Create Your Own Social Media Graphics On A Low Or No Budget

Many believe graphic design is too difficult and expensive for the average person. Here’s how you keep up with these people who seem to be able to find all these great pictures on social media.

Graphic Design

How many times have you seen a great graphic that has a picture with words on it? How do they do that? By the end of this blog, I hope you will be one of those people posting great graphics, with little to no cost.

Start With A Picture

Image from pixabay.com with text overlay using canva.comWe have all heard the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Pictures trigger different responses in each of us. It’s nice if you can steer the viewer in the right direction. First, let’s find a picture that we respond to ourselves. The picture itself isn’t the message but should trigger an emotional response that fits with the message you want to convey. You may have some great photos to start with. By using your own, you don’t need to be concerned about copyright. You don’t have any? Not to worry, Pixabay to the rescue!

Pixabay is a collection of thousands, if not millions of graphics. Many people have contributed images that are free to use with no attribution. Go to http://pixabay.com and sign up for a free account. You can become a contributor yourself. Caveat, they have high standards for photo quality. In the meantime, you can download pictures to use as a source to build your own graphic design for your social media activity.

Set Up A Palette

Graphic image of main screen at canva.comThere is a great graphic editing program at http://canva.com where you can upload a graphic or choose from many they offer there. Some of the graphics at Canva are free and some are very economically priced. This means the cost is controlled by you. There are pre-defined palettes for presentations and social media or you can define your own. I find 600×312 pixels works well. You will be presented with a white space to start adding your content.

Canva palettOnce you have your palette size set up, you will see a column on the left where you can start choosing your content. Either select your images from Canva stock or upload your own. Then, choose your effects. Personally, I like to use secondary images to overlay and maybe add some text. When I’m finished, I download the image to my computer to use in blogs and/or social media posts. Canva stores your finished product which you can choose to share to social media directly or download again at a later date. You can also edit your projects on Canva at a later date.

Make It Clickable

Now that you have created your graphic, it’s time to make it clickable to take your peeps where you want them to go. Maybe your blog site? You can use something like Photo Bucket. I don’t because I have Social Pic Redirect as a member of Smart Marketing Coaching through Pure Leverage.

Social Pic RedirectLog into your WordPress site where you installed Social Pic Redirect. Start a new project and upload your photo. Add the link you want it to go to and give a description that will appear on the social media site. Click on “Get shortlink” and copy the link. Paste the link into your social media “what’s happening”. Wait until the image appears and then delete the link, not the image. Post. This works great with Facebook and Google+. Twitter, you will have to upload the photo and put the link you want them to go to in the tweet body. If you use a visible link, I would use goo.gl to shorten the link and allow you to track it.

There you go, you are now a graphic artist!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for Pure Leverage and all the tools. I’m thankful for the training provided by GVO. I’m thankful for the free opportunity to try out the tools in the Pure Leverage Suite >>>Click here.

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Canva, so easy even I can use it!

Have you ever seen the header on a Facebook page and wished you could make one like that?  Canva levels the playing field.  It’s so easy even I can use it!

H/T to +RyanMHanley for making me aware of Canva.

What can you do with Canva?

This is designed for people who need to create something without spending hours learning how to use a program or knowing much about graphic design.  What you see is what you get.  There are some simple images included for free.  You can take advantage of some others they offer for a small fee.  I usually choose to use my own pictures.  Frankly, using your own photos helps to avoid copyright issues.

Here is an example of one I made for my Facebook page and another that I did just for fun.  Took about one minute for the Facebook and maybe three minutes for the other one!

All About Family Amiya

 

What happens with my projects?

Your projects are saved in your account.  You can download the finished project as a graphic file and/or choose to share a link to the finished graphic directly online.  The nice thing about sharing the link is that you actually help promote Canva to your friends.  They may actually thank you for that!

The two projects above were saved to my PC as png files that I uploaded to my blog site for publishing purposes.

Here is an example of a link to the second image above –

https://www.canva.com/design/DAA4_Z6d824/XibOzOji21_38KzE3xRJsA/view

Basically, you control your stuff!  (Review the terms of use, there are some rights given to Canva.)

What does Canva cost?

3D-Women-Question-02That is up to you.  Initially, nothing.

There are some great graphics that you may want to take advantage of and they are very low cost per graphic.  Make sure to review the terms of use and ensure you understand them before uploading images for your designs.

Why would Canva do this for “nothing”?  You may choose to pay for the images offered through the premium library.  A dollar a picture doesn’t seem like much but when you think about it, they add up when you consider millions of potential users.  For a small business to spend five bucks and create a great graphic is a great deal for the business.  I would say that’s well worth the cost for both.

For those of us who can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, Canva is a great way to express your creativity.

 

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful for computers.  I’m thankful for programmers.  I’m thankful for #SocialMedia .

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