GREAT WAYS TO CREATE YOUR OWN SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHICS
With its drag and drop functionality, hundreds of templates, fonts, pictures and colour options it is really easy and straightforward to create amazing, high quality social media graphics. It takes the hard work out of worry about the correct dimensions for different networks with preset templates. If you’re struggling for inspiration, there is a huge range of templates that you can use and personalise for your message and your brand.
While it doesn’t provide the customisation of programs like those included in the Adobe Creative Suite, it is very flexible and user friendly – if the thought of using Photoshop or Indesign with its layers and interface make you nervous, Canva is the solution to your social media graphic woes.
The standard version of Canva is free, just Sign Up for an account and you’re good to go – BUT, If you really want to ramp up your design, Canva for Work has more bells and whistles. You can have the ability to personlise your designs with your custom fonts, logos and colours, unlimited storage and access to more accessories, for a small monthly amount.
Available on the web and iOS, Canva is great tool for desiging your social media graphics.
It is also really easy to customise the templates – Spark comes with a library of images to use, or you can upload your own image.
The handy sidebar gives the user a great level of flexibility and versatility with design – easily change the colour pallete, the layout grid, add filters and change-up text.
Another feature of Spark that I LOVE is the ‘page’ and ‘video’ options. You can create fantastic video presentations with text overlay, music and transitions to bring a new level of design to your brand. The pages tool allows you to build simple, but effective web pages with an easy share option. These two options are user friendly and intuitive, but if you get stuck there are tutorials and inspiration nudges available to you.
The free version of Spark is great, but if you want to brand your posts with your logo and branding scheme you’re going to need to upgrade to the Premium plan which will set you back $14.29 (US) per month.
Like Canva, Spark is available on web and iOS.
There is a large range of fonts to personalise your design and you can upload your own custom fonts.
The ability to add schedules, tables, menus, tear offs is a BIG PLUS for this platform, and something that I find is lacking in Canva – I guess it’s not called ‘Poster’ my Wall for nothing.
There is a range of beautiful moving backgrounds that can be used for video and graphics, but there are limitations with the quality that can be downloaded in the free version.
The huge range of preset templates and inspirational goldmine is reason alone to check out Poster my Wall.
Unlike some of the other programs already mentioned in this blog, Pablo doesn’t boost a huge range of templates but it does provide an interface that is so easy to use that graphics can be designed in no time at all.
The post size options are simple – there are only 3 – Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook and Twitter. Simply pick your size, pick a template, and customise away. Although customisation is somewhat limited, its a great tool for simple graphics – particularly for beginners.
Gravit Designer is defintely aimed more at those who want to create their designs from scratch. You can layer up your graphics beautifully, and customise your design with all the standard features – background, colours, images, fonts, shapes.
The handy page size view dropdown on the right hand side allows you to choose exactly what size graphic you need with ease.
Although I would necessarily recommend this program to those beginning their journey into designing their own social media graphics, it offers intermediate level designers some nice tools and effects…and if you get stuck, there is a tutorial.
Gravit Designer is free and you can either use it online or download the program to your system.
Check out my blog on where to find beautiful royalty free images to use in your graphics and on your website.