Our brain processes images 60,000 times faster than it can text. The use of visual content is vital to help draw your audience in further. But if you don't have the right graphic tools, creating images can be difficult and time consuming.
Using the right images means that readers are more likely to engage, like or share.
It goes without saying that when it comes to social media marketing, the use of images or graphics is a must-do strategy. Unfortunately, most people shy away from using images as they don't think they have the skills to create them.
The good news is that there are plenty of online tools you can use that will help you create professional, eye-catching visual content that can be used on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and all your other social platforms.
Below are 10 of the best tools that you can use to create amazing, sharable social media images.
PicMonkey allows you to use your own photos as well as the many stock photos in their library.
You can upload and edit images from your computer, Facebook, Dropbox or Flickr.
It's easy to select a specific canvas colour as well as add text, frames, overlays, textures and themes.
Plus recently it has begun allowing people to use their own fonts.
With Canva, there are templates available that have been sized specifically for use on social media sites.
If you subscribe to their weekly email newsletter, you'll get tutorials offering you step by step instructions on how to use the platform.
Don't want to get weekly email? Check out their YouTube channel where there are lots of short videos providing tutorials on how to use it.
There are many free images and templates provided through Canva but there are some that will cost you $1.
Pablo allows you to create engaging images without the need to sign up.
You don’t need any design experience to be able to use this tool. Simply type the text you want to use into the text box.
Pablo comes preloaded with 130 inspirational quotes. You can choose an image from one of the many beautiful photos that they have access to via UnSplash, or you can upload one of your own to use.
Once you have made changes to the image and the text, it only takes one click for you to share it on your social media page.
Photovisi allows you to create stunning photo collages.
You don't need an account to use Photovisi. Simply choose a layout you like and upload your images.
Adding images is very easy. Simply click on the big button: add photos. Once the photos have been chosen, the program automatically lays them out in the template selected.
5. Pinstamatic (Now Vizz Buzz)
Vizz Buzz is awesome! You can create stylish images just by clicking on one of the icons and adding text to it.
You can also pin images directly to your Pinterest account.
To be able to link it to a website or blog you just need to click on the edit button.
BeFunky is much closer to a full photo editor but is browser based.
You’ll find it is easy to use. BeFunky comes with features that allow you to crop images or fix problems like red eye or blemishes. Plus it allows you to add text, borders and create collages.
Grab photos from a wide variety of places including your computer, Flickr, Facebook, even your webcam.
Save edited images in either jpeg or png formats. Scale the quality of the jpeg files to reduce their size or increase the amount of detail in them.
You will be able to switch to full screen mode, allowing you to work on much larger surfaces.
The free version comes with a lot of great features, but you get more functions such as tracking, ad removal and photo storage when you sign up for their premium account. The BeFunky Plus account is
Pixlr is a tool that both professionals and beginners can use. It is a full-featured photo editing and design tool similar to Photoshop.
The Express version is similar to PicMonkey. It comes with a number of preconfigured editing options, text overlays, photo frames and filters.
The Editor version is even easier to use than Express. It allows you to add various overlays, borders or effects to your photos.
Note: In order to use Pixlr, you will need to have the Flash plugin installed.
Easel.ly comes with free infographic templates and design objects that you can use to create and share visual ideas online.
Similar to Piktochart (discussed below), it allows you to create images by dragging and dropping design elements into the templates.
Upload your own image as the background to create your own design from scratch.
Built for those who have no design experience whatsoever. You simply need to point and click.
This is a web-based tool that allows you to create infographics and other visual designs.
You'll find more than 400 templates, graphics and icons you can use to create your images. You can use their library or upload your own images to add to your designs.
Infographics are customizable so you can create images that are truly unique.
Once you’ve finished creating, you can either publish online or print it out.
Quozio allows you to turn text into beautiful images in a matter of seconds.
After selecting a template, just add some text and it's ready to be posted on Pinterest, Facebook, etc.
Quozio is free and no signup is required. But when you create an account, you are able to save your favourite quotes.
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Here is a handy infographic showing the various sizes of image you can use on you favorite social media sites:
By the team at Start A Blog Today