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Getting Started: What is Canva?

Welcome to Canva!

We are glad to have you onboard. To help you get started, we’ve prepared this series of guides for you.



Here are the things we’ll discuss in the first one:


What is Canva?

Canva is a tool that makes it possible to design anything and publish anywhere. With its user-friendly drag and drop tool and thousands of customizable templates, over 400 million designs from more than 10 million users across 179 countries have been created with Canva so far.

Canva is available in 100 languages and can be accessed in desktop browsers and mobile apps. This makes Canva accessible to practically everyone with Internet connection.


What can you do with Canva?

With Canva, you can easily create beautiful documents & designs for any occasion and purpose. From social media posts to presentations, you can browse more than 65,000 editable templates or you can start from scratch if you’re feeling adventurous.

Canva also makes it easy for you to access millions of stock images, illustrations, icons and fonts inside the app. Our media library content is available for use in all your designs.

You can also:

  • Store, organize and edit your images in a breeze
  • Customize your templates and share them with your team to edit
  • Publish your designs anywhere to reach your audience


Who uses Canva?

The short answer is anyone with Internet access. In fact, Canva can be used by:

  • Small businesses who wish to stand out of the crowd on a budget.
  • Large companies who need their teams to be more flexible and reactive while ensuring consistency across all documents.
  • Teachers who are looking for ways to engage their students without wasting time on learning new technologies or complex theories.
  • Nonprofits and charities who want to empower their teams to create high-impact graphics and marketing materials.
  • Individuals who want to develop their design skills and use them at work or just for fun.


How much does it cost to use Canva?

Creating a Canva account is free and there’s no need to pay for its essential features. It’s possible to create beautiful designs without paying a single cent.

However, if you wish to use premium elements, access exclusive Canva for Work features or receive a printed copy of your design through Canva Print, you’ll have to pay certain fees.

Premium elements

Premium elements are paid media resources found in Canva’s library and are priced according to the type of license you’re purchasing it for.

  • $1 for a One-time use license.
  • $10 for a Multi-use license
  • $100 for an Extended license

To know more about our media licenses, you can refer to this page.

Canva for Work

A Canva for Work subscription lets you access exclusive features like Magic Resize, Brand Kit management and many others. There are two types of subscriptions: monthly or yearly.

Here’s how much it costs per subscription type:

Monthly Yearly
$12.95 USD
(per member, per team, per month)
$119.40 USD
(per member, per team, per year)

For more information, you can head over to our Canva for Work pricing page.

Canva Print

Canva Print makes it possible to order professional prints of your designs right from the web app. Your designs can come to life printed as business cards, flyers, invitations and more.

Canva Print is currently available for users from the US, Australia, Europe and Mexico. If you’re not from any of these regions, rest assured, we’re working on making Canva Print available to all. Canva Print can only be accessed using the web app.


Technical requirements

For the Canva app to run smoothly, here are some things to consider:

Canva web app:

While the Canva web app works in almost all web browsers, for the best experience, we recommend using:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer (IE11 only)

Your web browser should be the most up-to-date version. You can check your browser version using this site.

iPhone and iPad app

Here are the minimum requirements needed for the Canva iOS app:

  • OS version should be iOS 9.1 or higher
  • Minimum of 150MB free memory space
  • Stable internet connection

Android app

Ensure that your phone’s OS version is Android 4.1 (Jellybean) or higher. A stable internet connection is needed as well.


Proceed to Guide 2: Set up your account
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