All posts by Lisa Sylvester

Learn how to modify templatesto make loads of easy marketing graphics

How to Create Easy Marketing Graphics for Business

A huge challenge for your business is getting easy marketing graphics that are professional but affordable.

Learn how to create your own easy marketing graphics right now… even if you’re NOT a graphic designer and don’t have time (or money) to learn complicated design techniques!  

Just read this step-by-step tutorial to find out how you can have the business graphics you need, all of the time.

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5 Awesome Text Design Effects You can Make for Free without Photoshop

5 easy text design effects you can make without Photoshop; even non-designers can make special text effects with a free graphic design tool! Grab your free graphic design software and get started!

Graphic Design Tip: Special effects you can apply to text design

 

Great text design is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get yourself noticed!

But if you’re not a graphic designer or Photoshop expert, you might be thinking that awesome text effects just aren’t going to happen for you. Truth is, you don’t have to have experience designing text (or graphics!) to make a great text design.

Watch these video tutorials on designing five different text effects with The Creator7 graphics software (free version!). In just a few minutes, you’ll learn how to create some pretty awesome designs for your website, blog, marketing and even your personal signature!Continue reading

How to Become a Graphic Designer

Learn how to become your own graphic designer without any graphics experience or Photoshop!

Non-designers: You can create your own graphics!

Ever thought about what it would take to become a graphic designer?

Or wanted to make your own graphics for your website or blog?

Or perhaps wished you could make some extra money creating graphics while working from home?!

In the online world, graphics have become an absolute necessity. If you run an online business, you need many different graphics, probably on a weekly or even daily basis: Graphics for a website, blog, social media, email and other marketing campaigns.

That’s right! Everyone needs them and YOU can be the one to provide them!

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to become a graphic designer, even as a side business, now is that time. I know. I know. You feel overwhelmed and dizzy at just the thought of it.

You’ve got way easier options than you think. Read on to learn how to become a graphic designer without going to design school (and check out the easy, free graphics tool below to help you do it).

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Happy New Year 2017 from Laughingbird Software

Laughingbird Software: Graphics for 2017!

As 2017 swings into full gear, Laughingbird Software is dedicated to giving you spankin’ new graphics, valuable ideas… and a whole lot of thanks.

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Post Perfect Facebook Images with this Simple Trick

You already know that Facebook is a powerful way to share your greatness with the world. But, if your Facebook images aren’t created and posted correctly, you’ve just officially wasted your valuable time and effort.

After all, your number one goal is to connect with your audience. But what if your audience isn’t connecting with you?! They’re not clicking over to your posts! And your effort has all been a big, fat waste of time!

Poorly optimized Facebook images can be one of the biggest roadblocks for your audience.

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6 Social Media Design Hacks

Social Media Design: 6 Easy Hacks that Grab Attention

Now that everyone is using social media as a marketing tool, it’s become more important than ever to grab your audiences’ attention with exceptional social media design.

But what if you aren’t sure how to create amazing graphics? And it just seems too hard. Yet you just know the incredible value in doing it yourself.

Don’t worry! Many have been trapped in total newbie designer darkness. Thankfully, however, you can find your way out, way more easily than you think.

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Design Blog Graphics in 6 Easy Steps: A Graphic Design Tutorial

Design Blog Graphics in Six Easy Steps

One of your biggest challenges as a blogger is to design relevant, high-quality blog graphics for each post.

You’ve probably heard that nicer website or blog graphics are read more easily and get way more social media shares. The problem is that you’re NOT a graphic designer and don’t have time to learn complicated design techniques.  Well, that’s okay! Read more to find out how to have awesome web and blog graphics in minutes.

 

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pinterest for business making a plan that works

Pinterest for Business: How to Make a Plan that Works

So, you’re here because you want to succeed in using Pinterest for Business.

And you most likely have a product or service you’d like help marketing.

Everyone’s always saying how great Pinterest is and how easy it is to spread your pins around the world. But let’s get real… using Pinterest for business is in a whole different universe than just swapping free recipes.

In my previous article, 5 Pinterest Fails Every Beginner Can Avoid, I had let you in on my “Biggest Fail” for beginners on Pinterest:

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Make a Free Logo

Make a Logo for FREE

You’ve always wanted to know how to make a logo for free, one that looks professional but that you can make yourself.

And you’ve probably read all sorts of info about using a logo design. So, why is it that you still don’t have a logo, or at least one you like, that makes sense for your company?

I get it. Learning about logos is fine. But it’s still completely overwhelming to actually get one, right?! Too much money, too much time, too much experience… that you don’t have!

No worries! I’m going to help you create a logo design you can be proud of… step-by-step. I’ll show you how to make a logo for free from beginning to end. Seriously! We‘re doing this together!

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10 big website design mistakes

Avoid These 10 Big Website Design Mistakes

What a bummer… that you can’t just put up a website, make sales and forget about it. Sorry, that would just be asking for multiple website design mistakes to happen! And big mistakes mean that people won’t stick around for long on your site.

Don’t let this happen to you!
Read these ten website design mistakes you can’t afford to make:

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Use this Web Graphics Guide to help run a successful online business

Web Graphics Guide for Online Business

5 Web Graphics you must have to run a successful online business:

You’ve probably heard about how important it is to have high-quality images on your website and blog. Okay. Well, just know that you’re missing out big-time if you haven’t put any thought into using awesome web graphics to make your sales!

Before finding out what these super important graphics are, I want you to know WHY web graphics are essential:

Effective web graphics visually explain what you want your audience to understand. This is super important.  I’m certainly guilty of not always reading the information right in front of me. I’m in a hurry. You’re in a hurry, too right? And with all the great forms of visual content these days, why bother reading a whole long page?

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Build Your Brand in 5 easy Steps

Visual Brand Building in 5 Steps

Building a visual brand doesn’t have to be tricky or time-consuming. Make it easy by following these 5 steps to branding bliss.Build Your Brand in 5 easy Steps

1. Find your own unique brand perspective

Forget trying to copy the design that’s working well for other brands. Keeping your design original and unique is the first way of gaining your audience’s attention. Their visual brand design may not even fit with what you are trying to convey to your customers. Further, if you copy your competitors look and feel, you’ll appear not only untrustworthy and uncreative, you could end up with legal trouble.

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You can easily make your own social media graphics

Social Media Graphics: Easily Create Your Own

Creating different-sized images for Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and other social media graphics is a never-ending task, isn’t it?

Truth is, you should be using social media graphics every day! You need to stand out from the crowd and social media is the way to do it.

Don’t stress! There is some good news:

I’ve found out that it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to do-it-yourself. Here are the options for DIY social media image creation.

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Understand the top 5 ways to improve your brand.

The Top 5 Ways to Make or Break Your Brand

Before I give you a dose of brand reality, know that however little time you think you have to focus on this topic, you must understand your brand in order to be successful. So, let’s slog through this together quickly so that we can get to the fun stuff…and there will be fun stuff…but read this first!

(I hope you enjoy my use of swimming pool examples…hahaha…I’m obviously a consumer easily influenced by things that make me feel warm, bright and relaxed)

Now, check out the 5 questions that’ll help define your company’s brand:

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Avoid these 5 Pinterest fails by following these Pinterest tips

5 Pinterest Fails You Can Avoid by Following These Tips

“Holy Pinterest!” That’s what I thought when I recognized all the Pinterest fails I’d made in my attempt to improve my social media marketing.

Honestly, I’d spent so much time sitting and staring at my computer, wondering what I should be doing. I’d read about the Pinterest platform, avoided a few Pinterest fails from others, and randomly pinned some pins to see what happened. Well, let me tell you… not much.

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