And it’s embarrassing to admit, but sometimes I arrange my images in a Word Document because I don’t understand all the features of my photo editor. Then I simply take screenshots of what I’ve created. The horror!
But you know what, it gets the job done.
I used to hire out to get all my images done and that works, but it’s a slow process. But now when I get an idea for an image that I want to use right away, I can do it immediately. I am using images more and more with effective results and it’s one of the reasons I wrote last week’s post.
If you want to create your own images, let’s look at some tools that are available to you…
Tools for Your Computer
I personally use Adobe Photoshop Elements, but there are other very similar tools available online and many are free. Here’s a quick slide show of some of those tools.
One of the most popular tools in the slide show is GIMP…and it’s actually free. There is a bit of a learning curve, but it is probably the #1 alternative to Photoshop. To get you through the learning curve, Angela Wills has a useful course you can check out.
Got an iPad?
I’ve been playing around with FrameArtist+ that Lynette Chandler recommended. It’s a very fun and straightforward to program that allows you to use attractive templates or create your own. It’s easy to insert images, add text, colors, backgrounds and more.
Here’s a quick peek at the app:
Here’s an image I recently created:
The only problem is that I have most of my images on my computer, but because I have automated backups done through SugarSync, I can use the SugarSync app to grab the photos and add them to my Camera Roll. It’s an extra step, but when I’m lounging on the couch or in the backyard, it’s awesome to be able to do this on the iPad.
What tool you use may take some experimentation and getting comfortable with what works for you. If you have your favorite and it wasn’t listed in this post, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.