I am always looking for easy to use graphic programs. If they are online that is even better, nothing to download. I was sitting down to create a flyer for an upcoming workshop and I ran across a simple, yet powerful website called PosterMyWall. On this site you can use templates or create your own media from scratch.
The website says it is “The Best Online Custom Poster and Photo Collage Maker” and after using it I tend to agree. I am sure there are others out there, but this is simple and if you are ok with a watermark it’s free. I downloaded the flyer shown here for $2.99 without a watermark. I am planning on buying a matte finish poster size of this for $7.99 and get twenty-five 4″ X 6″ cards with envelopes to mail out for $14.95.
What I really like about this site is that the interface is very simple. You can upload your own pictures, place them where you want them, size them exactly how you want and add text anywhere on the document.
They have many templates and backgrounds. I started with the background and just created text and graphics exactly where I wanted it.
I think this could also be used as a tool for creating book covers and a multitude of marketing materials. The posters and cards that you purchase are all printed on photo stock and can also be mounted and framed. I’ll try to update my post after the poster I order arrives.
P.S. If you’re in Northern California on January 10th feel free to come to my workshop on self-publishing for free (or almost free.) There’s a $20 donation for the workshop and my book will be available for $9.95 at the workshop.
Keep on writing!
If you haven’t used PicMonkey, you haven’t lived. It’s way more than just a super-easy online editing tool. I have to admit, I didn’t know about PicMonkey when I made the cover for my wife’s book. I used Gimp. It is also free, but I had to download it and it’s not-super easy to use. There was a learning curve. With PicMonkey, you just upload a picture from your computer and you can begin adding cover text immediately. They have plenty of fonts in the free version and you can upgrade for $4.99 a month or $33.00 a year.
You don’t need to create an account, it’s literally as fast as you can click the edit button, upload your picture, and add the cover text.
The sample at the right took me three minutes to create. I just picked a photo from a backpacking trip and uploaded from my computer and added the text. I would increase the font size (another simple task and orient on the page for best visual appear.)
Beyond the simple editing, there is the PicMonkey blog which has all kinds of useful posts from tips on Facebook to visual marketing ideas. You have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the navigation links. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Keep on writing!