Bloggers and writers know that writing great content is a top priority, but sometimes we forget that including beautiful, captivating images can be just as important to both engage your audience and encourage sharing. But even if we do remember, in a lot of cases we don’t have the design chops to create great images from scratch, and hiring a designer can get expensive.
Luckily for us, though, the internet is full of great tools to help non-designers make amazing images, and best of all, most of them are free! Here some of the best image creation tools to help make your posts pop:
Canva is the go-to tool for non-designers who need professional-grade images. This tool is packed with ready-to-go templates, customization tools, tons of slick fonts, and drag-and-drop functionality. It also allows you to export the finished image, link it, or share it right from Canva itself. Best of all, it’s mostly free. Some of the images will cost you a (very reasonably) $1 licensing fee.
P.S.: Here’s an infographic we’ve created using Canva: An Awesome Year for Blogo.
Another super easy and free photo-editing tool, PicMonkey lets you jump right into making your image without registering or signing in. It also has network specific templates — such as collages for Pinterest and Etsy — and even lets you touch up or turn your pictures into illustrations.
BeFunky is another easy photo-editing tool that doesn’t require registration — a huge plus for some users. Make collages, add filters, pick a template, and use its many countless tools to make your blog and social images pop! Oh, and be sure to check out their blog, it’s jam-packed with inspiration.
Infographics are probably the best way to convey data and information, but creating one from scratch can be so time-consuming! Fret not, because Easel.ly is a tool for non-designers create rich infographics without all the work. Its pre-made templates and drag-and-drop features make it really easy to use, and the results are an infograph lover’s dream.
If you’re launching a blog, you need to use Placeit. Choose from thousands of stock images of computers, tablets, and smartphones, then place your brand or website right on the screen! Presto — you now have a life-like demonstration of your brand, right at the consumer’s fingertips.
If you blog, you probably use social media as a marketing tool (and if you don’t, you should). The problem is that each social media outlet has its preferred image format, and there are hundreds of different sizes and aspect ratios to chose from. Well, enter Social Image Resizer Tool! Simply upload your image, choose your social network, and the tool will re-size it accordingly.
Many brands rely on quotes for their social media posts, but simply writing text can be boring. Plus, it doesn’t encourage a lot of engagement. But you can take your quoting to a whole new level with Quozio; all you have to do is insert your quote, and Quozio transforms it into a beautiful image with a text overlay.
So now that you’ve got the tools, it’s time to go ahead, get inspired, and create some beautiful images to enhance your blogs and social media posts. And remember stay tuned to Blogo’s blog for even more great blogging tips!