Empty Desk Solutions has chosen 3 of our most essential graphic designing tools to help you out.

Having tools to create your own graphic designs is essential for any brand trying to establish itself and create authentic content on and offline. Graphics can be used for social media posts, logos, websites, blogs, or simply used, or added to any kind of marketing material at all. Creating graphics for online marketing can be overwhelming, especially if you have no experience with it and are just starting out. From creating, to customizing templates, using the right graphic design tools are critical.

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1. Canva

Content creation simplified  

Canva is an online software with a curated collection of high-quality design templates for close to any graphic design need. It is easy to use and supplies a variety of customizable templated graphics for every social media platform. Make custom designs for anything, from advertisements, to contest announcements, to upcoming sales. Canva allows you to customize its professional quality templates with your own branding aesthetics and will  help you to keep all your graphic designs modern and high quality. Best yet, you can use Canva for free, or upgrade for a low price and plenty of worthwhile added benefits.  Canva does have its editing limitations, such as its inability to edit or alter uploaded images, or files, (like for example .JPEGs or .PNGs). We personally have also experienced issues with high enough resolution for print on Canva. Despite these inconveniences, we still consider Canva to be incredibly convenient and cost effective. We don’t go a single day without using it!


2. Adobe Photoshop

Whether you’re looking for everyday edits or total transformations, our graphic design software offers a complete set of professional photography tools to turn your snapshots into works of art. Adjust, crop, remove objects, retouch, and repair old photos. Play with color, effects, and more to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Adobe Photoshop is arguably the most renown editing software for photos and design. It allows you to create and enhance photographs, illustrations, and 3D artwork, design graphics, websites and mobile apps, edit videos, simulate real-life paintings, and more. Photoshop is the best option if you are looking to have complete artistic power and control over every aspects of your designs. Photoshop also offers the same features for graphic design editing. From websites, to logos, to eye-catching icons, and social media posts, Photoshop gives you the ability to create and change any and all of your graphic designs from scratch or from a template. While it is much less beginner friendly than Canva, Adobe Photoshop’s limitations are fewer and farther between.

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3. Creative Market

Ready-to-use design assets from 29,317 independent creators.

Creative Market is an online store offering everything graphics. On the site, independent designers sell fonts, vector art, graphics, photos, logos, social media post templates, and so much more. Some of the content is available to download for free! Creative Market Subscribers receive 6 free designing items each week to use in their own graphic designs. Creative Market can be a great tool for design inspiration, or for finding that extra flare one of your designs may have been missing.


Need a solution to your social media content creation and scheduling woes, but you don’t want to break the bank?


Empty Desk Solutions is now offering an entire year of social media content written, designed, and PUBLISHED for your business or non-profit!


We’ve managed over 150 clients’ social media channels, and one thing keeps coming up… Everyone wants social media content consistently! But you know what else keeps coming up? All the things! Here are just some of the reasons we created this brand new offer for you: ☞ Time: Creating content takes time, and you don’t have any more time than the rest of us ☞  Value: You know that top-of-mind branding is key in today’s social media crazed world, but you know you don’t need to spend insane amounts of money to achieve it. ☞ Cost: You know that content services can cost thousands of dollars per month but you just can’t justify that cost. ☞ Effort: You know that you would love to ‘set it and forget it’ with your social media content (ie… you don’t want to log in every day to post something and spend countless hours surfing for ideas) ☞ Professional: You know you should leave it to a professional, but sometimes large agency rates are just not affordable for smaller marketing budgets ☞ Tools: You know you need the right tools to make it happen, but they are expensive! (hint… we pay over $1000/month in tools ALONE to do what we do. Save that cost!) ☞ Peace of mind: Approve all of your content in one big batch and then our team will schedule it out over the course of the next 365 days!

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Brittany Hardy Owner Brittany Hardy is the Owner of Empty Desk Solutions, a boutique marketing company located in Port Moody B.C. Brittany is passionate about helping small businesses achieve their growth goals with marketing solutions that are both effective and affordable. After many years of working in retail management and then as the Marketing Manager for Canada’s largest mortgage company, Brittany decided it was time to pursue a life-long goal of creating her own business. Naturally she likes to help others and decided there was no better way to do this than to use her creative talent to help others who want to do the same thing. With three young children, Brittany believes in balancing work and home life and continues to find new ways to support and employ other mothers who want to start their own businesses or stay at home with their children. Social media marketing continues to evolve for small businesses and Brittany and her team are passionate about helping these businesses navigate how they can benefit from these networks. Brittany has been a finalist for the Women of Worth awards, the Tri-Cities Business Excellence awards, and has most recently been featured in Small Business BC and in the Huffington Post. Social Media Links: Facebook LinkedIn TwitterGoogle Find us on Instagram: @brittanyebh ⎜ @emptydesksolutions