Canva vs Adobe Express: Which Tool Should You Use in 2024?

Last updated on January 3rd, 2024 by Rahul Kumar Singh

Do you want to design attractive graphics for your website or social media, but you are not sure whether to choose canva or adobe express? Allow us to assist with your decision.

Canva has over 85 million monthly active users and Adobe express has almost 43 million monthly active users.

Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content.

Adobe Express (formerly Adobe Spark) is an all-in-one online and mobile design app. Easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages.

Adobe Spark’s name changed to adobe express in February 2022.

So let’s start the detailed comparison between canva and adobe express.

Introduction – Canva vs Adobe Express

Features of Canva:

Canva is an online graphics designing tool. where you can make any type of graphics design that you want within a few minutes.

The canva editor comes with many amazing features – photo straightener, image cropper, add text to photo, speech bubble maker, enhancer, image blur, photo vignette, photo frames, stickers, and many more.

Canva provides thousands of templates, which means you don’t need to create a new design every time, you can take inspiration from the pre-made templates, and then you need to edit their pre-made templates to make your design.

If you want to create a custom-sized image then canva also provides a custom dimensions feature with blank pages and you can resize canva images anytime from the editor.

In 2020 canva introduces a new version (canva 2. o). This version comes with many amazing features – you can create a small gif, MP4, and many more.

Using canva you can build amazing graphics within a minute and easily export files in many different formats (PNG, JPG, PDF, MP4, GIF).

Top Features:

  • Photo straightener – Use a photo straightener to the inline photo.
  • Image cropper – Crop your image for great framing.
  • Add text to photo – Easily add text to the photo.
  • Speech bubble maker – Give your photos a voice with speech.
  • Enhancer – Enhance your photo to save any off shots.
  • Image blur – Easily blur your photo to give an amazing look.
  • Photo vignette – Add a vignette fair in your picture.
  • Photo frames – Use a photo frame to design images.
  • Stickers – Add surprise stickers to your image.

Features of Adobe Express:

Adobe express is not only graphics designing tool, Adobe express provides extra features – video, and web page making. In Adobe express you can build amazing graphics, videos, and web pages in the visual method using the editor.

Adobe Express Editor offers many features that help you to design perfect graphics (i.e – Resize, Crop, Blur, etc).

There are many features available in adobe express but the best feature of adobe express is you can build graphics, video stories, and web pages with only one subscription.

In adobe express, you can not only make graphics, but you can also make video stories and web pages.

In adobe express, there are thousands of pre-made templates, video stories, and web pages available, that you can use in your project.

Top Features:

  • Beautiful typography – There are many pre-built designed fonts available.
  • Iconic imagery – Select thousands of photos from the web or pick from the adobe collection.
  • Professional themes – Explore unlimited pre-built professional themes and use them in your design.
  • Mobile and web – Access adobe express from the mobile app and online website.
  • Inspiration – Get inspired by other creators.

See all features of Adobe Express

Free Trial – Canva vs Adobe Express

Canva Free Plan

Canva provides a lifetime free plan. In the canva free plan, you can export images without a watermark.

If you go with a permanent canva free plan then there are many limitations.

The small limitation in canva is you can’t make an image transparent background in the free plan. So if you want to make a logo then you must go with a premium plan.

Features available in the free plan

  • Two folders to organize designs
  • 1GB storage for photos and assets
  • Access to over 8,000 templates
  • Upload your images
  • Access millions of photos starting at $1 each

Also, read – How to upload fonts to canva

Adobe Express Free Plan

Adobe express also provides a free plan for a lifetime, In adobe express free you can access a few features.

If you want to go with a permanent free plan then you could not access all features. In Adobe express without a premium plan, you can use everything but the big watermark comes always.

The major limitation of adobe express is when you export your graphics, videos, and web pages the watermark will come.

Features available in a free trial:

  • Use free images and icons in your design
  • Create a express page
  • Create express video
  • Watermark show while exporting

Canva and Adobe express provide a free plan only for learning purposes. So if you have a website or youtube channel or anything that needs this type of thing then go with a premium plan to enjoy all the benefits.

Also, Read – Crello vs Canva

Pricing – Canva vs Adobe Express

Canva Pricing

The price of a canva subscription is 14.99$ per month.

Features available in the canva premium plan:

  • Unlimited folders for your designs
  • Team functionalities
  • Unlimited storage for photos and assets
  • Upload your images
  • Access millions of photos starting at $1 each
  • Exclusive access to 400,000 free photos, illustrations, and templates
  • Magically resize your designs
  • Upload custom fonts for your brand
  • Set colour palettes for your brand
  • Save templates for you and your team
  • Organize your photos with folders
  • Easily find your designs with a search
  • Resize designs into custom dimensions
  • Download designs with transparent background
  • Export designs as animated GIFs
  • Priority support

Did you know how to upload a custom font to canva? If not then check this tutorial on techcopes.

Adobe Express pricing

The price of an adobe express subscription is 9.99$ per month.

Features available in adobe express premium plan:

  • Thousands of free images and icons are available.
  • Export video without watermark.
  • Personalize any design with its logo, brand colours, etc.
  • Create a design from a pre-made branded template and themes.
  • Complete access to the adobe premium library.

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Pros & Cons – Canva vs Adobe Express

Canva pros & cons

Resizing featureNot good customer service
Shapes & ElementsFewer effects
Stock photosNo eraser for uploaded images.
Many free fontsFree features vs paid features
Many free templatesExported JPEG format quality is not good
Offers Pre-Made Templates Even with Free PlanLots of shapes are paid add-ons.

These pros and cons are based on the free version of canva. If you go with the paid version then the cons will be very less.

Adobe express pros & cons

Easy to use.There are limits to how/where you can place the text.
Creates a professional quality product.The stock music selection is limited – I’m running out of choices.
Stock images and music within the software.It’s meant for short videos
A preview link can be sent to colleagues for editing and review.The default on each slide in a video is two seconds 

Also, read – VidIQ vs TubeBuddy

Comparison – Canva vs Adobe Express

Canva is older than adobe express but adobe express offers more tools as compared to canva (canva only provide graphics design tools but adobe express provides video, web pages, and graphic design tools).

In terms of resolution, canva is better than adobe express but you must have to choose high quality before exporting anything.

Canva is popular in making graphic design most users use canva for designing graphics for social media, blogs, or brands.

Adobe express is popular for making videos, the majority of users use adobe express for designing videos for their youtube channel or brand.

Canva contact support is better than adobe express because the canva support team provides support on calls and email but the adobe express contact support team provides contact support only via email.

ProductCanvaAdobe Express
Release date20122016
Design typeGraphic design video, web pages, graphic design
User friendlyYesYes but a little bit tricky
Editing toolsImageImage, video, web page
Popular toolsGraphics makerVideomaker
Contact supportEmail, phoneEmail
Free trial30 days2 months


My opinion about Canva vs Adobe Express:

If you want to go with features then Adobe Express is best because Adobe express provides many features like video and web pages at less price. But in canva, there is no video no web pages only graphics.

If you want to go with a free plan then Canva and Adobe Express both is good because you can export your image without a watermark.

If you want to go with the price then Adobe Express is at less price as compared to their features.

Therefore, If you want to use it for free or paid then use one and only Adobe Express

Now the choice is completely yours 🙂

Which one did you choose after reading this comparison, please let me know in the comments.?

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Hello friends, I am Rahul, chief editor of HubsAdda. Talking about Tech. I enjoy learning new things related to technology. I love coding 😍

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Jackson Dev
3 months ago

I prefer to use Canva most.

Aman Goyal
1 year ago

Correction, Canva now offers website, video & animation. Kindly update your post

4 years ago

I read the first two sentences of your review, and no matter how your review may be, I am embarrassed for you by your spelling and grammar. Have someone edit it for you.

3 years ago
Reply to  John

I’m wondering what makes someone wake up in the morning and think “Today, I’ll go out of my way to be an as*** to a random person on the internet”.
You are not Shakespeare yourself, John. So get a life.
The author probably speaks many languages and put the effort in to give a good recommendation. Welcome to the globalized world.

Desi Marketer
4 years ago

Thank you for the comparison. I was finding a Canva alternative and landed on your site.
Once again thank you so much!

5 years ago

I agree with you. Quality, lesser price e more features, so Adobe Spark is winner

Tarique Amir
5 years ago

Hi Rahul,

Great comparison. I have been a great fan Adobe and I will prefer using the one from adobe just to have peace of mind. Though Canva looks like a good product too. However I will go with Adobe spark.

Thanks for sharing this post. Have a great day. 🙂

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