PicMonkey and Canva

In today’s social networking era, one of your most powerful marketing tools are consistently branded graphics that both provide value to your customers and highlight your business. We consider it an investing in our business to create branded, professional, and shareable graphics.

You do NOT need to spend your time and money taking a Photoshop course or buying Adobe’s full creative suite. In this post, I’m going to share our two favorite resources for editing and manipulating images AND other content (like newsletters, eBooks, etc.).

PicMonkey and Canva have a much shorter learning curve and are very affordable. But, first, let’s talk briefly about the different places you can use branded graphics.

Where to Use Branded Graphics

We use branded graphics all over the place. Every single one we put out there includes our company name and website. Here are some ideas for you:

  • Social profile cover photos (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)
  • An Instagram or Facebook campaign
  • Inspirational and motivational quotes
  • Healthy recipes (including Shakeology)
  • Thumbnail images for your YouTube or Vimeo videos
  • Pinterest pinnable featured images for your blog posts
  • Pinterest board cover photos
  • Recognition announcements for your team

Every time someone sees one of your graphics, they remember you. The better they are, the more likely they are shared, making the remembering exponential.

About PicMonkey and Canva

PicMonkey and Canva are online programs that are simple to use, inexpensive, and totally intuitive. Both of these platforms were created to allow you to manipulate photos (i.e., adjust lighting, crop, use effects), create cool font-based graphics, or even layout an entire flyer or newsletter using pre-made templates.

Each platform has a host of templates, fonts, and clipart available, as well as robust tutorials. They both provide the ability to store your graphics in their hub for future easy editing and share your completed graphics on social media directly from their site.

Each of these sites has their plusses and minuses, which is why we use both. Here is a quick side by side comparison:

 Website www.picmonkey.com/ www.canva.com/
 Pricing Three Levels:

  1. $3.99/ month or $47.88/year
  2. $7.99/month
  3. $8.33/month or $99.99/year
Two levels:

  1. Basic level is free
  2. $12.95/month (save 23% when you pay for a year in full)
 Free Trial 7 days 30 days of Level 2 with subscription
 Online | App Yes | Supports Android & Apple Yes | Supports Apple only
 Ease of Use Menu-based; a little challenging Very intuitive; a bit glitchy at times
 Storage 50 images with Basic membership; unlimited in higher levels Unlimited
 Templates Many to chose from; most require purchase at Basic Level Lots of predesigned pieces; some free, many for purchase*
 Tutorials Tons; many video based. Large library of articles and tutorials
 Clipart & Images Moderate library of choices Very large library of choices

* Here’s a little Canva tip—the pre-made graphics that cost money are just charging you for the IMAGE. If you delete their image and use your own, you will NOT be charged!

Now, go explore and see which format works best for you! If you’re just starting out, PicMonkey is a good place to start. Trust me, this is money well spent as it will save you lots of time!

A Gift for You!

Here’s a BIG reward for you paying attention and doing your training! Here are a BUNCH of ready made graphics that we made that we’re sharing with YOU:

(NOTE: In order to work properly, you must be on a desk or laptop computer to access the graphics from this link. If you’re on a mobile device, after clicking below, you will have to click on Photos > Albums in the left menu to get where you’re supposed to be!)