A recent post about image sizes for Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks got a lot of attention, so clearly we all know that images are important to communicating online. If you find yourself admiring images posted by others but are at a loss for your own needs, this post is for you.
It helps to have a bit of a designer mindset and the right tools to create effective images. However, even if you don’t have great design skills, you can still do a good job with some available easy-to-use tools.
- Canva is a free online tool. You have the option to use stock images or upload your own. (Related: Create Your Own Images)
- BeFunky has many features to help you create unique images. Free and paid versions are available.
- PicMonkey is a free web application that works on desktop.
Some of these tools have images that you can use, but most often you will need to find an image to work with. There are many stock photography sites out there, and I recently shared some of my go-to sources: Adding the Right (Free) Pic to Online Content.
Now you have all the resources you need to get visual!