We’re so excited to share with you our top 3 free graphic design software for bloggers for 2017. Let’s face it. It’s the new year already! We know everyone has gone bananas looking for a great planner to start the year off right. So what about adding amazing blog graphics to your list?
Did you know that some studies have shown that 60% of people are visual learners? Yet, if you look at any post, this post even, you will see immediately that we tend to largely use text. What!
There are tons of great reasons to add at least one amazing blog graphic to your post.
- It looks better
- It guides your reader’s overall experience
- It gives your reader something to pin (pin = traffic)
- It makes your blog look more professional
- It guarantees a better first impression for new users
We are not graphic designers, yet, we take great pride in our graphics. Be it the cover for our hackbook or guides. Or just the pin-ready Pinterest graphic you see on top of this post.How To Design The Best Blog Graphics With These 3 Free Tools Click To Tweet
Free graphic design software!
Here are our top 3 favorite ones.
Free Graphic Design Software #1: Canva
We can’t just say enough about Canva. It’s our first stop when it comes to designing amazing blog graphics and some times the only one. We love their pre-made templates for all social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.). Plus, their Kindle Covers, and even letterhead options are pretty neat too. We always add a custom Facebook graphic when we are sharing our newest post to the 50+ Facebook groups on promo day, so having the right tool for it is super important!
If you’re looking for a great logo, you can also find a design DIY option on Canva too. We are actually subscribed to their paid plan. Mostly because we are LAZY. The paid plan allows you to “save” your fonts and colors, as well as resize one single graphic to other sizes automatically. For us, this is a total game changer. We can now serve up the right sizes to Facebook and Twitter as well. (We generally start with the Pinterest graphic and then we modify from there on.)
If you’re just getting started with Canva, we recommend you head over to these three pretty cool tutorials…
- Create a Pinterest graphic with Canva for the first time. Easily create stunning graphics for Pinterest in Canva. With over 100 layouts designed for Pinterest including quotes, recipes, photos, tips and more, you’ll never be stuck for choice. Canva also offers a 1 million images, graphics and illustrations.
- Canva Magic Resize. Though this is a paid option, we wanted to share with you as it’s one of our best kept shortcuts ever. We make just one graphic and then we can resize it as many times as possible with the click of a button. In other words, if you’ve created a post for Facebook and want to use it as a slide in a presentation, you can use the magic resize feature to do it with just a few seconds. And all on your own!
- Build a Logo with Canva. One of the things most first bloggers stress out about is their logo. We see you! Posting all across Facebook groups or sharing with us your latest designs. In our hackbook, we talk extensively about how we DON’T push our clients to pay the big bucks for logos at the very beginning as you will most likely edit your voice and even intent of your blog as you are actively working on it. Spending more than 20 minutes on your logo before you have over 3 months of active blogging is a big no-no on our list. That’s the reason we totally love to build logos on Canva. It’s free. It’s easy. And it allows you for plenty of time to invest somewhere else!
Free Graphic Design Software #2: PicMonkey
First of all, PicMonkey offers even more design options than Canva, especially when it comes to fixing pictures, deleting background and also doing more with lettering. The cooler fonts and graphics can only be accessed through the paid version, which is truly a shame, yet we get it. (Hey, everyone has to make money!). We love to use PicMonkey when we’re in a rush and we feel Photoshop will suck up all of our free time.
Here are a few great uses for PicMonkey that you can not find on Canva.
- Free and Easy Gold Font Tutorial. If you are green with envy about the gold foil lettering and you can’t figure out how to do it, we can help! We know that without Photoshop, the layering required can be very tricky, but this tutorial is not only 100% free, but also easy breezy.
- Remove the background from any picture. Removing the background of an image can be tricky for the basic user. If you can’t figure out how to remove the white around images you want to use, this article will help. First of all, you can always add your own images to a composition by clicking on the “butterfly” icon in PicMonkey and then clicking “Add your Own” this will enable you to add an overlay from your own computer.
- Create a custom Pin-It button. If you hover over any of our graphics, you will see a cute little heart with the words “Pin it.” We created this graphic using PicMonkey, entirely for free. You can check this awesome video on how to do it so you can try it too! (Note: you will need a plug called jQuery Pin it Button for Images if you’re on WordPress to activate it!)
Free Graphic Design Software #3: Haiku Deck
This is one of the lesser known free graphic design software of free design software for bloggers. We’ve been fans since 2012 and we just want everyone to love it as much as we do!
Haiku Deck is the easiest way to create pretty good looking presentations on the web, iPad or iPhone. Amanda and I are pretty savvy on PowerPoint and Keynote. Yet, we love Haiku Deck when we want to focus on the content, and not get side tracked by the template, the graphics, etc. Plus, the apps are pretty great to take on the go, which we really like as we are always traveling. In their words, Haiku Deck “clears away the clutter, helping you focus on your key idea to unlock your creative flow.” See? What’s not to love!?Check out this great app for free graphic design for your #webinar or portfolio. #blogger #ladybossClick To Tweet
Haiku Deck has a free 7-day trial, and 50% discount if you’re a student or an educator.
Here are a few of the uses for Haiku Deck:
- Webinars. If you’re working on your first webinar, we know it could be pretty overwhelming. As a result, the last thing you need to do is worrying about your presentation. If you have a good flow in your head, put it on “paper” with Haiku Deck. This way, you can then clean it up at your own pace.
- Professional design. Haiku Deck has tons of templates for portfolios and media kits. You can easily choose the right combination of fonts and layouts, for the kind of polish that graphic designers charge thousands of dollars to deliver.
- In-person presentations. As your designs get saved on the cloud, you can access them on any device. This is great for Amanda and I as we like to share and run our work on the go.
Are you ready to create amazing graphics for your blog? Share with us your best and favorite tools for it!