If you are a blogger, then you probably know how much readers love visual content. Whether it is a simple photo, an intricate illustration, or an informative chart, most people often prefer it to written content. Logically, a lot of bloggers strive to create original images, videos and gifs for their blogs in order to attract more readers. This article will look into fifteen free programs and apps that help you create or edit photos, illustrations, and infographics.
1. Adobe Express
Adobe Express (formerly known as Adobe Spark) is a free tool from Adobe that could be considered a simpler version of Adobe Photoshop. You can edit both images and videos in this program in order to create the best storytelling content for your blog. With Adobe Express you can create graphics, web pages, and video stories. You can start using the program for free or you can subscribe to a paid premium plan for more features.
This program is best used for editing your photos. You can apply effects, retouch, and do practically anything. Besides that, you can also make collages and create graphic designs. Fotor offers a wide range of various tools to use, starting with hundreds of fonts and ending with stickers. There is also an option for beauty retouching.
A program developed by Buffer, Pablo is the best app for creating visual content for your social media. It lets you apply effects to images and add captions onto the photos. You can also add your logo to the illustrations. Pablo offers pre-made templates for Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook images. There are also hundreds of free high-quality images to choose from if you don’t have your own.
4. BeFunky Graphic Designer
BeFunky Graphic Designer is the best free program to make collages and edit photos. In addition to that, you can create cards, banners, posters, brochures, flyers, and infographics. They are also partnering with Pixabay which will give you access to thousands of free stock photos to use on your website.
5. Photo Collage
Photo Collage is a very simple online tool that you can use to create collages. It opens in an empty canvas where you can drag and drop your images and rearrange them to create your desired collage. In case you are lost, there are some templates available too. Moreover, you can then add text onto your collage.
Canva is one of the most popular graphic design tools at the moment. It is free and very easy to use, and it has the reputation of a reliable program for editing. There is also an app for smartphones and tablets so that you can use it at any moment. Canva lets you make brochures, banners, posters, flyers, presentations, and more. It is also an amazing tool if you want to create visual content for social media.
7. Image Quote
Previously known as Instaquote, Image Quote is an app that lets you add text to your images. The app is available both for iOS and Android. It offers over fifty unique fonts to use, effects to alter your background and more.
8. Quotes Cover
Quotes Cover is one of the easiest to use online tools for adding text to your images. It offers pre-made dimension templates for Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook Story, Twitter, Facebook Cover, Blog Cover, and more. You can also apply custom dimensions or choose dimensions for print or digital.
Pixlr is a program that is available in four different versions for various needs. The basic free Pixlr X lets you add filters to your photos, while Pixlr Express includes more tools for editing. In case you want something as professional as Adobe Photoshop, you can purchase Pixlr Editor which has all the features available in most expert-level editing software. There is also Pixlr Pro which has tons of PSD templates available for you to use.
Snappa is an online drag and drop tool for editing your images and for creating graphics. You can create content for social media, ads, blogs, emails, and more. There are pre-made templates from anything starting with Instagram and ending with Google+. There are numerous pre-designed templates and high-resolution stock photos to choose from.
One of the best infographic creation programs, Easel.ly provides you with templates to which you can add images and charts. The free version gives you ten templates, but if you sign up for a paid plan, you get hundreds of templates. You can reimagine timelines, reports, processes, resumes, comparisons, and more.
Quozio is perfect for those who want to create images with quotes for social media. It is an online tool that asks you to enter a quote and who said it (or you can create your own quote) and then puts the quote on various backgrounds. You can then quickly and easily share this image by clicking one of the social media sharing buttons.
ThingLink is a digital content creation software that lets you embed images, videos, 360-degrees content, maps, and more. You can start out with a free plan and then upgrade to a paid one. Until you upgrade, your content will stay private.
Marketed as a simple app for visual content creation, Stencil is perfect for social media marketers, bloggers, and even small businesses. You can either use it for free or sign up for a paid plan if you are a professional user. You also get access to photos and icons as well as templates and quote graphics templates. This means that it is usable even by hobbyists.
Infogram is the best tool for creating interactive content. With the free version, you gain access to 37 types of interactive infographics and to 13 types of maps. You have an option to sign up for a paid version and get access to many more tools to create infographics, reports, dashboards, charts, maps, and social media visuals.
To sum up, these are definitely not all of the options available on the market, but they are free, easy-to-use and quite popular. If one does not work out for you, try a different app or program. Don’t be afraid to try something new to improve the experience of your readers and make them fall in love with your content all over again!
Author’s bio: Diana Nadim is a writer and editor who has a Master degree in Marketing. She combines her passion for writing with her interest in research and creates thought-provoking content in various fields. Besides working as a contributor writer for TrustMyPaper, Diana also runs her own 3to5Marketing blog. What inspires her the most in her writing is traveling and meeting new people. Follow her on Twitter.