Genially and your everyday design programs: A match made in heaven

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Written by: Natalia De la Peña Frade

If you work in design, this post will brighten your day (or maybe even your whole year!). Javi, Genially’s lead designer, has explained how he works much faster with his day to day design programs by using Genially. Believe me, he knows what he’s talking about. He’s got bags of experience!

When we spoke when I was writing this post about the team behind Genially’s templates, he told me that Genially works really well with the most common design programs. And I thought: I have to write about this on the blog! So here we are.

Combining Photoshop with Genially will help you to progress much more quickly with your designs, but we’ll also look at the opportunities for integrating Genially with other design applications and getting better results in less time.

3 practical ways to combine Genially with your favorite design programs

1. Animate each element of your creation separately

Adding different animation effects to each element of your illustration can have many applications. For example, imagine you want to do an Instagram story or a GIF for Twitter. You could do it using After Effects, but why go through the hassle?! It’ll take you much less time if you use Genially’s animations.

First, you create your resources in Photoshop (or another graphic design program such as Illustrator or Procreate), and save them as PNG files so they’ll have transparency. Then, create a genially and adjust the size of the canvas to the measurements you need depending on the social network. Finally, upload your resources from your Photoshop folder to your genially and add the animation effects.

As we also mentioned in this post about design tips, one of Genially’s characteristics that most helps make your life easier if you work in design is just how easy it is to add animation. In just a few clicks you can add entrance, zoom, and pulsating animation effects, and many more.

Working in layers in Photoshop or other similar programs allows you to manage the different elements of the drawing separately. This comes in handy when uploading the illustration to Genially; you can save the elements one by one, insert them in your genially, and animate them all independently. When you get them all moving, you’ll have the desired WOW effect.

If you then want to do an Instagram story or a GIF for Twitter, you present the genially, record your screen, and you’re all set! This video for Instagram was created that way:

On a Mac, you can use the CTRL+SHIFT+5 command to record the screen. In Windows, use Windows+ Alt+ R. But aside from keyboard commands, there are also lots of free screencast tools you can use. In no time at all, you’ll have a video for your story or GIF. Easy as pie!

Although After Effects has a lot of animation options, the learning curve is quite steep and you need to know your way around the app well in order to get good results. And the process is much slower.

‘Creating the resources in Photoshop, animating them in Genially, and recording the screen is a quick and practical way to create videos; I use that trick every day’.

2. Improve your visibility on any social media or platform 

A genially can be shared anywhere: on a blog, website, LMS, ecommerce site, or on social media, and places like Behance

Behance integrates really well with Genially. You can use both tools together to make your work stand out much more. For example, you can demonstrate your creative process in an interactive way, add all kinds of multimedia (videos, audios, GIFs, etc), and format with total freedom.

When you’ve got your genially all ready, you just need to copy the code and paste it wherever you want to display your creation; the interactivity and animation effects will work anywhere. Here’s an example by one of Genially’s designers.

It’s super practical for anyone who works in design to combine this characteristic of Genially with the vertical social link templates, which also look great on mobile. Haven’t seen them? This is one of our favorites, but there are lots more:

‘Anyone who works in a creative field and uses social media can get a lot from the social link templates. There are other tools, like Linktree, for grouping links, but Genially is the one with the most editing possibilities, versatility, and personality.’

3. Integrate GIFS without backgrounds in your creations

GIFs are great resources for animating any kind of content and making it very current. They’re very expressive, always on trend, and can very easily go viral. They also enhance interactivity. That’s why they’re used so much. I’m sure you use them all the time in your designs!

Sometimes you don’t want to make your own GIF because you haven’t got time or because you want to use one you like in Giphy. Did you know there’s a Giphy search option integrated in Genially?

And not only that. In Genially, there’s also a feature that helps speed things up even more: GIFs with transparent background. If you activate this option, you can scroll through only the GIFs with the backgrounds already removed to find the one you want. You can also enter keywords in the search bar to find related GIFs.

Found the GIF you want? Now you can integrate it into your image and add depth. Remember to group both elements if you want them to function as one when viewing the genially.

‘The GIFs with transparent backgrounds are very easy to find in Genially. You can add them to your image however you like; the result looks like a sticker. And as well as the animation the GIF has, you can add other Genially effects: for entrance, exit, or hover. For example, one that works really nicely is the ‘appear’ effect applied to the type of animation that’s activated when you hover your mouse over something.’

Can you think of any more ways to get the most out of these tips with design programs? If you share them in the comments, the whole community will be able to put them into practice. Now you can start to speed up your day to day work with these great tips. What are you going to do with all that free time?

Natalia De la Peña Frade
Natalia De la Peña Frade
Content creator: I try to write things you like to read
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