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Information paired with a relevant image means people are likely to retain up to 65% of the information three days later, as opposed to just 10% where there is no image. (source).
So images are powerful, there’s little doubt about that.
But finding high quality images, reliable image editing software that doesn’t break the bank, or tools for quickly creating social media graphics can be time consuming. (I know, because I’ve spent hours researching them!)
So, to save you time, I’ve put together a list of 50 amazing tools to help you create stunning images for your blog or website, as well as some additional tools for easily creating video (even if you’re a complete beginner).
I’ve included free and paid resources, so you can make a decision based upon your needs and budget.
Here’s what’s included. Click on any of the links to jump straight to that section.
- Free Stock Photo Sites
- Paid Stock Photo Sites
- Photo Editing Tools
- Infographic Software
- Social Media Content Creation Tools
- Video Creation Tools (Video Made Easy!)
- Screen Recording Software
- Animation Creation Tools
- Font & Colour Palette Tools
- WordPress Plugins
- E-cover software
Free Stock Image Sites: 10 Of The Best
Free stock image sites are an amazing resource if you’re on a budget or simply want some high quality free images for your blog, website or social media.
Here are 10 sites that offer consistently high quality, high resolution images for free.
- Snapwire Snaps
- Raw Pixel
- Death to the Stock Photo
Paid Stock Photo Sites – More Choice For Your Money
If budget isn’t an option or you simply want more choice, paid stock photo sites are a great way to stand out from the crowd. Here are 4 popular premium stock photo sites:
As you’d expect, Adobe offer some stunning stock photos. You can usually get 10 free images just for signing up to their Free Trial.
One of the top stock photo sites around, Dreamstime boasts 61 million high quality stock images.
Over 4 million quality images, with value that is hard to beat, especially if you’re a high volume user.
iStock by Getty Images is one of the world’s leading stock marketplaces, offering millions of images and flexible pricing plans.
Photo Editing Tools: Create Images That ‘Pop’
There are loads of free (and paid) image editing tools out there to help you resize, retouch or alter your photos or images. Here are the best ones I’ve come across.
The ultimate in image editing tools. Used to be pricey, but Adobe have introduced very affordable Creative Cloud subscription plans, which now makes it the go to tool for most professional bloggers and designers. Paid.
Simple to use ‘drag & drop’ editor for creating blog posts, social media profiles & ads. Free & paid plans.
Whilst it won’t ever do what Photoshop can, this is a really handy & reliable free image editing tool.
Powerful & free open source image editor (requires you to download it).
Infographic Software: Increase Your Reach By 100x
According to easel.ly an infographic is 100x more likely to get read. People love infographics and you’ll see them generate huge share rates on places like Pinterest. But unless you’re a graphic designer, making a shareable, professional looking infographic from scratch can be a challenge.
Use one of the infographic creation tools below, however, and voila! You’ll be creating a professional looking infographics in no time.
A free plan with easel.ly or Canva Infographic will likely suffice if you just want an infographic here and there – but for more beautiful designs, plus increased templates and features, a paid plan will serve you better.
Create stand out, beautiful infographics from over 600 professionally designed templates. Infographic tool of choice for companies such as Forbes and The Guardian. Free and paid plans.
If you like to keep things as simple as possible, Venngage shows you how to create infographics in 3 easy steps. Platform includes over 100 templates. Free & paid plans.
One of the most popular free infographic creators. Pro version will get you more templates.
Alternative free infographic creator from the ever popular Canva.
Social Media Content Creation Tools: Increase Your Shares!
It’s hard to ignore social media these days and social media posts with images or video get a lot more engagement than posts with just text. In fact, according to Sproutsocial, Tweets with images are 150% likely to get Retweets than text-only Tweets.
These popular social media image creation tools can help you create share worthy social media content.
Simple to use photo editing/graphic design software. Hugely popular for creating Pinterest graphics. Limited access for free but the highly affordable paid option offers you a great deal more. Great value choice. Limited free & full paid versions.
Similar to Picmonkey. What it lacks in photo editing opportunities, it more than makes up for in pre-made templates for both web & social media designs. Free & paid versions. Also include app for an iPad.
Create stunning social graphics, web stories & animated videos with design gurus Adobe. More pricey than Canva & Picmonkey, but still affordable. Free & paid options.
If you want to create great looking social media images fast, give Stencil a go. Their simple to use image creation tool is ideal for social media marketers, bloggers and small businesses. Free & paid plans.
Create eye-catching animated videos & share them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Paid.
Make Video (The Easy Way!) With These Tools & Tips:
According to Content Samurai, by 2017 over 70% of ALL web traffic will come from video. If you’re worried video video creation is hard, these tools make it easy…
Create professional, share worthy content videos insanely fast. Super easy to use (i.e. it’s perfect if you don’t have a clue about video!), plus it’s designed for creating engaging videos people will actually watch. It’s easy to have a go and create a few videos just by signing up for the Free Trial.
Learn how to rank your video in both Google and Youtube fast! These 13 simple tricks from the guys at Noble Samurai show you how to WIN traffic pumping number 1 spots with video… Amazing info for free.
Want to get your video content right? (Of course you do!) This series of guides for writing compelling video scripts that produce high traffic is a snip at $7!
Fab tool for quickly turning blog posts into simple videos! Free and paid version.
Create Facebook Live Videos (Mac only).
Easy to use video editing option for Mac users.
Create ‘How to’ Videos With Screen Recording Software:
Screen recording software is a great way to create video or ‘how to’ tutorials to upload to Youtube. Many are free to use.
Keep in mind though; there are reports some insert adware onto your system. Techradar offer some recommended screen recording software suggestions here, but do your own research as well.
Got a Mac? You can record your screen for free with QuickTime Player. Apple have a tutorial here.
Or try Screenflow, a video editing & screen capture tool recommended by Pat Flynn, of Smart Passive Income.
Create Eye Catching Animation:
Want to create a nifty animation for your blog, website or social media? These tools can help:
Easily make promotional animated videos & presentations using premade characters, objects & effects, then export it to YouTube. Free version (videos show PowToon branding though) & paid plans.
Create eye-catching animated videos on your mobile & share them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Paid.
Font & Colour Palette Tools: Find The Perfect Match
If you don’t have a natural eye for colour or font combinations (urm, me!) make the following tools your new best friends. Or at the very least, let them help you get your colours or fonts working harmoniously together.
Type difference tool that visually contrasts the differences between two fonts. Helpful if you want to compare subtle differences between fonts. Free.
Handy colour palette generator. Useful for finding colour schemes that work harmoniously together. Free.
Upload an image & get a matching colour palette within seconds. Simple!
Boost Your Blog With These WordPress Plugins:
Note: You’ll need a WordPress.org blog to use any of these plugins. Whilst the plugins are listed in good faith, please keep in mind plugins can occasionally cause conflict issues with one another, whilst others can stop being updated by the person who created them. So it’s always best to supplement with your own research.
If you have a WordPress.org blog, here are some of my recommended plugins…
Arguably the best social media sharing plugin out there, Social Warfare lets you determine which images get shared to social media from your blog. Thoroughly recommended. Paid.
Nifty plugin that reduces your image file sizes so your blog loads quicker. Free.
Do you have a lot of images on your blog? Use this plugin to help improve your page load time. Free.
Create beautiful, fully responsive slideshows in minutes. Compatible with Woocommerce. Paid.
Display Instagram photos from any non-private Instagram accounts, with this plugin. Free.
Create The Perfect E-Cover:
Thinking of writing an e-book? Don’t let your penmanship down with a horrible e-cover! Use a tool like this:
Easily creates 3D images for e-books, as well as email opt-ins & digital product promotions.
Miscellaneous Image Tools & Apps:
Free online tool that turns quotes into attractive e-cards & images. Great for social media.
Want to use (or create) one of those humorous little animated gifs? Then check out Giphy…
App for adding text to images you want to share from your mobile phone.
A more female orientated app for personalising & sharing photos.
Useful app for sprucing up your photos with textures, filters & frames.
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