How I create Graphics for my blog

Blog graphicsEver since I can remember I have had a passion for creating graphics for my blog. I taught myself how to use software such as Gimp & then finally Photoshop and other adobe related programs, however, I’m here to tell you that you don’t need fancy programs such as those to create your own blog graphics.

There are many FREE software programs online that will allow to you create a blog graphic, some easier than others, but I think it all depends on your ability to learn the basics and letting your creative flare flow. You can use programs such as:

Picmonkey – Picmonkey is a FREE photo editing software online with the option to pay for a royale membership for $4.99 per month. This program is super easy to use if you’re in a rush & it’s the perfect program for beginners.
WebCanva – It is another FREE software program with the option to upgrade for $12.95 per month. This program is fantastic and my personal favourite. Canva provides you with a massive range of graphic templates in an array of different dimensions. If you need a Pinterest graphic, a Facebook cover, a Twitter post, a Kindle cover and that is just skimming the tip of the iceberg of options. There really is a template for everything you could possibly need. It’s really easy to use and as I said, it’s my personal favourite.

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Adobe Photoshop – This is a program that I taught myself how to use. It’s tough but very fun once you crack it. You can get a free 30 day trial for this program, so download it, see if it’s for you and then if it is for you, you can keep it for a $10 per month subscription fee {£8.57 or thereabouts} from Creative Cloud and have access to other Adobe software too. As for tutorials on how to use the software, believe me, when I say, youtube is your friend.

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If you don’t want to pay for Photoshop but still love the idea of that sort of program, then you can download GIMP. This is an image manipulation program, again with the use of youtube videos, is something anyone can pick up in no time.

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Just like photoshop, you can edit. resize your images, add effects, create fancy graphics, add layers and more just minus the obligation to pay for it. I started off on this program and worked my way up to Photoshop, so it makes a great stepping stone if you really want to get into this sort of software.

So, these are a few programs I use to create my graphics, what do you use to make yours? 

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5 Comments

  1. 26/11/2015 / 12:22 PM

    After nearly 4 years of blogging I have finally paid for PicMonkey Royale. So should have done it sooner!

    • 26/11/2015 / 12:32 PM

      YAY! I think I have been paying for the royale treatment for a year now! It’s a super handy wee programme.

  2. 26/11/2015 / 9:01 PM

    I used the paid version of Pic Monkey….I don’t know how I managed without it a couple of years ago x

  3. Laura @HowToGYST.com
    27/11/2015 / 8:08 PM

    I’ve been using the free version of PicMonkey for years (though I did use the free trial of the Royale/Pro version too). But I’ve just recently discovered Canva and am obsessed!

    Have always been intrigued by GIMP but get the impression it’s a little too “advanced” for me. Do you remember how long it took you to figure it all out?

  4. 28/11/2015 / 11:09 AM

    I love posts like this! I’m still very new to blogging so this is extremely helpful, thank you x

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