You + Top 3 Tools = Social Media Superhero

Trying to use different tools takes a lot of time and money...and might make you feel like you'd rather stick a fork in your eye. Never fear! Below are my TOP 3 favorite free apps and websites that will give you the most professional results quickly and easily. Bullet point format so you can remain ninja-like.

# 1: Canva

  • Pro's:
    • Offers amazing-looking graphics, templates and fonts.
    • Easy to use, with a lot of free features. Can upgrade for more options.
    • Use on Web, iPad, iPhone. I'm unsure about Android.
    • Also offers photo editing and graphs.
    • You can choose pre-sized graphics for all social media boxes. Meme away, my friends!
    • Lots of tutorials.
  • Con's:
    • Free account limits number of graphics and the best images are $1 each.
    • Sometimes tricky to make things look how you want (but I am a control freak...).
  • Your free account gets you the following:
    • Two folders to organize designs
    • Up to 10 team members for free
    • 1GB storage for photos and assets
    • Access to over 8,000 templates
    • Upload your own images
    • Access millions of photos for $1 each
  • This image below was made in 10-15 minutes on Canva:

# 2: Unsplash

  • Pro's:
    • Offers a BOATLOAD of beautiful, high-res, free images for your use.
    • License per their website:
      • All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.
      • More precisely, Unsplash grants you an irrevocable, nonexclusive copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos from Unsplash for free, including for com
        mercial purposes, without permission from or attributing the photographer or Unsplash. This license does not include the right to compile photos from Unsplash to replicate a similar or competing service. Questions? Read their FAQ.
    • Easy to use. Create your own collections and favorites.
    • Many images are by excellent photographers.
  • Con's:
    • Sometimes they don't have the exact image/feeling that I'm looking for. But their collection is constantly growing so shouldn't be an issue much longer.

#3: Piktochart

  • Pro's:
    • You can create a professional-looking infographic quickly and easily.
    • Easy to use, with a lot of free features. Can upgrade for more options.
    • Use on Web, iPad, iPhone. I'm unsure about Android.
    • Also offers templates and graphs.
  • Con's:
    • Free account limits number of graphics and the best images are $1 each.
    • Sometimes tricky to make things look how you want (but I am a control freak...).
  • Your free account gets you the following:
    • Unlimited creations.
    • Intuitive editor tool.
    • Access to over 4,000 icons and images.
    • Share it with the world using their built-in social sharing options, or download it as a JPG or PNG image.

Have you used any tools or websites that have been helpful in your work? Please share in the comments below.

Contact me here if you have questions or need help!

~ Shelly

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