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By Lowell Brown

Easy To Use Tools for Designing Social Media Visuals

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to create stunning images for your social media channels. It’s now easier than ever to design your very own images (for free!) on the web. We’ve put together a list of our favourite resources to create professional-grade graphics for your social media pages.

1. PicMonkey  

The basic (free) version of PicMonkey is all you need to create one-of-a-kind graphics. You can upload an image and edit directly on the web or you can design a graphic from scratch.  You can crop and re-size your image and add text in almost any font style. Frame your image with a border and add a special effect to make it really pop.

There is also a paid version which offers even more cool features.


2. Share As Image

This program is useful if you are frequently sharing quotes. When you install the bookmarklet, it’s conveniently located in your browser’s toolbar for easy access. When you find a quote online that you’d like to share, simply highlight the text and click the Share As Image button in your toolbar. Another window will open where you’ll have the option to choose font style and background. You can either upload your own background image or design your own. There are limited background features with the free version, however with the ability to upload your own background image, the design possibilities are endless.



3. Canva

Designing a new Facebook cover photo is a piece of cake with Canva, a free online design platform for just about anything – including posters, presentations, social media, and blog pages. For social media use, you can upload and edit your own images or create an entirely new image using their layout designs for free backgrounds. And did I mention the designs are already sized appropriately?

Canva does not yet support Internet Explorer – you’ll have to login with your Facebook account using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari.


What free online-image creation tools are you using? What other tools would you recommend for creating social media visuals?

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