I was contacted the other day and asked if I wanted to try a service similar to Canva.com called Edit.org. Since I enjoy trying out new things and wasting my writing time by making gifs and banners, I said yes. Daniel hooked me up with a Premium account and said, "Go nuts. Oh, and also offer Premium accounts for one year to five of your readers."
As I've already stated, Edit is similar to Canva in many ways. It's online and you can make a variety of banners and buttons. Edit doesn't have as many pre-made dimensions as Canva, but there is a custom option so you have the option to make something any size you want.
There is a variety of fonts to use. It looks like they have more font styles than Canva. They also have some pre-made templates for 3D style font effects. Another thing I enjoyed was the gradients they had that I could apply to fonts. That's something I hadn't seen on any other online editors. Clicking on the gradient multiple times changed the direction the gradient went.
There are plenty of free images available to choose from. Although, I can't say how the selection would look on a free account. When you sign up, you are automatically given a month of Premium for free, so I couldn't check to see for sure. It appeared they did, but I couldn't search without being prompted to sign up.
One thing that was a real perk were transparent backgrounds. I could make the template's background transparent. That's really useful when I make something I want to add to another image in Gimp. But again, I couldn't check to see if this option was available if you used the free version. I also liked I could stretch and distort the images. The resize was locked in on the corners, but the sides weren't.
But it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. There were a few things I found irritating and have passed on to Daniel so he can let the development team know.
The site is on the laggy side. It takes a few seconds after clicking on anything for it to pop up on the template.(Edit to add, Daniel letting me know they had servers in Canada, we're left wondering if it was lag on my end. Lag on the site definitely doesn't seem as bad today.)
The only way to save an image was to use a template, so I'd have to pick a template, delete everything I didn't want then add what I did. If I created a new design without a template and saved, it only saved a blank template. (Edit to add: This has been fixed.) It wouldn't work for me on Firefox. I couldn't get logged in. (Edit to add: Also fixed.) Chrome and Brave had no issues, though. Another issue I had was when the image extended beyond the template, I couldn't see the corners to resize. I'd have to move it so the corner was in the template, resize, then move again until it was the desired size.
But in all reality, once I got used to the differences it had from Canva, I found it easy to use. I'd like the lag issue resolved, but that may have to do with the fact I believe they are located in Europe (Daniel replied to me in Spanish and their twitter says they are in Barcelona) so it might be lag from the servers sending info across an ocean. With hubby being a developer, I know when it comes to developing for browser, each one is different so you can't make code for one browser and have it work on all browsers. Sometimes changing code so it works in another browser breaks the code that made it work on the first browser. Hubby says it can be a real pain.
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It's finally here! After months of waiting, I can finally say Leaves of Fall is out. This is my first young adult story since 2012 and Snapshots. (Sure, why not shamelessly plug that, too?)
I'm excited to share this story with the world. Especially after the journey it's been on with sitting on my hard drive for years and then the complete rewrite of 80% of the story. Birch and Armory have been patient, though. Maybe they knew I wasn't ready to write this story. Who knows what my characters were thinking. I sure don't know sometimes.
Armory was born into a post-apocalyptic world torn apart by war between man and nature. Trees are the enemy. But when she’s kidnapped by nomads and taken far from her home, a tree nymph is the one who comes to her rescue. Birch promises he can get Armory home. He says not all trees wanted a war. Armory has no choice to trust him if she wants to see her family again. Together, they trek across the ruins of America, meeting both human and trees who want nothing more than the fighting to stop. But the hatred between the two may be too deep to heal. Armory isn’t sure her friendship with Birch will be enough to convince the human race to take a chance on peace. Birch has a plan, though. He’s just not sure he’ll survive.
Today I'm handing the blog over to Tonja Drecker for her new release, Music Box, which, OMG this sounds good. I know what I'm reading soon.
“I only desire your talent...”
Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.
The giveaway will run from midnight (EST) on the night of February 21st, 2019 until midnight (EST) on the night of March 15th, 2019. Entries will be made through the Rafflecopter. One winner will receive a music box (the one found in the book video: https://youtu.be/ww_RY4IVg3w) with the author’s golden signature on the bottom as well as swag (US addresses only). The second winner will receive an Amazon GC of $10 (US). The second winner must be in possession of a qualifying US Amazon account.
The contest is open to U.S. residents only, ages eighteen and over. No purchase is required for entry. All winners must claim their prize 48 hours after notification. Winners will be announced on www.tonjadrecker.blogspot.com on Saturday, March 16th 2019 by 10:00am (EST). All addresses and personal information will be used only for prize allocation. Sponsor, Tonja Drecker, assumes no responsibility or liability of any kind. Please email all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Tonja Drecker is a writer, blogger, children’s book reviewer and freelance translator. After spending years in Germany exploring forgotten castles, she currently resides in the Ozarks with her family of six.
When she’s not tending her chickens and cows, she’s discovering new adventures, nibbling chocolate and sipping a cup of tea.