How to learn graphic design in no time

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As a communications pro, I know the power a visual supplement can hold. While I’ve briefly used Photoshop and InDesign, I’m no graphic design expert. If not used regularly, I find that these applications can be difficult and time-consuming to navigate.

We have previously talked about how to find and use copyright free photos. But what can you do to create a flyer or social media post that needs more than just a photo in a pinch?

Here are a few programs that I have recently used to help me create high quality graphics:

  1. Canva

A JPEG file loses its quality each time it is opened and saved. Therefore, some images appear blurry.  Canva saves images as a PNG instead of JPEG which leads to a cleaner and crisper photo, every time. Canva also offers pre-made templates to help you brainstorm ideas or get a head-start on creating a new graphic.

  1. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

This version of Adobe allows full access to edit and alter any PDF or combining multiple files together. This comes in handy when creating a clip coverage report so I can add in text and photos to create my own cover page.

  1. Snapseed

This is a photo editing app I keep handy on my phone for any quick fixes like brightening a photo, but you can use most any photo editing app for that. I like this one because it helps with sizing a photo to fit the specs of each different social media platform. In addition to editing photos, the text option offers a variety of fonts to allow you to make graphics on-the-go.

Marissa Baker
Marissa Baker
Native to Phoenix, Marissa has recently moved back to continue her career in communication. On the weekends you can find her in the first row at a concert, or exploring hiking trails.

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