Canva vs. Stencil

Stencil isn't as much like Canva as you might think.
Here's why business owners and content creators are making the switch...

There are plenty of Canva alternatives, but how is Stencil different?

We get this question a lot. While Canva is great, we’ve always taken a different approach. From the beginning, Stencil has been focused on helping you design images faster. Stencil is built for speed and efficiency. So if you landed on this page looking for a "lighter" version of Canva, you've come to the right place!

We also take a different approach to how we charge for our premium subscriptions. But more on that later...

Stencil is built for speed.

If you're looking to create images quickly, Stencil is the ultimate Canva alternative. Stencil is designed from the ground up to be fast and easy to use. That means, we had to trim a lot of the fat! You can almost think of Stencil as a productivity tool.

Just ask one of our happy customers:

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In 2021, you shouldn't have to spend huge amounts of time focused on image creation, so we designed it to be ultra fast (so you can focus on other tough parts of your business). Oh yeah, we also have add-ons for Chrome, Firefox and Safari so you can create images from any web page you're on.

Stencil for Chrome

Stencil for Firefox

Stencil for Safari

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Stencil is designed with social sharing in mind.

Never worry again how your image will look after you've shared. Create, preview and share in seconds.







Stencil has an impressive collection of assets.

While Canva has no shortage of photos and icons, with Stencil you get full acess to 5,000,000+ photos and 3,100,000+ icons for one price... plus tons of amazing pre-made templates.

Stencil is here to help.

We take great pride in offering the best customer service and helping our customers succeed. We've had personal phone calls with hundreds of customers and love learning how we can make Stencil better. We're always here to help.

Schedule with Buffer

Stencil integrates with great social tools like Buffer.

Create images and schedule them straight to Buffer, without ever leaving Stencil. If you're logged into your Buffer account, it's just a single click to queue your image.

Create images & schedule with Buffer in seconds.

Scheduling images will help you save even more time. If you have a Buffer account, you're all set to schedule images right from Stencil.

What our customers say

Great reviews from people who use Stencil.

Stencil is the web's favorite graphic design tool.

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