5 Tools to Create Images for Social Media People Love

Would you like to create better images for social media?

Studies have shown that we favor visual learning.

Even Facebook posts with a photo accounted for 87% of total interactions.

But what do you do if you’re not a graphic designer and you want to create visually stunning images for your social media posts?

This article is going to teach you about tools you can use to create images for social media.

Not only will they be high quality and look professional, you can do them yourself!

Why is it so difficult to create images?

In order to create great visuals to go along with your content, you used to have a background in graphic design.

This meant knowing how to use a complex program such as Adobe Photoshop or another graphics program.

Today, modern marketing has evolved.

You no longer need to rely on a designer.

But you’re now expected to be able to create these visuals yourself.

In most cases, most most social media managers are given dimensions to use on social media or a Facebook image size cheat sheet to work with.

But how do you create images that look great without a background in graphic design?    

Fortunately, there are a lot of great tools available to help you create images for social media.

In no particular order, here are five of my favorite tools for creating graphics.

Tool to create images for social media

1. PicMonkey

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is an easy to use photo editing tool that works in your browser.

You can upload your own images, add text to your image, or perform touch-ups.

If you would like access to additional effects, fonts, and touch-up tools, they offer a Royale Membership.

They also have a number of tools available that make it easy to work with Facebook photos and to edit photos from within your browser.

Use PicMonkey

2. Canva

Canva is the tool I use most to create my images for social media.

Canva

Canva provides templates to help you create images for social media

They provide templates for creating images for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

You also get access to free and paid stock photos to use in your own design or you can choose from hundreds of pre-built templates.

They even include handy keyboard shortcuts along with a free mobile app so that you can design your images for social media from your tablet.

The great thing is that there isn’t a learning curve unlike with complex graphics programs.

Use Canva

3. Pablo by Buffer

Pablo by Buffer is a new tool for creating images for social media.

Pablo by Buffer

Pablo by Buffer is a fast tool for creating images for social media; specifically images for quotes

Right now you’re limited to creating basic images with Pablo.

I expect Pablo by Buffer to expand their offering over time.

It’s a great free tool for creating images with quotes to use on your social media channels.

Use Pablo

4. Fotor

Fotor provides a great set of advanced image editing features. They also let you create a card, cover or photo collage.

Fotor

Create cards, covers and photo collages with Fotor

One thing I really like is that there is a free mobile app for Fotor for Android and iOS. This way you can edit your images for social media from anywhere!

Try Fotor

5. Infogr.am

If you’re strictly looking to create infographics and charts to share on your social media channels, check out Infogr.am.

They make it very easy to create data-driven images in minutes!

Infogr.am

Import your data and create infographics in minutes

Use Infogr.am

Note: If you decide you don’t have time to create images for social media, you can always hire a designer on Elance.

Summary

It used to be difficult to create images.

Today, you have no excuse not to create great-looking images for social media.

The tools are more powerful and easier to use.

Question: Have you used any of these tools to create images for social media? If so, which ones? Share your answer on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

  • http://writespeaksell.com Jeannette Paladino

    Christian — interesting that I just published a post today about Pablo. Two great minds and all that. Glad to know about these other services.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @jeannette_paladino:disqus, there are lots of great services for creating images for social media. I find there really isn’t just one good tool. Each seems to offer features and benefits that make it a worthwhile tool to have in your toolbox.

      I’m looking forward to seeing how Pablo by Buffer evolves. It’s very basic right now but I expect that to change.