With decreasing attention spans, the only way to get your content noticed on the internet is to back it up with some visuals. Studies have shown that people are twice as likely to engage with Facebook posts that have an accompanying image than they are to textual content. Infographics, slideshows, galleries, and images are the best way to get your message out there on social media platforms.
Even if you aren’t a design expert, there are several tools that you can use which simplify the process of creating visual content. Let us take a look at some of them.
It’s hard not to be impressed by Visme. Even if you’re a complete newbie, Visme lets you create professional-looking presentations, infographics, and banners in minutes. There are several templates for you to choose from, and you can tweak each of them easily to create the look you desire.
Signing up to Visme is free. With a free account, you can create three projects. After that, you’ll have to choose the paid option. Every penny you’ll pay for Visme is absolutely worth it because it saves you the cost of hiring a designer or a freelancer.
Design seeds is a fantastic free tool for those of you who are confused about the color palette you need to use for your images or websites. Every day, the website posts four beautiful images, and shows you the color palette corresponding to it.
By hovering your mouse pointer over the color palette, you can find out the HEX value of the color. To the side of each image, you get a list of similar colors if you want to explore the color palette further.
Visual.ly is a great community for designers and marketers who are looking for good infographics, presentations, and videos. Users can share their creations for free and interact with marketers who are looking for visual content.
If you’re willing to pay some money for hiring a great design or video team, Visual.ly allows you to bring a team of designers together to work on your project. It will cost you much less than hiring an agency to do the same job.
4) Quotes Cover
Quotes Cover allows you to convert great quotes from your favorite people into beautiful images that you can share on social media. It is simple and yet tremendously powerful.
You don’t need to hunt for quotes to add to your images. Quotes Cover already has a list of quotes in their database. You can choose your template and image size according to which platform you want to share your images on.
The typography options are robust and look great. The inbuilt editor allows you to add filters, text shadows, change fonts and much more. And it is completely free to use.
5) Google Web Fonts
If you’re wondering which font to use in your marketing posts, Google Web Fonts can point you in the right direction. It houses a collection of good-looking fonts that you can sort by popularity, trending status, date added and more.
If you want to use one of the fonts on your website, the tool gives you a small snippet of code that you can add to your pages. You can also download the fonts if you want to.
If you’ve come across a font that you love but can’t find the name for, you can use WhatTheFont. It allows you to upload an image and then identifies the font family, and tells you where you can get it for yourself.
Here’s a tip — crop your images to include only one or two words so that WhatTheFont can identify your fonts quickly. It’s completely free to use if you aren’t buying any of their fonts.
PicJumbo is a great place to get free photos to use on your website or your social media page. You can use all of the photos on the website for commercial purposes. Make sure you read the FAQ once before you use any of the images on your websites or social media profiles.
The website is completely free to use. If you want images that aren’t published on the website to be delivered to you, you will have to pay $6 per month.
8) Awesome Screenshot
If you use a lot of screenshots in your line of work, Awesome Screenshot is a nifty add-on for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. It allows you to capture the whole screen or parts of it, and you can add arrows, circles, and rectangles to denote areas of the page you are referring to. You can also add your own text to the screenshot. You can blur out any part of the image that you don’t want others to see.
You can save your screenshots to your local device or upload it to Google Drive.
So, if you’re looking to add some oomph to your social media posts, use the tools above to get started immediately. All of them are very user-friendly and don’t require too much technical expertise. With these tools in your armory, you will be able to create professional-quality visual content in next to no time.