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Cross Creations Graphic Art
Graphic Designs by Cross Creations
Graphic Design by Carolan Ross AKA CrossCreations.
Creating your own do it yourself (DIY) graphics is really not as hard as you might think. There are many free tools available online for image editing that offer so many fun options from text to stickers, frames and more. You can even create logo that is your own and unique to only you, as well as headers and buttons for your blog or webpage.
The image at left was created with a favorite free tool for creating your own graphic art. Options there include logo, banners, buttons and more and you can even make them clickable!
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About Image Credits and Online Graphics
There are many advantages to creating and using your own unique images on websites. One is that the image itself is considered content. Content is NOT just text, it also includes images and even video. Webinars are often overflowing with unique content. So then unique images can also boost SEO and get google juice.
If you do use images created elsewhere, provide a link to that source. Doing this will save you from having to go back and changing it later or worse, facing copyright issues. Not only must images created by others be credited with a source, now the Squidoo TOS (terms of service) require that even your OWN images must be accompanied by a link to its source. So this web page will serve as that source for my own graphic art. My photographs will be posted elsewhere, as I do sell them occasionally and would like to do that more so.
Image Credit Controversy
Originally when I was first learning to create websites, I collected images from various places on the internet to compliment the page. At that time I was not aware of this issue. I had completed several online classes about web design and even won awards for some of them, yet the need to credit images to their source was not mentioned. However the practice of using images that do not credit a source has lately become highly controversial, particularly on Squidoo.
The controversy over this 'image credit' issue appears mostly ignored on social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest. So at first I found this rather silly. Most people on those sites think nothing of posting whatever photos they like, and do not give any thought to the source. Therein lies the problem. It can be a serious copyright issue, an infringement upon the rights of the artist.
Consider a photographer or graphic designer who has invested a lot of time into creating images, only to have them stolen and used widely without permission, links or commissions. Or consider one who has posted personal family or friend photos, only to find them later used on other websites. I suppose some do not care, but clearly others do.
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Create Your Own Logo
You may not need to hire a graphic designer. There are free tools available online to allow you to create your own logo, headers and banners, all sorts of graphics for personal or business use.
Web Page Headers
These web page headers below are clickable! A quick click will take you to one of my other cyberspace homes.
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