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February 24th, 2014
Graphics for Social Media

If you spend any time on Facebook or Twitter you’ll have seen lots of graphics featuring words of wisdom, funny photos or snippets from books. For a long time I’ve wondered about doing graphics for some of my releases, and this weekend I finally tried my hand at designing one.

Mistress of Merrivale Quote

It was actually much easier than I’d expected. The hardest part was deciding on which color to choose.

I found two very helpful posts for those who are beginners like me. First was a post on The Book Designer called 11 Ways to Quote and Promote Your Book Using Images. There are eleven links to image making sites, which give different effects to your graphics.

The second post was on The Blood-Red Pencil and is about using memes (graphics) to promote books. This post discusses the type of things to place on your graphic such as title, links, and quotes.

I used PicMonkey to do my graphic above. Most of the online image sites make it very easy to share your design on social media. Most are also free to use—at least the basic design features are free.

Several online friends have also done graphics in PowerPoint. I’ve yet to try this, but it seems fairly straightforward.

Have you done any online graphics? Which programs did you use?

5 comments to “Graphics for Social Media”

  1. I like it.

    I’ve been making my own meme’s and pictures with words for a while now. Most times I just use Paint, since that’s what I have on my computer. But I’ve also come across a couple of places called Demotivational poster maker…where you can upload your own picture and make it into a demotivational poster, which I find funny.

    But most times I just use Paint.

  2. I keep forgetting about Paint. I must experiment once I finish these edits.

  3. It’s a nice way to call attention to quotes from a novel.

    I use Photoshop for all my graphics.

  4. It is. I think visual grabs attention. I understand there’s a learning curve with photoshop? I’m not arty at all, so I’ve stayed away from anything complicated :)

  5. I’ve used some of my own photos for T13 headers, but nothing beyond that.