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:
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.
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.
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.