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Have you noticed the cute infographics on Facebook and Pinterest? Have you thought “That’s cute, but I wish it had my favorite saying”?
You can make one yourself.
You don’t have to be a graphic artist in order to create one. Neither do you have to buy Photoshop nor pay a monthly fee to join Photoshop online. With a little imagination and a little inspiration, you can create your own infographic using PicMonkey.
PicMonkey is a free online photo editor. Most of the features are free but there are some available only if you upgrade. I paid $33 for a yearly access to the service. They also have a monthly option that costs $4.99.
To begin, go to PicMonkey.com and click on Design and choose a size.
The next step is to pick a back ground color. You do this by clicking on the icon that is on top at the far left. (It kinda looks like a square.)
Once you have selected your background you can start adding text.
- First, click on the Text Icon from the selection on the left. It looks like Tt.
- After you have done that, click on the Add Text button.
- Place your cursor inside the box that will now appear on your background. Select the font from the available list on the left. (The crown symbol by the name indicates that is a premium feature.) Now you can start typing.
You can reposition your words at any time.
There are a few pictures available that you can add to your infographic. You can find them by clicking on the butterfly in the column on the left. I thought that a set of lips would be the perfect accompaniment for Kiss My Grits.
Here is another basic infographic:
Once you get the hang of that, you can add flourishes. I decided to take my mother-in-law’s recipe for peanut brittle and convert it into an infographic.
I was hoping to have it printed onto an 8×10 canvas and hang it in my kitchen. However, I discovered that the resolution is low and not suitable. These infographics are best for sharing online with friends and family.
PicMonkey is also useful for editing pictures and adding captions. The keys to working with it is to not be afraid and to be sure to save your work.
What is your favorite Southern expression?