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How to Create Amazing Social Media Graphics Without Photoshop

Peter M March 31, 2021 · 3 min read
If you’re building your brand across social media (and let’s face it, who isn’t these days?) you need to constantly have your finger on the pulse, and have a bucketload of finely-tuned, aesthetically-pleasing social content ready to share at a moment’s notice. That might mean prepping photos and posts in a design app like Photoshop, but you won’t always have access to it. Maybe you’re on your smartphone, or maybe you’re on a budget, either way – here are some alternative ways to make amazing graphics for your social media efforts, without Photoshop. Whether you’re a boutique marketing agency looking to attract more customers, or cooking up cronuts and promoting them on the ‘gram – we’ve got your back.

1 – Canva

Canva was designed to make it super easy to craft great graphics, even if you don’t have a degree in fine arts or run your own design studio. Their premade templates, custom social media images, and drag-and-drop interface allows you to make your social media posts fun and fast. cnvas

2 – Pablo

Pablo takes image creation a step further, in that it was specifically designed for people looking to create social media posts. You can search a library of more than 50,000 royalty-free photos and find the right image for your post, then select your font and craft your message. You can even add your own logo so your piece is proprietary if someone shares it. pablo

3 – Easelly

Easelly specialises in the creation of infographics. Perfect if you want to show off a graph, chart or some other figures in your social post. Simply sign up, put your infographic together by choosing from a number of pre-made templates, and then share away. easely

4 – Place It

Want to show off your app or mobile website? The Place It website is packed with pre-made mockups and in-situ visuals. It’s a great way to show the visual context of your idea when sharing your story on social networks. placeit

5 – Recite This

In case you haven’t already noticed, quotes are big on Instagram. And we’re not complaining; a great quote designed nicely can be visually arresting. If you’ve got the wit and the words, Recite This has done the design work for you, with a bunch of ready-made templates waiting for you to use. recite

6 – Over

Over is another great resource if you’re looking to create memorable quotes for your social media efforts. It’s an app that comes with a full toolkit of beautiful fonts and nice suggested layouts for you to use. over

7 – Icon Finder

Looking for the perfect icon to sum up your product or service? It’s worth checking out Icon Finder, an excellent resource for tracking down a great symbol or even crafting a simple logo. iconfinder Apart from Twitter, most social networks are highly visual mediums. Make the most of your social media efforts by using these above tools, which should hopefully streamline your strategy even if you don’t have a copy of Photoshop close at hand. What about you? Which apps or tools do you like to use to create your social media content? Let us know in the comments below.

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