Social Graphics Pro is a web-based software, offered by Nicole Dean and Melissa Ingold, that makes it easy for just about anyone to create a wide variety of promotional graphics for their business.
Even people like me who have absolutely no graphics training and have muddled through trial and error, copying and pasting along the way. The software allows you to create profile graphics, cover photos, timeline coupons, milestone photos, banners and just about anything you can think of.
A cool plus is that you can save your projects as .xml files that you can open an edit at a later time.
Here is a tutorial that runs you through the basic features of making an image using the software. To start with log into your Social Graphics Pro account (set it up by registering here) and select your graphic type:
We’re going to choose an image suitable for posting to a Facebook Timeline, so we’re going to create a “Custom Size” graphic of 403 x 403 pixels.
Now, there a wide variety of things you can do here and we’ll quickly walk through each of those. You can insert an image that you upload from your computer.
Or you can choose one of the many backgrounds provided in the software.
You can choose some graphics that are included with the software.
There are also a variety of shapes you can use too.
There are even premade templates you can load for the different types of graphics you can create.
We’re going to keep it simple and upload an image to use as a background for our graphic. I uploaded a 403 x 403 image, so here is what our image looks like so far.
Now we can add text to the graphic.
The text will now appear on your image. You’ll see “YOUR TEXT” and you can edit this, move this, resize it and change the font.
To move the text, just click on it and then drag and drop it to where you want it.
Now, choose your font.
You can also resize the font, as needed.
If your font is hard to read at the top, you can use the “Drop Shadow” feature to add a shadow to your text.
You can finish your graphic with a border, if you so wish.
Now it’s Time to Save Your Project
As I mentioned, you can save the project as an .xml file, so you can edit it later. You can also download it as a .png that you can use for promotional purposes.
To make the xml file, choose “Save” and create a file name. Then save it to your hard drive.
If you want to download the .png graphic file, select “Download” and then you can save it to your hard drive as well.
That’s all there is to it. There are so many things you can do with this software, it might just allow you to fire your graphic designer. I still need mine because I simply don’t have time to do all my graphics, but when I need to whip something up quickly, I can do it in a snap.
You can learn more about the software here.
You can also see some quick examples of stuff I’ve thrown together for our customers below.