As a creative and an entrepreneur with a website (Welcome. I’m glad you’re here), I often get asked how I create my social media graphics. Well, first of all, I don’t use Photoshop. I wish! I know it’s an amazing program but it’s just beyond my scope. If that sounds like you, you are in the right place. I’ve created nearly all of the graphics on my website. I’m NOT a graphic designer. I’m just a homeschooling mom. I’m gonna tell you exactly what I do and, just because I like you so much, I’m including a video tutorial.
I thought about telling you WHY you need to make fun, cool graphics but you probably already know. Likely you have your own business (or aspire to have your own business). Graphics allow you to make yourself and your brand easily identifiable. And as a small business owner, you’re probably wearing many hats. Until you can afford that uber hip graphic designer that uses Photoshop, take a look at my favorite graphic design tools. You’ll be surprised at how simple it can be to create gorgeous graphics that show your awesomeness. Oh, and that uber hip graphic designer that you’ll hire someday…chances are, she’s already ditched Photoshop and moved on to these, too.
My 2 favorite graphic design tools:
1. PicMonkey. I started out using PicMonkey a few years ago. This is a great resource with a small learning curve. You can use this to edit your own photos, design new graphics or a combo. I have 3 PicMonkey portfolios that you can check out: product images, Facebook headers, and inspirational images. These are just a sampling of what I’ve done. Here’s what you can do in PicMonkey:
- Crop images.
- Add frames.
- Add a variety of texts.
- Add filters (think InstaGram).
- Add banners and graphic icons.
- Add stickers.
- Make collages.
You can use many of the features in PicMonkey for free. It’s totally worth it to upgrade to the Royale account. It’s $33 a year or $4.99 a month. You get tons of extra features but my favorite perk is NO ADS.
Oh, my PicMonkey links are affiliate links which means that I make a wee bit of money if you purchase. Enough for a Starbucks coffee. But only a Blonde. Not enough for a Chai Latte. Still, I thank you.
Here’s a quick little tutorial that shows you how simple and quick it is to make a nifty graphic.
2. Canva. Oh my goodness! I have a new-found love for Canva. I started off with PicMonkey and then began dabbling with Canva but just couldn’t feel the love. Canva overwhelmed me. But I stuck with it and now I adore Canva. I feel like a beginner but I’ve made some awesome looking stuff. Check out my Canva portfolio. With a little practice, I think you will love it. Stay tuned, I’ll be doing a Canva video tutorial soon. Here are some of the reasons why Canva will rock your socks off:
- TONS of banners and graphics.
- Use your own custom colors.
- Easily layer images.
- Crop images as you are editing.
- Save image templates for later (see the last 3 graphics in my portfolio).
- Pre-set templates for Pinterest, Facebook headers, letterhead paper, etc.
- Beautiful templates.
I made all of the graphics on this page in Canva. See how I put my own images inside of the little computer screen? It’s easy.
Canva is free. You can purchase stock photos, images, and fun little graphics for $1 each. Honestly, I’ve never had to do that. I upload my own photos and Canva has enough free stuff to meet my needs. If I had to pay, I totally would. In fact, if Canva charged $10 a month, I’d pay it. What they give for free is just amazing. Nothing is free these days, right? So head on over and start using Canva!
I hope this was a big help for you. Now, jump right in and get started. I’m expecting you to create some pretty amazing things!