Inexpensive and Free Tools to Create Images for Social Media Content

 

Social media specialists all agree that images can speak volumes. Here are a few tips to make posts pops with just the right photo or stock image.

  1. Take a lot of photos.  You never know when you will need to have a photo of a cute dog, a landscape at the beach or in the woods or a group of smiling friends dining over a luscious dinner.  Special note: Don’t post photos of kids that aren’t yours without permission.
  2.  Use a variety of different stock photo sites.  Many people seek to use only free stock photos or ones that are from “known sites”.  Sometimes you have to dig for special sites that post unusual graphics or photos.  Some of  our favorites are (in random order):

PIXABAY:  Lots of great FREE photos with options to pay from partner sites.  Buy them a “cup of coffee” if you use a lot of photos.  The image below was made for one of our clients using a photo from Pixabay.

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GRAPHIC LEFTOVERS:   This site has undergone a huge upheaval in the past few months. Once known for easy on the wallet photos, it now has posted a steep increase in pricing.  I reached out to the owners who assured this writer that the prices will “level out” soon.  However, it may be too late to keep dedicated users. Hope it all works out for them, because some of their images (see below) are valuable with creating themed websites and more.

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From Graphic Leftovers

FREEIMAGES.com  This site has a number of free photos and images. The licensing agreements should be reviewed carefully, as with all of the aforementioned websites.

StockSnap.io also gives free photos for commercial use.  This site offers some non-traditional photography – even a bit edgy.  gr

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from: StockSnap.io

Gratisography  offers “gratis” high resolution images that range from “normal” life to really “out of the box”.  Truly a treasure trove for when you are seeking something that will never be described as boring.

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from : gratisography

What to do with the images you made?

3. Once you curate great photos and graphics you will want to give them some design magic . Sprout Social created a comprehensive  list of free tools for creating images. Here are some of our “must haves” from this list:

Collage Maker (Pro and Lite) versions are excellent apps.

BeFunky  is good for basic design and easy for start-up

RELAY  Want to make clever posts – this is one of our favorites. Check out their “mock-up” feature.

Photo Effects Lite app (and purchased packages) – Animate your images in 600 different ways.

CANVA – Some free, pretty inexpensive and very much liked within the industry

Like to make images on your phone?  We have favorite apps that make content creation via a smartphone a breeze (and fun)!

Try these for iOS

Glitch-Art – ups the interest level, for sure

Pic-Collage – a “must have”

Lumyer Photo Editor (you will laugh at some of the graphics here and it gives “life” to your video. )

Flipagram – a favorite among travel bloggers, it would seem

Color Pop Effects – for when you want to create a stunning image that simply, “pops”

Fontmania – Fonts and more to give some pizazz to your posts

Last thoughts…

There is an abundance of content creation tools – far more than mentioned here. Which are your favorites? Why? We all can learn from each other.

 

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