Okay, so anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a total loss when it comes to creating graphics.
I can manage to put together some block letters with a simple gradient in GIMP, a free photo manipulating program. It only takes me about three hours to manage, and it never looks very good. Someone who is good at that sort of thing does it in a couple of minutes.
So when I saw the ads come up for Quick Web Creations, that promises two minute creation of web 2.0 style graphics, I went over to take a look. And in the spirit of this blog, I plunked down my money to give you all the good and the bad about the site.
You really can create great web 2.0 style text and logos in a few minutes. You’ll spend more than that playing around with the different options, but I took about three minutes to create this graphic:
Yeah, I went a bit crazy with the different options (but took off the partial reflection at the last minute).
What I love about this site is that the tools are designed for people who know nothing about graphics. Using GIMP, to create a border around text, you had to select the text as a region, invert the selection, use the fill tool, etc. Using Quick Web Creations, you just select the size of the border you want.
Well worth the one-time $27 fee.
There’s the obligatory one-time offer when you join that allows you to upgrade to premium membership.
Premium membership isn’t bad. You get the ability to see what other members have created, to get inspiration for your own creations. You can rate others creations, you get access to libraries of graphics, etc. Lots of good stuff there.
The bad part is that one of the premium features is the ability to save your graphics in a form that can be brought up and worked on later. Using the basic membership, you must complete your graphics creation in one sitting, and then download it as a PNG, GIF, or JPG file. If you decide you want to tweak something later, you must create it entirely from scratch again.
Having the ability to save is critical for something like this if you want to test slightly different banners for advertising, and vary the design elements between each. Yet saving is only available through the premium membership.
Okay, so I’d pay for premium membership if it was another one-time fee, but it isn’t. It’s a monthly fee. That might make sense for people who create graphics constantly, but my need for graphics just isn’t that huge.
For what I’ll save by not upgrading to premium on the site, I’ll be able to pay a professional to create whatever graphics I want when I need them.
The basic membership is well worth the $27 you pay for it. The premium membership is, in my opinion, over priced for what you get. But for quick one-off banners, logos, and stylized text, the basic membership will work well.