Recently, Canva somewhat rebranded (changed logo, updated pricing), which confused everyone, including us. After being a paying Canva customer for over a year, we now have a firm grasp of Canva’s pricing.
Since we understand that buying your first Canva subscription is a big deal for you, we will guide you step by step through this process. At the end of this article, you will understand which plan you should choose (hint: it’s Pro), how to use the free trial, and the difference between the Free, Pro, and Teams plans.
You will also learn how to get the most out of your Canva Pro subscription and what is the best alternative.
- Canva Pro annual price: $119.99/year
- Canva Pro monthly price: $9.99/month (yearly plan); $12.99/month (monthly plan)
- Canva Pro team price: $14.99/month + $14.50/month for every team member beyond 5th
How much is Canva Pro?
Canva Pro has two payment options, a monthly subscription of $12.99 or a yearly subscription of $119.99 (which equals $9.99 per month). You can also test Canva Pro with a 30-day free trial or get it for free if you are a student, teacher, or part of a nonprofit organization.
Canva provides three subscription plans to cater to different users: Free (ideal for testing), Pro (ideal for individuals), and Teams (ideal for teams and enterprises).
|$0.00 forever||$9.99–$12.99/month||$14.99/month + $14.50/month for every team member beyond 5th|
|250,000+ free templates||Everything Free has||Everything Pro has|
|100+ design types (social media posts, presentations, letters, and more)||110 million stock photos, videos, audio, graphics||multiple Brand Kits|
|Hundreds of thousands of free photos and graphics||610,000 templates||Control over your team|
|Invite team members||Brand Kits||Build-in workflows for approval on designs|
|Collaborate and comment in real-time||Background Remover||Lock certain elements|
|5GB of cloud storage||Magic Resize||Unlimited storage|
|1TB of cloud storage||24/7 customer support|
Should I choose monthly or yearly?
Your choice between the monthly and yearly plan should depend on your intended length of use and whether you are testing the platform or committing to it long-term.
- Choose the monthly plan if you require Canva for 9 months or less. It is best for short-term projects or those who want to test whether Canva Pro suits their needs.
- Choose the yearly plan if you need Canva for 10 months or more. This plan is ideal for long-term users who can save 16% compared to the monthly plan.
|Features||All Canva Pro features||All Canva Pro features|
|Duration||1 month||1 year (12 months)|
How much is Canva Pro for students?
Canva offers Canva for Education, a version of Canva Pro that is free for primary and secondary school students and teachers. To access Canva for Education, students and teachers need to be verified by Canva’s team, which can be done by signing up with an approved educational email domain or submitting a scanned copy of a valid document. After verification, verified students and teachers can use Canva Pro for free.
How much is Canva Pro for teams?
Canva for Teams starts at $14.99 per month for teams of up to five people, and the price per additional team member is $14.50.
How to get Canva Pro for free?
As of March 2023, there are three ways to get Canva Pro for free—with the 30-day free trial or by being a student, teacher, or nonprofit organization.
1. Free trial
A free trial is available with Canva Pro regardless of whether you pick a monthly or yearly plan. You are also free to cancel the trial anytime, and if you cancel before it expires, you won’t be charged.
Here’s how to get it:
- Go to Canva.com.
- Click the purple “Sign up for free” button.
- Create a Canva account.
- Confirm the free trial.
2. Education (teachers and students)
Canva Pro is free for primary and secondary school teachers and K-12 students and teachers, and it’s called Canva for Education. To get Canva Pro for free as a teacher or student, you need to get verified by Canva’s team. You can do this by signing up with a verified educational email domain or uploading a scanned copy of an approved document.
But, for now, Canva for Education is not available to universities, public libraries, private schools, preschools, and nonprofit organizations unrelated to education.
Canva for nonprofits is available to all registered nonprofits, social impact organizations, and public health organizations. To apply for it, you must supply the required documentation that varies between countries, but you can find more information in the Canva guidelines.
What do you get with Canva Pro?
Canva Pro is famous for many features that enhance and simplify your workflow while being super cheap. Here we point out the most important aspects of it:
1. Image Editor
Canva’s Image Editor is widely popular because it’s straightforward to use (you grab and move elements with your computer mouse) while also being very powerful. In the video below, we showcase how to use the drag-and-drop editor.
Despite its simplicity, the Image Editor is packed with basic and advanced features, including adding shadows, using dozens of special effects, animating designs, creating video intros and GIFs, and lots more.
2. Unlimited access to 110+ million stock images
Stock photos can be expensive since even the smallest subscriptions at stock agencies can cost three times as much as the Canva Pro subscription, which gives you unlimited access to all 110+ million stock photos, vectors, and illustrations for free.
Unfortunately, its selection is not as broad as Shutterstock’s, so we keep another source of images at another stock agency when Canva fails to deliver. But if you don’t use as many pictures as we do or are not too picky, Canva might be enough.
3. 650,000 professional templates
Canva Pro offers access to over 650,000 professional templates, which are a key part of the platform’s design capabilities. These templates cover a wide range of content types, including flyers, social media posts, and marketing materials, and are designed by professional graphic designers.
To use a template, simply choose one that fits your needs, customize it with your own text and branding, and then download or schedule the design within Canva. Templates make it easy to create professional-looking graphics quickly and efficiently.
4. Background remover
There are many standalone programs for removing backgrounds, but you get a background remover for free with Canva Pro. It’s straightforward to use—you select an image and click “Remove Background”, as we did in the following video.
It works best when there’s a distinct background and subject. However, you can use a brush to correct the removal if something goes wrong. Though we must admit that if the background remover doesn’t do a fine job, fine-tuning it is exceptionally time-consuming.
5. Other Canva Pro features
Above, we pointed out only the most notable Canva features, but there are a lot more, like:
- Simplified branding with Branding Kits.
- Resize any project even after it’s finished.
- 1TB of cloud storage.
- Scheduling on eight social media platforms
- 24/7 customer support.
- Thousands of fonts.
Is Canva Pro worth it?
In short, yes. Canva Pro is affordable, considering the features, tools, and resources you get for just $9.99/month. That could cost you up to $100 per month or even more elsewhere.
For this reason, Canva Pro is worthwhile for anyone who wants to create beautiful graphics without prior graphic design experience.
While you can use the free version, it’s much more limited, especially in photos, cloud storage, and templates. You can also create good graphics with the free version, but it will take much longer, and they may never be as good as the ones you can create with Canva Pro.
Who should get Canva Pro?
If you need a simple and inexpensive graphic design tool with unlimited downloads of stock photos, you should definitely get Canva Pro. Although inexpensive, Canva Pro is also great for high-budget teams because it offers many collaboration tools.
But if you need advanced tools and premium stock photos, we don’t recommend Canva Pro. In this case, you should get Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, which will give you professional tools, and Adobe Stock, which will supply premium stock images. However, these tools will cost you $50+/month, much more than Canva’s $9.99–$12.99/month.
Because it is such a versatile tool, it is suitable for many groups of people. In general, Canva Pro is ideal for anyone who wants to create graphics inexpensively. Here is who we recommend Canva Pro for:
- Entrepreneurs: Canva is ideal for anyone who inspires themselves, as it supports the creation of social media posts for all the major platforms that entrepreneurs are typically active on. Plus, you can schedule posts for free without buying an expensive standalone scheduler.
- Website owners: We know how expensive it is to hire graphic designers and that it’s even more frustrating when they do not deliver the desired results. Because Canva Pro is affordable and easy to use, you can create most graphics in minutes, and they’ll look just as good.
- Students or teachers: Since Canva Pro is free for students and teachers who often need a good graphic design platform to teach or make their work more attractive, we recommend giving it a try. After all, it’s a free resource with images and templates that we all need.
- Beginners: If you are starting, we recommend trying Canva. It does half the work for you, rather than diving into a complex tool like Adobe Illustrator that you’ll get lost in and probably abandon quickly. It’s a great way to learn graphic design by using and analyzing the work of other professionals.
- Marketers are rarely good designers, but they know what a graphic should look like to attract more customers and sales. With Canva, you can easily create promotional designs or get an overview of a team of designers.
- Creative Teams: Canva Pro is incredibly affordable for teams but has extensive tools to support team collaboration. It also provides the team leader with a modern dashboard for assigning tasks and roles while taking care of publishing and branding.
- Those who need stock photos on a small budget. Even if you do not need designs, Canva Pro is an excellent resource for stock photos since you can download unlimited from its database of over 110 million stock photos, vectors, illustrations, and even videos.
Canva Pro Team pricing
Canva for Teams costs slightly more than Canva Pro at $14.99 per month, but up to 5 people can use it at no extra cost. You must pay for additional team members if you want the Canva for Teams for over 5 people.
Here’s what the pricing looks like:
|Number of team members||Cost|
In other words, Canva for Teams costs $14.99 per month for up to 5 team members. For every additional team member beyond that, you pay an extra $14.50.
In 2022, Canva replaced the previous Enterprise plan with the Teams plan, dedicated to teams. Previously, teams had to use the Enterprise plan, which cost $30/month per team member and was too expensive for most startups.
Canva Pro vs. Canva Teams
The main difference between Canva Pro and Canva for Teams is that Canva Pro is designed for individual use, while Canva for Teams is designed for collaboration within a team. Canva for Teams has features that enable teams to work together, such as assigning tasks and roles, branding controls, team reports and insights, and the ability to create custom branded templates. In contrast, Canva Pro is geared towards individual users and does not have these team-oriented features.
Canva Enterprise vs. Pro
Canva Enterprise doesn’t exist anymore because it was rebranded into Canva Teams.
Frequently asked questions
How much does Canva Pro cost?
Canva Pro costs $12.99 per month with a monthly subscription and $9.99 per month (or $119.99 per year) with an annual subscription. The annual subscription is 23% cheaper than the monthly subscription and saves you $35.89 per year. You can also sign up for a 30-day trial subscription and save an additional $9.99.
Is paying for Canva worth it?
Yes, in our opinion paying for Canva Pro is worth it. We’ve been using it for several years to create graphics for social media and websites, and it’s been worth every penny.
How do I get free Canva Pro forever?
The only way to get Canva Pro for free forever is by getting verified as a student, teacher, or nonprofit organization. You can do this by signing up with your educational institution domain email or uploading a scanned document proving your status.
How much is the Canva Pro discount?
By picking a yearly subscription to Canva Pro instead of a monthly one, you can save 16% due to the lower monthly fee.
Why you should trust us
We only write tutorials for products and services, and Canva is no different. All our articles related to Canva, such as our review and the article you’re currently reading, are based on our experience with Canva Pro. The following image proves that we have an active Canva subscription:
We use Canva daily to create graphics for Photutorial and social media. We also used it to create Pinterest Pins, our logo, and thumbnail images for Photutorial.
This article is written by our founder, Matic Broz, who has been using Canva for years and has seen numerous Pro pricing changes, making him the right person to ask any question about Canva and Canva Pro pricing.
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