Be it for a little side project, your own Facebook/instagram profile or even a Uni assignment – Occasionally the need arises to design a cool graphic or use a stunning photo to support your content. Throughout the last couple of years, bloggers, vloggers, as well as traditional media outlets have raised the bar on how designs on the web should look like. For the normal individual, designing images that match up to these sources can be quite a challenge. That is why this week we are presenting you with 3 tools, that will help you to play in the same league as your content creator role models  (Without too much hassle involved from your side).

For Fancy Looking Images – Canva 

Canva is an online platform that allows the user to create stunning designs for different digital mediums. When creating a graphic, you can first choose the channel that it should be used for (E.g. Facebook profile, Facebook Cover, Instagram etc.) and Canva will automatically choose the correct image size for that respective channel. Thereafter you can select from pre defined layouts that look professional, but that you can customize enough so that they don’t look like you took them off the shelf. You can add images and icons through a simple drag-and-drop function and also import your own images to customize your icons further. If you choose your layouts and images wisely, you will not have to pay for Canva’s services, as they make money through premium stock photos that you could add as well.

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Badass Infographics for Storytelling – Piktochart 

We have probably all been there: Write a report about boring topic XYZ in uni or high school – Deadline tomorrow. You have gathered a lot information about the topic, but the report still looks dry and probably even you as the author would not want to read the paper a 2nd time. Time to add some spice! Meet Pictochart, an easy to use online platform that helps you to create appealing infographics. Similar to Canva, you start the creative process by selecting the right template that suits to your topic. Thereafter you can just drag-and-drop icons and symbols into your graphic, as well as change the existing numbers to your own data points. Again, if you stick with the right graphics, you should not incur any cost.

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Cool Shots for any Occasion – Pexels 

Professional photos are the base layer for any professional design. You can use them in presentations, reports or even for your desktop background 😛
Pexels is a platform where hobby photographers share their photos and you can use them for any purpose without legal concern. I see this tool as complementary to the first two mentioned in this blog post. Just type in the topic for which you might need a cool looking foto: e.g. „Collaboration“. You will be able to choose from a large variety of photos and in very different photography styles. Once you have found your desired image, you can already select in what size you would like the image to be, making the use of an additional resizing program obsolete. Once you have downloaded the image, you upload them in either Canva or Piktochart and further customize your designs.
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