Messages from the aether

As the Uniting Church Centre is still buzzing with excitement about its shiny, new website, Elsa Samuel, Digital Communications Officer at the Uniting Church WA, shares some neat image enhancing tools to help create a visually stunning website.

Fotor.com

According to British researchers at Northumbria University, a website with poor visual appeal creates a bad first impression to its visitors. Solve the issue of stretched, skewed or dull photos with Fotor.com, a free photo editor. Fotor’s capabilities are no match for Photoshop, however it’s fast and simple to use. Colour correct photos, create a photo collage or resize images and much more. I use Fotor.com to crop and resize website photos on the Uniting Church WA website and blog at unitingchurchwa.org.au.

Canva.com

I am so in love with Canva! Here’s why: it’s a fun, free online graphic design tool that allows people who are time poor with limited graphic design skills and no access to Photoshop to create effortless graphics for social media, blogs and websites. Canva has a large library of pre-designed templates, which you can easily customise. And if you don’t want to use a template, Canva gives you the option to create images from a blank canvas with custom dimensions. You can also upload your own images to use in their templates or within your own designs, for example your company logo. And it has an amazing array of fonts to play with!

Infogram.com

Instantly capture your audience with beautiful infographics with Infogram.com. One of my favourite free e-tools, Infogram is easy to use, fast and turns dry reporting information such as graphs, charts, maps and stories in a clearly laid out and visually appealing setting. It’s a great site to check out if you have lots of data to present. You can opt to go with its Basic plan, which is free (forever) or upgrade for more functionality.

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