Valerie V Show EP 31: How to Use PICMONKEY

Hi, guys. Valerie V show. Glad to be you on this Wednesday. It’s a little late in the afternoon, but I wanted to share with you. Today would be #WebWednesday. So today is not web #WebWednesday. Today is #ThinkAboutItThursday. So I screwed that up royal. I don’t feel like recording this whole video all over again. So today is #ThinkAboutItThursday. Sorry. Blooper.

We use a lot of pictures on our Facebook posts and in our blog posts and all those things. I wanted to show you what we use to edit photos. There’s a million photo editors out there. There are some great on your phone. There are some great from the desktop. It just depends on where you are when you’re editing pictures. But what’s really important is that when you do a blog post or when you’re doing any kind of advertising on Facebook that your photo is big enough so that Facebook recognizes it as a full-size image.

We use a program that’s really cool to edit our images, and I wanted to share that with you today so that you can have cool images too. There is a free version and a pay version, and I want to say the pay version is super cheap, like $5 or $10. So we’re going to go to that.

Welcome to PicMonkey. This is our photo editing software. I’m logged in and we are going to design a picture. So I’m going to design. I’m going to open new. I’m going to go to templates because if you need to know the size of a Facebook image, the best place to go is to templates. We’re going to go to blank canvas, Facebook. So all the different Facebook photo sizes are here. So if you need your Facebook profile picture, an ad carousel for a post, for an ad, for a business cover photo, for a Facebook cover photo, for a groups cover, I mean all of them are here. So you might as well use the ones that they offer.

So we’re going to do a Facebook ad. I already know what we’re going to do for this, so I’m going to go ahead and turn this a different color. So I’m going to put this color on, and we’re not going to use black. I’m going to do kind of a lightish blue. Let’s see. I need a crazy picture of myself, so I’m going to go here. I’m going to overlays, add your own, from my computer. We’ve already used this one, but we’re just going to use this one for practice. So I’m going to put that over here. And then my text, I’m going to add that. We’re going to turn this white, make it a little bigger.

Okay, since we’ve used this picture before, let’s use a new picture. So we’re going to go to overlays, add your own, my computer. We’re going to add this goofy picture. All right. Okay, now we’re going to export. And I just give it a title and export to computer. Okay. So when I get this video all edited and done, you will see that this is the cover photo for not only our YouTube channel for this video but also this will appear on Facebook.

So thanks, everybody. This is #WebWednesday. Ooh, let me come back to the camera. By the way, yay, we have a new studio setup, so I’m going to add a picture of that too. I have a standup desk now, which makes me have more energy. Whoo. Standup desk. Probably need to adjust the lighting a little bit, but this is going to be really great. I have one of those wobbly stools that makes me work on my core as I sit here, and boy does my core need a lot of work. Have a great Wednesday. Have a great Thursday, and we’ll talk to y’all tomorrow.


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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Co-Owner, Author at LTC Expert Publications
Valerie VanBooven, Managing Partner/ Co-Owner of LTC Expert Publications
Valerie’s motto and favorite saying is: “Impact is not created by big budgets, impact is created by innovative marketing ideas!”
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and the author of three books, Aging Answers (2003), The Senior Solution (2007) and Priceless Caregiving (2009). Her adventure in internet marketing began as a self-promotion experiment and ended up becoming a full time marketing consulting business for the elder care market.

Valerie has appeared on national television (Today Show), has hosted her own local radio show, and has been interviewed for dozens of publications and radio shows across the country regarding her business and the business of elder care.
She fast became the foremost authority in driving sales via the internet, seminars, and e-mail for senior service providers and elder care entrepreneurs.While Valerie’s best known for her expertise in marketing, her students share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to make things happen quickly, even on a small budget.
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