Last month I wrote a review about my experience with FlexClip – a platform that makes it easy to produce your own videos for social media, online marketing, and just about any other business or personal purpose. The creators of FlexClip have another platform called DesignCap.
With DesignCap, you can create your own graphics for social media and business projects. Whereas FlexClip focuses on videos, DesignCap focuses on images. I like to think of DesignCap as a more user friendly alternative to Canva.
In fact, the cover photo above was made with DesignCap.
Here’s a brief list of what you’re able to create with DesignCap:
- Business card design
- Facebook cover photos & posts
- and various other social media posts & header images
Social Media Image Guidelines
For your reference, here is a summary of social media image guidelines (measured in pixels):
- Facebook Ad: 1280 x 628
- Facebook Cover Photo: 851 x 315
- Facebook Post: 1200 x 900
- Facebook Profile Picture: 180 x 180
- Instagram Posts
- Square: 1080 x 1080
- Landscape: 1080 x 566
- Portrait: 1080 x 1350
- Instagram Story: 1080 x 1920
- Instagram Profile Picture: same as Facebook
- YouTube Channel Art: 2560 x 1440
- YouTube Thumbnail: 1280 x 720 (ratio of 16:9)
- Twitter Header: 1500 x 500
- Twitter Post: 1024 x 512
- Twitter Profile Picture: 150 x 150
- Pinterest Graphic: 600 x 900 (ratio of 2:3)
- LinkedIn Cover Photo: 1536 x 768
- LinkedIn Profile Picture: 400 x 400
Overview of Using DesignCap
After you set up an account and/or log in, your dashboard should look something like this …
You start off by selecting the type of project you’ll be working on.
In this particular example, I’m going to create my first piece of visual content for Instagram. Therefore, I would scroll down and click on “Instagram Post” …
I am now brought to this screen. The platform already knows that the dimensions for Instagram have to be 1080 x 1080 (as you can see in the bottom right hand side of this screenshot) …
Side Note: square posts tend to display better than landscape or portrait ones in Instagram.
At this point, you would be able to browse the very many templates, graphics, and photos (as you can see on the vertical bar on the left hand side of the screen). You could also upload your own images to incorporate here. You’ll also have the option to insert text and change the background color.
In my case, I changed the background color to my brand color teal. From bottom to top you’ll see I inserted my logo (over a light mint green rectangle), inserted a piece of text I want my audience to read, and then a supporting icon at the top.
Here is what my Instagram post will look like …
When ready to download to your desktop, first you’ll click on ‘Save’. Then you’ll click the ‘Download’ button. When clicking the down arrow next to ‘Download’, you’ll be able to name your image file as well as determine format and size …
Side Note: most of the time, you’ll leave the format as JPG and size as Small.
When you go to the ‘My Designs’ section of your account, you’ll be able to see your saved designs …
What’s My Verdict?
Overall I highly recommend DesignCap and give them two thumbs up. After trying to create social media graphics in Canva and in DesignCap, I for one can say that DesignCap is more straightforward and user friendly.
DesignCap offers access to very many templates, icons, photos, and vector images. When it comes to posting on social media for your business, consistency is key. I see DesignCap being a very good tool to help me quickly and consistently come up with visual content to post on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
You could also upload your own images to incorporate into your projects.
I encourage you to give them a try and set up your account at https://www.designcap.com/