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App Your Social Media Pages Into Shape!

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.

Picture This
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 you like.

Fit and Trim
Make your creations fit right by first getting the correct sizes for all the social media images here. cheat-sheets/

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 subscription.

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. is a doodlers dream. Or go a little crazy – start with a photo and paint on top of it at

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 your pages.

I hope you enjoy these fun online tools. There are lots out there, so have fun and experiment!, Inc., Inc.
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