Worksheets, headers, sales pages….oh my!
There are quite a bit of design elements that go into creating an online course.
I’ll be the first to admit to you that I have close to zero design skills. Trust me..you should have seen my very first website. It looked like a pre-schooler got a hold of it.
That’s why, when it comes to design, I need some easy peasy tools and inspiration. So, if you’re a DIYer like me, you’ll love some of these tools that will get your course and sales pages looking oh-so-professional. (I’ll actually show you how to use a lot of these to design YOUR course in the upcoming Finish That Course program!)
1. PicMonkey (picmonkey.com)
I use this favorite of mine every day! Yep…from headers, to testimonial images, to even the blog image above. And, guess what? It’s all free, which is music to my ears (and probably yours). So, if you need to edit a photo or even make a design element for your website. This is a great option. Check out this quick “Behind the Scenes” tutorial on how to make a testimonial for your course sales page.
2. Canva (canva.com)
I stayed away from Canva for SO long. Then I decided to redo my Social Media pages, which Canva made super easy. You choose the specific layout and then use their design options to place images, background, and text. This is a great option for Social Media designs and downloadable PDFs! I also used it to create my sales page header. Check out this “Behind the Scenes” tutorial below:
3. Pinterest (pinterest.com)
Pinterest is a great place to go for design ideas. Remember when I said design is not my thing? Well, I use Pinterest to quickly search for design ideas. Once I find something I love, I then use one of the above tools to recreate it from my own perspective.
4. COLOURLovers (colourlovers.com)
COLOURLovers is a community of people who design and share color palettes. So, if you’re looking for a new design scheme, you’ll find lots of color ideas here. They provide you with the hex codes for your website, which is always a plus!
5. Design-Seeds (design-seeds.com)
This is just like COLOURLovers, where you can find tons of ideas for color combinations. Looking for a winter hue, rustic colors, or a more natural look, this site is for you.
6. My E-Cover Maker (myecovermaker.com)
If you’re ever in the need to create a 3D cover like the these Course Guides here, My E-Cover Maker is a super quick and easy one. They give you the image dimensions you need for your cover. You can then create it in PicMonkey and upload it to My E-Cover Maker. Bam! Download and you’re done. These are also great on sales pages. It makes your product feel more tangible.
7. Pages (or Microsoft Word)
I get a lot of questions about how I make my downloadable worksheets and workbooks. They are all designed with tools above and then brought into Pages where I add the text. If you’re in the process of creating your worksheets, check out the Ultimate Guide to Creating Worksheets. You’ll be set in no time.
So there you have it: Easy peasy design tools you can use for different parts of your online course. If you’re looking to get your course up and running, check out the Finish That Course online program coming soon. You’re going to learn all of the tools of the trade to make your course look bee-u-tiful (and helpful of course).
It’s HOMEWORK TIME! In the comments….
- Let us know what one design tool you can’t live without. Share the goods!