If you need to make a professional looking graphic for your headers or banners it is no secret that Picmonkey and Canva are free, easy, and accessible.
However, maybe you didn’t know about that, yet.
It is easy to sign up for free access to most of the features and use the online editor. However I use the premium, for the extra features. Want to access those? Use my handy affiliate link for Picmonkey, and support me while you do yourself a favor and gain some really useful apps for graphics.
Canva is very clear that their graphics are for personal use only. So nothing made on their site should be sold, although I am sure that you can make personal headers for your store or collections on this site.
Picmonkey has no dire warnings, so I am not sure about the use of your graphics, although they will be perfectly fine for anything personal, as well. Personal use is posting on your social media, blogs, etc. as well as making products for yourself, like cards you want to send.
Commercial would include POD products like those sold on Zazzle, etc.
Right now the only things I am recommending these sites for is the personal usage. Making Facebook headers, headers for your store, or profile pics. Collection and category graphics which can all be branded with your particular style.
I started using it ever so slowly, but now that I realize how important it is to seamlessly go from the iPhone to desktop to iPad and back, this is proving such a mind and time saver!
I am using it for blogging ideas, random notes, saved links, and clips of information. I also created a file to keep track of my blog business expenses, which are piling up as I buy hosting, domain names, graphic files, premium themes, premium access to Picmonkey and apps like that.
Evernote organizes me. I am always losing paper scraps and making notes in whatever notebook was at hand was a losing proposition! This way I put everything in one place and can find it by just logging in, or through the program on my computer. It is super easy.
Some useful ways to people use this program/app:
Cooks use it for recipes, making their shopping lists, and clipping directly from a cooking webpage.
Homeschoolers could gather unit study materials, teaching tips, fieldtrip ideas, lists of curriculum or materials, science experiment info, just about anything! List of addresses and phone numbers, useful videos, urls of best resources, special graphics… I wish I had this in the years I was schooling my kids. I would have made a separate notebook for each subject, and one for each child. Keeping track of goals I had set would be smooth sailing with the many ways to search and access notes.
Bloggers and writers can have a field day collecting and recalling all the places they find their research. The spurts of inspiration jotted down, the bits of finely tuned prose that swirls in our heads ; all now have a safe place where we can find them .
What are the features?
I use it on my PC, my iPad, iPhone, and Mac Laptop. I understand it can be used also on the Blackberry and other devices.
Most used? Type a note, clip from webpages (or the whole thing), screenshots, photos… lots of ways to gather info and data.
Everything can be searched. That is a huge help when you have collated lots of things that you want to use for a topic, especially over time.
Making a swipe file for things you need often: blog descriptions, social urls, etc. and it become so easy to find, on any of your devices that has the app.
Need more ideas?
Almost forgot! a new feature lately is the Workchat. You can share with team members or whoever you wish, the notes and the what you are working on. Cool. You just click the button and a window pops up for collaboration.
And that graphic? I made it with Skitch which can be synced to share directly into your Evernote file.
Since discovering this app ( it isn’t new, just to me), I installed it on my phone, and in the browsers on both the laptop and desktop. I hope that this, plus dropbox, will get me up to speed in my endeavor to become serious in writing and blogging.
It isn’t that I am not serious about writing, just that it had to take a back seat to homeschool and my duties at home. At age 61 I am just now over the the hurdle of the homeschooling demands and while I’m much slower than I used to be, the raising of a family is no longer as effort and time intensive.