In my quest to become more visible on social media, I’ve been trying out various graphics apps and programs that make it easy to add text and special effects to graphics and photos. I must say I’ve tried quite a few in the process … some get a big thumbs up, others … not so much.
Out of all the ones I have tried, here are my top 4 choices!
Canva: If you know me very well, you’ll already have guessed Canva would be first on my list for doing anything at ALL with graphics. Canva has got to be the easiest way to create awesome graphics with or without text for just about any project you can imagine. Canva has two options. There is a free option which is fabulous no matter how you look at it; and then they have Canva at Work which is even better if you do a lot of branded graphics for business. Both the versions have preset templates for just about every social media graphic size available, as well as a slew of other business template sizes for documents and even print work. Canva at Work, (at a very reasonable cost as low as $9.99 per month) however, also lets you set up your branding colors and fonts for easy access, gives you the ability to change the dimensions of a current design rather than having to create another, and has this phenomenal “Magic Resize” feature that lets you duplicate your designs in multiple sizes in a flash. You can resize your image into a variety of different image sizes with the click of a button. ALL of my images on my blog and social media platforms are created with Canva for Work! You can also add team members to your account. To make it super easy to keep your branding consistent, you can upload your own fonts, and even download your designs with a transparent background.
The developers are always adding new features, so it just gets better and better. You can create special folders to store uploads, and folders to keep all of your design topics separate. One of their newest features lets you magically animate your designs with just one click. With this exciting new feature, you can watch your designs come alive. There really isn’t much I can say … you’ll just have to try it out yourself on the Canva website, and experience the easiest way to animate your graphics. If you’ve never used Canva before, you should check it out. As I said, the free version is awesome all on its own, with a ton of features and benefits. But if you create a LOT of images all of the time, Canva for Work is the way to go!
WordSwag: Available only for the iPhone, WordSwag has an exclusive Typomatic(TM) Engine that gives you the ability to create beautiful custom text layouts in a matter of minutes. According to the app developer, “it’s like a graphic designer in your pocket.” You can choose from backgrounds available in the app or upload backgrounds and photos of your own. WordSwag is priced at $4.00 in iTunes.
InstaQuote: InstaQuote is available for both iPhone and Android. Similar to WordSwag in that you can add text captions to both photos and graphics, it’s also different in many ways, so it’s quite handy to have both apps. InstaQuote comes with 20 templates, 50+ fonts, colors and text options, let’s you choose from in-app backgrounds or your own photos, and exports to Instagram, your camera roll, Facebook or Twitter. There are also some preset quotes you can grab if you need one.Using apps like InstaQuote and WordSwag make it easy to create eye-catching text graphics!Click To Tweet
InstaQuote has both a free app and a paid pro version. With InstaQuote Pro, you get more styles, more than 50 additional fonts and no watermarks or ads. Not bad for a mere $2.99. Try the free app to see if you like it and if you do, just click on the in-app option to get the pro version.
LayOut: This cool little app by Instagram lets you use photos on your camera roll or shoot new ones using the built-in photo booth. The app lets you flip, flop, add, group and layout your photo or multiple photos together in assorted arrangements to combine into a cool collage to post on Instagram, or save to your phone for use elsewhere. You can remix up to 9 photos and then get as creative as you’d like mixing, remixing, and tweaking to your heart’s content. It’s free and available for both iPhone and Android.
Well I’ve shown you mine … now you show me yours. Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite graphic app or apps are, why you love them and how you use them!
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