Best Design Software 2021

Canva vs. Adobe Spark

Is Canva or Adobe Spark 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 Adobe Spark. 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 & Adobe Spark Comparison Summary

We researched and extensively tested both Canva and Adobe Spark. Canva received a SoftwarePundit Analyst Rating of 93 while Adobe Spark received a rating of 85.

Canva was rated higher because it is the best software for small businesses in need of ready-made presentations and social media posts. Adobe Spark was rated lower because, although it is accessible, its collaboration features and tool kit are much weaker than Canva’s.


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

CriteriaAnalyst RatingFeaturesUsabilityPricingCustomer Support
Canva939109.58.5
Adobe Spark8579.5910

In terms of pricing, Canva begins at $12.99 per month per user. Adobe Spark’s pricing starts at $9.99 per month per user.

Both solutions offer the standard features found across document management tools. These include design types, tool kits, collaboration features, cloud storage, and exporting options. Canva is overall much more powerful than Adobe Spark. Canva’s strongest features are its user-friendly presentation, photo and video creation, and content planner.

Overall, Canva is the best option for businesses looking to create high quality graphics and videos as easily as possible. Although Adobe Spark is easy to use and affordable, each feature it offers is respectively more robust in Canva.

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

Try Canva Today

You'll prefer Adobe Spark if:

  • You are looking for accessible graphic design software
  • You do not need to create charts for your designs
  • You do not leverage collaboration in design software

Try Adobe Spark Today


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Canva & Adobe Spark Price Comparison

Overall, Canva is more affordable than Adobe Spark. 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:

Users1-5101550
Price per Month$12.99$47.99$82.99$327.99

Adobe Spark Pricing Details

Adobe Spark pricing starts at $9.99 per user per month. It is one of the more affordable solutions on the market today. Adobe Spark also provides a free plan like Canva and Visme.

Adobe Spark also comes with a team plan for $19.99 per month. Consider this option if additional admin features are important for you.

Note that Adobe Spark is included with Adobe Creative Cloud. This plan is $52.99 per user per month and features other Adobe products such as Adobe XD and Illustrator.

Canva & Adobe Spark Feature Comparison

Overall, Canva has a more powerful breadth of features than Adobe Spark. 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 Adobe Spark review.

FeatureCanvaAdobe Spark
DesignsYes (stronger)Yes
Robust templatesYes (stronger)Yes
Tool kitYes (stronger)Yes
CollaborationYes (stronger)Yes
Cloud storageYesYes
Social media exportingYes (stronger)Yes
Version ControlYesYes

Designs

Both Canva and Adobe Spark 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 Spark. 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

Adobe Spark’s tool kit is weaker than Canva’s. It generally comes with less elements than Canva and there is a lack of curation as well. Canva’s tool kit is the best option for beginners with simple design needs.

You can access the following tools when editing content in Adobe Spark:

  • Text
  • Photos
  • Icons
  • Design Assets
  • Backgrounds
Adobe Spark Tools

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

Both solutions offer similar photo editing capabilities. You can adjust saturation, brightness, and clarity. Although these features are less robust than alternatives like Adobe Photoshop, we still feel they are effective for designers in need of quick coloring edits.

Canva Photo Editing

Collaboration

Collaboration in Canva is superior to Adobe Spark’s capabilities. This is because Spark does not offer real time editing like Canva. Instead, files can only be edited by team members individually. Adobe Spark also doesn’t offer collaboration for mobile users.

Canva Commenting

Projects in Canva can be edited by team members at any time. Collaboration in Canva 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. Adobe Spark can be fully cloud-based like Canva. You have the option to keep files fully in the cloud or save local files for personal use. This means that you do not need to save your own projects before uploading them to the cloud which takes up space on your hard drive.

Adobe Spark Cloud Storage

Unfortunately, version control is not included in Adobe Spark. This is ultimately why we recommend Canva’s cloud storage capabilities over Adobe Spark’s.

Exporting

Adobe Spark’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.

Adobe Spark Sharing Options

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

  • PNG
  • JPG
  • PDF
  • MP4 Video

Canva, unlike Adobe Spark, 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

Adobe Spark can only directly upload to Facebook and Twitter. Conversely, here are the social media platforms you can automate posts on with Canva:

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

Integrations

Canva and Adobe Spark 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
Canva
Adobe Spark

Bottom Line

Overall, Canva is the best option for businesses looking to create high quality graphics and videos as easily as possible. Although Adobe Spark is easy to use and affordable, each feature it offers is respectively more robust in Canva.

If you’re interested, visit Canva or Adobe Spark 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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