Have you noticed more artists are creating eye-catching social media graphics that are making an impact? Did you know that social media graphics get shared more often than regular texts and images? Do you think you need to have a graphic design degree to turn your art into instant graphics? Although designing was once a complex process that required a working knowledge of typography, layout, composition and expensive software programs, that no longer the case. There are many different free tools to choose from online where in just a few minutes you can create sensational social media graphics to promote your art.
Are you ready to take your social media posts a step further? Here are two free tools that I use.
Canva.com has pre-designed graphics that allow for complete customization in a clean, drag and drop environment. Their motto is: “Empowering the world to design…”
They offer several different templates — social media posts to Facebook and Twitter page banners to Email headers and e-Book covers and more. Above is an example of a Facebook banner I created using their template. There is no need to measure pixels sizes. To design the banner I simply dropped the jpegs into the Facebook template. Then I adjusted the sizes and dragged the images around until I was satisfied with the overall layout.
Here is another social media graphic I created using Canva.com.
If you’re new to this Canva offers step-by-step tutorials where you can learn the basics and become familiar with their tools at your own pace. These will guide you through the process of selecting fonts, colors, backgrounds, layouts, and more. Go to: https://designschool.canva.com/tutorials/
When your design is finished you can download it as a jpeg or png in either web or print quality. And, with your free account you can store your images and previous designs for future reference.
Get started by going to www.canva.com. You’ll be asked to set up an account, but it’s free.
QuotesCover.com is a tool that helps you design a visual representation of personal or famous quotes in seconds. They offer many famous quotes if you don’t have your own. Although their quotes are wonderful they have very few famous artists’ quotes to choose from. Take note, you will need to have Adobe Flash Player to use this tool. But, unlike Canva.com, you don’t need to sign up with an email account or password.
When using QuotesCover simply select the wording from their list of quotes or type in your own words. Then choose where you’ll be using this graphic. For the images above and below I chose “For social media pic updates”. Then choose the layout — square, portrait or landscape. Finally, choose from different preset options to adjust the color and text. When you’re finished you can save it as a jpg or png.
I really like the different font styles QuotesCover offers. They have many pre-set options. Browse through them and test them out before you decide which one looks best. And, you can move the text or image to customize the design.
Quotescover also has a tutorial page here: https://quotescover.com/project
To get started visit www.quotescover.com
As I mentioned before, I use both tools and recommend them. They’re free, so why not try them out? Pretty soon you’ll be creating amazing designs that look like you hired a professional designer. Have fun and please share your experiences with these tools or any other tools you prefer to use in a comment below.
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