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Do you ever feel like you’re wasting the money that you could be spending on your real estate investing business by paying people to resize images, add boarders, or crop your website pictures? Well, I felt the same way so I stumbled upon a solution and felt the urge to share my little gem with you. A free solution that I don’t ever even have to download. Yep, a free graphic design online website!
The website is called PicMonkey.com. PicMonkey.com is a free graphic design online site that allows you to do everything from resize and crop images, to adding text and changing the colors of images. This free online graphic design website has saved me thousands of dollars on graphic designers with my websites. I’ve made all of my logos on this website and also edited all of my pictures for my sports business websites with this awesome tool. Sure, I’ve been using it for 6 months now, but in those 6 months I feel like I’ve mastered it… and it’s not taking up any space on my hard drive.
For those with real estate investing websites, normally you want to pay somebody else to do any customizations so that you get it done right. You want a professional look and feel. Most importantly though you simply don’t have the time to be doing work that you can pay somebody on Fiverr.com to do for you. However, that’s a whole other blog. This time I want to help you penny savers use this free tool to do some outstanding image editing.
This free graphic design online website allows you to resize your images to nearly any size you want. The way that you do this is by first uploading the picture that you want to resize. Once the picture is resized, look to the left column where your different menu options are. The far left you will see different shapes… you want to click the one at the very top called basic edits. Once your in the basic edits menu you’ll see as an option another menu called “Resize”. Click resize. This will bring up your two boxes to put the new dimensions in and resize your image. A cool feature it presents is a check box that allows you to keep the proportions of the original image so the image isn’t distorted, or you can uncheck the box and distort the image to the exact specifications you need. Once you get the image looking the way you want… click the apply button. At the very top of your screen you will see a save button and by clicking that you can go through the steps to save the newly resized image to your computer. Now you can go upload the image to your REI theme website:) Super easy!
The next common feature novice computer users pay people to do is cropping their images. PicMonkey.com makes cropping your images insanely easy. The way that you do this is by first uploading the picture that you want to resize. Once the picture is resized, look to the left column where your different menu options are. The far left you will see different shapes… you want to click the one at the very top called basic edits. Once you click that you will see the Crop option at the top of the left hand column. Once that is clicked, you’ll see an option to type in the exact dimensions you need to crop… or you can even go over to the picture and drag the corners of the crop box around to get the exact area you want cropped out. Click apply when you’re finished and then save at the top of the screen. Now you can go upload the image into your REI theme site! Who said there weren’t any good free graphic design programs online?
Adding Text to an Image
Text on real estate investing website images is very common. The reason being is because text is often used as a call to action in images. The image catches the viewers attention, then the text ropes the person in closer then leads them to their next step. So, this free online graphic program allows you to not just add text, but to add text with style. It offers multiple options for text styles and fonts. I personally like to use the ones that look like handwriting because they look more personal. I also tend to use red or bright green because they really stand out. Now the way to add text in PicMonkey.com is to go to that left hand menu where you see the little gray images. Click on the “P” and this will bring up all of your font options. Pick a font, type what you want it to say, drag the corners to fit the picture the way you want it to, select the color, select the transparency, and then click apply when you’re happy with it. Now save your image to your computer and upload your image into your REI theme website!
Those are the 3 most common image editing needs for people who own real estate investing websites. This program makes it super easy for you so you don’t have to wait for somebody else to do the simple changes for you and you don’t have to pay out of pocket either. No down time, and you can go take your loved one out for dinner with your saved cash.
My suggestion if you don’t care about money and time though… hire a graphic designer or find a good gig on Fiverr.com. It will look more professional until you master the art of graphic design on your own. Really, time lost is money lost. Happy editing!