With image marketing being so successful for social media and personal branding, you may be wondering how you can take advantage of this tactic when you don’t know even how to resize a picture. Good news! Thanks to these tools, you can be creating unique graphics in no time!
Tool #1: PicFrame
PicFrame is an app available for your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Blackberry and Mac. With this app, you can create one stellar image using multiple photos from your camera. PicFrame has easy-to-use features to “dress up” your creation, including adding text labels to your image, changing the image shape, customizable borders and frames, and shadow and other photo effects. With PicFrame, you choose one of the 71 fully adjustable frames for your creation, and you can combine up to nine photos in one frame. The end result is a clean, high-resolution graphic that you can easily share across your social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Flickr.
Here’s an example of how Etsy seller, FlipsTactical550Gear, used PicFrame to show off their products. Notice how they used a label to add their web address to their image, so people can learn more about them:
Tool #2: Pic Collage
Pic Collage is another app available for your iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Pic Collage allows you to easily create a collage of your photos from your photo library or Facebook albums, as well as photos from the web. With Pic Collage, you select a background and then add images, text and stickers to decorate your collage. Each photo can be resized, rotated, edited or deleted with the touch of your finger. Once you’re done, you can share your Pic Collage image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The ways to use Pic Collage for personal branding are endless. You can find images that match your brand and add text with your URL. Or you could incorporate a quote and find pictures that compliment it. Check out this example from Simon Blog, which combines inspiring messages and images.
Tool #3: LiveLuvCreate
LiveLuvCreate is a website where you can create photo and image creations, and share them with the LivLuvCreate community. You’ll need a Facebook log-in to use this website, and you can easily post your creations to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. Select from a broad assortment of graphic layouts, and then add a background that’s pre-made on LiveLuvCreate, or you can upload from your Facebook albums or your computer. Once you’ve selected your background, you have three text box options where you can customize the font type, size and color. You can even add borders and photo effects to your image. The final graphic does have a LiveLuvCreate watermark, but it’s small and doesn’t take away from your creation.
Here’s an example of a graphic I made through LivLuvCreate (and it took me about four minutes from start to finish):
Of course, there is no substitute for a professionally designed image when you need it, but these three tools will give you the flexibility and courage to create fun graphics on your own. And remember, once you’re done creating your image, be sure to post to Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook, Flickr, Google Plus and/or Twitter. Get your images out there in a big way!
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