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Tools to Make Your Social Media Images Stand Out

bill-cosby-succeedWith Facebook’s announcement that the site is adding shared photo albums (allowing you to add up to 50 contributors per album), I thought now would be a great time to share some free online tools that will make the images you post on your social profiles stand out from those of your competitors!

  • Skitch. Instead of just posting your favorite quotes to your social media, you can your posts noticed more by taking an image of the person you’re quoting, and writing the quote directly on the image. If you’re currently thinking "But I’m not a designer!", don’t be alarmed. Skitch allows anyone, designer or not, to make a nice-looking graphic quote in a matter of minutes.
  • LiveLuvCreate. This site also allows you to create images using quotes, your tip of the week, or something like "Five Things to Keep in Mind When Planning For Retirement". It provides a variety of background images to choose from, as well as several fonts, filters and effects. Essentially, there are an unlimited number of combinations to create!
  • Recite. While Recite is the most limited option so far, it’s the quickest option to use. While you can’t determine text placement, font or color, and there are limited templates available, you can create an image that’s guaranteed to look good in under a minute.
  • Pixlr. Pixlr has multiple settings, depending on the time of edits you need to make, and it also has iPhone and Android apps. Pixlr Express just covers the basics, like cropping or other simple corrections. With Pixlr Editor is much more complex, with layers, toolbars, and the more traditional tools that you’d find in Photoshop or GIMP.
  • PicMonkey. A combination of the sites listed above, PicMonkey has some photo editing options (like cropping, color correction, and even an auto-correct option), will also letting you add text, themes, and other options.
  • GIMP. This powerful editing tool is the most-frequently compared to PhotoShop. While it doesn’t have all the various tools Photoshop has, it’s a great free alternative for someone looking to get into more high-level photo editing.
  • Aviary. Aviary is more basic that GIMP, but it’s an easy-to-use tool that allows you to adjust certain photo qualities like brightness, add filters, and re-size or crop your image. There’s also an app that makes photo-editing easy to do on the go.

So there you have a variety of tools that will allow you to make the best out of the images you share on social media. They require a variety of skill levels, so there’s no need to feel overwhelmed or limited. And if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

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