RelayThat Review – Graphics Design Platform on Steroids
Nowadays, we can find a lot of online tools that serve non-designers to create visuals for their blogs and social media. Making graphics has never been easier for online businesses, bloggers and advertisers thanks to apps like Canva and Snappa. You might be interested to check out our Canva Review & Tutorial & Snappa Review & Tutorial to learn more.
Today I would like to introduce you to another tool for graphic design called RelayThat. Similarly to Snappa or Canva, RelayThat allows you to easily make attractive visuals, but it has some features that other similar apps don’t.
How does RelayThat work?
To sign up for RelayThat, you’ll need to type in your first/last name, a working email address and choose a password of at least 8 characters. After that, you get a two-week free trial, so you could test out the app before you decide whether you want to purchase or not.
RelayThat has 3 different pricing plans, with two of them being free and the third one priced at $16 per month (if you pay for the whole year in advance, in which case you get 4 months free) or $25 if you opt to pay your subscription on a monthly basis.
When you’re choosing between the two free options, one of them is free forever and the other one is a 14-day trial. With the trial version, you get all the same features as with the paid version, except that you will only have access to popular layouts and not all of them. With the version that is completely free, you get several great features, like one-click resize, search optimized images and themes, but all of your graphics will have a RelayThat watermark, which poses as a problem if you’re looking to create really professional graphics.
I would definitely recommend that you start with the trial version, but after that, I wouldn’t use the free plan. While it’s not bad, it won’t really satisfy the needs of someone who is serious about their business and wants their designs to look really polished.
When you first log into your account, you’ll see a list of video tutorial that explain different elements of the app and how to use it. Each video is short and to the point, so if you’re inexperienced with graphic design tools, it would be good to watch them.
You can’t really customize your profile, other than the fact that you can connect it to your Facebook and Twitter accounts; if you wish to do that, go to “Settings” in “My account” at the top-right corner of your screen. That’s also where you’ll see your personal details and credit card info.
Since RelayThat is a new platform, they offer you a discount of sorts – when you invite someone else to join the service, they get a $20 discount on their subscription, but so do you. Each time someone signs up through your invitation, you get a discount.
How to Use RelayThat?
1. Choosing a Layout
To create a new design, go to “Layouts”, which will open a page that looks like this:
In the beginning, all of the layouts are listed, but you can filter them further to find the one you need by choosing additional options on the left side of the screen. You can browse layouts by style (post title, book cover, testimonial, infographics etc.), by dimensions (Pinterest, Twitter Wide, Square etc.), by the type of header you need for each social media (Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn etc.) or you have 4 different types of advertisements (Facebook Ad, Leaderboard, Skyscraper and Medium Rectangle).
I find their layout page more confusing than with Snappa or Canva, because I am not always sure which type of layout to choose. On Canva, you see a visual example of each type, alongside the name that is more accurate and the dimensions. Here, some of the names are kind of not clear enough, but once you get used to it, it shouldn’t be a problem, since it has all the same options as other graphic design tools.
This is an example of a layout, but what I want to explain is the grey menu bar under it that has several options:
When you hover on the little eye in the left corner, it shows you dimensions of the layout, as well as which categories it belongs to, in this case, Twitter Wide and Quote.
The next button, the one that looks like a wrench, is where you’ll edit the layout.
The one next to it shows you other types of designs that are basically a resized version of the original layout you’ve chosen, which is by the way, a great feature, because you don’t need to start from scratch if you need, for example, an image for Instagram and Pinterest. You just need to resize it.
The heart button is used to add a layout to your favorites, the one next to it is to schedule when your finished image will be published and the last button is for sharing.
2. Editing the Layout
Once you’ve chosen the type of layout you want, it’s time to edit it. Click on the wrench and it will go to editor, which should look like this:
For those of us who don’t really possess artistic talent, RelayThat offers pre-made themes that we can use. Just click on “Themes” in the top-left corner and a list of different themes will appear. You have about 15 different themes to choose from and all the fonts and colors will be automatically updated when you pick one. We’ve chosen the “Morning coffee” theme and it now looks like this:
To change the text of our quote, we will type in ours in the Quote box; the same goes for the source of the quote, the name of our website and a hashtag. We can also hide any of the elements by clicking the little button at the top of each box. What I find great about RelayThat is that is automatically resizes and centers the text without us having to do anything.
To change the font or its color, we go to our font box, which is the last one on our screen and just click on the one we want to change, whether it’s the title, body text, label or accent.
As for these 3 boxes on the right side or our screen, they offer us additional options. In the first one, we can remove different elements that are not strictly text in our design, like the stripe at the bottom, the line below our quote, the overlay or the backdrop.
In the second box, we can upload our background image by clicking on the square or we can deselect our image with the button below it, which will leave our image with a solid color background. That’s also where we’ll resize our image if necessary.
The last box is to leave or remove the quote marks in our design.
Our finished design now looks like this:
Now, if we click on the button next to our editing button, the one that’s used for resizing, we’ll get a list of variations of our design in other dimensions:
When you’re done with your design, you can publish it, but before you do that, you might want to add some SEO keywords to your image. To do this, click on “SEO”. We can add up to 30 different keywords for better search results, which is something other apps of this type don’t offer.
To see all the layouts you’ve previously made, go to archive, where there’ll be a list of them.
All in all, RelayThat is really easy to learn how to use and has the easiest method of resizing out of all the graphic design tools that we’ve tried, plus it offers keywords. It also has a bunch of tutorials, so even if you have no idea what you are doing, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Since it’s a new platform, I expect that it will improve over time, but they are off to a good start.