Want your brand to make a damn good statement and impression in today’s internet world? 

Then you’d better have some visually appealing graphics.

If you want professional looking covers, banners, quotes, headers, logos, blog images, presentation slides etc. – without having to spending hundreds of dollars on graphic designers…

…use the 11 tools I’m about to share with you to create them beautifully and attractively on your own.

And no, you don’t need any tech, or design skills to use these tools.

Use them to elevate your overall visual branding so you can make an unforgettable impression on your audience and customers.

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Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint – A few months ago I didn’t think I would be saying PowerPoint is one of my favorite tools for creating graphics but it’s listed is because it’s extremely flexible.

Below is a screenshot of a well designed checklist (15 ways to make your brand stand out on social media) I created in PowerPoint.

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To create really nice graphics in PowerPoint, I recommend downloading the fonts you would like to use within your graphics onto your computer so you can use them within PowerPoint. Fonts make a big difference.

Tips: Use “autoshapes” to add shapes like rectangles and circles within your slides, then fill them with a color of your choice. If you want to add words on top of those shapes, simply add a “text box” and type in!

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Google Fonts

Google Fonts – Remember I said fonts matter? This is one of the best source for testing and downloading fonts for free. You can download these fonts for your computer and you can import them for your blog.

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As I said before – if you’re using PowerPoint for graphics, or training slides; you’ll want to download fonts that fit your brand. If you cannot find you desired font on Google fonts – just Google “(the font name here) free download”.

Tip: Be careful of the sites you download fonts from, if it’s not Googlefonts.

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Canva

Canva – I love me some canva! With canva you can create beautiful and modern graphics with zero skills. There are done for you templates for social media posts, blog graphics, business cards, presentations and more; you name it.

Just click and customize the template you want and start customizing.

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They also have a section where you can search for images. They range from free to just $1 each.

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Picmonkey

Picmonkey  – A great tool for editing your photos and adding some nice touches. They have a large variety of effects you can choose from. You can add text from many fonts, touch up your skin, insert shapes, create collages, add filters and a lot more.

Below is quick before and after picture of a picture I edited in PicMonkey:

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Bannersnack

Bannersnack – One of the best sites for making high quality banners. You can create banners for your blog or advertisements and they will look very professional and clean.

They have templates for all the popular banner sizes, plus Facebook ad templates.

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Sidenote: There are watermarks on the banners if you are not a paid member, but if you don’t mind the watermark have fun!

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Icon Finder – Using icons for graphics, content, or sales pages always adds a nice look. I have recently fell inlove with iconfinder.com. They have icons for just about anything.

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Piktochart

Piktochart has over 400 customizable infographic templates. If you’re using infographics to share content graphically in your business this the perfect tool to use.

They have four format options: inforgraphic, report, banner and presentation.

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Pixabay

Pixabay is a great site for free, copyright free images. These are great used within your graphics for your blog, quotes, presentations, advertisements etc.

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Graphic River

Graphicriver.net – Hundreds of thousands of web graphics, presentation templates, photos, fonts, icons, and other design elements you can use within your graphics.

I have used this site a few times for my presentation slides, their template designs are crazy sexy. If your down for attractive webinar/presentation slides; this a great source. graphic river

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Recite This

Recitethis – Want to create a stylish quote image very quickly?  this is a perfect site for it. They have beautiful templates so go on their and speak your mind.

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Ava7 Patterns

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

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

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And there you have it. There is no way you can leave this post and not have some professional and sexy looking graphics for your branding and marketing. 😉

Comment below: Which tool are you going to start using?

– Catherine

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