Overuse of designs
While it may seem convenient to use one of the pre-made design templates that Canva offers for free, you may find that your design looks awfully similar to other brands' work upon completion. As the templates are so readily available, other companies may use that same design template for their own work. You can avoid this problem by being more creative with your design and customising the Canva templates more. Alternatively, using a professional graphic designer can help you to create custom designs that are unique to your business.
Desktop is superior
Although the mobile Canva app is pretty neat and very convenient, there are limited features available through the mobile app. The mobile version has less than half of the features available compared to the desktop app. So, while it may be handy to have, it's certainly not as useful.
Limited export settings
As Canva isn't as specialist as many other graphic design apps, export settings are limited and may not be as accurate as others. For example, Canva can't export files such as PowerPoint, which is useful for creating multi-page documents. Similarly, Canva only exports in RGB colour, which is more limiting than CMYK.
No local file storage
When using software that lives online, many issues can arise, such as the website being down or faulty internet connection. For example, if the Canva website is down, there is no way to access your files. In the same vein, if you plan to work on a design but you find you have no internet connection, there is no other way to access your designs. This can be frustrating for those wanting to work remotely or those prone to internet issues.
Canva controls everything
While you are using the software to create your own unique designs, the Intellectual Property lines are blurry. You are not licensing their software, you are simply using their platform in which to create designs. As Canva owns everything, they have the right to delete your profile and content at any time.