Creating Inspirational Picture Quotes
I am so excited FaithReboot.com is celebrating its 1st birthday! Over the next three weeks I will be sharing things I have learned during the first 12 months of this blog and hopefully you will be able to implement some of these in your own social media connections.
Today I am going to show you how to create an inspirational photo to share on social media- for FREE! These are simple to make, but it took me quite a few hours of research to discover how to create them myself. Several programs are out there, but since I am always attracted to the FREE way to share a message I would encourage you to sign up for two accounts: Canva and Unsplash.
Canva is a website you can use to create everything from social media photos to collages to greeting cards. It has some for purchase features, but I only use the free elements.
Unsplash is an online resource for free photos… like absolutely free and no need for attribution. It saves so many hassles when you are wanting to use other people’s photos but don’t want to go through the copyright rigamarole!
1. Select a photo you like from Unsplash you believe conveys the emotion you are looking to create. Save this photo to your computer.
2. Go to Canva and select “Social Media” (800×800 px) under “Create a Design.”
3. Along the left-hand side, click on “Uploads.” There you will see the option to “Upload your own images.” Here we are uploading this picture. I had to move the picture around a bit to have it fit in the “Social Media” size provided. Here is what it looks like as simply the (800×800) edited photo.
4. Here’s where the fun begins! Play around with fonts and colors to determine what looks best with your photo. I added the little swoosh at the bottom which I found under the “lines” tab. Always select photos, icons, or symbols which indicate they are free. If you do choose a feature (most are $1) you will pay for it with your credit card at the once your save your photo.
5. To ensure a photo that is shared and reshared on social media gives credit back to you, you may want to add a watermark. You may do that by simply adding your website address and adjusting the transparency of the script. You can place this horizontal or vertical, whichever looks best with the selected photo. I chose 50% transparency for my watermark shone below in the upper left-hand corner.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful to learn to create graphics to inspire others! If you have any questions, I would glad to be able to help. Selecting photos and making an image that inspires people has become one of my favorite aspects of social media. Enjoy!