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How To Create Images That Stand Out

March 31, 2014 | By Adrienne Smith

This post is for all my readers who are not talented in the area of graphics.  Oh and by the way, that would include me.

When I was in my last position in corporate America I was introduced to PhotoShop.  Oh my gosh, talk about overwhelmed.  The young lady who taught me a few of the basics told me it took her two years to learn the program to where she was comfortable enough but that she couldn’t spare the time to teach me.

I love to learn but as you all know some things are just way over my head so when you have no one to help you, it’s time to move on.

Now I am not very good with graphics and you’re probably going to laugh at this but I do my images in PowerPoint.  Hey, it’s what I know.

But as I was online just this past weekend I had saved a video that Lisa Irby had done so I could check it out and I could have kicked myself for not having seen it sooner.

She’s teaching us how to create images like a pro that will really stand out with a free program so now I’m going to share what I learned from her after playing around in it and creating some of my own.

Ready?  Let me introduce you to Canva…

Pretty Cool Right!

So what do you think?  You have to admit that’s pretty cool right!

If I can do this then you know you can too.  We definitely need to make our images stand out more so I think it will be a whole lot easier now with this program.  I really had fun playing around in it this past weekend so I’m sure the more I use it the better I’ll get.

I think I just might have to retire PowerPoint for now.  Mamma has found a new toy to play with and I just love how darn easy it is to use.

So let me know if you’ve heard of Canva before and if so have you been using it?  When I started playing around in it I immediately knew that Ashley had created his image for his guest post using this program.  Am I the only one late to this party?  Gosh I sure hope not.  LOL!!!

Would love to get your take on this and see which program you’ve been using to create your images if you’re not a Photoshop genius either.  Oh and please do share this with your friends.  They might be searching for something like this too!

Have fun with Canva and can’t wait to see what you’ll be creating.

 

 

 

 


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1 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
March 31, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Now, doing my own images it’s something I’m kinda good at, because I’m artistic and that comes naturally to me. I’ve just done my PD facebook page header over the week end using my own image, logo, power point and photobucket :) It’s as good as if I had paid some money for it, if you ask me.

Now, I’m also trying to use my own snap shots for my blog images more and more, I love it. But thanks so much for this and will most certainly try and let you know how it goes.

I’m like you, I would never invest in Photoshop because I already know that’s going to be way above my head, and I don’t have the patience to learn those things.

Have a great week, Adrienne.
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2 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Hi Sylviane,

Yeah, there are just some people who are talented in that area but I’m sure not one of them. I’ll have to check that out and see what you did. Bravo to you my friend, I’m jealous!

I’m sure that this program just might spice things up with your own photos and that’s what’s so cool about it. Adding so many other fun things to it.

Yeah, first off it’s a very expensive program and it takes a long time to learn it. I just don’t think I have the patience from what little I was shown but with the programs they’re coming out with these days I’m not even going to waste my money or time.

Thanks Sylviane for your comment and you have a great day and week too. I most definitely will and it’s going to be a busy one.

~Adrienne

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3 Harleena Singh
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March 31, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Awesome indeed :)

I loved what all I heard and saw, and thanks to Lisa for introducing us to Canva, and of course you for passing it alone to us. I hadn’t heard of it earlier, so this was something new for me.

Usually I create images or touch them up on Photoshop or the PicMonkey as that’s the online quicker version. Of course for my images I use the free photo sites online, but this is certainly different.

Oh yes…I can see ALL the lovely changes you have made on the right, and they are ALL looking very good I must say. So, this is what’s kept you busy :)

I like the idea you can play around with things and have the ready-made shapes, which you have on Photoshop also though not the ready-made kind of shapes and so much more I think. Interesting, and something that I’d surely be checking out soon after this.

Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)
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4 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Hi Harleena,

Why thank you, pretty cool right!

Lisa learned this from Ileane so I was excited when she shared with us this cool program. I had so much fun playing around with it. Now PicMonkey is another cool one but unless you pay for their service there is a lot of it that you can’t use without the monkey face being on it. Although some of these images you have to pay for you get a lot more cool things for free that I’ve seen.

Are you a whiz at PhotoShop too? I know a few people online that are and I only wish I knew that program but unfortunately it’s just a little over my head.

Yeah, I updated a LOT this past weekend testing some things out from what I’ve been learning in the course and although I’m not sure how one of them will work out I guess I’ll soon find out. Again, I’m no pro at this but it’s my first shot so we’ll see how that goes.

Although you know PhotoShop I’m sure you’ll find some fun things with this program too. Just one more to add to your growing list of cool programs. ;-)

Thank you Harleena for your comment and you have a great week as well. I intend too as well.

~Adrienne

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5 Ileane
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March 31, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I got a chance to watch Lisa’s video and I was grinning from ear-to-ear when she gave me a shout out for sending her the Canva invite!

I find myself using Canva just about everyday. Not only for blog graphics but for the stuff I’m posting on social media for my day job too. It’s amazing how it can make those of us who of artistically challenged feel like “graphic artists”.

Thanks for the video Adrienne! I always love watching you work your magic on YouTube!

Cheers!
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6 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Hey Ileane,

I appreciate you introducing Lisa to this program and I’m not surprised at all that you have been using it from the start. I always seem to be so late to the party! LOL!!!

It’s such a fun program and I intend to see about creating my Facebook timeline photo with it next. I think for those of us that are artistically challenged this is really a fun cool program. I like PicMonkey but I think I like this one more.

Ah, you are too sweet Ileane and thank you. You have a great week my friend and thanks for stopping by.

~Adrienne

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7 Ruth Zive
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March 31, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Hi Adrienne – as soon as I saw the name of your post, I knew it was going to be about Canva. I discovered it several weeks ago and used it to create my Facebook cover image. It’s loads of fun and your video tutorial is definitely helpful.
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8 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Hi Ruth,

And you didn’t tell me about it? Oh man, I seem to be the last to know about a lot of cool things. Man, I had so much fun playing around with images in that program. I’ve got to check out your Facebook cover image now. That’s going to be my next project.

Have a great week Ruth and thanks.

~Adrienne

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9 Nancy Man March 31, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Thanks for this, Adrienne! I’d never heard of Canva before, but I’m definitely going to try it out now.

GIMP is usually what I use for image creation. It took a while to figure it out, and I’m certainly not a pro, but I’ve learned to like it. (Have never tried Photoshop.)

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10 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Hi Nancy,

You are very welcome and I love this program.

Programs like Gimp is confusing to me, see I told you I wasn’t very good with this stuff. I can do a very little bit in Gimp but not much. That’s why I love programs like this one.

Have fun checking it out, you’ll fall in LOVE!

~Adrienne

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11 Glenn Shepherd
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March 31, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Thanks for sharing this. I’ve never heard of Canva but I’ll definitely give it a look over, I love discovering different tools.

I currently do the majority of my graphics myself so it’s always useful to know of the different options that are out there. For most of my creating I use Laughingbird Logo Creator and for my editing I mostly use Paintshop Pro. I certainly recommend Paintshop Pro as it’s SO much easier to learn and use than Photoshop yet it’s quite powerful in its own right. I’ve been using various versions of it for something like 15 years and it’s always my go-to editor.

Thanks for sharing this, Adrienne. I hope you’re well, have a great week. :-)

»Glenn«
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12 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Hey Glenn,

I do too, love discovering new things that are fun and easy to use.

Oh man, I use to have Paintshop Pro and I let a friend of mine use it and she swore to me I didn’t. My computer crashed and I had to get another one and didn’t have the program to reload. I didn’t want to buy an updated version because I was so use to that one. I used it when I was in corporate America so that’s why I knew it so well. I’m jealous!

You seen a lot more advanced then the rest of us but it’s fun anyway.

Thanks Glenn and enjoy playing around with it.

~Adrienne

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13 Glenn Shepherd
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April 1, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Oh that’s shame. :-) Which is the version you’re used to? I’m currently using 7 and I never got around to upgrading either because I’m so familiar with this one!
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14 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Oh my gosh Glenn, I have no idea. It’s been so long now that I don’t remember but I’ve been out of corporate America for seven years now and I got the program probably five years before that so it’s been that long. I was in commercial real estate and I use to make all their fliers. I was just so use to using that program for all my graphics that I was devastated when she never returned it to me. I was afraid to buy the upgraded version because I was so use to the lower version.

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15 Steve Borek
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March 31, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Cool.

It would have been nice to see how you took the image and placed it on your blog site.
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16 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 9:30 AM

You mean you don’t know how to insert images into your blog? That would be a whole other video Steve. I’m trying to keep my videos short and sweet because you know I can ramble some.

Thanks though for that suggestion and I appreciate your comment.

~Adrienne

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17 Steve Borek
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March 31, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Yes, I insert photos, video, audio, etc. into blog posts every week.

How do you insert a graphic opt in on the main page? That’s where I need help.
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18 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I’ve seen your images at the top of your posts so I was just curious.

Are you talking about the opt-in box in my sidebar and how I put that graphic at the top? Which autoresponder service do you use because I use Aweber so it’s pretty easy with that program.

~Adrienne

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19 Debbie
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March 31, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Hi Adrienne; That is definitely a cool program and I will try it! Have never used Photoshop myself. Mostly just Paint, (which comes with Windows), Photoshop, Fotor and Imikimi. Your video explains it well and it should be fun to experiment with. Thanks for the info and have a great week.
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20 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Hey Debbie,

Well girl, if all you’ve been using is Paint then you’re going to LOVE this program. Watch out though, it’s addicting! ;-)

Appreciate your comment and you have a great week too!

~Adrienne

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21 latha March 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Hello Adrienne,

Thank you so much. Just signed up and updated my Facebook header. it isnt quite there but canva saved me money and time.

The next thing to do would be to get my 10 year old to take a look at it.

She is very creative (unlike me :) )

I just changed the FB header facebook.com/LathaLukose needs a lot more work but it is MUCh better than the earlier one.
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22 Mandy Allen
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March 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I am definitely not handy with graphics so this is great for me! I have also just discovered Canva, which is currently in beta test mode, but another great graphic creating site. It’s all very helpful for this non-creative girl!

Enjoy the journey.

Mandy
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23 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I hope you’ve been having fun with Canva and I really spent almost my entire day in there creating graphics and playing around. It’s addicting I believe but so easy and fun to use. Hope you’ve been enjoying it and are creating some fun ones for yourself now Mandy.

Appreciate the comment and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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24 Kumar Gauraw
Twitter:
March 31, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I have been using many free programs and online tools to create my own images. And PowerPoint is definitely which is widely used by most people. I have enjoyed working with it as well.

But I also buy images extensively and use them in my blog post as you have seen. Using stock photos saves me a lot of time which I would be spending creating my own images (or so I think).

Well, thank you for sharing this awesome video and this new toy which definitely is worth trying. I will be giving it a shot this weekend too :-)

Have a wonderful new week!

Regards,
Kumar
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25 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Hey Kumar,

I use a few programs myself and I also buy images but I like to put my information on them as well and for now I’ve been doing that with PowerPoint only because it’s just easier and I don’t have to deal with figuring out the layers. That really confuses me so this cool easy program is my dream come true.

Hope you have as much fun with it as I have and you can spice your images up even more now!

You have a wonderful week as well and thank you for your comment. Glad you enjoyed the video.

~Adrienne

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26 Sandy Halliday March 31, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Hi Adrienne, I got so excited when your email popped into my email box just now because I definitely don’t have a clue when it comes to creating images. I’ve always shied away from Powerpoint and Photoshop as demos I have seen on using them looked too complicated for me. I don’t have the time or patience to learn these things.

I hadn’t heard of Canva before so am earger to try it out. As Ileane says it will be good for social media images too. Thanks for sharing.

Your new graphics look great.

Sandy

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27 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Hey Sandy,

Welcome to the club my friend because there are a LOT of us that aren’t really that great when it comes to creating images. I’ll see some of these on other people’s posts and wonder how the heck they did that. Well now I can have a little fun with my own and this program is just really easy to use.

Have fun playing around in it Sandy and hope the video is helpful. Thank you for saying that and I was testing out some new graphics. See, I did it all by myself! Pat me on the back why don’t ya!

Have a great week.

~Adrienne

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28 Susan Cooper
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March 31, 2014 at 9:39 AM

As you know, I create all my own images and have allot if fun doing them. When we do our own images, we can create exactly what we want, we have complete control over that. I had not heart of Canva before but I do plan on checking it out in more detail when time permits. :)
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29 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Hey Susan,

Yeah, you’re among the talented group that I’m honored to have visit me but you know I’m not in your league! LOL!!!

I don’t draw and my imagination is very limited. It’s programs like this that I get really excited about because I can make my images a little better now. I doubt you need a program like this but it’s really fun to use! So pass the word on to all your non-creative friends and they’ll love you for it! ;-)

~Adrienne

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30 Corina Ramos
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March 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Hi there Adrienne!

Thanks for telling us about Canva. I’m not good with creating images either so I use free stock photos and some paid then just add my title but I got tired of paying for images so I started creating my own but they were boring LOL.

I have Photoshop on my computer but I don’t know how to use it other than to add text and basic frames. So I gave up on it and started using PicMonkey which is a little like Canva.

I love the Hollywood font you used when you demonstrating how to use it. I’ll probably play with it later on this afternoon because I know I’ll get caught up in it too, LOL.

Thanks again for showing us a new tool to play with. I think Lisa Irby is great too. Happy Monday!
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31 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Hey Cori,

That’s basically all I do. I use some free and paid images and then I would add my title and blog info in PowerPoint. I’m not very good with these other programs and I’ve done some quotes using PicMonkey but that’s about it.

I think for us that aren’t very creative this will give us a little more to play around with and at times I won’t mind paying for a few of the ones that cost a little. I think at times it will be worth it.

They do have some cool fonts and there are more in there so yeah, you’ll definitely play around with that quite a bit.

Have fun playing with it and don’t get mad at me if you end up in there longer than you intended! LOL!!!

Thanks Cori and enjoy your day too.

~Adrienne

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32 William Butler
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March 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Neat find! I’ve used my own photography and Adobe presentation software for years, but Canva looks like it’s a useful tool, perhaps even for creating a book cover.

I see how you can get lost in it for hours. That’s what happens to the creative mind!

Have a beautiful week!
Bill
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33 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Hey Bill,

I know you use your own photos and that’s great. I just wish I had that kind of scenery near me but for the rest of us we’ve got to go in search of something we can use that we hope will stand out. This program is really cool and fun to use and you’re right, even for creating covers I’m sure.

You definitely can get lost in it so beware!

Thank you Bill and you have a beautiful week as well.

~Adrienne

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34 Jennifer Kennedy
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March 31, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Love this tutorial, Adrienne! I’ve had Canva open on my web browser tab for the longest time!! I keep meaning to check it out, but after this tutorial, I’m going to dive into it this week.

I’ve been using Picmonkey for creating images for my blog and website, which I love. I see that the layout with Canva is similar, so I hope to catch up easily. Thanks for the reminder to give it a shot especially because I’ve been wanting to update the look of my site too.

Have a great day.
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35 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Hey Jennifer,

You mean you’ve known about Canva but haven’t played around with it yet? Oh girl, watch out! You’re going to love it.

It is similar to PicMonkey but I think it has more of the free things you can use that PicMonkey makes you pay for. Or so I’ve seen so far but I haven’t checked the entire site out, just really what I needed for what I was doing this past weekend. I do like PicMonkey too though I admit.

Have fun with it and thanks for your comment. You have a great day too!

~Adrienne

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36 Jon Rhodes
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March 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

This is really useful Adrienne. Good graphics are vital if you want your content shared on social networks. We usually think of unique content as what you write, but it’s also good to have unique pictures.
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37 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Hey Jon,

I think that the more appealing your graphics are the more your posts will stand out. I know for me I’m always impressed by these cool looking graphics I’ve seen and it does draw me in more. So for those of us who aren’t that talented then I think a program like this will really help.

Hope you have fun with this one Jon and thank you for your comment.

~Adrienne

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38 Carolyn Nicander Mohr
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March 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Hi Adrienne, You’re so right, images are important for blog posts. Not only do they draw in the reader and help illustrate your points, they help you spread the word on Pinterest. I’m a big fan of cool images, I spend a lot of time finding and creating images, nearly as much as writing my articles.

I have tried Canva, Adrienne, but I’m still a PicMonkey fan. I do pay for the extras on PicMonkey with the Royale membership. I figure I’m on that site every day so I want all of the features and I want to support them.

PicMonkey was started by the guys who ran Piknik, that got bought out by Google, so I don’t want PicMonkey going away!

I know a lot of people who love Canva, Adrienne, and it’s so wonderful that you have helped people here today understand the importance of images and how they can create their own easily!
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39 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Hey Carolyn,

I agree with you on that one, have a good image to go along with your posts speaks volumes. Especially with sites like Pinterest and Instagram around now, people love images.

So you’re a PicMonkey woman. I’ve tried that one too but I didn’t find it having as much really that I could use without upgrading and although I don’t mind paying for things I use a lot of I guess maybe I just didn’t find it as user friendly. You know me, it’s got to be stupid simple. Now Canva has some paid images as well so I’ll be testing the waters as time goes by.

Thanks for your comment and at least I now have learned about Canva and can point people in the right direction if they need simple and easy!

Enjoy your week Carolyn and hope your weather is starting to look like spring! ;-)

~Adrienne

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40 Mary Stephenson
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March 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Hi Adrienne

Never heard of Canva but I can see that it would help a lot of people that don’t have Photoshop available.

I have been using Photoshop to create my Christmas card each year, long before I started blogging. I used it to create my Happiness post graphic the other week. Like to play around with the program, but find I spend too much time messing around with it. But although I have used it for years, there is so much I don’t know about the program.

Your side graphics are a lot more noticeable now and definitely eye-catching.

Mary

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41 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Hi Mary,

So you’re another one of those PhotoShop ladies. I applaud you for being able to do so much with that program and I only wish I knew the basics. Unless you use it like everyday it’s just not fresh on my mind about what to do and layers really mess me up big time. I have to have simple and easy and this one definitely is.

They are growing on me, I wanted to do something different but still might change them up. Maybe make them different colors, I don’t know but thank you for telling me that. I had fun with it for sure.

~Adrienne

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42 Balroop Singh
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March 31, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for sharing this video…never heard of this before but I have been making some presentations with my own images… I love to create and learnt it with my own hit and trial methods! Many times I take my own images and add a quote to make to more effective and appropriate. You must have seen them in some of my posts.

Good, cool stuff! Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day!
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43 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Hi Balroop,

I have seen your images and I just don’t have really nice scenery around my area in order to take my own photos. I live right on the outskirts of downtown Houston and it’s wall to wall buildings and I’ll admit, nothing earth shatteringly beautiful to take pictures of. I only wish I had mountains, woods and trails around me and I’d definitely be sharing my own images. You’ve done a great job with yours.

Thank you and for your comment as well. You have a really wonderful day as well.

~Adrienne

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44 Enstine Muki
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March 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Hey Adrienne,
I’m very comfortable with using FireWorks to create my own images but I thing this tool simply adds up to my list. I remember working on a friend’s PC where I had to create some similar graphics and my friend didn’t have any such software. Canva of course will help in similar cases.

I’m of to it and thanks for sharing such helpful tool

I hope you are set for a wonderful weekahead
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45 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Hey Enstine,

I think if you have particular programs that you’re use to working in then you are definitely one up on us. But you’re right, being on someone else’s computer and helping them they don’t always have those or are knowledgeable. That’s what’s so great about these… They are SO easy!

Hope you have fun although I’m sure you’re such a pro. Thank you Enstine for your comment and you have a great week as well.

~Adrienne

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46 Mark
Twitter:
March 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Wow Coach!

Thanks for introducing me to yet another really cool and what appears to be a fairly simple to use online marketing tool! I too am a big fan of Lisa Irby!

I often watch her video tutorials on traffic generation.It looks like you were certainly having a ball! And I did immediately notice the graphics on your blog. They’re very eye catching. Are those blue boxes that say “commenting rules” and “product recommendations” done using Canva as well?

I’ definitely need to start jazzing up the images I use with my blog posts! Thanks! It looks non techie enough, that even I could probably learn to use it fairly easily! Thanks for sharing!
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47 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Hey Mark,

You are very welcome and I was thrilled to see Lisa’s video on this one and headed right over there to check it out.

I love playing around with programs like this and seeing what I can’t come up with. Yes, the graphics in my sidebar were created using Canva as well as the header to my new opt-in box. Pretty cool right!

I needed a change so with these recent updates from what I’ve been learning I decided to use this cool fun program to do just that. It’s very non-techie, trust me. ;-)

You are very welcome and thanks for your comment. Hope you enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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48 donna merrill
Twitter:
March 31, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Hey Adrienne!

I love your new toy Canva! I was using Pixelmaker for a long time now. But your introduction to Canva Rocks and I’m going to try it out.

With all the hoopla going on with using images these days, I decided a year ago to stop buying them because their “terms and conditions” were changing. Now this got a lot of folks in trouble with law suites. Can you believe that? Yes there is so much of that going around.

When I heard about this, I started making my own images, as you can tell on my blog he he he.
Then I put a text box in there saying “image created by my http donnamerrtilltribedot com. (didn’t want to link here girl)

Funny thing happened to me. The more images I created, the more it started showing up on Google. I had numerous amounts of people asking me if they could share my image….sure! It did get linked back to my blog. Win Win Whoopie and I’m having a heck of a lot of fun!

So GF, when you create your image, don’t forget to put in a tiny text that you created it and it will link to your blog.

Canva here I come……….

-Donna
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49 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Hey Donna,

I’ve never heard of Pixelmaker but see, there are just so many programs out there that do so much and I’m sure there are even more I’m not aware of either.

Well the ones I purchase I’m sure to give them credit on my blog and link back to their page. Although not all of that is necessary I want to cover everything just in case. I’ve never purchased images from some of those sites that people had the majority of problems with thank goodness. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m scared to use Pinterest. I heard how you can get in trouble from sharing someone else’s photo even though you had nothing to do with it. I think some of those companies were just going nuts with that.

I would love to always use my own images but I don’t have a lot of really great scenery around me and to just add a photo when it has nothing to do with what your post is about really doesn’t do you any justice. People get confused over that so I have to get some somewhere I’m afraid. I don’t think that just text in the image alone will be that eye appealing but maybe if it’s a little different and cool looking it will grab their eye. I think that’s cool that you’re able to create your own and of course you should get credit for that.

That’s so cool that they’re asking you if they can share them but as long as you have your link embedded on the image itself I would definitely be okay with that. That’s why I put mine on all of my images too just to be on the safe side. Never hurts to get that recognition.

Thanks Donna and I appreciate your comment. Hope you have fun using Canva! ;-)

~Adrienne

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50 Mainak Halder
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March 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Nice tool pointed out to those who find difficult creating images. I remember even few years ago, I did not know the “P” of photoshop and the software was totally unknown to me. But I learned the basics of Photoshop from one of my close friends in 3 days, and now, I am in love with the software. Believe me, I did not even think that I would excel in this field of creating images.

I also have to try out Canva because you’ve recommended it and see if it’s a better piece.
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51 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Hey Mainak,

Bravo to you my friend and PhotoShop is not an easy program to learn. Some of the very basics aren’t that difficult but unless you work in it often I find that I had issues with remembering how to do things. Of course I haven’t used the program in over seven years now so I wouldn’t even remember it but if you know it well then I say definitely use that one. This one just has some fun things already created that are pretty easy to use.

I hope you enjoy it at least and find some fun things to use it for.

Thank you for your comment and you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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52 Elissa P
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March 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Thank you for this video Ms. Adrienne. It will coming in useful as I move forward.

Also, I love the look and changes you are making to your sigh. You were really busy on Sunday.

Peace to you.

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53 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Hey Elissa,

You are very welcome and I do hope that you’ll have some fun with this program.

Thank you and I’ve been playing around. I still might change a few things but for now it’s all good. It was definitely a busy day Saturday and Sunday as well with other things. Hope you enjoyed your weekend and are looking forward to a new week.

~Adrienne

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54 Elissa P
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March 31, 2014 at 3:08 PM

So for all the typos, that’s what happens when you are taking to a child and typing at the same time.

Blessings.

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55 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 3:37 PM

LOL!!! No problem girl, I totally understand! ;-)

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56 Bren
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March 31, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Hi Adrienne!

This is super awesome! I’m always looking for better ways to create better images. I don’t have Photoshop and I’m too cheap to purchase it, so I rely on Free programs. This is right up my alley and oh how easy to use!

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I’ve already signed up for Canva and shared to all my networks! Happy Monday!
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57 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Hey Bren,

I think so too my friend, this program is fun and so easy to use. There are just so many different things you can use it for too so you’re going to have fun playing around in it for sure.

I appreciate the share too and you’re friends and followers will love you for it I’m sure! ;-) I do!

Happy Monday to you too Bren and have a great week.

~Adrienne

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58 Babanature March 31, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Hello Adrienne,
Ahhh… i do use photoshop but i am seriously not that good in it. But hey, as long as i can at list bring out something i like, that’s fine :)

I haven’t heard about Canva before but your video made me see how awesome they are. i am heading their and create an image there and see how my own journey goes.

Thank you for dropping such a nice post and do have a wonderful week ahead…
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59 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Hey Babanature,

At least you know how to use it, I certainly don’t and especially now since it’s been so long.

Oh good, I hope you like it because it’s so easy to use and they offer so many great images and banners and text boxes, etc. to play with. It’s really fun to use.

You are so very welcome and hope you have fun with it. Have a great week as well my friend. Good to see you again.

~Adrienne

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60 Cararta
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March 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Bet this works better that what I sometimes use…get a fireshot and load it into paint and put text on it!
I have an old free copy of photoshop..but it is so complicated you could
spend days and still not know how to do things!

Nice video…gone pro!
I have snagit II that I use for videos, and the latest thing on it…when you get through recording, your video is almost instant because it is converting it in the background.

Took a little time with snagit one day, it has a lot of things in its editor you can use to put text and shapes on images…but just never took the time to figure it out!

Thanks for the share.
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61 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Hi Carolyn,

I think I’ve only used Paint a couple times. It just didn’t do much for me so I always would find another program to use. I won a copy of SnagIt from Barry a few years back so for some things I use that but not all.

I’ve found this program really fun to use actually and have enjoyed playing around with it. I could get lost in there trying to come up with things so play around with it and see what you think. Hope the video is helpful.

You are very welcome and thanks for your comment. Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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62 Gladys
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March 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Hello Ms. Adrienne
Amazing post!
Well when it comes to graphics, I am currently using what I learned at the start of my blogging journey. I use free ones, but I also purchase images.

I will check it out even though I do not have an artist bone in me.

I could not see the video, but I think it may be that I am on the IPad….

Thank you for sharing what you are learning.

Have a fun week ahead!

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63 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Hey Gladys,

That’s what I do, I get free ones and I purchase some but I like to put my name on the image so that if it’s shared they’ll see my link and hopefully get curious enough to stop on by. I’ve been putting my headlines on my images lately too and have been using Powerful with that but this way you can add a few fancier things.

I’m not creative either Gladys so you’re not alone which is why these types of programs are so much fun.

Hope you can view the video once you get to another device. I think it will help.

You have a great week and I’ll do the same. Thanks again for your comment.

~Adrienne

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64 Barbara Charles
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March 31, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I definitely have not heard of Canva before but it seems very interesting. I have not been much into creating my own graphics although I know that’s necessary for standing out. Canva seems easy enough to use and I’m definitely for easy! :) I hate having to try to figure things out. I do like that you were able to create a new signature block using this tool. Nice! Then I’d have to figure out how to put it in Aweber. ;)

Love learning new stuff (just like you) so this is something I can play with this week.
Have a good week,
Barbara

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65 Adrienne Smith
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March 31, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Hey Barbara,

I hadn’t either but I’m in love now! I hadn’t done a lot of creating my own but I would like to. I think this program does make it a little easier though. Just play around in there and you’ll see.

All of the headers for my opt-in box in my sidebar I’ve made myself in one program or another but I did like that arrow type graphic so that just made it very easy for me using Canva. If you need to know how to dump that into Aweber let me know. I think that’s what Steve had wanted to know too so I might have to shoot a video about that to make it easier for you. It’s really not hard and once I learned how it’s one of those slapping myself upside the head moments ya know.

Well have fun learning okay! ;-)

Enjoy your week and hope it goes well for you.

~Adrienne

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66 Angela McCall
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April 1, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I have seen Lisa Irby’s video before regarding Canva. I first heard the Canva application from Tim Bonner. But I have seen the first tutorial about it from Lisa Irby and she’s done a very good tutorial video about this. Perfect for those who doesn’t know Photoshop.

With all of the FREE applications available to us, as far as photo editing is concerned, I don’t see any reason why some people should complain that the cannot have COOL images for their blog.

And hey, did you say you use PowerPoint to edit your photos? Very cool. I didn’t know you could even do that on PowerPoint. I do have this on Microsoft Word but hardly use it. You know I remember using this once when I was taking Microbiology in school, we had to do a PowerPoint presentation in front of class with our own “research paper”. I think PowerPoint is a pretty cool software, I love it. :)

Btw, how’s the weather in your end? Here, it is winter again! Wow…my sinus is back again and this nasty cough is back again just because of this crazy weather. Anyway, keep yourself warm and wishing you a great week.

Angela
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67 Angela McCall
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April 1, 2014 at 2:05 AM

P.S. Your video is awesome!!! Loved it.
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68 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Oh, thank you Angela… I appreciate you letting me know.

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69 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Hi Angela,

I’m not at all surprised Angela because I know you follow Lisa. I’ve probably heard the name before and it could have been from Tim but I saw Lisa’s title and saved it to check it out when I had more time. When I finally did I was so impressed and then played around in there this past weekend. For those of us who are not very good with graphics, these types of programs and fabulous.

I agree because there are so many different options out there now so even though we may not be as creative as most people, just thumb through their library and you’ll get some good ideas.

Yeah, I used PowerPoint. I would upload my image and then add my wording because I didn’t have to worry about layers and stuff. What I like about PowerPoint is you can move things around like turn them in different directions and because I’m not very good with graphics programs it just worked great for me. I would then take a screen shot of it and then crop it in another program. That’s how I’ve done all my images, funny right!

OMG, yesterday was just gorgeous. It was 77 degrees, a little windy and the sun was out. Suppose to be the same today and tomorrow but Thursday they are calling for more rain. We are in the 60′s at night and the mid to high 70′s during the day so the weather has been just awesome. So sorry your weather has gone backwards. What’s up with that! My goodness girl. Take care of those sinuses, I know how it is. I have allergies myself.

You have a great week despite the weather and take good care of yourself okay!

~Adrienne

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70 Angela McCall
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April 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

By the way, I forgot to say, I love your new widget and your About Me page. What a great way to put an opt-in newsletter in the About Me page, perhaps I might do the same thing someday. Thank you for sharing your great nuggets! xoxo

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71 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Thanks Angela and I’ve had an opt-in on that page for probably a good eight months but no opt-ins from that page although everyone was telling me it’s one of their most highly converting pages. Well not mine obviously! LOL!!! I just changed all my graphics though this past Saturday trying to spice some of the old up with something new so maybe that will be a little more eye catching, who knows.

Thank you though, I appreciate that.

~Adrienne

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72 Sue Price
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April 1, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Hi Adrienne

That is very cool and I think even I could figure it out :-) And I say “even I ” as I am certainly not good with graphics. In fact I am a bit phobic but that is another story I will tell you about one day.

I loved watching your tutorial on it you do them well.

Your site is looking great I am loving what you are doing.

Thanks again for introducing this and I will check this one out.

Sue

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73 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Hi Sue,

That’s what I love hearing, even “you” can do this one. I know that a lot of people who don’t think that they are very good in certain areas shy away from them but then we have programs like this come out and they just make it darn easy for us. Yay!!!

I’m glad you enjoyed my tutorial and although I’m no pro, I love to figure things out. I think you’ll have some fun using this one Sue.

Thank you and I’m pretty happy with it for now. Might change one more thing and I have something else still to come. Ran out of time last weekend because I literally worked all day long.

You are so welcome and I do hope you’ll give it a try. You might enjoy it!

Have a wonderful week and take care.

~Adrienne

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74 Nanda Rahmanius
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April 1, 2014 at 3:23 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This is the first time I heard about Canva, so I’ve never used it. But, thanks to this article, my knowledge increased slightly. ;)

Usually for an image for my blog, I took from the internet and edit it in such a way. Of course this takes a little bit creativity, I think. :)

Thanks for sharing this, Adrienne.
Nice share!

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75 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Hi Nanda,

I’m happy to introduce you to a program that is not only fun to use but easy and simple.

I know that there are a lot of people online that are a heck of a lot more creative then me so I applaud you all. Hopefully with these types of programs cropping up more that those of us that lack the ability to create awesome images will be able to do a little more with them moving forward.

You are so very welcome Nanda and thank you for your comment. Hope you enjoy your day and the week ahead.

~Adrienne

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76 Cheenu Lott April 1, 2014 at 5:18 AM

We all know that an image speaks louder than words. But only a few people know how to take advantage of this skill and they stand out from all others. Thanks for this guidance on graphic designing and creating attractive images.

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77 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Hi Cheenu,

You are SO right about that. Images speak to us, they make us look before anything else so when done right we definitely can get much more attention on our content. Before now most of us who are pretty weak in that area needed programs like this so I’m thrilled that more and more are coming on the scene.

You are very welcome and I hope you’ll play around in there and check it out. It’s got some really cool things.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I appreciate your comment. Please do enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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78 Ashley
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April 1, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Chica, at last you have discovered Canva!
me and Ileane have been using this for a month or two. More and more of my posts are starting to look professional with less time. And I am going back and doing older ones and putting on them on Pinterest. This is a great way to bring new traffic to tired old looking content!
My pinterest traffic is growing daily!
But you should not be sharing this gem with everyone Adrienne :>
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79 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 8:28 AM

So why the heck didn’t you tell me about it Ashley? I saw your image when I was going through stuff and it dawned on me that was the top part of the one you posted here. I had that aha moment ya know!

When I saw Lisa’s video she had said that Ileane had sent her an invitation to use the program but she just hadn’t gotten around to it. I definitely need help sprucing up images so this was a breath of fresh air. Your images look really cool I must admit so great job with that Ashley.

Oh yes I should because I want them to have awesome images too! Here’s the thing though… How many do you actually think will take the time and start using it? Hey, at least I told them about it right! ;-)

Thanks for dropping by and I appreciate your comment. You have an awesome week okay!

~Adrienne

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80 Tim Bonner
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April 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I love Canva too Adrienne. It’s amazing what you achieve with it and there’s no trial and error!

I discovered it a few weeks ago and told my email subscribers about it.

I used Photoshop for a while but it was just too hard to get my head around.

I also use PicMonkey to finish off the images because there’s a couple of things I can do on there that I can’t seem to do on Canva.

So sorry no-one mentioned it to you before now. I never got around to writing about it on my blog!
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81 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Hey Tim,

I was told you’ve been using it awhile too. I’m loving this program though Tim, loving it.

I’ve been using PicMonkey a little more too for creating my quotes and I like some of their stuff but I think Canva is giving me way more options to play around with. I love their text boxes and shapes and stuff. I can see where PicMonkey has a few things Canva doesn’t and vice versa too!

That’s okay, I’ve heard about it now and of course had to share that with my readers. Glad you’re enjoying it too Tim.

Have a great week and thanks for the comment.

~Adrienne

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82 igor Griffiths
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April 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Well hello Adrienne, like you my artistic talent is nothing to write home about however when I want to knock up a quick graphic my goto program is inkscape, its a free vector image editor which means once you create the image you can then resize it to any image without any loss of quality. I must admit I rarely use that feature but its menu is well laid out and its easy to use unlike its more popular Gimp which was clearly designed by someone with a troubled mind ;)

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83 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Hey Igor,

I’ve never heard of Inkscape but I agree with you about Gimp. I’ve spent an entire day in there trying to figure the damn thing out and you can lose your darn religion. It’s just a similar type program to PhotoShop and the layers and stuff really get me. I just want to create an image and be done with it which is why I love Canva! Check it out and see what you think! You might love it too.

~Adrienne

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84 Reginald April 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for writing this (and the video too). Canva, something new indeed and have no idea about it until now. Can you imagine that?!

Anyway, thanks for sharing (love the video ~ 6 minutes is good) and definitely deserve a share on inbound.

Gonna try it out during the weekend and looking forward for that!

Thanks.

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85 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Hey Reginald,

I know the feeling, I thought I was the only one being left out from knowing about this program. It’s really cool though.

Thanks about the video. I try to get right to the point for the most part and not ramble on. But when you’re doing screen sharing I want to be sure to get the most of what may help people with learning this program. I appreciate that Reginald.

Watch out, you might get stuck like I did! LOL!!! Have fun!

~Adrienne

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86 Atish Ranjan
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April 1, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Glad that you are admitting that you are not good at graphics and I think most of the bloggers are not! but still when there is need we all try to make something good. Whenever I need to do something like this I do in photoshop although I am not an expert. Few things I am able to work out there hence I always use this only but for to images which are used in how to guides which needs some arrows, circles etc.. I use Mspaint.

P.S. Video is nice enough!
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87 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Hey Atish!

Great to see you again and thanks for stopping by.

Oh yeah, I’m horrible in my opinion and my problem is I’m not very creative. I see all these cool graphics and I’m so jealous. How did they come up with the idea in the first place!

Well you have some knowledge in PhotoShop and sounds like in Paint. I use SnagIt to crop and put a background tint to it but that’s about it. I’ll draw some arrows using it but for the most part I use PowerPoint for that too. It’s just easier I’ve found.

Thank you for the video compliment, I appreciate that and thanks for your comment. Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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88 Renaud GAgne April 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

That seems like a good software to use. I personally hooked to picmonkey.com
Have you tried it?

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89 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Hey Renaud,

Good to see you again, it’s been a long time.

I use PicMonkey a little but Canva has more options I think. They have more designs for text and shapes then PicMonkey does. Take a look at it and you’ll see what I mean.

~Adrienne

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90 Geri Richmond
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April 1, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Hi Adrienne,

This really is cool! :) I use X-Header, a free program that allows you to make headers for your blog or whatever. There are several free templates and in different categories. There is also, a blank template where you can put in your own images and completely design your own. You can choose different sizes, fonts, colors to use etc. I did a blog post on X-Header. It’s here http://geririchmond.com/have-you-ever-used-x-header-for-blogs, if you want to check it out. There is also a video on the page.
What I like about Canva are the shapes that you can use. Those are cool!!
Thanks so much for sharing this with us. As soon as, I get some time to go check it out, I will.
Do you mind if I share this with my readers? I could do my own video and thank you, like you did with Lisa.
Have an awesome day!
Geri
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91 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Hi Geri,

I’ve used that program before in the past but this is much more then just creating headers. Of course like you mentioned it provides the shapes, lines and text section that really had a lot of great stuff in it.

Absolutely, please do share this with your readers and I decided to do my own video but definitely just wanted to give the lovely Lisa credit because that’s just where I heard about it. In turn she heard about it from Ileane. Just spreading the word my friend.

Thank you for your comment Geri and you have a great day as well. Hope it’s been good.

~Adrienne

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92 June April 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Hi Adrienne,

First of all I love what you’ve done to your website. It looks much cleaner. Very nice! :-)

Thanks for this post. I’m definitely going to be checking out the software. I like creating new things and this is right up my street. This post is definitely worth bookmarking.

Have a great week.

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93 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Hi June,

Thank you so much and I have a few more things coming yet so stay tuned. :-) Glad you like what I’ve done so far though.

You are welcome and I hope you have fun with this program. I’ve been chatting with the people from Canva on Twitter letting them know what a cool program it is and how I’m in love with it already. I’m off to create something else in it too now.

Appreciate your comment and you have a great day June!

~Adrienne

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94 Rea April 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Hello Adrienne! I’ve been using Canva for some of my images and I love it. I love that there are several options to choose from. I also use Picmonkey for most of my images, it’s also a fun, free, and easy tool to use. I’ve had Photoshop before but I never really had enough time to learn about it. Glad you came across Canva. As you say, blog images and graphics are very important to enhance our posts. :) Enjoy!

On the other hand, I use powerpoint at work because we’re not allowed to access non-work related websites so there’s no way I can use Picmonkey or Canva for my presentations..

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95 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Hey Rea,

Oh girl, you too! Man, I wish I’d known about this one sooner but better late then never right! I’ve used PicMonkey and they’ve definitely improved that service but I love the shapes and different text images already set up for you and you just add your own thing. For those of us not very creative this is very helpful indeed. Glad you’ve been using both of those programs and your blog is just cute cute cute.

I’m sure you use PowerPoint for work though and not for images like I was. LOL!!!

Thanks Rea for your comment and hope your week has gotten off to a great start.

~Adrienne

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96 maxwell ivey April 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM

hey adrienne; had heard of canva but haven’t tried it for obvious reasons. mainly posting here to show my support. take care, max

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97 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Thank you Max and I can only imagine that being blind doesn’t really help with creating images. I do appreciate your support though, thank you so much.

Hope you’re enjoying this weather.

~Adrienne

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98 maxwell ivey April 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Hi adrienne; the biggest problem with designing images is not always knowing what i want. I know a lot of visual artists draw from their surroundings or other people’s work for inspiration. just today i was discussing a video editing project with a friend who runs a production company. the hard part of our conversation was determining what i wanted. at the end she made it easy by asking if i wanted the video turned into a product sales device. I know I am going to have to get better at this once i start doing the youtube shows on the road. the weather is beautiful and the astros are leading 6 to 2 over the yankies in the 8th inning. and I may have just closed a sale. an offer was made that i feel was reasonable and the owners are motivated. only problem is they are so motivated the prices and related commissions are a joke. but i will get bragging rights and some cash. looking forward to susan coming to town so we can all hang out. and you know i’m going to support team smith-ivey. smile you enjoy the weather too while it lasts, max

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99 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Hey Max,

I know what you mean, there are so many times I have no idea what I want so I’m not even able to give someone an idea. I have to leave that up to others because they are much more creative than I am. That’s a good question to ask though, if you were to turn it into a product sales device. Maybe that would help make it more clear.

Well good for the Astros and their first game too. I bet they’re happy and I hope it stays that way.

Glad to hear you may have made a sale but sorry the commission isn’t exactly in your favor but hey, it helps get your name out there and that’s a great start. Some money is better than no money at all! ;-)

It was a beautiful day today even though it was a little overcast.

That will be fun when Susan comes to town, looking forward to that too.

Thanks Max and have a great rest of your week.

~Adrienne

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100 Siddharth Sharma April 1, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Hi, Adrienne

Nice to see this amazing post again here. and Lisa has explained too much about it. Finally today i learned a new lesson from you. it is Important for every Blogger and writer .

Thanks :)

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101 Adrienne Smith
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April 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Hi Siddharth,

Again? Did you see Lisa’s video on Canva explaining how to create really cool images? I thought she did a great job.

Hope you’ll check it out and start creating some amazing images yourself if you aren’t already of course! ;-)

Thank you Siddharth and I appreciate your comment.

~Adrienne

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102 Lisa
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April 2, 2014 at 4:23 AM

Adrienne, I had not heard of Canva before today. That looks like a really neat place to create images. I do use Photoshop but not the total capabilities of it. I will definately be checking it out. Images are being more important on all the social networks and to get more views to our posts. A picture speaks a thousand words, right?
Thank you for sharing with us and your blog is looking nice, you can tell you spent some time updating it Adrienne.
I hope your week is going well!
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103 Adrienne Smith
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April 2, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Hey Lisa,

You haven’t? Well I’ll be darn because I was thinking I was one of the few who hadn’t. I’m not surprised that you’re a PhotoShop gal either but I know unless you really work in graphics that there is still so much to learn about it. It’s a complicated piece of software. I’ve got to have easy.

Thank you and I appreciate that Lisa. I know with no major changes some people might not have noticed but I did spend a good bit of time working on it.

Hope your week is going well and you have a good one yourself. Tell Mom Hi!

~Adrienne

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104 Shalu Sharma
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April 2, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Great video by Lisa. The free ones are also good and if its a dollar then its not bad at all. I am very impressed with the software and will certainly be using it to create a few banners. Thanks for introducing it to us.
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105 Adrienne Smith
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April 2, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Hi Shalu,

I thought so too, she’s probably been using it a little longer then I have. It’s a very impressive program and I hope you have fun creating some banners. You definitely have a lot of styles to choose from.

Thanks for commenting today and I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.

~Adrienne

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106 Arleen
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April 2, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Adrienne- When it comes doing graphics I can’t even make a stick man. So I did the next best thing and hired a graphic artist. With that said it does always make me wish I could some of it myself. I use Photoshop for the images on my website I am not proficient in Photoshop by any stretch. I like the idea of Canva because I will be able to have fun with shapes.

Always love your ideas to make our lives easier.
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107 Adrienne Smith
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April 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Hey Arleen,

So you hired a graphics artist but you know PhotoShop. You are WAY ahead of me young lady because PhotoShop is confusing as all get out. This way you can get images and then add your own stuff to it if you want but Canva just makes the entire process a lot easier. Yay!!! Check it out and have some fun with it.

Thank you so much and I’ve got to have easy my friend.

~Adrienne

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108 Mayura
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April 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This is a pretty cool tool with predefined templates and shapes ;) I think bloggers who were purchasing images or had trouble creating images will love to try this. Your demonstration illustrates how easier it is to use too.

I’ve never heard of Canva, but glad you brought it to our attention dear. Thanks to you, I’m gonna try it out for sure. Earlier I learnt about PicMonkey from Carolyn and I think it’s another cool tool to have in our toolbox. Interesting how different solutions can stand out for same purposes.

Yet I have been using Microsoft Powerpoint + Picture Manager for most image editing purposes, and playing with few tricks on Photoshop too.

BTW I guess you redesigned your opt-in form with Canva and that’s pretty attention grabbing.

Hope you are loving the April and enjoy the rest of your week too, Adrienne :)

Cheers…
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109 Adrienne Smith
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April 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Hi Mayura,

I think it’s pretty cool too because it does have everything already loaded for you and a good bit of them are free to use. If you do purchase an image you can just upload it and still add more unique graphics to it. Just make it stand out and pop more.

PicMonkey is another one but they don’t have a lot of the predefined images like you mentioned that Canva does. They have some cool stuff though I admit so I think using both of those you can really come up with some great ones.

Ah, you’ve use PowerPoint too? These is only one other girl I know that uses it for her images too because we are both just clueless how these other programs work. They’ve way over my head Mayura.

I most definitely did, all of my new opt-in box designs were created in Canva. Nice right!

Thank you for stopping by and for your comment Mayura. I hope you have a wonderful week as well and Happy April.

~Adrienne

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110 Sri Varshan
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April 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Hello Adrienne,

That’s a wonderful video you have put up here. Canva looks Interesting, loved the way you walked through the tool. A very handy tool for starters who are struggling with advanced tools like Photoshop, I always try to use Draw.io which is completely free of cost and provides us some clip arts to play with. I even tried to create an image for one of my post using Draw.io, not bad you know.

I really liked your idea of implementing something in your own blog and giving an article on that, thanks for the wonderful share. Have a great day.
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111 Adrienne Smith
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April 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Hey Sri,

Thank you and hope others find it helpful. I know that when I’m learning something I prefer them to walk me through it so I can get the hang of it at least.

I’ve never heard of Draw.io but if they provide cliparts then that sounds fun.

Glad you enjoyed this one so thank you for that awesome comment. Always my pleasure and hope you’re having a great day as well. :-)

~Adrienne

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112 Rachel Lavern April 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Although I am a proficient PhotoShop user, I like a few of the new, free design tools such as Canva, PicMonkey, etc.

I think Canva is great at making it easy for people with limited talent or design background to create great looking graphics. Very simple to learn and, if your subscribe to their newsletter, they provide tutorials for creating designs that have more depth.

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113 Adrienne Smith
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April 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Hi Rachel,

I appreciate you sharing that because I know that those who are proficient in PhotoShop would probably not be interested in these types of programs. I only wish we all were better with creating amazing graphics but it’s programs like this that help us at least feel we’ve done a decent enough job.

Thanks for the tip about their newsletter, I wouldn’t have thought about that.

I appreciate your comment Rachel and thank you for visiting. Always good to see you.

~Adrienne

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114 Ashvini
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April 3, 2014 at 5:36 AM

Hi Adrienne,

It looks really cool. For people who are graphically challanged ( like me ;) ) , it is a great way to produce quick banners and designs that serves the purpose.
For detailed graphics though I use xara ( rather try to use). It is an excellent program. I have also searched online for banner designer and banner designer pro ( surpise ;) ) looks really good.
However for a start and quick design , Canva is the way to go.
Thanks for sharing this :)
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115 Adrienne Smith
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April 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Hey Ashvini,

Welcome to the club of the graphically challenged bloggers! We’ve got to have something simple and easy to use or I’m toast.

Impressive my friend and congratulations on conquering at least one program. Still think you’ll have fun with this program though!

My pleasure and can’t wait to see what you come up with. Have fun now Ashvini and enjoy what’s left of this week.

~Adrienne

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116 Tony.B April 3, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Wow Adrienne, what energy love it .. I’ll certainly be back.

I haven’t heard someone so excited about creating graphics … well since Tiffany Lambert hehe. I’ll certainly go check out Canva.

Cheers for the heads up
Signed up and looking forward to what’s coming >> which is a rarity in itself!!

Keep Going

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117 Adrienne Smith
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April 3, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Hey Tony,

Awwww, thanks and yep I do get pretty darn excited when I find things that work and they are EASY! Gosh, I don’t do well with things over my head Tony. LOL!!!

I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets excited about things like this. Happy to hear that Tiffany does as well, that’s so cool. Hope you’ll have fun with this program too and think it’s pretty cool too!

I appreciate your visit and your comment. Have an awesome day okay! Thanks again.

~Adrienne

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118 Tony.B April 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

OMG I think I have a new crush xx

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119 Adrienne Smith
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April 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

That’s too funny Tony! Thanks! :-)

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120 Andrew M. Warner
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April 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Hi Adrienne,

If you’re late to the party then that must mean I never got invited at all because I never heard of this until this blog post. From the video that Lisa put out there it really looks promising and fairly easy to use, but I’ll never truly know unless I test it out and see for myself.

I used Powerpoint and Photoshop from time to time but a new toy to play with would be very interesting.

Thanks for this post and link to the video.
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121 Adrienne Smith
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April 3, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Hey Andrew,

You hadn’t heard about it either? I thought I was the only one late to this party. Well my friend, here is your official invitation and you’re going to LOVE this program.

Ya gotta love PowerPoint, it’s just too easy to use for those that know it well. I guess it’s kind of like PhotoShop although that program can take you years to learn.

You are very welcome Andrew and have fun with this okay!

I appreciate your comment and enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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122 Sherman Smith
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April 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Hey Adrienne,

This is a nice piece of knowledge to work with! I’ve been seeing a lot of people creating their own images lately from having images on their blogs to posting quotes on facebook and Google plus. I was wondering how were they doing this!

Now I know!

I may have to start playing with this this coming weekend. I like to start out posting my own quotes on facebook and google! Yes I have to jump on this bandwagon! Thanks for the excellent video and you have a great weekend!

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123 Adrienne Smith
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April 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Hey Sherman,

Me too darn it and I was thinking they were some kind of graphic geniuses. Now I know about programs like this one that can really help those of us lacking in these particular skills how we can move up that chain.

There is also PicMonkey.com if you haven’t tried that one too. It’s got some cool stuff but this one I like the shapes and text features for creating specific graphics. Really neat.

Have fun playing around and enjoy your weekend as well.

~Adrienne

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124 Ray April 3, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I have tried a lot of image related software over the years, and many of them like Photoshop are overkill for what I usually need to do. I have spent hours trying to create a decent image only to end up tossing it because I wasn’t happy with the outcome. That’s just too much time to waste for nothing.

I am no graphic artist. I can barely draw a stick figure person. If I can figure out how to make something decent in a reasonable amount of time that would be great. I will certainly give it a try when I get a little free time. Thanks for the suggestion.
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125 Adrienne Smith
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April 4, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Hey Ray,

I know what you mean and of course not exactly knowing what kind of images you prefer I’m sure this one will have a lot of cool features you might like. I say give it a spin and see what you think.

Looking forward to hearing your views. In the meantime you enjoy your day and have a good weekend.

~Adrienne

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126 Fredy April 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Hi Andrienne,
I have been desiring to become a pro in image editing and last year I met this friend who was teaching me how to use photoshop and fireworks but am still not perfect. I am trying every tool that I come around and your article too has helped me. Will definitely start applying this.

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127 Adrienne Smith
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April 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Hi Fredy,

Oh, be sure to check out Canva and then you’ve also got PicMonkey too. To heck with those other programs because they’re just way too confusing.

Have fun with this Fredy and thanks for your comment.

~Adrienne

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128 Lorraine Reguly
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April 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I am like you, not very techie! I like creating my own graphics, too, though, and have created a couple using PicMonkey and Easel.ly but I will have to give Canva a shot, too! Thanks!
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129 Adrienne Smith
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April 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Hey Lorraine,

Now I’m used PicMonkey as well but I like the shapes, text boxes and the lines in Canva for what I was using it for. In the past I have used PicMonkey for creating my quotes and stuff. I’ve never heard of Easel.ly. Is it a graphics program like these two as well? Might have to check that one out too.

Thanks Lorraine for your comment and hope you’ve had a great week and looking forward to the weekend.

~Adrienne

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130 Lorraine Reguly
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April 5, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Yes, easel.ly is a graphics program but it is limited to what you can do with it. However, it is great for creating infographics!

Check it out. It’s easy to use. (If I can use it, I’m sure you can!) ;)
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131 Adrienne Smith
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April 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Oh great, it’s for infographics too? I’ve never made my own and I believe Canva has that option too but I haven’t ventured into that one yet. I want to though so thanks Lorraine, I’ll have to check that out for sure. It’s on my “to do” list now! ;-)

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132 Lorraine Reguly
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April 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Yes, and FYI, I am playing around with Canva right now. Turns out, I had heard of it but not tried it. Now I have an account, and am on my way to making some cool stuff! :)
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133 Adrienne Smith
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April 5, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I probably had heard about it too but just never checked it out. Wish I had now but that’s okay, better late than never I suppose. Hope you’re enjoying it and having fun.

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134 Charmie April 5, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Images are the only thing which can attach people to your post by an emotional touch. According to me people do not read for logical reasons but they read for emotional reasons.
Thanks a ton for this wonderful post.

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135 Adrienne Smith
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April 6, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Hi Charmie,

The headlines and the images are what should grab the readers attention and want to make them read your content. While not all read for emotional reasons I would sure hope that the majority of them do.

I appreciate your thoughts on that, thank you and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

~Adrienne

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136 Barb Brady
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April 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I really like this. I think we are similar in this way: we can be creative . . . but we need help and we like easy :)

I like this video. I am soooooo not a PhotoShop person. Hey, I respect people who are but I’m not. Maybe someday . . . ??? But for now, I like the simple graphic tools. So, I so appreciate you telling us about this one. I have not heard of it before you post! So, go Adrienne! I also like your video. You know me: I like to simplify :)

I am looking forward to now trying it out. I have been thinking of doing more graphic “things” myself.

Thanks Adrienne,

Barb
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137 Adrienne Smith
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April 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Hey Barb,

PhotoShop is way over my head and with all the really cool, simple and easy programs they’re coming out with now I think it’s just easier now for us to create our own. I love Canva and PicMonkey is another one too but this one has the shapes, text boxes already set up and the lines and things that are really pretty cool actually. I’m sure you’ll come up with some interesting ones yourself.

Glad you enjoyed the video and hope it was helpful. Thank you again and have a wonderful weekend.

~Adrienne

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138 Lisa Magoulas
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April 8, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Oh my gosh Adrienne,
I think this is the program I’ve needed. Thank you so much for sharing. It pains me to have to hire a web designer every time I need a change. Mind you, she’s amazing, but still. This is going to be a life savor for me. You’re the best, Lisa
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139 Adrienne Smith
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April 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Hey Lisa,

I know that designers definitely have something up on us girl but this program is so cool and so much fun so we can actually create some amazing images ourselves. Play around with it and see what you think. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. ;-)

Have fun Lisa!

~Adrienne

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140 Jeevan Jacob John
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April 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Awesome :)

I have tried Canva, but I still prefer Photoshop over everything else.

Not sure why that is. Photoshop does offer more features, but it also takes time to make everything from scratch. Perhaps that is the reason? Satisfaction? More time and effort, so I am more satisfied with the end result?

I have also been sharing quotes on social media, everyday, for the past couple of days. I do it during my commute from college. So, I am forced to use Photoshop. On the other hand, it has encouraged me to explore Photoshop more; I have been clicking the options that I have never bothered to click (nervous that I would mess up the image!).

I will give Canva a second try, doesn’t hurt to try multiple programs at once.

By the way, I do love the changes you have made here – especially the resources :D A guide to new visitors.

Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Adrienne :) Appreciate it!
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141 Adrienne Smith
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April 8, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Hey Jeevan,

Well yeah, if you’re a PhotoShop expert then I would stick with that program too but you have us poor smucks that don’t have a clue how to use that so we’re screwed my friend. I would prefer to make mine from scratch too but also what I love about Canva is that it already has a lot of great ideas. I’m not very creative either I’m afraid.

I applaud you for even knowing how to use it. I’ve played around with it but of course that was a long time ago back when we used it for work. I’ve never owned the program and I never will because it’s too hard to learn.

Canva is fun but definitely use what you like the most. I’m jealous Jeevan!

~Adrienne

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142 Jeevan Jacob John
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April 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Yeah, learning Photoshop is hard. Unless we dedicate a lot of time (everyday) to experimenting, it will take years to master PS.

I still am learning; I am also astonished by how simple some features are. I didn’t use them because I was afraid of messing up my image. Of course, there are a lot of complicated features, but fortunately we bloggers don’t have to use them :D

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143 Adrienne Smith
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April 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I agree and if you aren’t in graphics and do that on a daily basis then there is so much to that program that we just miss. I’m sure the program has improved since the last time I used it but there was SO much to it that I just didn’t understand. More of just being over my head if I’m totally honest with you. I applaud you thought Jeevan and keep up the excellent work. As long as you’re enjoying it that’s all that matters.

~Adrienne

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144 Suki F April 8, 2014 at 9:43 PM

I think I’m going to give it a try. I am really bad with that and I hate having to pay for something that everyone considers easy to do.

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145 Adrienne Smith
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April 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I hope you do Suki and I think you’ll enjoy this cool program. It’s so easy to do and create your own that it does look like a professional did it.

Good luck!

~Adrienne

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146 Jen April 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Hi Adrienne,

This is great! Like you, I didn’t really know anything about Canva.

I am a Photoshop user (and Illustrator) and I absolutely love it… I just bought a new graphics pen/pad and can’t wait to create even more fun graphics. :-D

That being said, I have friends who want to be able to create, but as many people have commented, they find it difficult to learn PS. Truth is, after several years using it, I still find out something new… it’s an ongoing education :)

Canva sounds like the perfect tool for those of my friends who want to create something, but don’t want the expense. I would like to share your post within a couple groups, with your permission.

Take care,
Jen :)

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147 Adrienne Smith
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April 11, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Hey Jen,

Welcome back Jen, great to see you again my friend. Hope you’re doing well and thanks for commenting on this post. You being a PhotoShop expert at least you know that a lot of your friends aren’t and we are very jealous of your talent and only wish we knew that program and had the patience.

Please do share my post with whomever you want. I hope that this will help them too and they can also try out PicMonkey if they haven’t already but I actually love Canva much better. It’s just easier and has more to it in my opinion.

Thank you Jen and have a great day.

~Adrienne

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148 joe arrigo April 16, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Adrienne,
Thank you for the tip. Always looking for ways to use graphics to enhance my article. Great tool.

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149 Adrienne Smith
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April 16, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Hi Joe,

Happy you enjoyed learning about this cool program. I’m in love with it so have fun my friend. It’s so easy and fun.

Enjoy your week and thanks for the comment.

~Adrienne

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150 Ravi Chahar
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April 20, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Like all other users I always try to create images but unfortunately I don’t have any knowledge related to Photoshop and graphics. As we all know it images play a great role to attract people towards any post. The image you have created for this post can do that for many people to bring them here. It is a matter of great fact that visual documentary is really helpful in driving traffic.

I hope I can get some idea about creating images through the video you have shared. I have always noticed that when I meet any good graphic designer I thought to learn it but unfortunately nothing to get.
Thanks for the wonderful post as always.
~Ravi
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151 Adrienne Smith
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April 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Hi Ravi,

We’re not all that great with graphics but I love to find programs that can help us get past the learning curve. I think that Canva is one of those that’s really easy to use and can also help us with some great ideas. I hope you find it fun to use and easy as well.

I’ll look forward to seeing what graphics you come up with. Best to you and Happy Easter!

~Adrienne

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152 Apk Baru July 23, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Hi adrienne; i love getting those emails saying i have a new comment. I click the link right away to read and reply. and as i have gotten to know more other bloggers my comments increase every week. I went from just hoping i would get a comment to getting ten or more every time to now getting at least 20 and sometimes 30 comments per post. also, i noticed that these same friends and fellow bloggers are also watching my videos. and a few are starting to share my posts on twitter. great post.

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153 Adrienne Smith
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July 23, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Hey Apk,

I’m happy to hear that you’re getting more readers to your blog and more comments as time goes by. That’s how it all starts to work and it’s a process but over time it definitely can benefit you. This really didn’t have anything to do with this particular post but I did want to say that I’m thrilled for you and thank you for sharing that with me. Keep up the wonderful work and I’m sure that in no time at all you’ll get even more. ;-)

~Adrienne

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