How To Create Professional Graphics — Even If You’re Not a Graphic Designer

Marie Ennis-O'Connor
11 min readOct 25, 2018

Updated August 2022

Do you want your presentations and blog posts to stand out? Are you looking to create eye-catching graphics for social media?

Then this article is for you.

It used to be, to create graphics for your content (and social media) marketing, you had to have a designer who knew Photoshop.

No longer!

Now any one of us can design compelling images — even without a lick of graphic design skills.

In a few moments, I’m going to show you which tools you can use to create professional graphics to enhance your marketing without spending a cent.

But before we dive into the list of tools, check out this super infographic from CoSchedule which shares some best practice design tips. Keep these tips in mind when it comes time to create your own graphics.

14 Tools To Create Professional Looking Graphics

1. Canva

Canva is one of my every-day go-to tools when I am creating visuals. It’s so easy and quick to use it with a multitude of layout options, fonts, images and illustrations to choose from. And best of all it’s free! If you want more advanced features, you do also have the option to upgrade for a small fee.

Whether you want a Twitter post or Facebook profile picture, you can create them quickly using Canva’s drag and drop editor. Select from a number of pre-set designs, or create something from scratch. You can also add elements such as custom icons, fonts, charts, and illustrations.

Here’s how to use it

i. Sign up at canva.com. The sign-up process is quick and easy.

ii. Next click on “Create a design” and choose the platform for which you wish to create a visual, for example, blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Your image will be automatically resized to fit the size dimensions of each platform.

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