Five Cool Image Resources to Help You Rock Out Your Social Media Marketing

helloworldfunnyfaceSwagWhether you’re posting images for your blog or for your social networks – from Facebook, Instagram or Google+ to Pinterest, Twitter or LinkedIn – here are several free tools that help you create cool graphics that rock!

Here are 5 of my favorites:

1. WordSwag – if you own an iPhone, this is one of my favorite apps (and one reason I selected an iPhone vs. an Android). You can pull in an image from your Camera Roll or search WordSwag for an image (WordSwag accesses images from Pixabay). Then, select from a variety of fun and creative fonts, brand it with your name, URL and/or logo and VOILA – you have an image unique to you and your brand. The “Hello World” image above was created with WordSwag.

2. Pixabaypixabay.com is a fabulous source for free images. They call themselves “a repository for stunning public domain pictures.” The site includes royalty free stock photos and copyright free vector graphics and it states that, “You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications.”

3. Canva – canva.com provides you with choices to create images not only for your social networks, but for documents (such as letters and presentations) or marketing materials (i.e., posters, flyers, business cards). It even allows you to insert your own dimensions and create a custom size. They are just now releasing Canva for Work (a free trial and then there will be a monthly fee). Calling it the social media marketer’s dream, it makes it simple to resize images for your social networks. Here’s an image I created in Canva for the launch of my book Millionaire Marketing on a Shoestring Budget.

Millionaire Marketing Thunderclap Book Launch

4. Pixlr – pixlr.com is an online photo editor that allows you to create a new image or open one from your computer or specific URL. I often use my own images with this tool and insert content (such as a quote from my book as you’ll see below).

Pixlr Social Media Image

5. Picmonkey –
picmonkey.com is a fun way to create collages. I use it to create fun collages for Facebook Cover images such as this one below that I posted at the beginning of 2015 (I actually created the collage in Picmonkey and added the text to it using Pixlr).

What is your word for 2015%

Have you used any of these image tools? Or do you have one you’d like to share? Please post your comments below because I’d love to hear from you. Thanks a million and here’s to your sweet success.

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.

Comments

  1. Love Pixabay and Canva. Looking forward to Canva for Work.

  2. Just yesterday I was looking for an app to add words to an image – Thank you for the resource. I learned about Pixa Bay just today – love the images already.

    And I am TOTALLY in love with Canva for work, the feature that creates all the social media banners from one image is genius.

    Picmonkey is great for resizing images too.

    Thanks for sharing these awesome social media tools with us.
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  3. Hi Debra- I’ve tried all of these but pixlr. I’ll check it out! Thank you:-) I love word swag! I’ve been having fun with Photofy lately:-) xo Dana
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  4. photos make posts so much more powerful, and are shared more frequently than just text! Thanks for the references.

  5. I use PicMonkey and was totally unaware of these other options. I look forward to taking some time to play and experiment with them. Fabulous resource. Thank you.

  6. Thanks for the tips, Debra. I haven’t tried Pixabay, but am excited about checking it out as I’m always challenged finding good images. The others I have (besides WordSwag – doubt I’ll ever get giddy over communicating with my thumbs ;-)), but didn’t adore them as others do.
    I like quick and easy to do a variety of things when when I’m trying to put text to an image (or do just about anything else with it) and have found IrfanView to be an excellent resource for this. If you haven’t yet, you might want to check it out (it’s free).
    I so appreciate your summary of tools you’ve found fun and useful. It’s always wonderful to gain from insight gleaned from others who already did the hard research :-).
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