Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tools and Tidbits for Writers: Working with Images and Videos for Social Media

Hello and welcome to the inaugural edition of 
Tools and Tidbits for Writers 
 scheduled the 2nd Wednesday of every month! 

I participated in Raimey Gallant's Author ToolBox monthly event for several years. Bloggers shared resources and suggestions for new things they found helpful in their careers.  I really enjoyed picking up new "tools" to use in my writing, publishing and marketing career, so I am filling in the gap in my blog schedule with Tools and Tidbits for Writers until Raimey returns with the Author Toolbox Blog Hop.  

This is not a blog hop, but if you have a tool you would like to share with us, leave it in a comment below or please contact me to schedule a guest spot to discuss how you use the tool. 

Thank you!
Working with Images and Videos for Social Media by J.Q.Rose

I didn't know how much I loved playing with images and designing book covers, social media images,  blog posts and newsletter content until I found to create them. Canva is like a playground for me. Plus, the program I use is free!

Lots of tutorials on how to use the site are available. Templates to fill in with your info makes it easy to make designs. Emily at offers a Free Crash Course on Canva. Click here to access this energetic lady's course. 

PLUS! Please know, you need to experiment with canva to learn about all the goodies they offer. But, just like your coach or piano teacher told you, practice, practice, practice.

The badge for Tools and Tidbits for Writers above was created from the template below, already animated. (I'm not sure I like animation in a blog post because flashing and moving may be too annoying. What do you think?)

The original canva template

FREE IMAGES: Canva offers free images on their site, but sometimes you can't find exactly what you need or you may have photos you snapped that can be included in an image. My go-to for free images is They have a lot to choose from. Here are a few more places for free images. 

Make sure they are available to use, not copyrighted. "Royalty-free" does not mean the photos are free to use. Never copy a photo from the internet. I don't know the chances you could be sued for copyright infringement, but I would not try it.

Free Stock Images  an image curator with many sites suggested  so much fun to use their template and add your photo or text

Movie projector
Image by AzamKamolov from Pixabay 

VIDEOS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA: You do not have to have a channel on YouTube to share videos on blogs or social media. Make a video with your camera. It is in the mp4 format. That is the format you use to add to your social media. Hey, you don't have to do FB Live to make a video. Record it on your phone and re-purpose that video for other places too!

Canva has a new video editor so you can make videos within canva. I have not tried it, but when I do, I'll share that with you. Have you used canva for video editing?

If you do not want to appear in your video, then make a slide video with PowerPoint. It takes a LOT of practice to figure that out, but watch some Youtube videos that will help you learn.

Below is a video I created about sparking memories for life storytelling. I made it with PowerPoint and posted it on my FB group, Telling Your Life Story and Memoirs Circle. 

I really like the latest version of PPT with design help. Just type the text for your slide in the text box, hit design ideas and ta-dah, you have what looks like a slide created by a professional. 

Why tell your life story?

Please share in the comments below your favorite site for free images, how you make videos, and/or tools writers can add to their collection of goodies. Thank you.


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Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for the tips on Canva. I need to figure out how to use it to create a header for my blog so I can easily switch my book covers. I bookmarked the free Canva class.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Great tips, Janet. I have a new novel coming out this year and I’m going to need to add it to my blog. Now is the time to practice.

Helena Fairfax said...

Thanks so much for the great tips, Janet. I love your new blog header! I didn't realise you could use Canva for video editing, or that Powerpoint suggested designs. Thanks so much for sharing!

J.Q. Rose said...

Great! It just takes time and practice to figure it out. Good luck!

J.Q. Rose said...

Yes! you can make lots of promo images with canva and you'll need them for a new book. Too bad we have to market as well as write the books, eh? Congrats!

J.Q. Rose said...

So happy you can use the tips. That video editor is new. I haven't played with it--yet. I have the Office 365 version of PPT. Older versions don't have the design suggestions. Love it!

Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. You've done it again. Shared super information. I love Canva. Another author friend put me on to it. I have separate images for each of my books created on Canva. Ive done Power Point for the Indie Publishing class I taught and I'm putting together a Power Point presentation for our 50th Anniversary. I didn't realize you could put sound to it. I'm going to have to investigate the moving stuff on Canva, too. Always something new to learn. Thanks so much, my friend. I shared. :)

J.Q. Rose said...

You go, GRRL! Thanks so much for sharing!

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