It’s never been easier to create awesome graphics for social media.
If you’re resisting adding graphics to the list of things you do as a business owner, you probably haven’t seen what today’s graphic apps and programs can do.
Just a few years ago, creating the kind of graphics that catch people’s eye on social media took a lot of skill (or money) to create.
And while these new tools won’t do heavy lifting jobs like website design, they’ll help you create amazing graphics for instagram, pinterest, facebook, and Twitter, as well as clean visuals for your blog.
And you can do it even if you have zero design experience, without having to struggle through complicated tutorials, and (in many cases) for free!
What to Look For in a Simple Graphics App
If you’re looking for something that’s easy to use, steer clear of graphics apps designed for experienced designers, such as Adobe Ideas.
Instead, look for apps that combine images with visually appealing text.
You might be surprised at just how professional even the most plain photo can look with a nice graphic font.
The best part is, many of the apps below not only offer cool-looking fonts, they will take your text and turn it into the design itself.
You can use your own photos of products (for example), or use free stock photos.
Since these are all apps (either for the iPhone, Android, or both), they’re intended for use with your smartphone or tablet.
The 8 Graphic Apps You Need to Try:
This Android App is a highly rated, easy-to-use free typography tool that takes your photos and add your text in any style and shape you like.
Very basic — if you take a lot of product photos with your phone, this app is a great way to turn them into social media-ready graphics.
If you want lots of options, the popular Piclab for iOS and Android is a powerful photo editor that offers a variety of effects, overlays, masks, borders, and artwork, as well as lots of fonts and typography settings.
If you’re not looking for bells and whistles, this app might be a little much, but it’s great for experimenting creatively. The app itself is free; some items within the app require an in-app purchase.
This app for iOS allows you to add a photo and some text, and it will automatically generate a cool graphic for you.
You can’t get much easier than that! Other features include photo editing and lots of effects, as well as collections of inspirational quotes and stock photos you can use straight from the app.
Try something new with the TypeDrawing app for iOS and Android. Here’s how it works: You type in text, then use your finger to draw on the screen, and your “lines” will contain the text.
It’s a simple way to create typographic digital art, as well as unique watermarks for your photos. Free, with in-app purchasing offered.
Available on iOS, or in a more limited version on Android, Phonto is all about text, with over 400 fonts and limitless customization to add over your photos.
The app makes it easy to add stylized, shaped text quickly and easily for sharing on social media. Free, with in-app purchasing offered.
This popular app is only available on iOS, and offers lots of unusual fonts, including stylish “handwritten” fonts, with new fonts added frequently.
This is a paid app with in-app purchases offered — which doesn’t seem to deter its fans. The results are quality all the way.
When you want to post something fun to social media, but don’t want to be the business that posts stale old memes that were popular in 2012, try the free Meme Generator for Android and iOS.
Make your own funny captions for the meme pictures available on the app, or use any of the photos on your phone. If you’re at a loss, there are lots of examples of text you can use or be inspired by.
Want to really spice up your social media? Turn your text into animation. Legend takes your text and turns it into a moving gif or mp4 that you can share directly to your social media accounts.
You won’t believe how easy it is to create eye-catching moving graphics. App is free, with in-app purchasing offered.
It might take a bit of experimentation to find the graphics app (or rotation of apps) that works best for you.
Try an app with fewer features such as Typography Flyer to start off, and before you know it, you’ll be wanting to try some additional features.
It’s easy to get hooked on creating graphics when they’re this simple — luckily, the more awesome graphics you make, the more you’ll have to promote your business!
Do you make your own graphics for social media? Join the conversation in the comments!
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