Back in the early days when I first started using WordPress and Godaddy to create websites I used a software called Publisher Pro. It consisted of three programs one being a desktop publisher I used to create web pages. Another one was a Photoshop like program I used to create my digital scrap kits and web page elements. And I  honestly can’t remember what the third one was. I guess I didn’t use it enough to remember it. lol But when my Window’s xp computer went down sometime in 2013 these programs were lost to me.

Not because I didn’t have the disc. But because my new laptop was the latest version of widows and they were incompatible. I loved this software so much I went online to purchase a newer version. But when I installed it, it just wasn’t the same. They had upgraded the program [at least by their standards, not by mine] and rolled all three into one. But now it didn’t have the Photoshop style that I loved. I was no longer able to create the things I once did. It was time to search for some new software but I didn’t have any money. I barely scraped together the $50 for the new Publisher Pro.

Doing a google search for “free graphic design software” I found a program called GIMP that claimed to be similar to Photoshop. So I thought what the hey, let’s give it a try. After all its free so what have I got to loose. I loved it and I’ve been using it ever since. It allowed me to do most everything I used to do with my old Publisher Pro software. So for the time I was one happy camper.

It took me a while to warm up to and learn how to use the new Publisher Pro. And honestly, I don’t think I ever gave it a fair chance. As time has gone by, I’ve gotten more used to it and understand it better. I now use it to edit and create all my images for Instagram, Pinterest and blog post as well as website pages.

Up until now, GIMP and Publisher Pro are all I’ve used. But recently I branched out and got an Adobe and Canva memberships. I haven’t used either of them yet but as my blog and business grow, I’m sure I will. But for now, I’m loving my Publisher Pro again. I’ve learned a lot over the past few years and I’ve turned out some pretty nice work with it. Below you can see examples of my work with the old program and the new.

The top two were done with my old photoshop like program. This was back when twitter TL’s used backgrounds. The Elena banner was done with GIMP last year.

The stationery was done with my new Publisher Pro program.

A few years ago I worked for the Tobacco section at the state of Michigan. I even used PowerPoint to create graphics. And I’ve used it to create scrap kit elements and papers as well.

My point is, you don’t need a lot of fancy software to design. But there are many other free software’s you can get if you need more then the basics. So don’t despair that you can’t afford Photoshop or the entire Adobe suite. Start with the basics and work your way up like I have. 

Leave me a comment, would love to hear what you use and like best for designing graphics. Or what you like, don’t like about the Adobe suite. I’m still learning how to use it so any pointers are appreciated.

Have a blessed day!

♥ Marti

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