Sunday, May 20, 2012

Free Graphics and PicMonkey

When I graduated from college in 1987 computers were something I was aware of, but they weren't a household item and nothing I cared to have to deal with.  I had used an electric typewriter for my school papers and only Senior year was I required to check into the computer lab to type a few assignments.  I was prepared to ride off into the sunset with my English major in hand and never have to deal with math, science or the computer lab again.  Within 2 years of graduation, computers were all the rage and one was planted on my desk at work.  As an assistant buyer for Montgomery Ward, I was handed a manual and required to learn WYSIWYG, to create spreadsheets, reports and draft memos.  Somehow, I figured it out  and even found the much dreaded computer to be useful.  Flash forward many years, and the computer has become my friend.  I look back and wish my eyes had been more open to taking a computer class in college.  A graphic design or photography major sure would have come in handy when blogging.  I am endlessly searching tutorials for tips on how to make my blog pretty and learning as I go.

Last night, I took my first stab at "creating" a graphic for my blog and it was super easy.  Thanks to the generosity of Keren at free pretty things for you I downloaded this cute free bluebird graphic.  Then I used the PicMonkey site for the first time to add text.  Super easy, super quick.  And, the little bluebird is giving you a hint as to what I have planned for later in the week.  Have you had any luck making unique graphics for you blog?  

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  1. I'll admit I've become addicted to PicMonkey since Picnik went away.

  2. I love your new design! I think computers are best learned by playing around anyway. I took a computer course in university and I couldn't tell you one thing about it. Plus, everything changes so quickly anyway. I will have to try PicMonkey if this is the type of thing you can make!

  3. Your new graphic is darling! I haven't ventured into anything fancy on my blog at all. I'd love to, but it seems like there's never time! Nice to know you came by! Oh! And I love your petty new linens!

  4. Your graphic looks so pretty!....PicMonkey is a great tool...Thank goodness, as I used Picnik all the time and was worried about a replacement...I do think it's a great feeling when you master a new technique...It just takes me a little longer than I would like sometimes!
    Hope you are having a great week,
    Susan x

  5. That turned out great. I love Picmonkey, too!

  6. I love Keren at Free Pretty Things For You! It's where I got my header from too! I haven't tried PicMonkey but now you have me intrigued! Thank you for linking up at the party! I hope to see you next week 💜

  7. Wow! You did an amazing job making that button! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation.

  8. There are so many great images out there to use and I love this bluebird! Great job. Thanks for linking up to STL Wednesday!


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