3 Easy To Use Tools To Take Your Social Media From Boring to Fabulous.
Have You Noticed How Breathtaking and Professional Images Seem to Appear on Social Media?
Surely, they must use a filter or something to make them appear so flawless. In fact they go above and beyond the filter and use graphic design tools.
Now before you freak out and stop reading, what would you say if I told you they were easy to use and didn’t require a degree to operate? It’s true and I am going to show you how to create graphics for social media using 3 graphic design tools, two of which I, personally have used and continue to use to this day.
When I first started working in the digital industry it was very obvious from the start that using eye-catching, professional looking graphics was the number one thing that enticed people to pay attention to what you were saying or selling. Humans are visual creatures so if something catches the eye its only human nature to want to explore further.
I explored Google and listened to what others in my industry were using and the names Canva, Picmonkey and Livluvcreate were the 3 most popular graphic design tools being used. The best thing is that one is FREE and the others have a FREE trial so you can use it before you commit to it.
I am going to walk you through each one and explain the features that make them the most popular graphic design tools on the market today.
Basically Picmonkey is a programme that allows you to edit photos from your desktop or mobile. It is used highly amongst bloggers and Instagrammers with a simple and easy to use interface. It has similar qualities to Photoshop which allows users to add design elements to their photos just without the complicated and overwhelming functionalities.
Picmonkey has a simple toolbar which contains the basic photo editing tools. Tools like resizing, cropping, sharpening and rotating. These in themselves provide the opportunity to produce fantastic quality graphics. The other features available and that really make your images a cut above the rest are graphic overlays, adding text, frames and textures.
- Primo touch-up tools
- Text design
- Exclusive effects
- Mobile app
Canva offers both beginners and professionals an easy to use, no fuss digital graphic platform that can turn any idea into reality. You do not need to have a graphic design background to create graphic designs worthy of displaying on your social media channels or website.
Canva uses a drag and drop editor and has many templates, editable images and fonts to help create designs from scratch. This helps to create design consistency with content which helps with brand identity.
Canva is a very user friendly application with millions of images and fonts to choose from and a budget price to match.
- Photo straightener
- Image cropper
- Add text to photos
- Speech bubble maker
- Image Transparency Tool
- Photo Enhancer
- 8,000 Templates
- Photo Blur
- Photo vignette
- Design grids
- Free icons
- Photo frames
- Web wireframe
- Add Texture
Now I am going to be honest this is not an application that I am very familiar with but from doing my research and reading many blogs and opinions on how to Create Graphics for Social Media I just had to talk about it.
Livluvcreate is an image creation website that boasts the ease of which to use and a variety of design layouts. You basically pick one image as a background or multiple images for a collage background. These images can be your own from your computer or you can pick from livluvcreates library. There are up to three text areas to choose from with a variety of fonts, colors and styles. You also have the ability to choose borders, filters and effects to add the final touches to your images.
- Image library
- Design layouts
- Social Media Sharing
- Photo Effects
Before I found out about these amazing tools I was worried that what I put up on my social pages was amateur and not worthy. I was unaware of how easy it was to create and manage amazing images. Gosh, I didn’t even know that these sort of digital graphic applications existed. The only thing that these apps are limited by is your imagination.
So don’t let the fear of not knowing stop you from pushing forward.
How Much Will These Graphic Design Tools Cost Me!
Now I know that after you have read everything your first question to me will be “How much?” and this is where I can smile and say “Very affordable”.
The monthly cost varies slightly on each and after the FREE trial period ends you can upgrade and pay the following:
Picmonkey 7 day FREE Trial and then $7.99 USD Monthly or 71.88 USD Annually.
Canva : 30 day FREE Trial and then $12.95 USD or $119.40 USD Annually.
LiveLuv Create: FREE
What You Should Do Now!
My suggestion, and this is what I did, is to take an hour out of your day to sit down and have a play with these digital publishing tools. All three are simple to use and very similar but each user is different and has different needs and ways they like to create. My choice maybe different from yours, there is no right or wrong here it is a matter of personal preference but the bottom line is you now have some knowledge on the tools to use to produce some truly amazing photo images. Social media is a very visual platform so getting this part right is crucial to having success. I guarantee that after you start using these digital publishing tools you will see an amazing difference in the appearance and presentation of your images. After all the idea on creating images that people click on is to get more traffic to your site and increase revenue.
You have nothing to lose so get out your diary and put aside that hour and discover a tool that could change your social media experience for the better.
If you have any further questions or would like to share your experience with these tools please write in the comment box below.