Canva or FotoJet – Which Do You Prefer?

author-2Today I am pleased to welcome guest author: Candy Rora, writing about the graphic design tool and photo editor, FotoJet.

“Candy is a freelance writer. She likes to laugh and enjoys photography. She loves unleashing her creativity by trying all types of free collage makers, graphic designers, photo editor, etc. Her greatest pleasure is to share her creative ideas to others and wish that could inspire others. Now she is a writer with PearlMountain Ltd.”

“FotoJet is an online collage maker, graphic design tool and photo editor where you can turn your photos into amazing works of art in minutes! It's developed by PearlMountain Limited, a dedicated graphics software developer. PearlMountain Ltd has been based in China since 2006. From the very beginning, it has brought many powerful, easy to use photo editing tools to worldwide users.”

Let's hear from Candy….

What Is Canva?

Canva is a web-based application that makes creating graphic designs easy.

What Is FotoJet?

FotoJet is also a web-based tool. Its graphic design feature is very similar to Canva. However, FotoJet puts more emphasis on making designs for casual use while Canva is more often used in business.

FotoJet also includes a robust photo editor and photo collage maker.

What Can You Do With FotoJet and Canva?

If you want to make fabulous graphic designs but don’t have good technical skills in Photoshop, these apps are for you. They are also very useful when you need to retouch your own photos for best effect.

How To Use Canva

Login to your Canva account and click “more”. You will find tons of professionally designed templates for Twitter posts, Pinterest, presentations, blogging graphic, book cover, YouTube channel art, card and ad for many types, etc. in different categories.
I’ll show you how to make a YouTube channel art with this app. Choose a YouTube channel art. First, I’d love to add my own photos to the photo list.

Next, I just replace the photo in the design. Then, I’ll add some text to explain what I want to say and change it to the right position, font, style, color, etc.
To make it more beautiful, I’d want to add some elements to the YouTube channel art. Click ELEMENTS, you can see several options displayed as free photos, grids, frames, shapes, lines, Illustrations, and more. Here I choose to add lines to embellish the design and adjust its transparency.

Once you think your design is great, click Download to save it. As it is shown, PNG is recommended by Canva.
Then you can just upload it to your YouTube channel any time you want.

Price Of Canva

Canva offers a permanently free option, or – for more features – you can upgrade to Canva for Work for $9.95 per month when paid annually, or $12.95 per user / month. (At the time of writing, November 2016.)

Next, let’s see how to use FotoJet.

How To Use FotoJet

Go to the homepage, where you will see three options:

  • Make a Collage
  • Create a Design
  • Edit a Photo

The first two options Make a Collage and Create a Design let you easily make your image designs for all types of collages, cards, Facebook covers, YouTube banners, email headers, posters, invitations, magazine covers, and other designs with the numerous preset templates. It’s very easy to do.

Here I want to mention the “3D” collage and the “Fun Photo” templates in FotoJet which will make your photo standout. You will have fun using these templates. I don’t want you miss the gorgeous template I love, so I hope you enjoy them also.

I think everyone will handle it completely even when new to FotoJet. So I’m going to talk more about its Photo Editor / Edit a Photo.
FotoJet graphic design tool
Click “Edit a Photo” to enter Edit mode. Login to your FotoJet account. You can edit your photo using features like: crop, resize, rotate, adjust exposure, change color, sharpen, dehaze, vignette, focus, color splash, selective filter, and so on.

Let’s use radial focus to highlight the part you want in your picture.
Canva or Fotojet
Next, apply one photo effect or superpose some of them to get a final effect. Many effects for Black & White, Sepia, Vintage, Chromatic, Lomo, Old Photo and Scene are offered in FotoJet. You can preview the effect applied instantly on your current photo by browsing the tiny thumbnails under each effect.

FotoJet photo editor
Decorate your photo with text and clipart if you need. You are free to adjust the text font, size, color, style, and other elements like you can in Canva. Here I chose a beautiful little garland to decorate my photo.

FotoJet Graphic Design Tool
Now, let’s say something about its Overlay feature.

FotoJet offers overlay effects for Bokeh, Light Trail, Cute, Montage, Space, Burst, Paper, Fabric, Paint, Grunge and Metal. Here I add a Bokeh overlay and get this result.
If you want to do more, you can visit and enjoy borders and frames in the Frame menu. FotoJet offers options to add border, shadow, and other types of preset frames such as Border, Shadow, Classic, Polaroid, Edge, Modern, File and Grunge. Using each option, you can get many different results.

Like the photo effect feature, you can superimpose frames as well.

Price of FotoJet

Offering so many features, I was concerned that FotoJet may be very expensive, but it turns out is a very affordable $34.99 for an annual plan – less than it would cost for 3 months of the upgraded Canva. (Price comparison correct at the time of writing, November 2016.)



FotoJet Free vs Upgraded

Here's a table comparing the FotoJet features in the free vs the upgraded (Crown) version.

fotojet plans

With such a low annual subscription giving all those extra features I think the FotoJet upgrade gives excellent value for money.

Of course, you can always try the free version of FotoJet first.

My Conclusion: Canva Or FotoJet?

baileyspeaksI tried FotoJet with a free account and literally within 5 minutes with no knowledge I produced the picture on the right.

It was so easy I didn't need any training, which is unusual for me as I'm a bit of a numpty with graphics.

A nice feature I wasn't aware of was that FotoJet let me access my Facebook pictures direct to find Bailey's picture, then of course I saved it on my PC.

This is, of course, a very basic application, but I'm sure those of you with more demanding requirements will be well-served.

If you’re looking for an online application to create graphic designs pertaining to business use, you may want to use Canva.

If you’re looking for an easy to use program to make collages, graphics designs for occasional use, and edit photos for the best result, FotoJet is the place for you.

You will have your own ideas for these programs as well. Check them both to decide if you prefer Canva or FotoJet.

While I don't make enough use of image editors to pay the monthly upgrade fee for Canva, the price of FotoJet makes upgrading much more feasible for me and should appeal to even the smallest of businesses.

Thanks to Candy for introducing me to FotoJet as a lower priced alternative to Canva.

Which Do You Prefer: Canva or FotoJet?

Although I currently use the free option of Canva, I am certainly tempted to look further into FotoJet.

I hope you will try both and share your experiences of using what you think is the best graphic design tool and photo editor: Canva or FotoJet (or your own favorite tool).

Joy Healey

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Elise Cohen Ho - November 9, 2016

I cannot really answer the question of which I prefer as I have never tried FotoJet. I will be happy to share thoughts after I do. 🙂 I do enjoy Canva but sometimes find it to be a bit cumbersome.

    Joy Healey - November 10, 2016

    Hi Elise,

    Although I have been a Canva user for several months now there are features of it that I find a little awkward. To be fair, that’s probably because I’m not a regular user so I haven’t paid the upgrade fee.

    The upgrade price for FotoJet is so low that I really recommend you give it a try.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Ravi Chahar - November 9, 2016

Hey Candy and Joy,

I have always preferred Canva over any other graphic design website. There are many things to do with that.

I have even tried PickMonkey but it did not work out for me. Canva has more freedom than any other tool.

It’s good to know about FotoJet too. People need the alternatives.

Thanks for the info.

    Joy Healey - November 11, 2016

    Hi Ravi,

    I know many people (including me) have been using Canva. Are you using the paid version?

    Like you I tried PicMonkey but didn’t get on with it.

    The FotoJet upgrade fee is much more affordable than Canva, which I liked – but as an occasional graphics user I didn’t want to pay for the upgrade. The cost of a FotoJet upgrade makes it a much more affordable option. (Or, of course, people can continue with FotoJet as a free user.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Amar kumar - November 9, 2016

Hey Joy,

Today, Canva is really become popular among people. Great tool with superb features like fonts, tutorials and photo enhancing features. Eventually, thanks for explaining their facts.

With best wishes,

Amar kumar

    Joy Healey - November 10, 2016

    Hi Amar,

    Like you I had thought Canva was so popular that I hadn’t looked further, but the upgrade was more than I wanted to pay for the small amount of use I make of image editors.

    So it was a pleasant surprise when Candy introduced me to FotoJet with such a low annual fee.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Chery Schmidt - November 10, 2016

Hello Joy, It was nice to meet Candy here today and I really enjoyed her tutorial on both Canva and FotoJet! I cannot answer which one I like better though as this is my first time hearing about this FotoJet! The price is certainly right HUH? Although there are so many free tools out there to use.

Great Share
Chery :))

    Joy Healey - November 11, 2016

    Hi Chery,

    Glad you enjoyed the design tools tutorials.

    I hadn’t heard of FotoJet either, but I’m pleased I found it because (a) I found it very easy to use (b) I thought the upgrade fee for the extra features (shown in the table in the post) extremely reasonable.

    I’ve also tried some of the free tools available, but didn’t find them very intuitive.

    Hope you’ll give FotoJet a try.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Sonal Talwar - November 12, 2016

Hi Joy and Candy

I have been using Canva. But after reading the post I guess I need to try Fotojet.

Thanks for sharing this valuable information!

    Joy Healey - November 12, 2016

    Hi Sonal,

    Like you I was a very happy Canva user. However I am very impressed with FotoJet, especially as after reading Candy’s article I went to the upgraded version of Canva, which I would never have done with the price of the Canva upgrade.

    I suggest you try the free version of FotoJet and then make your choice.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Edward Thorpe - November 13, 2016

Hi Joy and Candy,

I’ve not used FotoJet. I’ve fooled around some with Canva but not the paid version. I’m much too lazy to learn it properly, but really do need to use more customized graphics. This post could help me get into the basics more. Thanks, Edward

    Joy Healey - November 13, 2016

    Hi Edward,

    Like you, I just messed about with the free version of Canva, using the very basic features.

    With such an affordable upgrade on FotoJet I’m looking forward to doing “better things”. But, afraid laziness and “hurry, hurry” get in my way too.

    Even though my “Bailey” speech bubble is completely basic to some people I was encouraged to find I could knock something up so quickly – even without any training etc.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Donna Merrill - November 14, 2016

Hi Joy and Candy.

I’ve been using Canva forever. I also use 2 others but have not yet used FotoJet. This is interesting to me and I shall be looking into it. I love making images 🙂


    Joy Healey - November 14, 2016

    Hi Donna,

    Likewise I’m a long-term Canva user at the free level, but I’m now using the upgraded FotoJet and, although I’m still exploring the features, I’m very much enjoying it.

    Making images started of being scary to me, but I’m enjoying it much more as I’ve found tools – such as Canva and FotoJet – that were easy to use.

    I’ll be interested to know how you think the two compare, Donna.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

ikechi - November 18, 2016

Hi Joy and Candy

Canva is a great tool for making images. As for Fotojet, I do remember Candy introducing me to this app but I have not gotten the time to check it out but with this illustration, I think I will go look at it.

Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    Joy Healey - November 18, 2016

    Hi Ikechi,

    Like you, I was pretty entrenched with the image editor I was already using, but pleased I gave FotoJet a try and probably use it more now that I used the other one.

    One extra thing I’ve realised since publishing this article originally is that with FotoJet I can save the constituent parts then reload them later to make edits to my “finished product”. If I COULD do that with Canva, I never figured out how to do it.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Rachel Lavern - November 27, 2016

I have never heard of FotoJet…thanks for introducing me to it. I mastered Canva quite a while ago but lately have been considering going back to Photoshop to create my graphics…just to be different.

    Joy Healey - November 27, 2016

    Hi Rachel

    Welcome to my blog.

    I’m glad you found FotoJet interesting.

    I’ve mostly used Canva until I found FotoJet, but at a very basic level as my images are pretty simple – as you’ll see from the proud display of my photo of Bailey, my son’s dog. I’m enjoying FotoJet now and still return to Canva when the mood takes me.

    When I tried PhotoShop several years ago I emerged bruised and defeated from the experience. Perhaps PhotoShop and I have both improved over the years. I know many people swear by it, so it must have been my skills that were inadequate LOL.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Robin Khokhar - November 28, 2016

Hi Joy,
This is the first time i have heard about the FotoJet, so can’t say anything about. But one thing for sure – that I will be trying it.
Thanks for sharing.

    Joy Healey - November 30, 2016

    Hi Robin

    I’m pleased to have been able to introduce FotoJet to so many new people.

    I look forward to hearing any observations you have.

    Thanks for visiting,

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Sammy Blackmore - December 5, 2016

Hi Joy! Like the others, this is the first time I heard of FotoJet. Does it have image layouts too like Canva? We’ve been using Canva for a long time and we absolutely love its image layouts that we can customise.

    Joy Healey - December 6, 2016

    Hi Sammy,

    I haven’t used Canva at much beyond the most basic level, so I suggest what you do is just take a free trial of FotoJet and see what you think to it.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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