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Ever since I made the decision to become a Canva Pro user 4 years ago, I have never looked back. It has been the best investment that I have ever made and is definitely the #1 investment that I would recommend to everyone, no matter who you are (students, teachers, artists, content creators, bloggers, designers, parents, and everyone else)
In this article, I’m going to exclusively highlight the features that Canva Pro users get, that Canva free users don’t. I will explain everything that you can do with Canva Pro, that will save you tons of time and energy that you can use to focus on yourself and your business instead.
1. The Premium Content Library
Canva Pro users get access to a 100+ million library of high-quality stock photos, videos, icons, elements, illustrations, and audio! (Yes, MILLION) This means that you’ll be able to create the most professional-looking watermark-free content once you become a Canva Pro user. Honestly, just this reason alone, is enough for you to get Canva Pro, because if you were to get premium stock footage from other sites, you’ll have to pay a monthly charge (which is almost the same as the Canva Pro amount) – AND WE ARE STILL AT REASON #1.
2. Pre-Made Templates
As a busy blogger and a full-time university student, I really don’t have enough time to spend on making templates for my designs from scratch. And this is where this feature comes in handy for me. Canva Pro has over 610,000 pre-made premium templates for you to choose from even before you start creating your design. It doesn’t matter if it’s for an Instagram post, a Pinterest pin, or a YouTube Video. This feature cuts down my work time and effort by HALF! All you need to do is choose a template and make changes to the already-created template you chose until you’re happy with the design! It’s literally like having someone else do the most difficult part of the work for you.
While Canva Pro users get access to the premium pre-made templates, there are thousands of free templates that are still available for free users! But of course, if you want the super amazing ones, you can start off by activating your 30-day free Canva trial first! Get a taste of Canva Pro before you decide.
3. Massive Cloud Storage
Canva allows its users to store their designs in the cloud for future use. While free Canva users already get 5GB of cloud storage, Canva Pro users get 100GB! That’s massive, isn’t it? This is just perfect for me because I love to keep all my designs in one place so I absolutely love this feature by Canva.
Another feature (which I won’t mention in this top-10 list), is the unlimited folders that Canva Pro users get. It goes perfectly with the 100GB storage and really helps you to organize and keep your Canva designs in place so you can easily find them when you need them!
4. Background Remover
Now, this feature is nothing new to me. I’ve used the traditional background removing tools in other websites and software before. But the thing is, they all require me to press so many buttons and crop many things before I can remove the backgrounds. But with Canva Pro, removing backgrounds is just one click away.
There’s a button called ‘Remove Background’ which automatically detects the background of the image and gets rid of it. If you want to remove more, you can ‘erase’, or if they removed something you wanted, you can always ‘restore’ it back.
I’m pretty sure that I’m the Canva Pro user who uses this feature the MOST in the whole world because I literally use it every single day. No matter what design or content I want to create, this feature always comes in handy for me.
5. One-Click Resizer
Normally, when you create an Instagram post which is usually 1080px x 1080px, and you wish to create an Instagram story for the same post, you’ll need to start a brand new story design (and then copy and paste from the post design). However, Canva Pro users don’t have to go through that. They can easily resize any design to another size with the click of a button.
The ‘Magic Resize’ feature in Canva Pro allows you to resize your designs to ANY size that you want, and it will automatically create a copy, adjust the design and prepare the whole design for you. The best part is, that you don’t need to remember the size of any new design. You can simply type the type of design you want to create and Canva will automatically suggest to you what size you’re looking for. In this case, if you type “Instagram Story”, it will automatically show you “Instagram Story 1080px x 1920px”. How efficient is that?
So far, we have covered the first 5 reasons why you need to start being a Canva Pro user. Let me summarize for you.
- 100+ million premium content library
- 610,000+ pre-made templates
- 100GB of cloud storage
- One-click background remover
- One-click magic resizer
This is only half of the list, and it’s already pretty obvious that Canva Pro is definitely worth getting. You can start your free 30-day trial now itself, but to make sure you’re having no second thoughts, let me run you through the best five features of Canva Pro. (Saved the best for last!)
Yes! Canva Pro allows users to animate their designs! This means that you can animate everything from texts, elements, images, basically ANYTHING on your canvas. This feature is most useful to make sure that your designs stand out from the rest. Animations have and will always attract the audience’s attention and with Canva Pro, you can do exactly that.
7. Brand Kit
If you have your own business, you probably have your own logo, brand colors, brand fonts, etc. right? Well, Canva Pro allows you to save your brand logos, fonts, and colors in your own perfect ‘Brand Kit’. You will be able to drag and drop all your logos and text boxes and maintain consistency in all your designs. And also, Canva Pro allows you to save up to 100 different Brand Kits! So if you’re handling multiple brands, you will definitely find this feature really useful.
8. Team Collaborations
One of my favorite features of Canva Pro is how you can invite multiple people to work on the same design simultaneously. You can share your ‘edit link’ with other Canva users to collaborate and design together. This is particularly useful for me because I have a lot of group work that multiple members need to be involved in. You can share designs, templates, and brand kits with your teammates for efficiency.
9. Transparent Background Downloads
After creating designs, Canva Pro users can download their designs with a transparent background. Regular Canva users get to download their designs only in the normal format (which does not have the transparent background option). This is really good if you need to create PNG designs with transparent backgrounds that you want to insert in documents or anything else. The option to download your documents in transparent PNG format comes in really handy when you’re a blogger or a content creator like me. Almost all of my blog article images are using a transparent background to give my readers a better reading experience.
10. Social Post Scheduler
So, once you’re done creating your masterpiece, It’s absolutely time-consuming to go to each and every social media platform to post them one by one. And Canva, as usual, is here to rescue you from that burden. Canva Pro enables you to schedule your social posts across 8 platforms! Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. You will no longer have to go and schedule them yourselves because this feature sure is super-efficient and saves tons of time! You can also collaborate with your team to schedule posts on the same calendar. I purposely left this point for last to show you exactly how Canva Pro ties the whole process together with this feature.
The best part of this feature is, that you can even track your engagement across all the posts you share, on every platform. This means that you won’t ever have to go onto platform analytics again. You can do it right here in Canva.
Still having second thoughts? Let me run you through all the points again, just to help you take it all in.
The Top 10 Canva Pro Features are:
- 100+ million premium content library (Photos, videos, elements, audios)
- 610,000+ pre-made templates (Canva has a template for almost anything)
- 100GB of cloud storage
- One-click background remover
- One-click magic resizer (Canva will recommend the sizes)
- Unlimited animations
- 100 Brand Kits (Brand logos, colors, fonts, etc.)
- Team collaborations
- Transparent background downloads
- Social post scheduler (8 platforms + team collaborations allowed!)
So are you really able to look me in the eye and tell me that all of this is not worth it for $6.49 per month? Yes, that’s right! Canva Pro is only $6.49 per month. And fun fact, Canva only recently switched the prices from $12.99/month to $6.45/month – They literally cut the charges by HALF! So if you’re looking to invest in anything useful, invest in Canva. Because believe me, coming from a Canva Pro user for almost 4 years now, it’s worth it.
Lucky for you, you won’t have to spend a cent today. You can start off by trying Canva’s free 30-day trial first! After trying, you can decide if you want to continue with it! (But, believe me, you’ll want to continue)
If you’re already a Canva Pro user, heyyyy you! I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am. If you want to improve your Canva designing skills, you can check out the Canva courses. (Yes! Canva has their own courses!) It helped me a lot and I’m pretty sure it will help you too.
So these are the top 10 reasons why you need Canva Pro. I hope this comprehensive Canva Pro features article helped you out! If you had any doubts, I hope you managed to get this clarified after reading this. Still having doubts? – shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (my personal email) without hesitation. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can and help you out.
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