If your social media spaces are all talk, visualize a
more successful message by honing your it
down to the bare essentials and adding some color.
The Institute for Color Research has found that
people make decisions about whether they like
something within 90 seconds of their first interaction
with it, and between 62 percent and 90 percent of the
initial impression is based on color alone.
Pictures are the easiest way to engage, add color to
your presentation and get more likes and shares. And it’s
easier than ever to create custom graphics and impress
your visitors. With these guides and apps, you will be able
to create a fresh new look for your pages. And best of all,
they are all free to use.
Valentine’s Day is coming up. Making cards is a great
way to try out the new online arts and crafts available and
to make something special for that special someone.
I have created a Pinterest board of free photo and clip
art sites where you can find backgrounds or just the right
image needed for that card or meme. Most of these are
CC0, which stands for Creative Commons Zero – or no
rights retained, which means you can use them any way
Fit and Trim
Make your creations fit right by first getting the correct
sizes for all the social media images here.
Advanced Cut and Paste
This app is for free online photo editing. You will be
able to upload photos from your desktop, or from an URL
off the web, or create an image from scratch. This includes
many of the cool features we’ve come to expect from
other programs such as layering, filter effects, masking
and rubber stamping. Get it all without a costly software
Above and Beyond
If you are the super
creative type, you can
paint and create your own
drawings with these apps.
For crisp, clean, scalable
graphics or a logo in a hurry,
try Inkscape vector drawing.
Sumo Paint has
psychedelic fractal effects tools that are totally addictive to play with.
Deviantart.com is a doodlers dream.
Or go a little crazy – start with a photo and paint on top of it at Psykopaint.com
Liven Things up with Animation.
This site lets you embed your creations into your posts, or place them with a link.
Not into DIY?
This design app walks you through the process of creating designs for print and
the web. You start with layouts for various projects like business cards or social media
templates and fill it in with your text and pictures. You only pay if you use their clip art
which is usually only $1 each, otherwise it’s free!
Pictures may be worth a
thousand words but timing is everything.
To orchestrate your posts across multiple networks try Hootesuite. Their Free
version lets you schedule your messaging from a single central dashboard for up to 3 key social network profiles including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and
Google+ Pages, plus a collection of applications like Instagram, YouTube, Flickr, and
Tumblr. The RSS feeds let you monitor and publish content from up to 2 blogs or
websites to your social profiles. And they will give you 3 basic reports on the reach of
I hope you enjoy these fun online tools. There are lots out
there, so have fun and experiment!