I know I can’t be the only one who gets frustrated when I have a photo of “someone” or a graphic with “something” in it, and all I want is that “someone” or “something” and not all of the background that’s also in the photo or image. It doesn’t make me very happy to have to send it off to one of my designers just to have them remove the background from an existing image. Especially when I’m in a hurry!
Every now and then I discover a new website, tool, app or something I simply cannot live without. Well … I’ve done it again, and I must tell you I am completely and totally in love!
It’s called Canva, and it has given this very uncreative person a way to express creativity in a way I never imagined. Blog post graphics, graphic quotes, graphic tweets, social media platform covers, you name it … Canva does it. Quickly. Easily. No muss, no fuss! [Read more…]
Looking to add a little extra “pop” to your online images and videos? ThingLink is a fun new tool that lets users add multimedia overlays or text to any image they own. But the real bonus is in the fact that what is added via the ThingLink tool becomes instantly interactive, allowing those viewing the image or video to click the text or link within the picture. As you can imagine, marketers, brands and companies love this new tool because it raises engagement and the success rates of their ads and image-based content.
Users can start by selecting an image from an upload, online URL or Flickr and then add links to every site imaginable inside the image (called “things”). That image can then be embedded in websites, blogs or in social media comments or posts, and viewers can access the “thing” you have linked inside your image immediately. ThingLink’s basic or “personal” option is completely free but only offers basic tagging & analytics. The paid version is a bit pricy and ranges from $250-$1500 a month, but contains some pretty meaty options like advanced tracking and analytics. ThingLink also offers free Android and iOS apps as well. New users can opt for a free 30-day trial of the paid version.
A few months ago, I shared information on why including images in your social media and website was an important key point to remember. Vibrant and high-quality images can be a huge help in catching your reader’s attention and drawing them in to learn more about your offering. High quality and professional images will help your blog, website or project make a much stronger impression as well. In this past blog post I shared information on resources like PicMonkey and Pixlr, but now I am going to reveal some sources for finding high quality photos that are the foundation of these eye-catching images. [Read more…]