Desygner is a free Canva alternative to collaboratively create and edit designs. You can create stunning designs, posters, social media images, banners, etc, with your team members, which is a unique feature not available in Canva. However, the editing is not visible in real-time. You have to refresh the tab to view the changes done by your team members. Still, it is a very good graphic design application as a lot of templates, fonts, images, stickers, shapes, etc., are available to make professional designs.
The application lets you create a new project and help you select what you want to design. It can help you create Twitter and Facebook covers, buttons, leaderboards, email headers, posters, business cards, presentations, resumes, and more. Also, you can select a custom size and start from scratch. When the final design is ready, you can save it to PC or store online on your Desygner account.
It also comes with a premium plan using which you can view version history, use own fonts, access premium templates, etc. However, the free plan is also quite good to make great designs.
Other Key Features of this free online Canva alternative:
- You can lock the design page. Doing so will prevent accidental moves and changes in the design.
- Auto Save feature is also available.
- You can make your design public, private or restrict it to team or followers.
- The output can be saved as JPG, PDF, or PNG (with transparent background).
- Your followers can also comment on your design.
Collaboratively Create and Edit Designs online:
Here is the link to open its homepage and create your free account. After that, you can select the type of design using the available categories: Social Media Posts, Header Images, Banner Ads, Marketing Materials, Documents & Presentations, Invitations & Cards, etc.
When you have selected a design, you can choose a template for that design or start with the blank template. There are many free templates available to choose from. Some templates are locked and those can be unlocked using the premium account. However, free templates are good enough to start the design.
Invite Team Members To Collaboratively Edit The Design:
Once you are on the design page, you can invite your team members to edit design together. Use Settings menu and then you can click on Team option to invite team members by sending them emails.
When they will access the email and create their account on Desygner, you all can edit the design together. You can change the font size, font, font color, change the template, add backgrounds, stickers, and use other tools. However, isn’t visible in real-time; you have to refresh the page to see changes done by others. Also, there is no way to communicate with team within this application. It would have been great if a basic chat had been integrated in this.
The editing is visible after saving and refreshing the tab.
When the design is completed, you can save it to PC as JPG, PNG, or PDF file.completed, you can save it to PC as JPG, PNG, or PDF file.
I really like this collaboration feature, but it can be improved further. The collaboration must be in real-time. Also, there should be some chat option available to make collaboration better. Overall, this application is better than many others and gives a tough competition to other Canva alternatives. I can definitely recommend it. There are plenty of free templates, fonts, images, and other options available. The limitations in free plan won’t stop you from making a good design.