Thursday, April 30, 2015

How to Create Images for Social Media

Happy Spring Day to you! 

I'm having a lot of fun with making graphics for social media and my blogs. Studies show readers will stay longer on a site if there is an image connected to the article. Facebook and Google+ are heavy on images. Video is even more attractive, but that's for a later post!

Here are some samples of the graphics I have made using the following sites. 


Quote by John F. Kennedy

Spring quote by Robin Williams
The two images above were made with Quotes Cover. I like this site because you can download your background photo to use for your graphic.  These are actually tulips from my yard. I also prefer it because you can place an asterisk in front of the word and the font will be different from the rest.  See how it is in the Kennedy quote above. Law o Life and Certain stand out in the lines. They have lots of fonts for you to use.


Image made with Quozio.

Has this happened to you? LOL

Quozio is a quick one to use. They have plenty of quotes to choose from, or you can use ones you found elsewhere. They have a large choice of backgrounds and fonts, so you just click the one you want and the image is done. 


Facebook cover designed in Canva.com
I used Canva for this Facebook cover (no image in the bottom left corner because that is where your profile photo is featured.) Just click on the shape you need for social media, poster, presentation, etc. It takes more designing on your part for this. They do give you a lot of layouts and free photos. If the photo is not free, they only charge $1. for each photo. I'm not comfortable using this site because I haven't experimented with it too much yet. So many people rave about it, but maybe they have more design experience behind them. I'll keep playing with it.

I design my book covers with an old favorite software program I have used for years, The Print Shop 22. I tried to learn Photoshop, but it was so much more complicated, so I went back to Print Shop. I figured out a lot of eBook covers for Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing. Then I pulled up picmonkey and copied the jpeg design saved in my book cover file to the shape for the Kindle cover--1600 x 2400 pixels. Soooooooo easy and it's the preferred size cover for Kindle Direct Publishing. Picmonkey has a lot to offer for designers so I am digging around in it too.

I bet many of you have experience with some of these sites. What do you think about them? Can you suggest other sites you use for designing your graphics?
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5 comments:

Roseanne Dowell said...

Thanks for sharing, I'm going to have to try some of these.

J Q Rose said...

Watch out, Roseanne. It can become addictive. Have fun!

Marsha said...

What I great post, Janet. I shared. I'll have to try out the first one to do the things on FB. I saw one on FB and asked the person how they did that. Was that you? LOL The mind is going sometimes. Thanks so much for this. Super helpful.

J Q Rose said...

Thanks, Marsha. I don't remember if you asked me or not! LOL...

J Q Rose said...

Thanks for sharing!!!