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9 Alternatives to Canva Mailchimp Newsletter Designs

Written by: Jeilan Devanesan

May 20, 2021

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The Canva Mailchimp integration for newsletters seems sleek and convenient. But it has its drawbacks.

  1. You’re restricted to Canva’s templates and their editor to create your newsletter. Not ideal when you’re sharing a lot of information, designing infographics, or visualizing data in a fun way.
  2. You’re simply saving an image and sending it to Mailchimp. If you wanted to make any last-minute changes, you’d still have to go back into Canva and then re-upload.

So guess what? You can design engaging newsletters for Mailchimp using any newsletter template that’s attractive, professional and easy to edit.

Here are nine alternatives to Canva Mailchimp newsletter designs that you can use for your next newsletter.

Not a designer? Not a problem. Our professional newsletter templates are perfect for non-designers to create impressive visual content.

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1. Using Venngage Newsletters with Mailchimp

You can use any Venngage newsletter with Mailchimp. You can even use our infographic templates as neat newsletter designs. It’s simple. Sign up for Venngage, visit our newsletter templates page, choose a template design that you like, and click create.

Canva Mailchimp alternative

In the editor, customize the content and design by changing font styles, icons, and color palettes.

Upgrade to a Business account and you can enjoy features like real-time collaboration with your team members, or My Brand Kit which keeps all your email newsletter design consistent with your brand guidelines.

As a Business user, you have two download options:

  • If you want to keep your links clickable, you can export your design as an HTML file. Import the HTML file as an email newsletter template in your Mailchimp account, and you’re all set.

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  • If you don’t have links in your email, you can download the design as a PNG or High-Quality PNG. Then, in your Mailchimp account, upload the image and set up your email newsletter.

Mailchimp Canva alternative

In just a few steps, you’ll have a unique, engaging and informative newsletter design ready to send.

Now let’s take a look at some of these Venngage newsletter templates you can customize today.

2. Company update newsletter template

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An engaging newsletter design doesn’t need to be complicated. With this newsletter template, you can share a lot of text in a way that doesn’t feel crowded.

The format helps with readability because the paragraphs of information are well spaced out. The bright, bold headings and use of icons summarize each section, instantly informing your reader. They’re also interesting enough to grab your readers’ attention right away.

The color palette of this newsletter template can easily be changed, too. Using My Brand Kit, you can apply your own brand colors to any design. You can also save your logo and brand fonts in one place, to incorporate into any design.

3. Corporate outreach newsletter template

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This newsletter template is another great example of keeping things simple and informative. Bold headings and large icons inform your reader. The contrast of the title card and body makes information easy to scan.

The way each paragraph has been spaced out also keeps the amount of text from feeling overwhelming. It’s easier for readers to focus on one thing at a time.

With any Venngage template, you can customize the length of the newsletter to suit your content. You can also switch background colors for each section for a dynamic design.

As another alternative to a Canva Mailchimp template, this newsletter template works perfectly.

4. Monthly newsletter template

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Stock photos are your friends when used correctly. In Venngage, you can access countless quality stock photos from our integrations with Unsplash and Pixabay.

This newsletter design uses a photo overlay. It’s a neat little design trick that makes it easy to work with a variety of photos and color schemes.

Whenever a photo clashes with your design or hides the text, apply it as an overlay. In the Venngage editor, reduce the photo’s opacity to let the background bleed through. This brings out your title text and makes for a more cohesive visual.

5. Remote working guide newsletter template

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Some emails are going to be lengthy and it’s unavoidable. In instances where complex topics like the realities of “remote work” need to be communicated, your newsletter design is important.

This particular remote work newsletter template is perfect for a lengthy copy. It also allows you to highlight key takeaways, ensuring important points aren’t missed by your team.

6. Healthcare email newsletter template

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Inviting visuals entice your readers and draw them into your content. An attractive banner to preface your newsletter is always a great strategy.

With Venngage, you’ll have access to over 40,000 vibrant, diverse, illustrations and icons. You have terrific options for a number of settings, identities, backgrounds, industries and spaces. When you are stuck with Canva Mailchimp templates for newsletters, icon selection isn’t nearly as diverse or inclusive as Venngage’s library.

It’s important that all your visuals, not just newsletter designs, are inclusive and representative of the audiences you’re communicating with. It matters to the people reading your content, that you also have them in mind when you craft your messages.

As a design best practice, remember to use plenty of white space. This helps to break up your information and make it easy to read. It’s far less work for your readers to make sense of what they’re seeing.

7. Infographic newsletter template

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Get creative with your newsletter designs. Try using infographics to visualize information, data or statistics to share with your audience. Designing an engaging infographic as a newsletter is something you don’t get to do when limited to a Canva Mailchimp integration.

This infographic newsletter is an example of how to break down a process or share information in a way that’s creative and practical. Rather than chunky paragraphs (where important points go to be lost forever), you can incorporate a chart design. This provides design flexibility, letting you use the space in whatever way works best!

As for the style, a muted color palette paired with icons is a great way to engage your readers.

8. Real estate newsletter template

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This real estate newsletter template is another great example of how to utilize space to communicate.

There’s a lot of important information here for aspiring real estate professionals. The last thing you want is for them to open an email and immediately lose interest, or put off reading it and then forget about it altogether.

Incorporate the touches of an actual graphic designer with Venngage’s high-quality illustrations and icons. Use bold headings to organize your information and a cohesive color palette for a well-rounded design.

9. Sports announcement newsletter template

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Mirror neurons are a funny thing. They evoke emotional responses based on things we see or hear. That’s why the perfect photo can elevate your visuals to new levels.

A great way to make sure your photo doesn’t clash with your design is to let it set the color theme for your newsletter. The dark apparel of the runner and neon green tones are applied throughout the newsletter. The red track contrasts with it well, so you’re left with an eye-catching design that works.

Each Venngage template is crafted by professional graphic designers who keep these things in mind, so it’s easy for you to customize and create something just as exceptional and professional.

10. College announcement newsletter template

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When you need to incorporate a variety of information into one place, your email layout is important. This college newsletter template allows for a mix of brand messaging, an executive note, updates, important dates and a quality photo, all in a letter-sized space. When you bring these elements together, you can effectively project a focused brand identity.

The large color blocks help to segment information, let you use different font colors and ultimately create a balanced color palette. Bold headings also help to organize information, making important points easy to spot.

Newsletter designs can vary greatly. These newsletter templates are just a few examples of designs you can use. How you want to package and convey information is entirely up to you. Just be mindful of your audience and their needs when you share content.

To get started on a stunning newsletter design, choose any of the templates here, or on our newsletters templates page.

Canva Mailchimp newsletters FAQ

1. Is Canva good for newsletters?

Choose your newsletter design solutions based on your needs.

Venngage provides templates and features for professionals who need to share important and complex content in ways that are engaging, accessible and inclusive. Whether you need to create something light-hearted or data-driven, Venngage newsletter templates are your best option.

2. What is the best program to create a newsletter?

The Canva Mailchimp integration means you are stuck using Canva templates. Is that convenient?

You can just as easily design a quality Mailchimp newsletter using Venngage. Choose any infographic template you like in Venngage’s templates library, customize it and download it as a PNG. Then in your Mailchimp account, upload the image to use as your newsletter.

3. Is there anything better than Canva?

For settings like healthcare, finance, business, marketing, training and others, Venngage is the ideal visual communication tool.

A Canva Mailchimp integration limits the types of visuals you can share over email. Venngage lets you create newsletters, infographics, data visuals, detailed reports and plenty more all in one place.

Need to make a newsletter template that’s easy to use like Canva Mailchimp newsletters? Get started with Venngage’s professional newsletter templates and simple online editor.

About Jeilan Devanesan

Jeilan Devanesan is the Senior SEO Content Marketer at Venngage. Over the years, he has written extensively on the value of infographics and visuals in everyday communications, education, marketing and growth. He has contributed his expertise to the Venngage blog and tech publications like Content Marketing Institute, Classy.org, Outbrain, GetResponse and many others. He has also been featured in a number of expert roundup pieces on marketing and SEO. With a keen understanding of trends in the design space, content marketing and SEO, Jeilan pairs data and empathy to create content that continues to inform and educate Venngage's audience of professionals.