Social media platforms have now been a part of our lives for a better part of 2 decades. Initially the adoption for these platforms was low as not everyone had access to Internet. However, with time technology has transformed the way we consume information. No longer limited to a computer, users now days have access to every information in their hands. As such the popularity of social media sites has also grown and instead of boring plain messages, people nowadays prefer to express themselves using Images and Videos. This has led to rise of DIY graphic creation SaaS products like Canva and Crello. DesignCap is a new entrant in this field. Let’s deep dive into what DesignCap has to offer and can it replace Canva, Crello or Piktochart for you.
DesignCap is created by PearlMountain which has also created the very popular picture editing app, FotoJet. It tries to distinguish itself from established players like Canva and Crello by focusing more on Infographics along with social media graphics. This puts it right in competition with Piktochart as well.
1. Editor Design and Layout
In terms of look and feel, it offers same experience as the other three tools discussed earlier. You start by choosing which Design Category you want to create. Now you have the option to either create a design from scratch or use one of the templates. You can use the drag and drop canvas to add remove images and elements to create the design as per your need.
DesignCap lets you create Infogrpahics, Charts, Posters, Flyers, Logos, Business Cards, Brochures, Leaderboard, Social Media Covers, Posts and Ads, Email Headers, Stories and lots more.
You can choose from a wide list of templates to get started. There is also a search option to search for a template based on keyword. If we compare it to other products, the number of templates offered are limited. Some of them are good design wise, mostly though they are nothing special.
As a free user you have access to only few templates. You’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan in order to access the complete library.
3. Stock Library and Elements
DesignCap has a library of over million high-resolution photos, illustrations and icons. Unfortunately there are no videos available as DesignCap does not support video and animation yet. The images are sourced from Pexels, Unsplash and PixaBay.
Once added to the canvas, you have access to various tools to enhance the image like effects, filter, adjust, crop, rotate, and flip.
You don’t have access to premium stock images and there is no option to buy an image as well. For a casual user, the stock library has enough options. In terms of elements, there are again millions of icons and shapes available to use.
To separate itself from Canva and Crello, DesignCap offers the option to add Charts to your designs using your own data. This is very helpful for those looking to create presentations and infographics. Here, much like PiktoChart, DesignCap offers different chart types including line, column, bar, pie, and area. Clicking on the chart you can add values in the spreadsheet or also upload your own data.
There are templates available as well which use Charts and you don’t have to work from scratch if you pick one of those.
5. Upload Files and Fonts
Sometimes you want to use your own Images and Logos in the design and DesignCap here provides you the option to upload JPG and PNG files. There is however a limit on the number of files you can upload, 100 in Basic and 1000 in Plus.
Although it has a good selection of fonts, you can still upload your own fonts to keep your branding intact in the designs. This feature is only available in the Plus plan.
6. Text, Modules & Backgrounds
You can add stylized text to your design using the Text option. This includes headings, sub headings, quotes, titles, sales announcement and more. Similarly Modules allow you to access some pre-made design templates (combination of text, images and graphics) for graphics, slides, infographics, brochures, and more. Background allow you to add background to the canvas using solid colors, gradient, and lots of background patterns.
DesignCap vs Canva
DesignCap is more pocket friendly as compared to Canva. It isn’t as features rich as Canva, however, for someone only looking to create graphics DesignCap offers cheaper option than Canva.