How to Become a Graphic Designer

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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GIVE SOMETHING AWAY TODAY

Got something you can offer in a competition?

Newspapers and magazines will give you free editorial space in exchange for a prize. Your prize can be what you are selling.  However, be prepared, the media will always want minimum prize values.

ADD PERSONALITY AND MORE TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

People don’t want to talk to brands and logos, they want to talk to people. Add a photo of a real person to your social media accounts and don’t always shout about your own business. Add personality to your brand using humor, graphics, and photos. This is a great way to get your customer‘s to warm up to you and your product or service. Start by adding a Facebook timeline image.

10 Web Design Trend Predictions for 2017 [Infographic] – ShortStack

We found a great infographic we wanted to share with you.
(The Creator will have an infographics template set soon!)

For now, take a look at these 10 design trends to watch for in 2017 😀

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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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Mac update for Sierra! Fixed!

The Mac Sierra bug has been fixed

You can download the update to version 7.2.7 here:
https://www.laughingbirdsoftware.com/updates

This fixes the drag and drop issue when you’re trying to drag images onto the canvas. And it also fixed the issue of that frustrating “rubber band” effect while you’re dragging images aroumd on the canvas.

So download the update and you’ll be back up and running again  😀

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

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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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