Do it for FREE instead. I use Canva to create all of the graphics on Inspire Your Startup. It is super easy to use and is a free tool for professional looking graphics.
What Is Canva.com
Canva is a free online tool that lets you easily create exquisite designs with a suite of free features. I use Canva to create all of my designs and they have hundreds of free templates, so you do not need to start from scratch.
I’ve struggled with trying to create images in Paint, Word and other free tools on the internet. In general, the graphics I created looked amateur and just plain ugly. Can you relate? Then I found Canva.com. In about 10 mins I was able to create an awesome graphic my first time. You can use their stock images, templates, illustrations, icons, charts and frames, or upload your own images to mix and match. They have tons of free images and templates that you can use and they also have an extended selection of items that generally cost $1 per element. The “How to Create a Blog” graphic was created using a free template on Canva.com.
Awesome Key Free Features Include:
- Photo straightener: Keep your photos in line with our photo straightener tool
- Image cropper: Crop your photos for great framing and masterful composition
- Add text to photos: Create a narrative for any photo
- Speech bubble maker: Give your photos a voice with speech bubbles!
- Photo fade: Give your photos a delicate fade with our transparency tool
- Photo enhancer: Enhance your photos to save any “off” shots
- Photo blur: Add artistry to your images with the blur slider
- Design grids: Looking for layout inspiration? Try a design grid
- Stickers: Amp up your images with some surprise stickers
- Free icons: Complement your designs with the crisp lines of our icons
Lets Get Even More Awesome
Alright, so let’s take this one step further and make this even more useful. Canva has lots of free pictures, but I seem to always pick one that they want to charge $1 for. Therefore, I use a number of free stock image websites to find a Free image, upload the image to Canva and create awesome graphics. Need some resources for Free Stock Images? Pat Flynn has a great list here.