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How to Get Graphics On Your Website

[ 0 ] July 12, 2008 |

If you want to be successful at making money online, you really should learn how to produce your own graphics. I say this, because as soon as you come up with a new money making idea, you will want to get to work on building your website, salesletter, squeeze page, blog etc. immediately.

Now, you can get away without knowing how to create your own graphics, but you may be limited to the projects you can create as well as progressing a little slower because you will have to wait on a graphics company you hire to do the work for you.

If you know knowlege of graphics, but you would like to learn what it takes to make good graphics, then I would highly recommend taking a look at this great graphics course by Design Guru Ryan. It explains all of the graphical elements you need to create a great website or salespage. Ryan has designed graphics and websites for some of the best online marketing products so this is one guy you should learn from. Here’s the link:

Dressed to Convert by Design Guru Ryan


Once you Here are a few ways you can get graphics for your site:

Buy Graphics Software

The first thing you can do is buy some graphics software and learn how to use it. If you have never used software like Photoshop or Corel Draw then your learning curve will be pretty steep. Plus, these software programs are a bit expensive.

If this is the option you choose, then the best way to learn how to use this kind of graphics software is to just go to YouTube.com or some other video site and watch some tutorials. Simply type in what you are trying to accomplish, along with the words “photoshop” or “corel draw”, and a ton of tutorials will be listed.

Once you have the listing to these tutorials, open up your graphics software and follow along as the person shows you what to do. The secret to learning to use these graphics programs is to do a task a few times until you are comfortable with it. If you just do something once, you will never remember how to do it in the future so will always struggle to get used to using these software programs.

Another good tip would be to set up a file, or a bookmark folder, where you can categorize all of the links to these tutorials you find online for easy access to them in the future. This way you stay organized and don’t waste time looking for that great tutorial you once found.

If you want to buy your own graphics software but want to keep your costs down then check out these links to cheap graphics software on eBay:

Cheap Photoshop Software on eBay

Cheap Corel Draw Software on eBay

Free Graphics Software

If your budget is tight, then you may wish to use a free graphics program that you can download online. Although it may not have all the features of the higher end graphics software programs, it still does a good job and there are plenty of video tutorials on YouTube etc. that will walk you through how to use it. There are other free graphics programs online, but this one is the most popular, and very similar to photoshop.

Gimp – #1 free graphics software

Outsource Your Graphics

If you have no knowledge of how to create graphics, then you may want to have a graphics company or designer do them for you. The disadvantage is that you will have to wait a few days for them to finish the job for you but you will get professional graphics for your website.

Here are a few great companies that you can outsource your graphic designs to:

Pulp Mini-Sites – These guys have designed some amazing online marketing sites
Design Guru Ryan – One of the best designers
99 Designs – cool approach to having your graphics designed.
Guru – outsourcing of graphics
eLance – outsourcing of graphics

Online Graphics Generators

Another alternative to get free graphics for your website, is to use a free generator online. To find what you are looking for, simply do a Google search and type in whatever you are looking to design with the word “generator” after it. So you would search for: “header generator”, “button generator” etc. Once you find a site that allows you to create what you need, you simply download it and place it on your website. It’s that easy, and it’s free!

Create a Graphics Swipe File

A last piece of advice I would give you, is to set up what’s called a swipe file on your computer so you can save cool graphics from other websites that you come across, and cool graphics that you create, so you can use them on other websites.

This DOES NOT mean you are stealing graphics from other people’s sites. You are using them for ideas or color schemes for your own graphics that you will be creating or will have created for you.

In your swipe file you set up folders like this:

Main Folder: Swipe Graphics

Subfolders:

Headers
Footers
Text
Buttons
Icons
Boxes
etc.

Then you set up another file called:

Main Folder: My Graphics

Subfolders:

Headers
Footers
Text
Buttons
Icons
Boxes
etc.

Then, when you visit a website with a graphical element on it that you like, you right click on the graphic then save it to your “Swipe Graphics” folder. When you need to design something in the future you reference this “Swipe Graphics” folder. If you are going to pay to have something designed for you, then send the designer an image you like so they can create your own image based on the one you sent them.

Once you create your new graphic, or have someone create it for you, save it in your “My Graphics” folder. This way, you can use it on other sites that you create in the future. After you do this for a while, you will be amazed at how many graphics you end up with in your “My Graphics” file, and how easy it is to put together a great looking website, very quickly.

Hope this helps,

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