Are you struggling to create images for Facebook?
Are you looking for the best tools to create images for Facebook?
Quality image is important on Facebook.
According to Gizmodo, there are over 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook per day. In another research by done by Quintly, they found that photos were the most common type of content posted on Facebook, they account for over 54% of posts worldwide.
I can see why this is the case. Images are one of the easiest types of content to publish and digest.
We can also clearly see evidence that images are one of the most popular type of content on Facebook.
Here’s what you need to know.
To stand out on Facebook, you need to create quality images. You can’t just post random images you find through Google search. I recommend you create your own images for Facebook.
Hold on! You may be thinking…..
‘But I’m not a designer’
Don’t worry! Many of these tools are very user friendly. It allows you to easily create stunning images.
On the flip side I do understand the many benefits to hiring a professional graphic designer to do your images for you. However, I would rather use them for more important tasks that will require more of their focus, details, and skills such as designing your brand’s visual identity.
There’s no reason to hire a designer to create daily posts such as
You can just use tools that are available online.
All you need to do is summon your inner creative side. That’s what I did.
You see. I’m not a designer myself. I have zero design skills. NADA! I have zero creative skills. I remember when I was young, my coloring skills was so bad! My poor mom had to compliment my coloring skills despite how bad it was.
Don’t get me started on photoshop. I can only do basic editing such as adjusting the exposure, colors and so on. I can’t create any images from scratch.
What I’ve found is that there are many tools and apps that can help you create stunning images. I know you’re busy running around and managing your day-to-day business, so I’ve done the work for you, and I’ll recommend you tools you should get.
Relax, grab a cup of your favorite coffee from Starbucks or Bluebottle coffee. Sit back and read on. I’ve got YOU covered in this post.
In this post, I’ll share with you the best tools to create images for Facebook.
Best Tools to Create Images for Facebook
I’m sure by now you’ve heard about Canva. They have gotten quite a lot of press for good reason. Many bloggers use this platform, and a lot of people LOVE their platform. Canva is a free design tool that is aimed at beginners and professionals alike. Their ready-made templates allow you to create beautiful artwork by yourself.
What I love about Canva:
- Easy to use
Canva is very easy to use. Anyone without designing skills (like me) can quickly go through their templates and edit them. Since you don’t need to start from scratch, your final images will be stunning! Go from zero to graphic hero in a few minutes.
- Stock Photos
What differentiates Canva from other online photo editing sites is the option to search and buy stock images directly. I love platforms that can do this. I am not a fan of seeking it elsewhere and then going back to my editing tool to edit it. I always like to get everything in one platform. Canva does this extremely well.
- Templates get updated often
One thing I noticed on Canva is the templates are frequently updated for different occasions. For example we are a few weeks from the New Year and you want to post something on your Facebook page. Canva will have a special New Year’s templates that you can use and tweak to fit this occasion. How great is that?
What I don’t like
While there are many things I do love, it seems that everyone else is in love with Canva. This means that there are many people, businesses, and marketers using this platform.
Unfortunately, that translates to people posting very similar images with you especially if you don’t edit a lot or don’t change a lot in the images. I’ve seen many similar variations of the Canva-built images posted on Facebook. The only difference is people just add their company logo at the bottom of the images.
To give you a better idea of what outcomes you can get from using each platform. I’m going to be designing images.
Here’s a sample image I create using Canva.
If you’re used to Canva’s interface, then you’ll will find it easy to create images for Facebook using Desygner‘. Their interface is pretty similar. This platform also allows you to pick from templates based on social media platforms. So if you’re creating an image for Pinterest, just select from the Pinterest option.
What I like about Desygner:
Similar to Canva. Desygner has a brilliantly guided designs in the form of templates to help you with your designs. You can easily change, move things around, add, delete anything you don’t like from an image. It’s so easy to create images with Desygner.
- Not so popular (yet)
Not many of my marketing and business friends use this platform. Most of the people I know recommend Canva. This gives me an advantage because I can easily create and make simple changes to the images in this platform and I can produce images that do not look too similar to what’s already out there.
My images will have a FRESHER look compared to everyone who’s using Canva. SHHH!
What I don’t like:
- Lesser elements to play around
If you’re looking to play around and add icons or change more stuff in the images, I feel like Desygner don’t offer as many options as Canva. This won’t be an issue if you just want a basic design though.
Pablo was created by my friends over at Buffer. With Pablo, you can create stunning images that are optimal for each major social media network such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.
What I like about Pablo:
- SUPER easy to create image
If you’re looking to create interesting quotes, Pablo does this extremely well here. From all of the platforms that I’ve tested, Pablo is definitely the quickest.
All you need to do is pick a background or upload your own. Choose the size, choose a quote from their awesome lists of quotes and you have yourself an image ready and engaging post.
If you don’t have quotes, just pick any from buffer’s list. You can create mages for Facebook in seconds!
- Easy to change size
Let’s say you just created an image for Facebook and you want something for Pinterest. YOU CAN! All you have to do is select that option, and you’ll have the same image in a different size. The image size will automatically be adjusted for you. You also won’t need to resize the font sizes etc as it will automatically get adjusted as well.
What I don’t like:
- Limited design ability
While you can search and create images pretty easy, change the fonts, etc. you won’t be able to go the extra mile with them. Pablo can create a basic and beautiful image well, but if you’re looking for an image that packs more punch, you can’t with this.
4. Pic Lab
Pic Lab is one of my favorite phone apps to create images for Facebook and Instagram. I’ve been secretly using this app for a while now and it works like wonders.
What I like about Pic Lab:
- Beautiful Artwork
I have to say that they have some of the best artwork for quotes. All you have to do is a pick background from any websites such as Unplash. Once you have that, you load it into Pic Lab and voila! Their artwork will make your photos look like a designer has created it.
Pic Lab has tons of icons that you can use to tweak your images and give it the extra oomph! You can add decorative elements, ribbons, arrows, social media icons and more with this.
What I don’t like:
- Limited number of artwork
If you create images very often you may find that you don’t have a lot of choices. There are only a small number of artwork that are available to use. It won’t take long before you’ve used these artwork and you may actually need to start creating basic font types of images.
- You need to buy artworks and icons
Their artworks aren’t free. You will need to purchase them to use it but you can buy all the artwork and icons in an affordable, bundled price. That’s what I did since I knew I’ll be using it for quite a while. I recommend you play around with the app first to see if you’ll be using it first.
Here is the image that I use to create
WordSwag wins for their name. When I heard about them a few months ago, I knew I had to try it. I did and I loved them ever since. Their mobile app allows you to add swag to your quotes. You can quickly go from normal to awesome in a couple of clicks.
What I like about WordSwag:
- Background search
Unlike Pic Lab where you need your own background image, you can find background images directly with WordSwag. You can easily use their pixabay royalty free search bar to find any background images and get started on designing your image after selecting your preferred one.
- Great quote templates
WordSwag’s app is pre-populated with beautiful templates that you can use to create images that look like it was created by designers. I believe it was! You can also change the wording in those templates to fit quotes or anything you want to express.
- Engaging statuses
Don’t know what to say? Simply pick at random for their status ideas. They have creative and engaging statuses that you can use to add on your images.
Here are some samples
- Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin
- Good looks fade, but a good heart keeps you beautiful forever
- Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?
What I don’t like
- Limited templates
While I love WordSwag and use it often, I feel that I’m consistently using the same templates for my images. I wish they would change it up more often or add more variety that I can purchase.
- No android app
Unfortunately, WordSwag doesn’t have an Android app yet. So for you Android fans out there, you may need to look into other apps.
6. Adobe Post
Adobe Post is a new comer and it’s already making a buzz. I can see why. It’s so simply to use yet it’s so powerful. Adobe definitely has something going with this.
What I like
- VERY easy to edit
The first time I tried Adobe Post, I knew they put a lot of work into this. Editing images in this app is VERY easy. They make it very easy for beginners to edit images.
What I don’t like:
If you’ve read my reviews above. You know I’m a nut when it comes to templates. Unfortunately, Adobe doesn’t really have a lot of templates that you can use if we’re comparing with platforms like Canva and Desyner. Having said that, it’s still very useful for a mobile app.
Design Tips to Create Images for Facebook
So, I’ve shared you with some amazing tools above, but I want to give you more. Here are some tips to keep in mind when designing your next image for Facebook.
1. Color Palette
You need to make sure that you use similar color palettes that fit your business. That way you can keep your branding consistent.
I won’t recommend you change your color palette often. Simply keep using similar color palettes.
If you don’t know how to pick color palettes for your images, here’s Canva’s guide on doing so
Don’t forget to add your company’s logo when creating your image. Putting your logo in your images allows people to see your brand more often and look for you if they want more content for you. This will help you get more Facebook fans.
For those of you looking to add logos to all your blog post simultaneously or in bulk, use a tool called Visual Mark. It’s a tool I recommend businesses to use to save time! You can thank me later.
Consistency is king! You need to remember to keep your design consistent and to post consistently.
After playing around with some of the best tools to create images for Facebook. I find that there are many that I’ve yet to test and play around still. Many tools out there are pretty basic, and some were plain glitch-y. That’s the reason they didn’t make it to this list. I feel they won’t add any value.
You definitely can’t go wrong with Canva. It has an established brand that many bloggers are using.
However, if you want to stand out, I do recommend Desygner. Since not many people use it and therefore giving you an advantage.
If you’re on the run but want to post online consistently. WordSwag is the way to go. The reason I picked WordSwag is because it’s so easy to use and their background search is an advantage because you can perform quick searches without switching apps. With their status ideas, I feel they have an advantage over Pic Lab. With this, you can design content on-the-go.
I’m sure you know by now that each of them has its own pros and cons. It depends on what fits YOUR needs.
I recommend you pick any TWO from the above.
All you need is a tool while you’re on your computer and one while you’re on the go. That way you will always have fresh content every day without fail.
No longer will your images look dull and boring. Say hello to all the engagement you’ll get.
Your turn now.
What are your favorite tools to create images for Facebook?