Writers and self-published authors are often dabbling in graphic design. In the online world having some basic graphic design skills helps, however there are also tools out there to help you along the way. Below are my top 3 design tools that I use on a regular basis. All three are listed in order of how easy they are to use.
Here are my top 3 design tools that every writer should keep in their graphic design tool box:
#1Canva: Probably the easiest to use is Canva. They have a free version which is what I have. I like the templates they provide and it is super easy for me to quickly design a new Facebook header or Etsy header. The graphics I use with my posts here are also designed using Canva. The simplicity of the software makes it really easy to design a quick graphic for the internet. Another cool thing about Canva is that they have a Kindle book cover template available for anyone who might be deciding to publish a Kindle book but who might have little knowledge about graphic design.
#2 PicMonkey: I love PicMonkey and I have been using PicMonkey for YEARS! Whenever someone asks me to recommend a graphic design software they can use to make their covers that doesn’t have a huge learning curve (like Photoshop) I always point them to PicMonkey. With PicMonkey you can do the free option, or upgrade to premium for a very reasonable yearly subscription. They just recently added templates although they aren’t as extensive as the list of templates you will find at Canva.
#3 Creative Cloud: Of course if you like photoshop, and I use photoshop for a lot of graphic design too, then I always recommend the Creative Cloud. It is a monthly subscription, however it’s a lot more affordable than buying the photoshop software outright. With the Creative Cloud you have access to photoshop as long as you pay the monthly subscription fee. They have affordable monthly fees and even discounted educational pricing. I do recommend Photoshop if you plan on self-publishing a paperback book because you will need to be able to put together a nice cover, and I use photoshop to accomplish this.
So there’s my top 3 design tools that I think every writer should be aware of, or own. What are the design tools that you use? Please share in the comments below.
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— Heather Bixler (@hbixler03) February 15, 2017
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