Creative Living, How to

Easy Peasy Graphics

 

Do you like free stuff? Are you a diy kinda individual? Do you want your pictures to look like professional graphics? I like free stuff! I am a big diy-er! I want my stuff to look professional!

I have great news! I have found the thing that does all this! To be fair, I didn’t find it, I just finally sat down and played with it. I could sit here all night and not get enough, though.

Let me back up real quick.

Recently, I’ve been trying to learn a few more things about making Pinterest work for me. I want to utilize what is basically a free service to advertise my art for sale. I would like to have some consistency in my posting, or at the very least have beautiful pictures to post. There are always certain things that come up in the articles I read. Most of which involve paying a service to pin your pins for you. I also think that you still have to do quite a bit of work with that, such as picking out your pins and when to post and where to post, etc. I have not fully researched it, but that’s my assumption from what I’ve read. I’m not quite there yet, and I like to do as much as I can on my own.

Something that was suggested was to make some of those long skinny graphics that are all over Pinterest. One thing that came up again was the Canva program. I downloaded the app on my tablet and kind of played with it a week or so ago.

Oh. My. Gosh!

I had heard about Canva quite some time ago but never did much with it. It seemed very confusing to me. As I sat down this evening with the intention of making Pinterest graphics for a few of my Etsy listings, I was prepared for it to be a bit of a struggle. Um, WRONG! Thank goodness!

This is the very first one I made:

ladybug and snail set

Then I made two more, plus the graphic for the title of this post! I’ll share just one more that I made right now:

coffee and donuts

The first one isn’t the best ever, I like the second one with the coffee and donuts better. But you guys! It’s SO EASY!!! There are all kinds of different shaped templates depending on what you want to use it for. I went in and picked the Pinterest graphic category. Then I found a layout that I liked that would work with the shape of my pictures I wanted to use. So you upload your picture and then drag it and drop it to replace the one in the example. You can then edit the words, change the font, size of the font, color of the font, even move it around.

I think I could spend a few hours just creating pins for some boards. I want to play with this program so much more. I can’t believe I waited this long to try it out.

If you’re on the fence about trying something like this, get to the Canva side of that fence. It’s free, so you have nothing to lose. Trust me on this. I wish I had done this sooner. Now to keep up on creating new stuff. I did these on my desktop because that’s where I access most of my photos for my Etsy shop and blog, but there is an app for mobile devices as well.

This post isn’t endorsed by the Canva people. It’s just one girl loving what she’s learning.

 

 

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