I don't own photoshop, in reality I have no use for it or at least time to learn it and use it properly! But to make the card we were going for I needed something that would let me layer images and input my own fonts ect. So after much trial and error one day with different software I discovered that Powerpoint works perfect for these types of things!!
I am a windows girl, so I love all microsoft office tools, I personally think they are intuitive and easy to use! So I thought I would give you all a few tips/tricks that I have learned, for those of you that enjoy the occasional collage or blog button ect but don't have photoshop!
I don't want to make this post tooo long so I am just going to start with the basics of why I think it is a great tool and then I will get into a few subtopics in some up-coming posts!
1. You Can Resize your Slide to Any-Size to Make a Template
This is a really great feature if you are working on making a button or picture for you blog. There are tons of sites that give you a size guide you would need for all things bloggy related and you can resize your slide to fit those so you get the best quality!
2. You Can Save Your Slide as a jpg
within each slide you can layer images and text, when you get it to be perfect you can save it as a jpg so it is easier to import that layered image in future slides!
3. You can Import Many Fonts
Bloggers love using a variety of fonts, and there are tons of sources out there to download free ones. I used to think I could only use those in photoshop but that is not the case! You can import different fonts in to power-point with a few easy steps!
Use this how to guide: Add New Fonts to Use with Office
4. You Can Lock, Center, Move, Overlap items super easy - without having to "insert layer"
Ive used gimp before (the free alternative to photoshop) and I have found the layer thing to be super hard to grasp. I just don't get it. I love that in powerpoint it is super easy to adjust your layers, it doesn't take tons of time!
5. Duplicating Slides
When I was making the card for my brother I found this tool to be key! Once I knew where I wanted text and images I duplicated that image and could play around with different fonts. That way the card was the same but a quick fix gave it a new look and you could view them side by side!
I hope this was a helpful post. Please comment with questions and opinions, id love to continue this post with a few other more in depth tips if requested!