Written by Talana Morris on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
There’s no doubt that graphics and images make social media posts more interesting. Content accompanied by visuals is more likely to grab the attention of your audience and get them to interact with you. But what if you don’t have a graphic to include with your post? Or if you have a great photo that just needs some editing? No problem. There are a few free and easy-to-use tools out there to help you out.
PickMonkey.com is a free, online photo editor that allows you to so several things such as:
Once done, you can choose the quality and dimensions for your image, and then save it as a JPG or PNG.
Canva.com is a free, online graphic design tool. You can create designs for web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and more. You can upload your own images or graphics to use in your design, or search and choose from their library of premium images ($1 each). They also have hundreds of fonts to choose from for text overlay. Once your design is complete, you can export it for use. You can also go back and edit images you’ve created at any time.
If you have a frequent need to make edits to existing photos, such as cropping, resizing, or adding text, you can download and install a free image manipulation program called Gimp. If you’re familiar with PhotoShop, Gimp is a very similar tool that may be a good option for you.
Give these tools a try and picture yourself stopping the cycle of plain, text-only posts. Good luck!