Welcome to the world of digital marketing! In order to stay relevant, not only do you create visual posts for multiple social media platforms, you also curate blog content, and the best part – everything you put out into the world must be quality, consistent, and original.
While this may seem daunting, there are multiple user-friendly apps and shortcuts to create beautiful visual content, which is 40 times more likely to get shared on social media than any other type. There’s no denying the fact that having team members who have mastered the skills of elite image editing software programs will benefit your organization. However, in today’s fast paced world where quality of content no longer trumps quantity, spending 20-30 minutes editing a photo or graphic is not always the best and most economical use of your resources.
The masterminds who create applications heard your cries and created some user-friendly image editing apps to make your life easier. Here are just three of the many we are loving at the Haven.
PicMonkey is an online photo editor, compatible with iOS and Android. It is best for graphic design and is free with in-app purchases.
One of our favorite features is its share-ability on multiple platforms. Edited images can be uploaded directly to Flickr, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Facebook and can also be saved to your computer.
Other features include customization of collage design with simple drag and drop options. Users can make easy adjustments to spacing between images, add rounded corners, and can set branded colors or adjust transparency of backgrounds.
There are more than 20 free layouts to choose from, and it supports cloud storage service. Our only con is that images cannot be added to the background.
LiveLuvCreate is an easy to use platform for image creation where the user can access a wide range of layouts for creating interactive designs.
Users can work on three text editing areas: font types, styles, and colors can be selected with ease.
This app is loaded with a variety of design layouts. The user can create a collage of several graphics which can be selected from the tool library or uploaded from a computer. In order to do additional image enhancements, you can choose special photo effects, filters and borders. As soon as your design is complete, this interactive editing platform allows easy sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest, and other platforms. You can also save designs to your computer.
Canva is one of our most used and favorite apps. There is both a free and paid ($12.95/month) version of the app. The free version allows users to create posters, presentations, business invitations, and cards.
You can design social media cover images, IG and story posts, and blog photos. It can directly pull your images from your Facebook account and users can upload their graphics from a computer.
Users can access the wide collection of templates and photos from Canva’s software library. Unlimited storage for media is available to paid members whereas free members have access to 1GB of storage space. There are lots of stock images in the Canva library that can be accessed for $1 if you aren’t interested in investing in a monthly subscription.
This software also allows users to collaborate with teams with its easy image sharing abilities.
All three of these image editing apps are user friendly and fun to play with but even with easy-to-use tools right at our fingertips, time is a limited resource. If you need help designing materials for your community, call a Maven today!