I can’t imagine a world without Facebook and Twitter anymore (social media in general) in this time. You can find almost everybody on some sort of Social media service.
Companies and Bloggers are using Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to engage with readers on social media with their user base. Individuals are using Social media to engage with their mates. And there are HR departments who are scanning potential hires for any problematic behavior.
One question that is common to Social Media users is: How do I create a good looking cover image? Individuals may upload a picture from hiking, event or vacations photo. In most cases that will look great.
It get’s a bit more complicated with the companies, they need to send a message to their readers. In most cases they can afford a designer who will send the message through a great design, designer can create a beautiful Twitter or Facebook cover image.
What about individuals who would like to be different from friends who are using event photo?
What about bloggers who are starting with their blog? You can be creative but don’t know how to use graphical design tools. You can have a great gift for writing great articles, but may not have aesthetic touch.
How to create stunning Facebook and Twitter cover images?
- Use graphical tools to create great artwork
- Buy a service from professional designer
- Use Fiverr
- Use a dedicated service for cover images
If you know how to use Photoshop, Pixelmator or Inkscape and have a bit of design touch, you can create a great looking artwork. The only downside is time, you can spend hours designing the perfect cover image.
You can buy a service from a designer, result may be great looking cover image but it will cost you a lot of money.
Yes, you can use Fiverr (cheap service, where people around the world sell their service for $5). My experience is a mixed bag of feelings. When using Fiver for other design projects I stumbled on copycats (they use stock image which they didn’t buy or they copy logo from stock images) and amateurs and semi designers who produce mediocre results. What’s worse, if you are using stole design, you could get in to legal trouble. Your experience can be different, but I will stay away from Fiver for a while, at least for graphical design.
There is another way to create a great looking cover image for Facebook, Twitter, Google plus or any Social media service that uses a cover image. Service is called Canva. And you can create other type of designs as well. Designs range from Presentations, Posters, Posts, Invitation, Business Card, Kindle cover and many other designs.
How to create a great looking cover image?
Canva is a web application, that means that you don’t have to download and install application on your computer. All you have to do is to set up a free account. Once you login, you will have to choose what type of cover image you will want to create. You can select from many types, but in this case, I have selected a Facebook type.
Usually first problem users encounter when designing cover images is the size. How do you know for what size you should optimize your picture? With Canva, you don’t have to worry about picture size as templates are already properly sized. Twitter template has predefined size and so does Facebook template and so on. Every template is properly sized.
Once you have chosen type, new window will open. Here you select a design template. Design template already includes a picture, text, colors, right fonts and image effects. You can change images from extensive image collection, you can also replace image with color background. Once you find the proper image, you can apply filters to change the look of a picture.
In a similar way to Instagram effects (retro, process, high contrast, black and white and so on) you can apply filters to images and create a really unique design. You can also add effects to text and easily move the objects around.
What is so great about this service is that every template has been designed by a designer. You see, you can use the same image and fonts that you like, but without proper image effect, fonts that go along and even font color that matches background color your design may not be as appealing as the one from the template. You can modify the template however you want and make your perfect cover image. For any social media service, including the most popular ones: Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest.
Once you finish your design, you can save the project for a later use or you can download it to use it on your profiles.
What about pricing? Price for the service is free.
Where Canva earns money are premium images which can be added to a project or a already part of the template. Don’t worry, there are also free images you can use for your awesome profile. While most images are premium, price for one is only $1. You won’t break your bank account, and yes, you can also upload your own image, in that case price is also Free.
Not bad, huh? Visit Canva to set up your perfect profile picture.