Best Design Software 2021

Canva vs. Visme

Is Canva or Visme the better solution for you? This in-depth, feature-by-feature breakdown will help you decide which design tool is the best fit for your business.

Design software includes features like design templates, photo editing, collaboration, and cloud storage. In today’s digital world, small businesses without a technology-enabled approach to graphic and social media design are falling behind.

This article will discuss the differences between two of the largest players in this space: Canva and Visme. We’ll discuss the notable strengths and weaknesses of each tool, and provide recommendations for who each tool will suit best.

All of our recommendations are based on research, product demos with the software companies, and dozens of hours spent hand-testing design tools. More details regarding our research process can be found on our design category page.

Canva & Visme Comparison Summary

We researched and extensively tested both Canva and Visme. Canva received a SoftwarePundit Analyst Rating of 93 while Visme received a rating of 89.

Canva was rated higher because it is the best software for small businesses in need of ready-made presentations and social media posts. Visme was rated lower because its social media sharing options are weaker and its paid plans are more expensive.

Here’s a breakdown of our review criteria and how Canva and Visme performed in each category:

CriteriaAnalyst RatingFeaturesUsabilityPricingCustomer Support

In terms of pricing, Canva begins at $12.99 per month per user. Visme’s pricing starts at $25 per month per user.

Both solutions offer the standard features found across design tools. These include design types, tool kits, collaboration features, cloud storage, and exporting options. Canva and Visme are very similar in their feature set. Both offer user-friendly presentation, photo and video creation, and social media sharing.

Overall, Canva is the best option for businesses looking to create high quality graphics and videos as easily as possible. Although Visme is easy to use and slightly more powerful, Canva is more affordable and has more robust social media sharing features.

Here’s a quick breakdown of who will prefer each option:

You'll prefer Canva if:

  • You primarily use design software for ready-made content
  • You want to automate social media posts with a content calendar
  • You are a beginner to design software

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You'll prefer Visme if:

  • You are looking for accessible graphic design software
  • You leverage graphic design software for infographics
  • You are not a marketer looking to automate social media posts

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Canva & Visme Price Comparison

Overall, Canva is more affordable than Visme. Both solutions offer more features and storage with their more expensive plans.

Canva Pricing Details

Canva pricing starts at $12.99 per month for up to 5 users. Monthly prices increase with more users. It is one of the most affordable solutions on the market today. Canva also provides a free plan with 5 GB of cloud storage.

Here are Canva’s pricing options for its Pro plan based on how many users you have:

Price per Month$12.99$47.99$82.99$327.99

Visme Pricing Details

Visme pricing starts at $25 per user per month. Visme also provides a free plan with 100 MB of cloud storage.

PlanPricing per MonthFeatures
  • 5 projects
  • 100 MB of storage
  • JPG exporting
  • Everything in Free plan
  • 15 projects
  • 250 MB of storage
  • PDF exporting
  • All charts and premium assets
  • Everything in Standard plan
  • Unlimited projects
  • 10 GB of storage
  • Brand kit
  • Collaboration

Canva & Visme Feature Comparison

Overall, Canva has a more powerful breadth of features than Visme. Canva has a more robust tool kit as well as real-time collaboration.

For a full analysis of each solution’s features, read our Canva review and Visme review.

Robust templatesYesYes
Tool kitYesYes (stronger)
Cloud storageYesYes
Social media exportingYes (stronger)Yes
Version ControlYesYes


Both Canva and Visme offer various design types to create. However, Canva comes with more templates. Canva also features more design types.

Both solutions come with a number of templates to create designs from. Canva comes with far more templates than Visme. Examples are seen below.

Canva Templates

Templates for both solutions help you create the following:

  • Presentations
  • Social media posts and stories
  • Print media
  • Marketing content

Tool Kit

Visme’s tool kit is stronger than Canva’s. Visme is particularly strong for infographics and data creation. Both solutions offer tool kits for beginners with simple design needs.

You can access the following tools when editing content in Visme:

  • Text
  • Photos
  • Video
  • Graphics
  • Draw
  • Textures
  • Effects
Visme Data

One standout tool in Visme is its data. Data is easy to edit and comes in more forms than Canva. You can visualize your data with the following:

  • Charts
  • Graphs
  • Diagrams
  • Maps
  • Data widgets

Canva’s tool kit includes selectable and premade elements and graphics you can quickly plug into your designs. Furthermore, Canva automatically recommends graphics similar to the template style you’ve selected. This additional feature further streamlines your workflow.

You can access the following tools when editing content in Canva:

  • Photos
  • Graphics
  • Videos
  • Text
  • Audio
  • Charts
  • Google Maps
Visme Photo Editing

Visme’s photo editing capabilities are similar to Canva’s, but still weaker than Adobe Photoshop’s.


Collaboration in Canva and Visme is similar. However, Visme’s collaboration features are only available with its most expensive plan. This means that teams that frequently collaborate will find Canva more suitable for their needs.

Canva Commenting

Projects in Canva and Visme can be edited by team members at any time. Collaboration in these solutions is very similar to document management software solutions such as Google Workspace and Microsoft 365.

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage in both applications is simple to set up and effective. Visme is fully cloud-based like Canva. We still recommend looking into Canva if you feel you and your team will be handling a vast amount of projects and files. This is because Visme’s free plan only comes with 100 MB of storage, while Canva’s comes with 5 GB. Visme’s paid plans also come with much less storage.

Visme Version History

Version control is more flexible in Visme than in Canva. You have access to all saved versions of your file. You also can name various versions, which makes restoring larger files easier in Visme than Canva.


Visme’s exporting and sharing options are limited when compared to Canva. We especially recommend Canva if you’re a marketer looking to automate your posts to social media. Canva comes with a number of exporting and sharing features that are very helpful for marketers and bloggers.

You can export your file as the following in Visme’s free plan:

  • PNG
  • JPG
  • PDF
  • MP4 Video
  • GIF

Canva, unlike Visme, comes with a content planner which is ideal for marketers. This planner integrates with a number of social media platforms to schedule posts on specific days. This is an invaluable tool for bloggers and small businesses who run both content creation and marketing strategies.

Canva Content Planner

Here are the social media platforms you can automate posts on with Canva:

  • Instagram Business
  • Facebook Page
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Slack
  • Tumblr


Canva and Visme both offer a number of popular integrations found in standard design software. Here are some of the most popular native integrations both solutions offer:

Software SolutionIntegrations
  • Box
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Hubspot
  • Mailchimp
  • OneDrive
  • Slack

Bottom Line

Overall, Canva is the best option for businesses looking to create high quality graphics and videos as easily as possible. Although Visme is easy to use and slightly more powerful, Canva is more affordable and has more robust social media sharing features.

If you’re interested, visit Canva or Visme today to get started.

Yousef Fatehpour

Yousef Fatehpour is a Junior Research Analyst at SoftwarePundit. He graduated from University of California, San Diego, where he studied Human Centered Design and Communications. His work at UCSD's Design Lab emphasized UX research and product management.

Yousef's primary areas of interest are software design, user journeys, and how user experience is handled across software markets. Yousef also has experience in product design and multimedia content production. You can connect with Yousef on LinkedIn.

Yousef is an expert in several software categories including:

  • SMS marketing software
  • Document management software
  • Human resource software
  • Applicant tracking software
  • Design software

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