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Since the blog has a new look and I’ve become more intentional with the direction and focus of the blog, I thought I’d share a bit about how I create and edit images.  There are a number of programs available and it’s only more recently I use more than one.  Now I know how to use a few different programs, which are all helpful.

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I used to use PicMonkey almost exclusively.  This is the program I used exclusively for a couple years.  I had an old version of Photoshop and would try to do a few things, but I really knew nothing about it.

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More recently, Hun signed us up for a monthly subscription of Adobe Creative Cloud.  This, of course, meant a whole host of new-to-me tools and seeing as how I love learning new things, I wanted to dive right in.

But, there was a problem.  I didn’t think I had the time to devote to learning, so (naturally) I asked Hun.

His response went something like this, “I don’t know anything about that program.  This one I haven’t used in a really long time and there are many new features.  I don’t even know the purpose of that program.”

Yeah, not helpful.

So, learning on my own was apparently the only way to go.  I also wondered why he’d sign us up for a suite of programs he knew nothing about.  (To learn and because it’s a good value considering, in case you’re also wondering.)

But, before I go on, let me tell you about another program I now sometimes use, as well – Canva.  In the blogging world, I’ve heard of Canva more than once and never really tried to learn anything about it.  I figured I didn’t need to use another program, because PicMonkey was just fine, thank you.

Boy was I wrong!  I was truly missing out! I mean, really missing out! One of the coolest things about Canva, in my opinion, is the easy to learn tutorials. You don’t get a special badge or anything from going through the tutorials, but the knowledge can sure help when it comes to designing images for your blog or another website!

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To demonstrate how simple and easy the tutorials are, I went through 12 in just under an hour. Now, maybe I could have gone a little faster if I didn’t have nosy, climbing, kicking, smiling, question asking children beside me. These boys of mine are really something.  They’re so curious and want to be and do everything I’m doing.  Even though it’s cute they want to do and help me, sometimes I simply want left alone to do things.  But, we can talk about that another time.

I really just want to share my joy with Canva as an easy, simple design tool to use.

Despite how awesome and simple Canva is, I still have these Adobe products that are supposed to do even more amazing things.  I really wanted to learn at least a little about some of the Adobe programs because I’ve always heard how adaptable they are and how important they can be when it comes to images.

So, I found some tutorials about Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.  In those tutorials, I learned the major differences, when and why to use a particular program, and how you can use them together to do great things.  And, that’s how I designed my own nice new logo, brand images, social media icons, and a few other (for now) secret projects.

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In fact, Hun now says to me, “You know way more than me, so you do it” or “I’m sure you can figure it out, you already know so much”.  Ha!  I’m proud of myself and the little bit that I now know.  I’m sure I’ll eventually learn more and more, but I like knowing that I have an arsenal of programs at my disposal.

Sometimes, I still use Canva.  Even though I haven’t touched PicMonkey in a couple months, I know I can use it if needed.  Lately though, I’m just using Photoshop for all my images and even a bit of actual photo editing.  I dream of using Lightroom, but I haven’t gotten that far just yet.  All I know about Lightroom is that it’s best to have RAW images and I don’t right now.

Oh, and I do a little bit of photo editing on my phone using SnapSeed or VSCO.

Now, partly because I don’t have the fancy camera I want and partly because the boy skeep me running ragged, it can be hard for me to get great stock images on my own.  Thus, I need a place to get those images.  I’ve lately stuck to using Unsplash or Pixabay.  I’m also registered with Death to the Stock Photo and they send out a package of images once a month.  I always make sure to only use images that are under the CC0 license.  In the order of listing, the images below were created using photos from each of these sites. (P.S. If you click on any of the below photos, you’ll be taken to that post.)

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**None of the links in this post are affiliate links, I just have and enjoy learning and using each of the programs.**

What tools or programs do you use to design images?  Have you ever thought to try any of the tools I’ve mentioned?  What’s your go to source for stock images?

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6 thoughts on “Learning Design & The Programs I Use

  • October 6, 2016 at 9:38 am
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    Very cool to hear about your process! For all the work I do in photography, I’m not very good at graphic design. That’s why I love both Canva and PicMonkey for different reasons. Like you said, the tutorials are amazing! And with picmonkey, it’s good to just do a quick one. I use Adobe creative suites as well as lightroom for photo editing, and then those two for adding text.
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    • October 7, 2016 at 12:23 am
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      Because of all your work in photography, I actually hope to learn something about Lightroom from you one day!

      Canvas tutorials are really quite awesome! 🙂

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  • October 6, 2016 at 10:23 am
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    You know I’m a big fan of Canva and I use it along with my ancient version of photoshop almost weekly. I like your process. There’s always a learning process when it comes to sprucing up the blog with graphics. It definitely takes a bit of time to find a groove, but boy when you finally do, it’s so much fun! Thanks so much for joining us this week on #shinebloghop.

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    • October 7, 2016 at 12:25 am
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      It is nice to find a groove, whether in blogging or elsewhere. For me, being in any kind of groove is really awesome and I’m always sparked to do more/better/go higher! 🙂

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  • October 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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    I’ve been considering using stock photos but I wasn’t sure where to start. I’ve heard Death to the Stock Photo is a good site! Love the tips here

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    • October 7, 2016 at 12:25 am
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      Stocks photos really aren’t so bad and there are some good places out there!

      Nice to see you blogging again, Cole! I hope your move went well! 🙂

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