14 Tools To Help You Add Images For Your Social Media Posts

You really have no excuse to post a big block of text--and face it no one is going to click on it. Here's how to make your social media posts more interesting with image and infographics.

It wasn’t long ago that Twitter added inline image previews to its official apps, including the web view.

Now, Twitter is including more image focus in the latest redesign, as you can see above. On the left-hand side of Twitter’s new web view, your profile and header images are now visible.

We’ve done tests on our own Twitter account previously that showed images make a huge difference to engagement:

Images aren’t just useful for Twitter, either. Facebook and Google+ posts look great with images in them, and Pinterest and Instagram are all about images.

In particular for looking at Twitter, in a recent research study we conducted, we found that images can increase retweet rate by up to 150%:

To make the visual side of your social media strategy a bit easier, here are some tools to help you create awesome pictures.

1. PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a really easy-to-use photo editing tool that runs in your browser. You can quickly and easily edit a single image, create a collage or put together a design—say, for a background or your Facebook cover image.

I love how easy-to-use PicMonkey is, and that you can jump in straight away and give it a go without creating an account or even uploading your own photos. I used the sample images on offer to try the collage editing tools:

It even has some handy built-in collage designs for Pinterest, Etsy and Facebook:

Especially in the image editing world, there exist a ton of other great tools. Check out “The Big List of 100 Tools, Tips and Tricks to Work more Efficiently Online” to get even smarter about editing tools.

2. Social Image Resizer Tool

The Social Image Resizer Tool is an absolute must-have if you need to quickly resize images for your social media profiles often.

It lets you upload your own photos and easily resize them to set sizes for Facebook, Twitter and Google+, as well as custom sizes and common icon and avatar sizes:

For Facebook in particular, getting the photo size and aspect ratio just right is crucial to have it appear large and clear in the newsfeed.

Another similar tool is this Social Media Image Maker which includes even more social network options, such as YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Vimeo.

3. Timeline Slicer

Timeline Slicer is a brilliant tool for designing images for your Facebook Page or Profile.

You can add your own images from your computer to pretty much any section of the mock-Facebook Page or Profile, and then edit them to fit. I uploaded my profile picture and dragged it into the profile image spot:

Once it’s in the right spot, you can resize, move and rotate the image until you’re happy with it. Afterwards, you can hit one of those green arrows to download the edited version of your image or click “Download All” to grab a .zip file of all the images you edited.

If you upgrade to Timeline Slicer Pro, you’ll get to use the sections for Shared Image, Sponsored Story Image and Facebook Ad images.

Especially with all the changes Facebook has made recently to its algorithm, it’s becoming more important to experiment with all elements--including the profile.

4. Photovisi

Photovisi is another photo collage tool that’s really simple and easy to use.

You don’t need to create an account to make a collage, and you can choose a layout and upload your images really fast.

Once your image is finished, you can download it and use it however you like. Too easy!

5. BeFunky

Most of the tools on this list do one thing well, and make it easy. BeFunky is closer to a full photo editor that lives in your browser.

The editor is still really easy to use, but it has features like cropping, red-eye and blemish fixes, filters, borders, text and collages.

It also lets you grab your photos from more places than most, including your computer, Facebook, Flickr and your webcam.

If you want a browser-based editor that’s a bit more serious, Pixlr is a good one to try. These tools can make any content more visual--and visuals are an important part of creating more shareable content.

6. Find and make Infographics

Infographics are especially popular on Pinterest or in blog posts.

A few tools have popped up to make creating infographics easier. Here are just a few you could try:

Easel.ly

Infogr.am

Visual.ly

Piktochart

7. Make images from quotes

Another great way to make your social media posts more visual is to use quotes to make images. Here are some tools to help you do this, so you can share quotes on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

I used a quote from a recent Buffer blog post to test each of these tools so you can see an example of how they work:

Recite

Recite has my favourite set of backgrounds to choose from, which make it really easy to make your quote look nice:

Quozio

I love that Quozio’s landing page is set up for you to start creating a quote image immediately.

Pinwords

Pinwords is a really basic tool, but it’s great if you want to quickly make an image from a quote and add it to your Pinterest account.

Pinstamatic

Pinstamatic actually lets you create a whole bunch of items to add to your Pinterest boards including website snapshots, pins of Twitter profiles and Spotify tracks that you can pin.

There are lots of visual templates to choose from for your quotes, and you can click each one to see a preview:

What other tools have you used lately to make images for social media? Let us know in the comments.

This article originally appeared in Buffer and is reprinted with permission.

[Image: Flickr user TEDxDeusto Humanizing the World]

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  • nico

    Awesome list with some really useful tools. We've just created a great graphics tool that helps you add images to social media profiles and lets you create great infographics. Can check it out at http://youzign.com

  • elaine

    Great post. I'd also like to know if you can add photos from a blog (or any website for that matter) to an instagram account. In particular, I have pictures that I have taken for my blog, have resized and edited on my Mac and put on my blog. How can I get those on Instagram? Thanks!

  • Alexandru Roznovat

    Great list Belle but you missed www.pixteller.com - I think is the best tool to add beautiful text to your images

  • Valerie Zakka Standen

    Thank you! My head is swarming with ideas now, off to get creative! www.odyssey-imports.com

  • Belle Beth Cooper…a name I will remember! Just ran into some of your posts from becoming new user to Buffer, and this one is quite valuable! Thank you.

    Delilah

  • Beth,

    Another excellent post and fantastic information. We see this in particular in the press release service industry (SLIGHTLY different numbers, but basically the same story). When people have images at their disposal, they really need to take advantage and capture their audience.

    I don't think many people knew about the tools for creating info-graphics. I believe many probably thought it was just the talent of a number of graphic designers.

    Excellent information! Thanks Beth! (Another tool/posting for us to share with many)

    Michael 24-7 Press Release Newswire

  • Picmonkey has been a hell of a tool for me and I use it everyday. I discovered Canva.com about a month ago, and though I didn't think it was possible, I've been using it even more than picmonkey. I totally recommend it! (if you'd like to give it a go, and don't want to hassle with beta list, hit me up and I'll send an invite!)

    -Adam

  • The only problem is there are so many great ones! I think Social Media Image Resizer is brilliant and Timeline Slicer will help me change my images more often without going to my graphic designer everytime. Thanks!