If you’ve been following my blog series about creating more engagement on Facebook and taking action, at this point you’re posting regularly, scheduling your posts, and varying your content. So, today I wanna talk a bit about one of the most popular types of content…photos…and specifically graphics.
People love inspirational quotes on photos!
It’s awesome if you can design your own, but my guess is you aren’t a graphic designer and may not know how to do it. So, today I wanna show you 2 of my favorite ways to create graphics. Both are super simple, one is free, and the other is only a few bucks! How does it get any better than that?!
By the way, here’s the funny thing. I know Photoshop decently well. I took an 8-week basics of Photoshop class last year to up my graphics game. And while I really enjoy using it, I’ve found that most of what I need can be done easier and so much faster using these 2 tools…
- Word Swag
Canva is a free membership website (www.canva.com) that gives you templates for graphics AND makes it the correct size for whatever platform you want to use it.
Did you know that Facebook has different dimensions (sizes) for cover photos than newsfeed photos than ad photos? If your dimensions aren’t right, either it won’t post, or it just won’t look right.
Canva can help with that. And if you’re using your own photos, everything is completely free. If you want to use their pics, it’s only $1 per pic, which is SUPER cheap.
My tip: My favorite FREE place to get good pics for background images is unsplash.com but also here’s an awesome blog post from Canva of 74 sites to find free photos… https://designschool.canva.com/blog/free-stock-photos/
Here’s how to create a graphic in Canva…
Word Swag is an app for your phone. (They don’t yet have a website for it.) It costs $3.99 and is amazing for creating fun and inspiration graphics that are easily shareable.
Here’s a few reasons why I quickly became obsessed with it.
1. They give you text suggestions, or you can use your own.
2. You can supply the pics, use one of their backgrounds, or search pixabay for free.
3. There’s so many different options for the font and style of the text that would take SO LONG if you had to create them on your own in Photoshop.
4. It’s super easy to add your own water mark/logo once you’re done.
Here’s how to create a graphic in Word Swag…
Two things you should know about me…
1. I fully believe we are all lifelong learners.
2. I am an action taker. I like being shown how-to do something and then I take action almost immediately. So for just about every blog, webinar, video training, etc from me, you’ll find action steps.
So, here are your action steps…
1. Check out Canva and Word Swag. (If you don’t want to spend the $3.99, Word Dream is another app that is free with in-app purchases and very similar. I don’t like it as much, but feel free to check it out as well.)
2. Post your newly created graphics to Facebook.
3. Let me know what you think of them. Which one do you like best? Is there something you like even better? Let me know in my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jennpossick