How it started
In June I was approached to try out Visme. In the past I have used Canva and found this easy and sufficient for my use. So how does Visme compare to Canva? I will tell you what I found.
In this infographic from Visme everything has been clearly laid out and it is easy to see what the differences are.
As with any new program you use, it takes a bit to find your way around. For example, I have used a PC ever since I started working with computers, now over 20 years ago. I now have a MacBook. At first everything was new and strange, and sometimes frustrating. But the more you use something, the easier it gets. In short, I now really like my MacBook Pro.
So how does this relate to me?
In truth, I have limited use for both programs. My most used graphics and applications are to make pins for Pinterest to promote my posts. In addition, I use Photoshop for picture editing.
I do not make infographics and charts, however when looking at both programs, I am very impressed with the variety of tools Visme offers versus Canva. The infographics that are used in my posts are made by other people. I can only hope they use Visme.
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Sstep by step how start using Visme.
When you click the link HERE to go to Visme this is what you come to:
What you want to do first is set up your free account.
When that is done, you can go to the regular sign-in page with very consecutive time you want to log in to Visme.
When logged in you will come to this screen, or your dashboard:
My account is defaulting to “My projects”. As you can see, all my projects will show up here. Now the fun begins! See that big blue button? That is were you create your new project.
Try it out and this is what you will see:
Creating new graphics
You can choose to create: Infographics; Printables; Web graphics; Social graphics and the last section is to create your own custom graphics!
As I mentioned before, I mostly use the program to create Social graphics, so that is where we are heading:
And I would like to create a pin for Pinterest, so go ahead and click on the Pinterest icon.
Here is the graphic I choose to create a customized pin:
Hover over the graphic you selected with your mouse, and a blue box “EDIT” will pop up.
Click on it and now you have your work canvas.
Hover over the canvas and different parts of the picture will be highlighted for you to edit. In order to continue, you will have to “unlock” any elements if needed. To remove the back ground, click the little garbage can. You can always undo your action if you change your mind, so do not panic.
I usually start with removing pictures and other elements I do not need.
If you are not sure if you want to keep an element, you can just move it to the side for the time being.
Here I added a picture of my choosing to be the back ground.
I was wanting to create a picture in the diamond shape, but it did not look right when I tried it. You see the curved little arrow in the white space? When you move it the block will tumble in the direction you want it to. You can also make the shape bigger or smaller by tugging at the corners.
I layered a cropped version of the background picture overtop, then added the square shape over top by clicking the “arrange” button to bring it forward.
The final pin with the overlay and the text on the bottom.
You can change the colours of the graphic. And the button at the far left will reveal a drop down menu where you can go back to your dashboard. Which will show you all your projects you have saved.
And when you are satisfied with the final design click the download button at the far right upper corner.
So far my walk through of how to make a social graphic with Visme. There are many, many things you can do to create your own brand and graphics. To many to mention here. Once I knew where most of the control buttons were, I found this program very easy to use. What I like also it that you can create your own brand colours, this is so easy when you just want to do a quick edit.
In short, I will definitely keep using this program. Will I go for the paid version? At this point, I do not think so as I do not use it consistent enough myself. Who knows, this may change in the future.
However for businesses and companies that want to make their own graphics, this is a great program for them.
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