I recently accepted the challenge of making The gaff more colourful and visual, which was quite a feat. I have a little bit of experience using programs like Adobe Photoshop, but it turns out none of that was needed, all the hard work has already been done by the wizards at giffgaff HQ.
The key to this puzzle is giffgaff Studio, which allows you to create your own content in the giffgaff style in literally minutes - it’s super easy! The best part is that giffgaff Studio is browser-based so it works on computers, tablets and phones - whatever you’ve got.
If you pop over to giffgaff Studio, you’ll see there are a variety of templates to choose from. Here is my rundown of how you might wish to use them:
As the name suggests, this template is great if you want to accompany an image with text. At the top, there’s a box for a title, and then you can add an image and text in a variety of combinations. The text box is quite small, so choose your words carefully, consider it a challenge rather than a limitation! I use this template for the Say Hello section of The gaff, where we meet and greet new members to the community.
The Top Tips template is designed to hold lots of wordy information, which makes it perfect for sharing tips with the community. In the top section you can pop your title, and you have the option of putting your own image underneath it to give it your own unique flair. Underneath, you can add between 1 and 4 generously-sized text boxes to convey your ideas.
The make it yours template lets you get really creative with the image. If you jump into the make it yours template, you’ll see a plethora of smiley folk ready to say hello. At the top, there’s a text box for your special message. The really interesting part is that you can upload your own image of someone and pop their face into the template - super cool right? The image controls let you rotate and zoom the image to get the alignment just right. I can imagine this being a cool way to greet someone on their birthday.
The freestyle template allows you to spruce up any image which you would normally post on its own. There are a variety of colourful backgrounds and you can give the image a title or some text to accompany it. I’m currently using this template to promote the featured photo of the week in The gaff. This template is perfect for that because it allows me to add the photo title and credit the member.