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This tutorial will teach you how to be your own graphic designer

Easy and professional

Use your creativity, your own font, your own images, etc

All you need is your computer (mac or pc) and lots of ambition!

Step 1: Software

You don't need fancy/expensive softwares in order to create a professional looking graphic design

(Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with fancy softwares lol, I make use of a few of them, but I wanted to show you an easy, practical & accessible way to design from your comp, no design skills needed)

There are tons of free softwares out there

I would recommend picmonkey

It's a free editor that works in your browser (no download or install needed)

Yes, that's right, no download or installation needed, which makes it even easier!

Create cool graphics or photo effects

I particularly like this software because allows me to use my own fonts

I'm not in any way associated with picmonkey I chose picmonkey beacuse it's a free software, that allows you to use your own font, images, it's compatible mac, pc, etc Pretty good for a free software!

Step 2: Design (Canvas)

Are you ready?
Here we go!

Hover over the "Design" button at the top of the home page
It will show 6 blank canvas options

Choose a canvas for your design

Step 3: Design (Size)

Click Custom to create any size you prefer

I particularly like to create facebook timeline covers

Step 4: Design (Color)

After you choose canvas size you're taken to the basics edit tab
In the Editor tab begin your creation
In he Canvas color tool use the color picker to choose a background color
Click the hex code. Type the new code and hit "Enter" on your keyboard to apply
Or select transparent canvas if you'll be creating a logo or an image to layer over another image when you're finishing editing

Step 5: Design (Overlays)

Now that you've chosen the background color,
Go to the "Overlays" tab
The butterfly icon, to choose from a large assortment of overlays
You can layer your own photos or graphics using the "your own" button at the top of the menu

Step 6: Design (Text/Font)

And you can add your own text or other free text in the "Text" tab
(I used Electro webfont from creative market)

Electro Font

Or download any other fonts from the creative market

You can access custom fonts or any font on your computer
The "Yours" tab in the text tool lets you use fonts you've installed from free and premium font websites

This is my fave step because it allows me to use my own font or should I say,

the fonts I already have installed on my comp
I'm all about fonts, letters, lettering ;-)

Step 7: Design (Other)

Textures, effects, and frames will be applied to the canvas only
If you want to apply this over the entire image
First click the merge icon in the top toolbar to merge text and overlays together onto the canvas

The canvas feature lets you start from scratch without a photo
And create all kinds of graphic and photographic layered images

I created myself a couple of facebook timeline covers
I used my own font, (electro webfont) and even used color hex code
Yes, you can do all that!

It's easy & free… Take advantage!
Play with the software until you're happy with your creation…
Have fun!

I hope you enjoyed this instructable as much as I enjoyed creating it

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Thanks
Jimmy

<p>I do not share the expression &quot;You don't need fancy/expensive softwares in order to create a professional looking graphic design&quot; because a website online can't do the work of a professional graphic designer, but for someone that don't wants to spend money in graphic designers is a great tut.</p>
<p>Gimp, Krita, Inkscape, Karbon... All free and open source! With the right addons/plugins they become as powerful as photoshop or illustrator! And there are plenty of youtube tutorials teaching you how to use them. Open source is the future!</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing! </p>
I hear they're giving away free copies of Photoshop and Illustrator on thepiratebay.la
<p>You can download anything (pirate) these days! </p>
<p>Woud www.pixlr.com/editor be a good alternative?</p>
<p>I'd have to check it out! </p>
<p>I could have used this back when I was starting my company.</p>
<p>It's never too late!</p>

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