Canva and royalty-free images: what’s the problem?

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If you use Canva, you might be wondering whether its images and videos are royalty-free or not. Here’s everything you need to know…


When it comes to online creative tools, I honestly think there’s nothing more useful than Canva on the market right now. For the asking price, it offers an absolute mountain of features and capabilities.

For both online and offline creations, Canva is an indispensable tool. And, best of all, it’s damn cheaper than Adobe’s suite of apps.

You can create infographics with Canva, edit images, apply effects to images, create social media posts, design email templates, create t-shirt and merchandise designs, and then make them print or manufacture – and those are just the basics.

Canva is designed to be easy to use, it uses a drag and drop editor and its main USP is that ANYBODY can use it to create professional looking designs. No experience or talent is required. That’s why millions of people have started using Canva over the past two years – it works like a charm and has no knowledge barriers.

And for design software, that’s a hell of a USP to pull off. On the other hand, if you wanted to learn Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, you had to undertake hours of training and schooling.

With Canva, you can do things right away – it’s the real magic of software.

Are Canva images royalty free?

If you have Canva and plan to use it for commercial projects, you will rightly wonder whether its images are royalty-free or not. The good news is that over 60 million images, graphics, and icons from Canva are completely royalty-free, so you can use them any way you want.

If you opt for Canva Pro – find out why you should check out our Canva Pro review – your monthly fee covers all your image licensing costs. But there are some things you need to be aware of, especially if you plan to use premium images multiple times.

Don’t worry, though: Canva is MUCH easier to use than Shutterstock.

You see, Canva offers a few licensing options in its Canva Pro subscription: Single-use license and multi-use license.

  • Single-use license: Royalty free but limited to one project. If you use a premium image in a social media post, it counts as one use. If you decide to use the same image again in other content, you will need to download the image and pay a license fee.
  • Multi-use license: This license covers multiple uses of the same image on different media and purposes. Essentially, with this license, you can use an image as many times as you want, no additional licensing is required.

What’s included in Canva Pro

  • 60 million selected stock photos
  • 3.5 million graphic elements (illustrations, shapes, icons, etc.)
  • 20,000 additional premium templates: social media graphics (like Instagram story templates and Tiktok templates), flyers, business cards and everything else including customization options
  • 21,000 video banks
  • 750 premium fonts

If you’re not already using Canva Pro, I urge you to check it out today. You can even get a free trial to get an idea of ​​the platform.

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has worked as a technical journalist for over 10 years. He is the publisher and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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