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Piktochart Infographic & Graphic Design Tool for Non-Designers [Scenttrail Review]

Piktochart Infographic & Graphic Design Tool for Non-Designers [Scenttrail Review] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Piktochart is an easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce simple and high quality graphics. Create free infographics here.

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I used Piktochart yesterday to create an infographic to support my 5 Easy Email Marketing Tips (http://sco.lt/7T6pTF ). I am NOT a graphic designer, but I found Piktochart helped me think like one.

Creation of my first "infographic", and I put infographic in quotes not to offend any true infographic pro, took about two hours. Piktochart's User Interface is excellent, intuitive and drag and drop friendly.

At first I tried to do everything IN Piktochart. Then I noticed they have a robust import tool so I created a draft in the tool, took a screen shot, sized the screen shot up to their 600 x 400 and worked on it in photoshop.

Piktochart, if you are reading this, you may want to make an export tool that is as easy to use as your import tool. If I could export a block at a time it would be ideal. Even when I was finished and published I manipulated some spacing of the infographic by selecting and moving blocks in Photoshop.

The tool comes complete with icons like the bulls eye and pad. I couldn't understand how to color my fonts (their styling options seem to not come up the way they are supposed too) so I added the text color in Photoshop and important the resulting block overlaying what was there.

My process made the graphic HEAVY since I had 2 copies of everything, so it would be great to export, work on a block in Photoshop, import it back in and then overlay on a blank canvas. The only way I can see to do that now is start over.

Creating visual support for our blog posts is so important Piktochart is a great new tool for any content marketer / blogger. Interesting to note my infographic of 5 Easy Email Tips got 3x the views and shares of my written Scoop. We know the visual marketing revolution is upon us, so getting as good as someone like Mark Smiciklas (http://www.intersectionconsulting.com/ ).

Piktochart is a great and timely tool! Highly recommended. Marty

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malek's curator insight, February 21, 6:47 PM

A guided tour into Piktochart by a no-designer. You can't help but like the story behind the infographic. 

Raj Nadar's comment, February 22, 5:35 AM
I had built my visual online CV on this and I'm a no-tech no designer guy, was very easy to create still, thank you for sharing
malek's comment, February 22, 3:07 PM
@Raj Nadar great utilization of piktochart
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7 Quick Ways to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Social Media Marketing Workhorse | Copyblogger

7 Quick Ways to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Social Media Marketing Workhorse | Copyblogger | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
In my opinion, the most powerful social media profile you can use is the LinkedIn profile. Most powerful that is, if you are looking to do more business and/or achieve your professional goals.
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Why Paperli Rocks Redux

Why Paperli Rocks Redux | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Using Paper.li to create Heroes Cure Cancer Daily (http://paper.li/CureCancerHero/1378227914 ) today and fell in love all over again. Wrote this piece a few months ago and boy does it apply because Paper.li does ROCK (i.e. creates a lot for a little). 

I created the cure cancer hero daily in about an hour.  

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, September 4, 2013 11:50 AM
Thanks for the Rescoop Therese. Team at Paper.li really does ROCK. They are going to help with @CureCancerStart (too cool).
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Is Coub The next generation of moving images? Maybe [Marty Review]

Is Coub The next generation of moving images? Maybe [Marty Review] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Get inspired and create your own coubs - animated GIFs with sound.

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Cool new tool helps create small animations with sound. Going to try it and see how easy it is, but looks cool. Let's hope COUB indicates innovation in video since it is still a pain to create. 


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COUB is a cool tool with a limited applicaiton. The tools current goal is to replace the animated GIF. It achieves that goal, but the lack of looping commands (limiting the loops or plays) reduce the tool's scope to only things that form a loop. 


http://coub.com/martin.marty.smith 


I created a COUB out of a Jack Dorsey video, but it just becomes irratating the more it loops. I am not a big fan of automatic animation or animation without the ability to make it stop.


Until COUB adds what ever animated Gif has the ability to do, loop X times and then stop, I don't see a commercial application since it is sure to send visitors screaming away from your Ecom website. 

Cool and easy to use plaything but not commercial as it stands now.  

 

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The Warholizer. Transform your favourite pictures online at www.warholize.me

The Warholizer. Transform your favourite pictures online at www.warholize.me | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
The Warholizer.Transform your favourite pictures online at www.warholize.me...

 

Martin: My thought on Warhol is in our network, curated times we will indeed all be famous for 15 minutues but with a twist. We will all be famous 15 times for one minute at a time :).


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