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PR Publications has continued to challenge me and my underwhelming design skills as we change from Adobe Creative Cloud toCanva. I previously used Canva to help me design a business card for another project, but I never took the time to explore what all was available.
After
getting some hands on time creating a few graphics for one of the organizations that I'm involved with,the Gaylord Ambassadors, There are definitely differences in the capabilities and accessibility between the programs.
Starting with the capabilities, Adobe Creative Cloud is by far more versatile not just in the programming, but also tools to use. Having specialized tools helps make a more refined and specialized end product thanks to the greater level of precision in the program. Content feels cleaner when it's made in the Adobe programs.
Canva is very limited in what it can do. It keeps the design process very simple so you aren't overwhelmed and can quickly make a design. The simplicity is where it hurts the most too. There are times when I wish I could more accurately replicate content or align pieces properly.
Accessibility
wise, Canva is the best choice for beginners, the design inept and those who are just looking to make something real quick. There were a couple of tutorials that covered both the program (Beginner's ChallengeandEssential Canva Tools) and graphic design as a whole (Designing for Social Media andLess is More) which helped me flesh out what I'm able to do with the program. There is also a plethora of free icons, images and designs to use, and for an additional cost you can buy licenses for an even greater variety of content.
Adobe Creative Cloud is daunting and has an incredibly high learning curve making it very difficult to learn without any prior knowledge of the program. There are many resources that teach the basics and beyond, but you have to actively search for them and some of the better tutorials might cost a pretty penny.
In the end both products are situational. If you have more time and want to develop a long lasting design that will be used in a professional setting, go with Adobe. If you are on a time crunch or just want to have a fun design without the stress of coming up with every detail, use Canva.
These are just my thoughts and preferences for my design programs. I'm still a novice when it comes to design, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.
Thanks for hearing what I had to say and I hope that you have a great day!