Bride Water- EditDo you want to create unique images or graphics to share on social media, but don’t have the budget to hire a designer? For wedding professionals who don’t have access to tools like Photoshop, creating these images can sometimes be a challenge. 

Here are 3 easy-to-use tools you need to know about:

1) Canva

Canva allows you to create ‘amazingly simple graphic design’ with its online based editor that can be used to create social media graphics, blog images and even printed designs like business cards and flyers. You simply drag and drop, using any of their thousands of fonts and images, or upload your own images, edit and enhance. 

Canva is a free tool, but they offer an enhanced image library of stock images for as low as $1 each.

2) PicMonkey

PicMonkey is an image editor that works in your browser. You can use it to create unique graphics for your social media posts, edit photos for your blog or add filters and other text to make banners and cover images for your Facebook page or Twitter profile. They also have a great blog with lots of helpful tutorials.

The free version gives you a variety of effects and font types to use, and they also offer a paid upgraded version with enhanced features for a low monthly or yearly fee.

3) Pixlr

Pixlr Editor is billed as the ‘most popular online photo editor in the world’ and is a great option for those who want similar function to Photoshop and are willing to dive in a bit more to learn how to use it. It offers advanced options for overlays, effects, borders and image editing.

They also have a mobile app and an express version, all free.

Where to Get Stock Images:

While using your own photos is the best way to create unique content, where do you go when you need a stock photo for your blog and you don’t want to pay for an image?

Check out PhotoPin. This site allows you to search the Flickr database for Creative Commons images that can be used commercially on your blog, with just a link back to the original image needed.  Make sure to select the ‘commercial’ box under License Type when searching and note if you’ve made any changes to the photo in the attribution.

While it does take extra effort to create unique visual content, it can set your wedding business apart.

What tools do you use to create your images?

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