I’ve been getting a lot of questions on how I do my blog graphics and which program I use. In reality, I use a happy marriage of Photoshop CS5 + Freepik + Creative Market. However, I am well aware that not many people have access to Photoshop. Today, I’m listing out a few apps I’ve used in the past to create graphics, for these, all you need is a smart phone or tablet! They are great because:
- They’re easy to use, no more reading tutorials on Photoshop for hours!
- You’re able to work on your blog anywhere, you don’t have to be limited by lack of laptop or computer, this will appeal to all your dedicated bloggers!
- They’re (mostly) free!
Typography is one of my great weaknesses and I am trying to improve. With Word Swag, I can quickly whip up Tumblr worthy edits with time to spare.
PROS: Legible but aesthetically pleasing fonts, plenty of variety in terms of style, very user friendly. You can use both your own images or from a bank of photos with free royalty.
CONS: Some in=app purchases required, however there’s plenty of free content. Can’t add shadows or gradients to the text itself, limiting the variety of looks and sacrificing legibility at times. Limited to square crops.
This is a slightly superior version of Word Swag, it has more functions but this also means it’s harder to use.
PROS: Same as Wordswag. Plus the ability to add shadows, gradients, and erase part of the text – opening up more design possibilities. Variety of crops available e.g. Twitter size, Instagram size, and adjustable aspect ratio. You can also add overlays and filters.
CONS: Some in-app purchases required. I feel that Wordswag has a cleaner look.
I discovered this recently and think it has potential. Originally developed for poster designs, there are a lot of different looks you could create with this app. There is a wide selection of premade designs, but you could always incorporate your own.
PROS: Ease of use. Slick and professional appearance. Wide variety of fonts and designs available so there’s a lot of possibilities in terms of looks.
CONS: A lot of in-app purchases. An distracting ‘Vanilla Pen’ watermark on the corner of every image.
I initially purchased this app originally for my mum as she was going through a fierce digital scrapbooking phase. The app is incredibly slick, with intricate and feminine designs that would appeal to many of my fellow bloggers.
PROS: High quality of available resources, with many tools such as stamp, cut outs, die cut and text.
CONS: Will need to recrop the images after the export to get rid of those huge ugly white borders. While it has plenty of great free content, the majority of the app is hidden behind in-app purchases.
EXAMPLES: Sorry for the lower quality of these previews, I could only send the images to myself via facebook for this batch and it ate up the pixels D:
Hope you found that helpful! There will be another design guide coming in the future for the Photoshop users out there!
I also hope that these apps are available on the Android app stores, I only have iPhone and iPad so I can’t check D: