How to Design Stunning Graphics like a Pro

5 Free Tools so you can Design Images to Drive Engagement

In the past, to create designs for your business, you’d need a hefty budget. Today this isn’t the case! There are tools on the market that anyone can use to get remarkable results. Content with graphics receives 94% more views than those without. If you haven’t been using them to your advantage, then keep reading.

Don't have a creative bone in your body? Don't worry, these tools have you covered. This tutorial will explain how to use these tools to get you off to a flying start.

Quozio - A Basic Quotes Designer

This tool is easy to use. You just need to type or paste your “Quote” in this simple interface, and you are ready to go.  Quozio’s best practice is to open an account, and you can use your Facebook account to do this. With an account, you can save the designs that you create under “My Quotes”.

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The subtle buttons below the design (A) lets you save images to your account or send them via email.

 

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To download, right-click and select “save as” to store the picture onto your computer.

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Account required: No but Recommended
Cost: Free
Biggest Pro: Easy to use
Biggest Con: Basic download feature

Get Started with Quozio

Quotes Cover: Create Impressive Quotes in all Sizes

This unique tool lets you create engaging quote designs. It’s the ideal desktop suite that offers many more features than Quozio. Quotes cover designs have a mix of fonts placed against various backgrounds, adding to a professional finish.

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Here's how to use the site:

  • Select “Create your Quotes” button
  • Choose “Create Quotes” or
  • Custom wording option
  • Select Next Step
  • Select Choice of size

This will lead you to the design tool. Pay attention to these features:

A.  Select font of choice B. Select colour of choice C. Change effects D. Save image

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Account required: No
Cost: Free
Biggest Pro: Quotes available, various designs supported
Biggest Con: None

Get Started with Quotes Cover

Pixteller - Remix a Database of Designs

Pixteller is another quote design tool but with a database of predesigned graphics. You can download the designs that you like or use the “Repix” feature to make slight changes that suit your need.You can also create your designs from scratch that includes: Poster, Banner, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ covers.

Here's how to Repix your image:

  • Select the image you like
  • Hover over the image
  • You will notice that an icon appears with the following options.

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Account required: Yes
Cost: Free
Biggest Pro: Premade designs
Biggest Con: Other people may have the same images

Get Started with Pixeller

PicMonkey: Edit all your Images and Create Stunning Designs

PicMonkey is a photo editing powerhouse. It allows you to add a professional finish to your photograph. It comes with a suite of features that lets you do: from makeup to teeth whitening. You can also design eye-catching blog post or Pinterest images, and this is just a tip of the iceberg. Other uses include creating collages which are greats for tutorials. You can save your images directly to Dropbox, Onedrive, Flickr and other places. PicMonkey exists as an app so you can edit your images on the go.

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Account required: Yes
Cost: Free or $4.99 p/m for premium
Biggest Pro: Easy to use
Biggest Con: None

Get Started with PicMonkey

Canva- This is the Graphic Design Powerhouse

Canva is an all around platform that allows you to create social media designs, presentations, email header, blog post graphics, infographics and more. Canva comes with a database of graphics and images, most of which are free to use. The premium graphics cost only one dollar. It is versatile and compared to the likes of Photoshop except it’s an easy drag and drop interface. It’s easy to get started but don’t judge the platform by its simplicity as its a design powerhouse.

 

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Account required: Yes
Cost: Free and $1 for each premium graphics
Biggest Pro: Database of high-quality graphics
Biggest Con: None

Get Started with Canva

Additional Power Tips:

Create a folder for your graphics and constantly create and update it with fresh images. This will ensure that you have a collection at all times. Use dropbox to store a copy so you can access them from your mobile devices. Using Buffer, you can schedule images to all platforms including Instagram and Pinterest.

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