You Don’t Have to Be an Artist to Create Great Graphics

Many Hubbers have shied away from creating custom images for their work because they are not comfortable with their artistic skills. Even if you might not be happy with your doodles, sketches, and paintings, you can still create fabulous original graphics for your Hubs that add polish, demonstrate meaning, and improve readers’ aesthetic experiences.

Consider making use of colorful text, the way Melbel has done in some of her helpful math Hubs (we’ll be hearing more from her later this week). Also consider playing around with GIMP (free editing software similar to Photoshop) or some straightforward drawing programs, as Wayseeker has done splendidly (in addition to creating beautiful sketches by hand) with some of his Hubs (we’ll also be hearing from him this week).

6679003_f1024If you’re really averse to the idea of creating custom images, let the numbers create them for you! Graphs and charts make for wonderful graphics, and can be as informative as they are attractive. Microsoft Excel, Google Spreadsheets, and even basic online graph tools intended for young students make for great graph generators.

Also don’t forget that simple screenshots count as custom graphics, and can be quite helpful for Hubs that provide advice on navigating various websites, completing tasks on different operating systems, and using software programs.

As you can see, there are many options for creating custom images for Hubs- even for those who are not so artistically inclined.

If you don’t consider yourself to be an artist, but still incorporate original graphics into your work, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us about the images you create and the tools you use by posting on our Facebook page, tweeting @HubPagesDotCom, or striking up a conversation with +HubPages on Google+.

4 thoughts on “You Don’t Have to Be an Artist to Create Great Graphics

    • Great question, Millionaire Tips. In most cases, since you’re providing commentary on the sites you’re taking screenshots of, those images could call under the Fair Use classification. Regarding attribution: I recommend naming the site in question and linking back to them.

  1. Simone,

    I agree, graphics doesn’t have to be hard – just takes some practice. I wrote 2 hubs (so far) on using Microsoft Word to create graphics. I have used it for years that way and now I think it has become much easier with the ribbon menu. Since many have access to it, it seems like a no-brainer.

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