Not sure if any of you know, but I work for The Combined Book Exhibit, a book marketing company in NY. I always write blogs about author tips and I’ve just made a tutorial on making graphics for free using Picmonkey. If you’ve ever wanted to make graphics or promo material for your books, but have no idea where to start, read on below!
If I had to pick the number one question I get from other authors, I would have to say it’s a tie between, “How can I utilize social media?” and “Where can I get graphics for cheap?”
When I say graphics, I mean anything from quote art & promo flyers to bookmarks & postcards. Anything that requires even the smallest amount of design skill, and results in a visual end product to share with your readers.
I was lucky enough to pick up Photoshop a few years ago, and it’s helped me a lot, but to be honest it’s not the program I use most often when making graphics for my social media sites. For one, Photoshop is a heavy program, so opening it can take forever and slow your computer down. It’s also expensive, really expensive. So for a novice, it might not be worth laying down big money for something that will take months to get the hang of on a very basic level. Photoshop is an amazing program, but if you’re looking for simple, fast (and more inexpensive) options, there are a few great alternatives. Below, I’ll share a tutorial for my favorite among these alternatives: Picmonkey.com.