A little while ago we welcomed a new visitor – Kathryn Yarborough of Flowing With Change to our page, and what a delight she is! Kathryn has followed our Inkscape Tutorials and has been getting some fabulous results from implementing what she has learnt.
So much so, that we wanted Kathryn to tell people what her experience has been, and so we invited her to guest on our Blog here. So over to you Kathryn…
(Update Oct 2013: To make things even easier in creating Facebook Posters, we have put together some specific training and you can get more information at the bottom of this post)
I’m a Facebook junkie! Actually I have my own business and I’m using Facebook to reach potential clients. So earlier this year when I saw the Facebook “posters” people had made that have their website URL on them, I thought, that’s a brilliant idea.
For about a month, I kept thinking that I wanted to do that… But I had no idea how!
Somehow I stumbled upon Caroline and Davina’s Facebook page – Useful Graphic Design Tutorials and clicked on the link to sign up for their free tutorials. Wow!!! Was I thrilled to discover that they were teaching in their free tutorials how to use a FREE graphic design software that could be downloaded off the internet. I practically couldn’t believe it.
So I watched a few of their videos and made my first picture! It wasn’t so good, but I proudly posted it on my Facebook page and theirs. Caroline and Davina were so positive… Each time I made a new picture and posted it, they cheered me on and encouraged me!
When they invited me to write a blog and tell folks how I create my pictures, I wasn’t quite sure what to write. The truth is I have a kind of inner sense of beauty – or something like that. So I fuss around with most of my pictures until I feel a click that says – that’s it.
For me it’s a creative process. Each picture takes about 30 – 40 minutes to create. You can do it a lot quicker if you just put some words on a photo… but I feel like I’m doing more than that. I’m creating something.
Here’s one of my latest Facebook “posters” on the right here,that demonstrates what I’m talking about.
So… if you want to know how to do this… Well watch the tutuorials and do what Caroline and Davina do as you watch them. You’ll learn how to use inkscape and gimp (though I haven’t even started working with gimp yet) and then you’ll have the tools to play. Then play, create, have fun, and share!
According to my Facebook statistics the number of people reached by my page Flowing with Change went from the highest of about 14,000 to over 70,000 in about 3 weeks – since I’ve been posting pictures I’ve created. It could just be a coincidence, but I don’t think so.