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8 Free and Easy Tools For Creating Your Own Professional Looking Graphics

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You only have about 3 seconds.

About 3 seconds to catch, and hold someones attention when they visit your social media platform or website/page.

Tick tock, tick tock.

And one more second before they decide if it’s worth their time to check your page out some more.

You know that moment when you run across someones website or social media page and found yourself immediately saying “Oh, hold up. Who is thisss?” Then, you keep scrolling. Well, that’s the effect you want to create on others.

So what is one way to you ensure you create that effect?

Nail your visual presence. Visual branding makes a heck of a difference when it comes to getting attention, engagement, and getting people to trust your brand.

If you want headers, banners, quotes, blog images, etc. that just on fleek (and make dang good impression) – without having to spending hundreds of dollars on a graphic designer, keep reading.

Use the 8 tools I’m about to share with you to create them quickly and attractively on your own.

And no, you don’t need any tech, or design skills to use these tools (It’s lit).

 

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CANVA

Canva – I love me some Canva! There are modern, already done-for-you templates and layouts, so you can create sleek graphics easily. Just choose a template and customize it, or starting from scratch.

There are templates for social media posts, blog graphics, business cards, presentations and more; you name it.

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Canva is my #1 platform recommended for creating graphics. I use it with a combination of the other tools on this post to create the best graphics.

Here are a just a few of many graphics I’ve created in Canva: 

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If you want to learn exactly (step-by-step) how I created these graphics, so that you can do the same for your brand, click here.

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FREE MOCKUP SITES

Mockup style graphics are a smooth way to showcase your site, program, e-book or course etc. Below are 4 free, online-based mockup sites (no photoshop needed).

SITE #1 – SMARTMOCKUPS.COM

SITE #2 – MAGICMOCKUPS.COM

SITE #3 – MOCKDROP.IO

SITE #4 – PLACEIT.NET

Below is a shot of smartmockups.com, you choose which image you want, upload your image, and it’ll replace the screen in the picture.

 

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EXAMPLE:
Here is a mockup example I created on smartmockups.com showcasing my Facebook Fan page on the laptop:

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Pretty dope. I used to think I could only use photoshop to do things this like this.

 

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LOST AND TAKEN

lostandtaken.com is a cool website for finding nice pattern textures that you can use for backgrounds or in other areas of your graphics.

Here’s a screenshot of some water color backgrounds on the site. There are also other textures you can browse through.

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EXAMPLE:

Below is an example image I created quickly in Canva, using the purple watercolor texture on lostandtaken.com:

Design a life you freaking love

 

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PEXELS

Pexels.com – All the stock photos here are top notch + don’t look cheesy.

This is quick look at what some of their images look like (when I searched the term business and then the term food).

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Results after searching “business”

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Results after searching “food”

 

Pexels is usually all I need, but below are 15 other free stock photo sites you can indulge.

15 OTHER FREE STOCK PHOTO SITES 👑:

 

  1. Pixabay.com
  2. Wocintech Chat On Flikr.com (Women Of Color In Tech)
  3. Realisticshots.com
  4. Stocksnap.io
  5. Minimography.com
  6. Kaboompics.com
  7. Fancycrave.com
  8. Picjumbo.com
  9. Startupstockphotos.com
  10. Picography.com
  11. Designerspics.com
  12. Skuawk.com
  13. Libreshot.com
  14. Createherstock.com* 📩
  15. Death To Stock Photo* 📩 (this and the site above has a paid subscription but you can get Monthly Free Stock Photos that are awesome)

 

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PIXABAY

Pixabay.com – Pixabay is another stock photo site, but I have listed it separately because it’s a great source for quality graphic elements that have a transparent background.

For example, if I want add flowers to a graphic, I can go on Pixabay search for “flower”, and then check “transparent” (follow the pink arrows) and I’ll get dozens of results.

 

and as I scrolled down and searched (since there a few cheesy looking ones in between), viola! I found a great one to use :).

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Takes some searching but there are definitely some great finds on Pixabay.

 

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ICONFINDER 

Icon Finder – Using icons for graphics, content, or sales pages always adds a nice look. Iconfinder.com has icons GALORE, for just about anything. Make sure you’ve got the free filter on, on the left!

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RECITETHIS

Recitethis – Want to create a stylish quote image very quickly?  This is a great site for it. They have pretty cool templates, so go on there and speak your mind.

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AVA PATTERNS

Patterns.ava7.com – Get cute patterns to use within your graphics. Get creative and use the background for blog images, and text.

AVA

Here is something I created just quickly using the Ava7 Patterns with powerpoint

GET CREATIVE

 

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CREATIVE MARKET

Creative Market – Creativemarket has a bunch of Ready-to-use design assets. From graphics, fonts, themes, photos and more.

These things aren’t free BUT they have weekly free goodies they give away. When you go on the site and scroll down a bit, and you can see the freebies of the week here (side note: I’m really feeling that font).

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So now you have this list of 8 amazing tools that can help you create better graphics for your brand.

If you want to learn step-by-step how to use these tools to create beautiful graphics, for your brand, click here.

circle kissI’m not sure why you’re here, but I am guessing it’s because you know you want your brand to stand out look poppin’, you want it to be taken seriously and you want to feel super proud and confident of your brands appearance.

But you also don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a graphic designer right now, especially if you can create them quickly, on your own.

That’s why I created the Create Flawless Graphics Masterclass. A step-by-step masterclass showing you exactly how to easily and quickly create high quality, beautiful graphics – using all free tools. 

Once I started creating high quality brand graphics I saw an immediate difference. People started:

  • Taking my brand more seriously
  • Engaging on my content
  • Surfing more pages on my site
  • Buying more stuff
  • Following me much faster (I saw a 44% increase in daily followers after changing up some graphics)

Long story short: You better have a visually appealing brand if you want to stand out, look credible, and make a statement.

While I believe in outsourcing/hiring out things (such as graphics), I know sometimes it’s easier and faster for me to just whip up something on my own. And when I whip it up – it’s always flawless.

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Sneak peak inside the course

Now I want to teach you exactly how to do the same in the graphics masterclass 2.0 (The updated 2016 version). 

I am no photoshop expert. As a matter of fact I do not even own photoshop. I tried to learn it and it was a fail.

So do not worry about needing to be photoshop savvy or experienced in graphic design. You can create eye-catching, flawless graphics, using free tools.

If you want to get enrolled so you can login and start learning and creating, click here for the details.

Within the next few hours, your brand could have an entire makeover. – without having to spend a dime on a graphic designer. It’s up to you.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Share it with someone who needs this list of tools.

xo, Catherine

– Catherine

The video below is a slideshow with just a few of the many graphics we create in the flawless graphics class 2.0. If you want to learn exactly (step-by-step) how I created these kinds of graphics using free tools, so that you can do the same for your brand, click here for more info and examples.

 

 

 

 

 

hey, GIRL HEY.

Comment below and let me know, which of these tools are you excited to check out, or have been using? Keep in my mind if you want step-by-step tutorial videos on how to create beautiful graphics for your brand… {click here for the info}.

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