Let me just answer your question straight away…should you get Canva for work? Should you pay for Canva? 
I don’t actually know!
But I can help you to see what you will get with Canva for work and help you to decide for yourself. 
If all else fails, I recommend signing up for the free, 30-day trial and if you can’t live without the features once they’re gone, you should probably pay for it. 
In this blog and video, I will show you the paid features and why I love them – then it’s up to you. 

If you like, you can see the Canva for Work features for yourself in this video: ?

The main features I love about the paid version of Canva are the brand kit, the free premium phots, and graphics, animations, being able to export images as a png file with a transparent background, magic resize and being able to upload fonts & access premium fonts.
So let’s run through those features briefly – I go into more detail in the video:

1. Brand Kit

The Brand kit basically allows you to create an easy to access section in every design with your brand colours. This is great for me since I create designs for many brands in my Canva, so being able to access the brand colours for all of my clients in one easy click saves me heaps of time.

Canva for work also lets you upload custom fonts and create a folder of logos.

It will really depend on your level of usage as to whether this feature will make or break the deal for you.

2. Access to premium images and graphics

When you pay for Canva you get access to Canva’s library of premium images and vector illustrations.

This was not a deal-breaker for me because I am a huge fan of Unsplash for gorgeous, free photos and Creative Market for vector designs but I hardly use those two resources anymore. I seem to be able to get all I need in Canva lately.

Scratch that, I do still adore Unsplash for royalty-free, stock photography

But, if you’re seeing a crown on some of the elements in Canva that you want to use or paying for them frequently, you might be better off paying for Canva for Work. 

3. Transparent backgrounds in png

This feature is just a logo and website maker geek out I think but sometimes, you want to put your logo on a social media image without that white space behind it…you can do that if the background of your logo is transparent.

I don’t think I can explain it very well in words so check out the video if this isn’t making sense but basically, you can’t download your designs with a transparent background without the paid version – so if that matters to you as much as it does to me, you might want to pay for Canva.

4. Magic resize

This is one feature I really can’t live without and that I find saves me a lot of time.

If you create a design in one layout – for example as a Facebook post – and then you want to turn it into a Facebook header and an email header, you can do that with Canva for work in one click using the Resize option.

This is gold. Check out the video for a demonstration.

5. Access premium fonts

When you have Canva for work you can upload a custom font and use it inside your Canva designs.

This is really helpful if you are using an unusual or custom font that isn’t available in the Canva selection.

If you are creating a design and you like the look of the fonts with a crown beside them, you might be seeking more from the basic font selection.

Personally, I recommend that brands stick to a Google font for website and branding to make it easy but if you want to stand out in the font world, you might like to play around with some premium fonts.

WTF is Canva?

If you are reading this and wondering WTF is Canva, you need to backtrack a little. 

Canva is a free, graphic design tool you can access on the internet by signing in with an email address. You can check out Canva here: 

5. Access premium fonts

When you have Canva for work you can upload a custom font and use it inside your Canva designs.

This is really helpful if you are using an unusual or custom font that isn’t available in the Canva selection.

If you are creating a design and you like the look of the fonts with a crown beside them, you might be seeking more from the basic font selection.

Personally, I recommend that brands stick to a Google font for website and branding to make it easy but if you want to stand out in the font world, you might like to play around with some premium fonts.

WTF is Canva?

If you are reading this and wondering WTF is Canva, you need to backtrack a little. 

Canva is a free, graphic design tool you can access on the internet by signing in with an email address. You can check out Canva here: 

Personally, I use Canva nearly every day and I like it (mostly). Sometimes, we have a little quarrel (which may involve me losing a whole document of design work and wanting to throw my laptop at the wall) but mostly, I remember to click save and we get along alright. 

If you are a proper graphic designer you are probably not going to like Canva and you should just go back to Adobe. But for the rest of us, Canva is a great, free option to get our online designs created. 

Post your comments below and, if you’re new to Canva, I recommend that you check out the Canva playlist on my YouTube for more tips:

Would you rather eat your shoe than make another design on Canva?

Maybe it’s time to think about getting some tasks done for you. Did you know that I offer Done for You services with my team? It’s totally a thing. So, if you’re ready to get some of that stuff off your plate and onto mine, have a look at some of the Done For You options here:

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