Do you want to know how to create a graphic for your website or Social Media? That’s fantastic, you can do this! You’re excited, you know what you want in your mind but…
Where do you start?
Great question! In the infographic below I outline the 7 steps on how to create a graphic to help walk you through the process step by step. This is the big picture overview of how I create all my graphics!
How to Create a Graphic in 7 Simple Steps:
1. Pick A Shape for Your Graphic
The first step is to decide what shape to make your graphic? You’ll need to decide if you are going to make a square, rectangle, tall pillar, long banner, postcard shape etc. Or you can combine shapes together and have a square shape with a heart or star etc on to. If you’re just starting, keep it simple and most importantly don’t get stuck!
2. Pick A Tool to Create Your Graphic
Now that you have decided on your shape, you need to decide which image editing tool you will want to use to create your graphic. A couple of free tools that I like are Canva and Picmonkey. Different image editing tools will allow you to do different things so think about what you want and then pick the appropriate tool.
3. Pick An Image as the Basis for Your Graphic
Now that you’ve decided on your shape and image editing tool, you move on to the FUN part! Pick your main image. Either a free photo, stock photo, illustration, or your own photo/graphic.
4. Add Text And More to Your Graphic
Add in the appropriate text to your image. It could be an inspirational quote, a Bible verse, a poem etc. You may also want to add an overlay and put your text on top of it. You also want to add your watermark which is your name and/or business name (if applicable) My water mark is @ChristinaHills | WebsiteCreationWorkshop.com. You’ll also add in any extras, i.e. flowers, stars, arrows, speech bubbles etc.
5. Save Your New Graphic Image to Your Computer
Double check that your image looks the way you want it and you have cropped out anything you don’t want in the image. Then, you’ll want save out your image from the image editing tool/software…but what file format you want/need? Do you want a .png or .jpg? I like saving images as .png as the image seems sharper and crisper.
6. Compress Your Graphic Image to Make it Light
If you are uploading the image to your website, you’ll want to compress it to make it smaller. Why do I need to do that you might ask? Great question! Some reasons we compress images for our websites is so they load faster, so they don’t slow your website down and so they don’t take up more space on your server than needed. If you are only going to use your images for Social Media, you may skip this step.
7. Share Your Graphic On Social Media or Your Website/Blog
Now, you’re to step 7. You’re learned a lot and taken the idea from your mind and created a beautiful graphic all by yourself for FREE! Now you can proudly share your image on Social Media, or upload it to your website/blog. Woo hoo!
As you see these 7 steps on how to create a graphic for your website or Social Media, lays it all out for you in very simple steps.
If you would like more information and training to learn how to create your own graphics for your website and/or Social Media, join me in my online training, the Graphics Creation Workshop!
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