Finding the right tools for your needs can be quite simple. On some occasions, you will find that your needs can be met by multiple sources and you need to choose just one. Canva and Stencil are fantastic websites that have much to offer to create online graphics. Here we have a comparison of the two to see which stands out the most. 

What is Canva?

Canva is a completely online tool that you can use to create images and designs for any project. You can work on videos, poster designs, business cards, resumes, social media posts and so much more. Canva has a lot to offer for free users with over 250,000 free templates and design types to choose from. It is perfect for working within your own company as you can have multiple people attached to an account. 

Canva also offers free use of its premium features to nonprofits and schools for kindergarten through high school. All you have to do is register as a school or apply as a nonprofit. And it’s free to apply. 

What is Stencil?

Stencil offers a large selection of resources through its online creative platform. You can create your own designs with online images or upload your material. Like Canva, you have access to design templates for different styles of content such as social media posts, website graphics, profile avatars and much more. You’re limited when it comes to the free version but once you begin working with even its lowest subscription option, a new world of tools is opened for you to experiment with and use. 

Canva vs Stencil

Here we will take a look at two of the biggest online creative spaces for graphics and media and see what both Canva and Stencil have to offer. 

The flexible platform 

Both Canva and Stencil work well to edit and create in multiple styles of media. You can also jump to multiple devices to work on your projects as long as you are not trying to edit from multiple devices at the same time. Both work on a cloud-based system, which makes it easy to work on projects on multiple devices without keeping everything backed up on a hard drive that you need to have with you. 

The one with better UI/UX

As far as user interfaces go, both websites are laid out well overall. When you begin to work on a design and start to delve into the creative process, Canva has more to offer with its choices laid out on the left side. You can more easily layout and work with the background while adding text, video, audio, photos and your uploaded material to the project. 

In Stencil, selecting different pieces of the project becomes difficult when everything is being layered and added. Both sites offer “Favorites” sections where any material you like can be held to make it easier to find later. 

The one with better templates

Canva offers thousands of templates right off the bat. The overall designs have a professional feel — matching different styles that you want for different types of projects. The templates range anywhere from logos to flyers and posters giving you many options to work with.

Stencil has just as many styles of templates but not as many options for templates within those styles. That is not necessarily a bad thing because the selection that Stencil offers seems to be well regulated and held to a high standard. Having too many options can also make it more difficult to choose your design. 

The cheaper one

The pricing for Canva and Stencil is very similar. If you have a billed yearly Pro subscription for either, you will be paying $9.99 per month. If you have a monthly subscription, Stencil charges $15 per month while Canva is only $12.99. Stencil also has an unlimited plan that costs $12 to $20 per month depending on whether you have a yearly or monthly subscription. 

Working with Canva you have a lot more offered to you as a free user than with Stencil. Even in its lowest subscription option, Canva opens up access to every one of its tools. Stencil is fairly limited even with its Pro subscription. 

The one with better team collaboration

Stencil has no options for team collaboration at the moment. Your account is based around one user alone, and you cannot even share projects with other paid users. This drawback makes it difficult to get multiple hands on a project. 

Canva is perfect for collaboration within a business. If you pay $30 per month for each user that’s attached to the account, you can have a collaboration of users within your team. It even has workflow designs for approval, and you can lock elements of a project so that they cannot be changed once they are finalized. 

The one with better features

When you begin to look at the features of either site, you’ll see that a lot of the same tools are available. The one way that Canva may excel over Stencil is through its exporting. You can export your files and designs in more file formats through Canva than you can with Stencil. That being said, all popular formats such as .jpg and mp4 are available through both sites. 

The one with better support

Both websites offer a help button in the bottom right of their home page. On Canva it pulls up a menu where you can either send a specific message and wait for a response through email or sort through other commonly asked questions to see if your answer lies there. With Stencil, you are given a message bubble immediately to contact support. According to its website, it responds within a few hours. Stencil also offers answers to common questions but not as many as Canva does. 

Canva Slides Ahead

Both Canva and Stencil have a lot to offer as online creative spaces. They both have fantastic ratings through sites such as Capterra, where Stencil has a 4.8 with 439 reviews and Canva has a 4.7 with over 9,000 reviews. 

If you’re looking for a quick and easy solution, Canva is the way to go with much more offered to free users than Stencil. If you are looking for a subscription, Stencil and Canva are both fantastic options for a single user, but if you want to collaborate and work with others, Canva is a much better choice.