Whether 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. Pixabay – pixabay.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.
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).
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).
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.