Hundreds of millions of images are shared on social media each day, but chances are only a few actually make you stop scrolling & pay attention. What do they have in common? They are high-quality, visually appealing, and shareable.
Building a library of eye-catching images does not have to be difficult and costly. Here’re 14 resources you could use to create beautiful, share-worthy images for social media.
14 of the best resources for social media images
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For a social marketer, the biggest value Canvasupports is simplicity: create striking imagery by just dragging & dropping elements into place.
Plug text or photos into their ready-made layouts or produce something from scratch. It is free to get started, but you can access more features and services with Canva’s midsize & enterprise offerings.
Much like Canva&BeFunky is a one-stop-shop for graphics creation and collages. You could choose a layout based on function: blogger resources,social media headers, and small business templates, for example. The user-friendly interface makes customization quick & easy. BeFunky offers 125 digital effects for free, or you could pay a monthly fee and get access to higher resolution output, premium effects and templates.
For those who delve deeper into the design world, Creative Market has a massive catalog of ready-to-use fonts, templates, mockups& stock photos produced by incredible talents. If your creative flow is running dry, “Made with Creative Market” has infinite inspiration.
Not sure where to get started? Creative Market gives out 6 free products every week to start a collection of assets with.
Not only does Adobe Stock have over 90 million high-quality creative assets you could use in your social campaigns, you could license them directly within the Hootsuite dashboard. That means once you have found the perfect image, you could download it, attach it to your posts, and share it across your social channels.
Including data in your social posts is an effective way of engaging your audience & building credibility—but it has to look nice.
Data visualization could be tricky, but Infogram makes repacking data & information a painless process. Whether you want to create a simple chart or a complex infographic, you will find a multitude of options & designs to choose from.
It is free to get started, but Infogram also offers a wide range of monthly plans that include additional features & services.14 Great Resources to Create Quick & Beautiful Images for Social Media | Hootsuite Blog
Creating an infographic from scratch does not have to be an arduous task. If you are up for the challenge, you could make your own using Easel.ly. Choose from a slew of ready-to-use templates/create your own. The real value is in the drag-and-drop interface & the ease of plugging in your own data. Easel.ly offers 2 pricing plans, free & pro.
Remember the optimal image sizes for each social network is, quite frankly, a pain in the butt. Use Hootsuite Enhance, our free photo editing app, to make sure your images are cropped and sized perfectly for every social network.
You could make your images more exciting by adding filters, stickers,borders, text, or a watermark of your company’s logo. If you run out of ideas or images to post, you can find an, oroption of stock photos that are free for commercial use.
Adobe Creative Tools gives you an easy way to edit & enhance images for social directly within the Hootsuite dashboard. If you want to brighten up a photo from an event, or add some playful text to a product shot—use Adobe’s tools to make your images perfect & then add them directly to your social posts.
It is probably best known as a tool for adding text to images—but the Over app could do so much more than that.
It also lets for blending, taking color samples, adding image overlays, offers striking ready-made artwork. Use an integration with Unsplash, a free stock photo site, Over is a creative graphic powerhouse.
Phonto, an app that lets you to add creative text to images, is a minute-marketer’s dream: import image, style it, add text,and share. Of course, the real art is selecting the right font & impeccably placing your design.
The best part? Phontowill not cost you a dime.
Sharing quotes is an effective solution for garnering engagement on social, and Recite offers a free & effortless solution for making it happen. Just type your quote into the text box, select from a handful of templates below it, click ‘Create,’ & it’s done.
You could then download the image or share straight to one of your social pages.
Skitch is an Evernote product that supports all the tools necessary to add visual commentary to any image. Use arrows, stickers,text, and a handful of other tools to get your message across on a screenshot/any image of choice. It’s a free and helpful app for support/community teams that have to answer complicated technical user questions.
Sometimes you just need an image of your website or app & a screenshot just will not cut it. Placeit offers a wide variety of mockups to showcase the image of your choosing. Upload it right to a template & voila! Download a free low-res version/buy it at a higher resolution.
Trying to explain a technical issue over the phone/email can be a frustrating process. Instead, use CloudApp to webcam recordings, capture screenshots, or GIFs, and then share those with your customers on social.
You will be able to resolve issues faster while bringing your product to life through eye-catching graphics. And, you could start capturing, recording, and uploading for free.