How I Design Kick-Ass Graphics For My Blog

Hey, Pixels! Today I want to share with you some amazing tools that I use to design kick-ass graphics for my blog. I've been getting a lot of questions regarding how I design various graphics for XO PIXEL and what tools I specifically use.

Adobe Photoshop

What: Featured Images, Freebies, Photos, Gifs

Photoshop is an amazing tool. If you’re a long time XO PIXEL reader, you probably know how much I love and use Photoshop. I use Photoshop for almost all of the photos and graphics on my blog. The featured images for all my blog posts have been made in Adobe Photoshop. If I’m using photos from my camera, I upload and edit them in Photoshop. Even some of the banners and graphics found in the sidebar and above the main content were made in Photoshop.

Adobe Illustrator

What: Logo, Patterns, Illustrations

Illustrator is my go-to app when I’m creating patterns for my website. Illustrator has an easy pattern maker tool. That’s one of the main reasons why I use it. I also used Adobe Illustrator to design the XO PIXEL logo.

Adobe InDesign

What: Printable content

I use Adobe InDesign to create all of the awesome printable content on XO PIXEL. InDesign is perfect for designing anything where print is the final output. During my design process, I usually add any graphics and images that I created in Illustrator and Photoshop, to my InDesign document. It’s a solid app—I love it.

Want To Use The Same Apps? Here’s How..

Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are all part of my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. I use these apps every single day, so it’s a no-brainer for me to have a yearly Adobe CC subscription.

There are several plans you can choose from, but the plan that I recommend for most designers is the “All Apps” plan. This plan includes 20+ apps, a portfolio website, access to Typekit fonts, and 20GB of cloud storage. If you’re a multi-faceted designer like me, the All Apps plan is perfect for you.

Also, if you’re a student or teacher, you get a generous 60% off the All Apps plan, which is an amazing deal! I used the student discounted All Apps plan when I was in university. Almost all students can all agree that discounts like these are life savers. Don’t miss out on this offer if you’re a student or teacher.

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