonkey here.
Canva, on the other hand, focuses on producing graphics that are suitable for a range of digital and print applications. You can create images for social media and blogs, infographics, special document layouts, letterheads, business cards, posters, etc.
Tough choice here, I know. It will depend on what’s more important to you.
Let’s dive into the details. We will analyze and compare four different aspects of these tools so that you can choose the one that suits your needs better.
Most users will agree that PicMonkey seems to be the clear winner here.
Both interfaces are similar. Editing features are located on the left side, and there’s a top bar with other options like sharing, downloading, and resizing the design. They are both clean, straightforward, and user-friendly.
PicMonkey’s might be a bit harder to use, but that’s only because its functionalities are more complex.
Its photo editing tools are quite sophisticated without being too technical, but you still have to understand what you’re doing. It definitely takes a while to get the hang of it.
Luckily, PicMonkey offers several tutorials to help you achieve your desired results.
Okay, but what about Canva?
Well, it is true that Canva’s photo editor is rather limited and only offers the basic adjustments.
But at least it’s free!
Canva’s got your back and deserves some credit for that as well.
You can easily do a quick edit without having to start a free trial or commit in any way. No payments, no watermarks.
Besides, PicMonkey’s editor is a bit slower and lags sometimes, which can be pretty annoying. Canva also allows you to design multiple pieces on a single page, whereas you must start a new page for each design on PicMonkey.
This proves that even though PicMonkey’s photo editor is superior, Canva seems to be more practical, and offers smarter solutions.
One single tool is never good enough, that’s what integrations are for. They are third-party tools that come in handy when the main platform could use a little support.
PicMonkey features some useful integrations like social media apps and Google Drive. Given the nature of this tool, I would say that is the bare minimum.
But Canva did quite an impressive job here. It integrates with pretty much every app you can possibly need. You can go ahead and explore their app directory, but here’s a little summary:
And the list goes on and on.
When looking for an editing tool, the features are the first thing you need to analyze. Does this tool offer what you’re looking for? Does it suit your needs? If it doesn’t, there’s no reason to consider it. It is just not gonna be worth the investment.
Canva and PicMonkey offer pretty much the same features. You will, in fact, be able to achieve similar results using both tools.
However, you may need features that are only present in either one or the other. It’s on you to decide which ones you appreciate the most.
Canva allows you to animate your designs in one click. You can then download your creation as a GIF or video. You can make your visuals pop, slide, fade, and more.
There are 14 different animation styles. Curious? Check out this video tutorial.
This one is a must for influencers and social media entrepreneurs. You can schedule your designs to be posted on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter, among other platforms.
Select a design or create a new one, and assign a day and time. Canva will take it from there. This will save you a lot of time!
We all have to admit this is genius. Now you can not only create designs but also have them printed and delivered to your doorstep in one click.
Birthday invitations, flyers, posters, and even T-shirts. You can bring any creation to life. According to them, their prints are top quality and sustainable.
They even offer free delivery!
Full-featured Photo Editing
As we’ve seen earlier in the article, this is the main difference between both tools.
PicMonkey offers features like cosmetic touch-ups (skin smoother, teeth whitening, lip tint, etc.)
Then you also have advanced options like dodge and burn, levels, curves, and color changer.
Let’s not forget the filters here. PicMonkey has a neverending selection of effects and textures that you can apply to the whole photo or to some sections, with a special brush.
PicMonkey’s photo editor is basically Photoshop for dummies. Of course, it can’t replace a professional editing tool but it is pretty decent and requires zero experience.
Even though Canva allows you to share a design and have others edit it as a team, you can’t do it at the same time.
With PicMonkey you can work together with other people simultaneously. Multiple team members can create together on the same files, at the same time, from different places.
This can be a game-changer if you need to cooperate with others on a project. It makes teamwork much more effective, as you don’t have to wait until the other person is done making their edits to intervene.
The first thing to consider here is that Canva has a pretty functional free version that requires no financial commitment of any kind, while PicMonkey only offers a 7-day trial period or a free mobile app.
So if you’re not willing to invest money in an editing tool, you will have to stick to Canva’s free version or start looking for alternatives.
Now, which one is more convenient?
They both offer 3 similar plans.
Canva’s first plan is the free version of this tool. This comes in handy for people who are not ready to commit or who only need to make a spontaneous design every now and then.
PicMonkey’s Basic plan is the cheapest, at $7.99 monthly or $72 annually. If we’re being honest here, no one goes for the basic. The Pro subscription is way superior, without being that much more expensive.
Needless to say, PicMonkey’s Basic subscription can’t possibly compete against Canva’s 100% free version.
But Canva also has a Pro plan, with pretty much the same features as PicMonkey’s. And what’s more, for the exact same price. Both subscriptions are $12.99 monthly and $119.99 annually.
Last but not least, the Business plan.
PicMonkey’s Team plan works as a package for 3 or more users. It costs $33.99 monthly ($11.33 per user) and $300 annually.
Canva’s Enterprise subscription costs $30 per person per month, although the price changes depending on how many users you need.
Another thing to consider is that Canva offers a 30-day free trial period while PicMonkey only lets you try its paid plans for a week.
If you base your decision solely on the price, I’d say Canva Pro is better for individuals while PicMonkey Team seems to be the best option for companies or small businesses.
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There is no right answer here. Hopefully, this analysis helped you decide what would work best for you.
There’s no need to settle for one or the other, though.
Most people like to use them in tandem because they make great complements.