Thursday, January 30, 2014

14 Great Tools to Create Engaging Infographics and Images for your Social Media Posts

It wasn’t long ago that Twitter added inline image previews to its official apps, including the web view.
Now, Twitter is including more image focus in the latest redesign, as you can see above. On the left-hand side of Twitter’s new web view, your profile and header images are now visible.
We’ve done tests on our own Twitter account previously that showed images make a huge difference to engagement:
Images aren’t just useful for Twitter, either. Facebook and Google+ posts look great with images in them, and Pinterest and Instagram are all about images.
To make the visual side of your social media strategy a bit easier, here are some tools to help you create awesome pictures.

1. PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a really easy-to-use photo editing tool that runs in your browser. You can quickly and easily edit a single image, create a collage or put together a design—say, for a background or your Facebook cover image.
picmonkey
I love how easy-to-use PicMonkey is, and that you can jump in straight away and give it a go without creating an account or even uploading your own photos. I used the sample images on offer to try the collage editing tools:
picmonkey collage
It even has some handy built-in collage designs for Pinterest, Etsy and Facebook:
picmonkey facebook cover image

2. Social Image Resizer Tool

The Social Image Resizer Tool is an absolute must-have if you need to quickly resize images for your social media profiles often.
image resizer
It lets you upload your own photos and easily resize them to set sizes for Facebook, Twitter and Google+, as well as custom sizes and common icon and avatar sizes:
image resizer -  size options
Another similar tool is this Social Media Image Maker which includes even more social network options, such as YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Vimeo.
social media image maker

3. Timeline Slicer

Timeline Slicer is a brilliant tool for designing images for your Facebook Page or Profile.
timeline slicer
You can add your own images from your computer to pretty much any section of the mock-Facebook Page or Profile, and then edit them to fit. I uploaded my profile picture and dragged it into the profile image spot:
timeline slicer edit
Once it’s in the right spot, you can resize, move and rotate the image until you’re happy with it. Afterwards, you can hit one of those green arrows to download the edited version of your image or click “Download All” to grab a .zip file of all the images you edited.
timeline slicer pro
If you upgrade to Timeline Slicer Pro, you’ll get to use the sections for Shared Image, Sponsored Story Image and Facebook Ad images.

4. Photovisi

Photovisi is another photo collage tool that’s really simple and easy to use.
photovisi
You don’t need to create an account to make a collage, and you can choose a layout and upload your images really fast.
photovisi collage
Once your image is finished, you can download it and use it however you like. Too easy!

5. BeFunky

Most of the tools on this list do one thing well, and make it easy. BeFunky is closer to a full photo editor that lives in your browser.
befunky
The editor is still really easy to use, but it has features like cropping, red-eye and blemish fixes, filters, borders, text and collages.
befunky edit
It also lets you grab your photos from more places than most, including your computer, Facebook, Flickr and your webcam.
befunky upload
If you want a browser-based editor that’s a bit more serious, Pixlr is a good one to try.

6. Find and make Infographics

Infographics are especially popular on Pinterest or in blog posts. 
A few tools have popped up to make creating infographics easier. Here are just a few you could try:

Easel.ly

easel.ly

Infogr.am

infogram

Visual.ly

visual.ly

Piktochart

piktochart

7. Make images from quotes

Another great way to make your social media posts more visual is to use quotes to make images. Here are some tools to help you do this, so you can share quotes on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Recite

recite
Recite has my favourite set of backgrounds to choose from, which make it really easy to make your quote look nice:
recite quote

Quozio

quozio
I love that Quozio’s landing page is set up for you to start creating a quote image immediately.
quozio quote

Pinwords

pinwords
Pinwords is a really basic tool, but it’s great if you want to quickly make an image from a quote and add it to your Pinterest account.
pinwords quote

Pinstamatic

pinstamatic
Pinstamatic actually lets you create a whole bunch of items to add to your Pinterest boards including website snapshots, pins of Twitter profiles and Spotify tracks that you can pin.
pinstamatic spotify
There are lots of visual templates to choose from for your quotes, and you can click each one to see a preview:
pinstamatic quote