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Apps to Unleash Your Inner Graphic Artist

One of the neatest things about the Internet is how it makes it easy for us to do things that previously were just too hard – like making art, things like posters and graphic images. There are a host of new web services that can unleash budding artist deep inside of you.

Canva is the most amazingly easy graphical design app I have ever seen. You can create stunning designs for the web or Facebook or a poster or invitations right from your computer, using Canva’s built-in library and text interface. You can even get professional photos for $1 each. The website works on all platforms and there is a great free app for the iPad.

PicMonkey is another great tool for all platforms. You use your own photos and can add background, textures, frames, and your own text. It’s free, you don’t even need to register to start using it, and you can export and share your work via social media and email.

When it comes to apps, the new Photofy app for Android and Apple devices is pretty slick. You work with photos you take on your smartphone or tablet. You can add all sorts of effects and text and then email them out or post on social media. Best of all, it’s free.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.