Where can you create professional looking graphics for your blog?
Blogs that have graphics are both easier to share on Pinterest and are more interesting for readers. Sure, you can add an appropriate image, but you may also want to add graphics to that image. But how do you go about creating interesting graphics?
Photoshop, Canva, and Picmonkey are some of the most popular software available for creating graphics. We discuss that makes them a good choice, and what makes them a less than great choice.
Photoshop is a paid software by Adobe Creative Cloud. It’s a monthly membership based product that can allow you to create interesting graphics. One of the best things about Photoshop is that you can make changes to just one layer while leaving all other layers the same. This makes it simple to change the text on your blog images each time you write a new post. In Photoshop you can also edit your images before adding text, simplifying your process.
- Easily add text overlay
- Edit your images
- Put a picture within a picture
- Easily change the size of an image
- You can upload any font you want
- Less user-friendly than Canva and Picmonkey
Canva is a free software service. It also has a paid membership that allows users to use an expanded set of services, but we will focus on the free services. The draw for most users who love Canva is the simplicity. Unlike Photoshop, which is harder to learn, Canva can be mastered within a few minutes. Canva is a great option for those who already have a great photo, or who are not using photos in their graphics. The paid subscription is $12.95/month.
- Templates that are set up and ready to use
- Social Media sizes are pre-set for you
- Tons of paid and free options
- Lots of inexpensive stock photos
- Easily adjust transparency
- Only allows you to use the fonts that are loaded into the program
- You can lose formatting if doing multiple pages
Picmonkey is another free site that also has a paid option. The free site allows you to edit photos, add filters, text, and stickers. A lot of the really interesting options are part of the paid subscription with Picmonkey (which is as low as $3.99/month).
- Touch up photos
- Add frames
- Create collages
- Easily change things like the size of images in a collage
- Allows you to use any font on your computer
- Less user-friendly than Canva but more user-friendly than Photoshop
What is the best type of software for creating graphics?
Each of these types of software is used for graphics, but they all have a different niche. Photoshop is great for those who have very difficult projects where they are taking away a background, adding an image on top of another image, or doing photo editing.
Canva is great for creating eye-catching simple graphics that you know are the right size for your social media.
Picmonkey is fantastic for those who want more creative reign than Canva, but who don’t want the difficulty of Photoshop.
What software do you use to create graphics? Share your favorites in the comments.
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