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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You would never intentionally infringe on copyright. Where do your graphics come from?

Copyright isn’t always clear. We all have honest intentions when we add pictures to our blog or social media posts. Here are some things you can do to minimize your risk.

Copyright

Image representing Canadian justice.

Source: https://goo.gl/Ptw1TD

Copyright isn’t always clear. How can you be sure you aren’t using someone else’s work legitimately? Be honest with yourself! Did you just grab a picture from a friend’s post and re-use it? There is nothing wrong with this if you have their permission and they have the right to give it to you. The problem is, they may not even remember where they got it from. When a photo was taken by your friend and shared, they have rights to that picture. Ask them where they got the graphic and if you can use it. If they aren’t sure of the source and if it’s legitimate to share, don’t do it!

Tineye

Is there a way to check copyright on pictures? Look at it with a tin eye! I know it sounds odd but Tineye is a great way to find out where a picture comes from. You upload a graphic image and Tineye searches it’s database to see if that image has appeared elsewhere. You can then check the links to see who produced and/or posted the image. Check the links for copyright references. For example, an image may have come from Pixabay and not even require attribution. Or, it may show up in Wikimedia with copyright information very evident. Just remember that tools like Tineye aren’t 100% and you are still liable if the picture wasn’t in that database. When in doubt, don’t. Your best option is to use pictures you create yourself. Carry a camera with you! When in doubt, don’t use an image you don’t know.

Make Your Own Images

One of your best options is to produce original graphics. There are companies out there just waiting to catch you using their graphics. That’s a profit centre for them.  When you use copyright material, make sure you acknowledge them according to their license. When you make use of your camera and a product like Canva or PowerPoint, you own the end product provided you were free to use the source files. Making your own graphics can be a lot of fun! Just make sure you use royalty free images. I created the image below using a graphic from Pixabay, the logo I created and a quote. If I can do it, anybody can! Do you have the stones to succeed?! Now, have some fun and do it safely! Make it a great day, Barry P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for Tineye. I’m thankful for great graphic tools. I’m thankful for the time you took to read this! What are you thankful for today?

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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Graphics tools to spice up your pages!

Finding tools to create interesting graphics for your pages, whether documents, slides or web, can be expensive and hard to find. Here is a list of a few of my favourites.

Pic Monkey

This program is an online tool that doesn’t require any registration to use. Although the free function is limited, it is more than enough for most things you will do.

You can add your own picture and then play around with some of the effects.

  • Text, banners
  • Frames
  • Roud the corners
  • Change hues and colours

Save as the graphic file you require. This will save to PNG giving you a lot of flexibility.

Here is a sample of a header I created for my blog site:

cropped-Thinking-Out-LoudThis picture was created by taking a picture that I had from 1978. An over exposed shot. Modified slightly using Pic Monkey and then adding text and a frame.

CLICK HERE for a great tutorial!

Power Point

Sample PPDid you know that Microsoft Power Point has the built in ability to save as a graphics file? If you can build a deck, you can make a graphic!

  • Insert text box
  • Insert picture from file
  • Rotate and flip text and images

The only limit is your imagination!

“Save as” whatever type of graphic file you need. Power Point will save in a few different files including PNG.

Clipping Magic

Boomer re-engagingbc_head_clippedOK, this one is kind of fun!

Have you ever wanted to just capture yourself or even just a part of you from a picture and use it somewhere else?

 

With Clipping Magic, you just drop your image onto the page and start clipping!

 

Take clipped image and add it to another picture.  That’s really spooky when you add a deceased relative to a current picture!

 

Well, I’m guessing that will keep you busy for a while. Next time you are working on a document or presentation of some type, I hope this helps you express yourself more creatively.

 

Make it a great day!

 

Barry

 

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for free stuff! I’m thankful for every new day. I’m thankful for creativity.

 

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