Creating & Editing Images for Blogs & Social Media

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Are you looking for some quick free solutions to creating pretty graphics for you blog and other social media accounts? I have a few different sites I’d like to share with you as an alternative to Photoshop or other expensive complex graphic and photo editing software.

First up is Canva. This is by far one of my favorite sites to use to add text and graphics to images! Canva is incredibly user friendly and offers a variety of design sizes for you to choose from. From Facebook cover designs to Instagram photos, Canva guides you step by step through the design process. It allows you to upload your own photographs and even provides several filters to change their looks. There are free stock graphics available as well as ones you can purchase. There are plenty of images and text layouts to choose from without having to pay for anything!

A great site to use for resizing images is this one found on the Internet Marketing Ninjas site. This tool allows you to upload an image from your computer or use a URL. Once uploaded, you can either manually enter the dimensions you’d like to resize the image to or choose from different sizes outfitted to the requirements of a social media sites such as Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

Do you have a great quote you’d like to share on Instagram? Visit Recite and enter your quote into the text editor and then choose one of their layout templates. The site gives you the option to share your creation with social media sites or download it. Here is a quick example:

recite-awt6ztDo you need to edit photos? Use Picasa  or  Gimp as a free alternative to Photoshop.

These are just a few of the many amazing free tools out there to help you create stunning images. Have you ever tried any of these sites? I’d love to hear your feedback or recommendations for similar tools!

Have fun designing!
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An unbiased opinion on the Ferguson verdict

I DON_T CARE WHAT SIDE YOU AGREE WITHBeing an incredibly opinionated person has made it very difficult for me to bite my tongue when it comes to politics or other controversial issues. Unless I know someone personally and feel comfortable discussing such issues with them, I like to remain even keeled. I do not see the point of arguing with strangers over the internet on things that are most likely out of our control. That being said, I came across an image with the above quote on Instagram this morning and felt very compelled to share it. (FYI I doctored up the image a bit and made it look a little more appealing)

Like millions of other people I have followed the events in Ferguson on the news. I’ve read the articles and interviews and regardless of which “side” I lean towards, it is a very heart wrenching situation. A very wise person taught me that there are three sides to a story – yours, mine, and then the truth. So, while none of us were there in the actual moments, none of us know absolute truth of the events that went down that day.

What baffles me is why people are destroying their own town because they do not agree with the verdict. They are burning down the businesses of neighbors, putting people out of jobs, leaving people without the means to support their families. How is that fair to those who had nothing to do with the situation or the verdict? Why are innocent civilians being punished?

I understand people are not satisfied with the verdict, but this why appeals exist. That is why the case is going to be escalated to federal court. People need to focus on the justice system and not retaliate against their fellow neighbors.

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