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How To Source Images For Social Media Posts

 

The best way to get more views on a post or tweet on Social Media is to add an image. This gets the post seen in the noise of our audiences timelines.

Canva

Canva is one of my favourite image creation tools. It has set templates for social media, presentations, posters, blogs and more so is very much the go to tool. There is a variety of free things to use in Canva as well as premium, but I find you can get along fine with the free version. You can use different backgrounds, fonts and images as well as the new feature of creating infographics (and who doesn’t love those). It’s free and simple, what more could we ask for?

Canva is becoming available for work, you can sign up here

Picmonkey

Picmonkey is best used for photo retouching which is great for promotional pictures or even recycling old images but making them a little different. The free version of picmonkey is okay, the textures do make eye catching backgrounds for social media posts and there is more fonts available than Canva. Upgrading to Royale gives you full benefit of the tools, however it is still mainly based on retouching photos. The skills required for Picmonkey are minimal.

Stock Photos

If you don’t have the time to sit and create a graphic for your blog (it only takes 5 minutes!) then the other option is to source a stock photo. Below I have compiled a list of my favourite stock photo websites. Do not use images without crediting the original owner and without permission as this is an infringement of copyright. Your best bet is to go to a stock photo website and buy it so it is royalty free. This saves the hassle and there’s usually decent photos available for as little as a dollar (the blog itself was free, what harm is a dollar?!)

 

Raw Pixel 

Great range of free to use a premium photographs and graphics

 

Dollar Photo Club

Free Photos Bank

iStock Photo

Big Stock Photo

 

by Kelly Culver.

 

1. Burst – Shopify’s new free stock photography resource offering all images completely royalty free, under the Creative Commons Zero license. The purpose of the site is to inspire and empower designers and bloggers to develop visually stunning websites and advertising campaigns.
2. 85 Free Stock Photo Resources – How to Use Them –   Very helpful because it includes how a student can use the images from different resources.
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