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7 Easy-to-Use Online Image Editors for Non-Designers

Want to create attractive images for social media and other networks?

Don’t sweat it just because you have no experience with graphics designing. Take a pick among seven of these powerful, user-friendly image editors to create stunning designs in a matter of few minutes.

Oh, and they’re free. ūüôā

1. Canva (Free)

Canva is my go-to image editor when creating social media images.  So far no other free editor has been able to match it!

It’s a graphics editing tool that simplifies the complications associated with using Photoshop and makes the entire process a fun experience.

The software has been designed who aren’t really interested in graphics designing not practice it as a hobby but still would like to make the most out of their poster designs, website graphics, the invitation cards, and even multipage presentations.

This tool is characterized by intuitive drag-and-drop controls and a vast collection of elements, fonts, layouts, and stock photo images that makes editing faster and exciting. They also recently added the presentation mode option.

The only disadvantage of this software is that it does not provide any alignment tools nor any page grids, which some users may need for advanced editing.

2. PicMonkey (Free)

PicMonkey is an online photo editing service that simplifies basic photo editing functions without the user needing to download any kind of software. The trial version is free and can be used by anyone to touch up photos, make designs and collages out of multiple photos.

Apart from the basic editing functions like cut, crop, sharpen, resize, etc., there are also tons of other effects that allows the user to fix blemishes, whiten teeth, add attractive overlays, play around with textures, add a variety of fonts and colors to images, and much more.

This tool would have been better if there was a feature to add drop shadow or stroke outline to texts. Another big issue I have with it is that users don’t have any way to say their designs and come back to them later when needed. ūüôĀ

3. QuotesCover

This is a highly popular editing tool that turns ordinary text into beautiful quotes, ready to be used on various social media sites like Facebook, Twitter header, Google +, Instagram, etc.

The aim of QuotesCover is to combine the essentials of typography, color combination, font shapes and sizes, composition, etc. into an all in one platform to produce quicker and more beautiful results.

No longer will you have to do settle for quotes of low image quality as you can use QuotesCover to create fantastic designs that will set people’s ‘Like’ button on fire. Just select the wording, choose the editor, and start creating.

But if you want to produce branded visuals, QuotesCover may not be the best option for you. You’ll have to add in your logo and other brand elements using a different image editor.

4. Pablo by Buffer

When it comes to the aspect of simplicity in image editors, there is perhaps no other tool that that can match up to Pablo. This is an outstanding online image maker and editing tool that helps users effortlessly to create brilliant one-liners and inspirational quotes on a beautiful background.

Choose from an extensive library consisting of more than 50,000 royalty free photos and take complete control over the texts by selecting unique fonts of different colors and styles. You can also use your own backgrounds and add a personal flair to impress your friends on social media.

Pablo, however, works only on the web and is yet to add compatibility for smartphones. The design options are also quite limited.

5. Piktochart

Need to create and share attractive infographics on the fly? Worry not, because Piktochart offers an efficient solution for non-designers to create infographics without quickly and without spending a penny.

The free version of this software allows the user to choose from a variety of templates, use different fonts, and add them to slides to create an attractive presentation.

Learning how to use this tool is pretty easy, you can create something basic within 10 to 15 minutes.

However, this tool is far from perfect as the templates aren’t anything special and tend to look similar to every other infographic.

6. Landscape by Sprout Social

Landscape is not just another image resizing tool. It is a free platform that allows the user to create perfectly optimized images for various social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Its powerful image resizing capability helps content creators, social media marketers, and business owners to create highly attractive images to be used in social media profiles, marketing campaigns, and personalized messages to draw more attention and engage customers.

Using this tool is incredibly easy, as the user can just choose the correct social media icon for which they want to optimize images and do some additional customizations to complete the project.

7. Desygner

Desygner is a collaborative design tool that lets you explore, share, and publish created pictures in the easiest way possible from either your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Explore a collection of thousands of ready-made templates that can be customized according to your liking and made suitable for Facebook headers, social media posts, presentations, online advertisements, email campaigns, etc.

Use a variety of fonts, stickers, and premade designs to create the best images that will build customer engagement like never before. All you have to do is create an account on their official website or log in via Facebook to get started.

Start designing!

It may take you a while to completely master any of these 7 online image editors, but once you do, you’ll be able create your own branded visuals.

Got other online image editors you love to use? Feel free to share them in the comments!

Where to Find Free Stock Photos You Actually WANT to Use

Finding quality free stock photos for your social media updates and blog posts can be time-consuming. And going the premium stock route can be pricey.

Lucky for us, more and more talented photographers (and image aggregators) are becoming generous with their works of art. But with so many great websites to choose from, finding the right (free) image you actually want to use can be a challenge.

Although there are probably hundreds of websites that provide free images to use however you want, I find that it’s best to stick to a handful to save you time and effort. Besides, since most of the images are CC0, a lot of times, the same image can be found in multiple websites.

Here the 12 that I often use for my graphic design needs (plus examples of images from some and how you can use them in social media).

1. Pexels.com

Pexels has¬†efficient tools to help¬†you find that perfect image. It is run by¬†Bruno Joseph, Ingo Joseph and Daniel Frese.¬†At least 50 new high quality stock photos are added to the website daily. If you’re looking for free landscape photography, look no further than Pexels.com.

In my opinion, it’s¬†one of the best free stock images websites there is. The images are tagged and categorized nicely, something not done by a many of their competitors.

2. Pixabay.com

Pixabay was founded in 2010 by Hans Braxmeier and Simon Steinberger. It is a database of about 670,000 high quality photos, images, vectors and art illustrations.

Pixabay has good search capability and is regularly¬†updated by active photographer, who you can “follow”and donate to if you’re feeling generous. ÔĄė

Pro Tip: Sign up to avoid the constant capcha.

3. DeathtotheStockPhoto.com

Another “pioneer,” Death of the Stock Photo was founded by Allie Lehman and David Sherry in 2013. This was after the two photographers realized that it was challenging for creatives to access high quality images to promote their work.

The agency has since attracted over 430,000 email subscribers through the quality and professional images. You can choose between a free and paid subscription.

4. Unsplash.com

You can say Unsplash helped started it all. A project of Crew company, it is arguably the most reputable and widely used source of images and illustrations for start-up bloggers and social media users.

It was started as a side activity for Crew company but later became a core marketing project of Crew. 10 new awesome photos are added to the website after every 10 days for users across the world.

As much as I appreciate Unsplash, using their website is challenging and the images are poorly categorized. I often just check their Pixabay account instead of downloading images direct from the website.

5. Picjumbo.com

Picjumbo is a collection of high resolution fashion, technology and nature photos. It’s also an ideal source of images and vectors for individuals with nutrition, food stores and restaurant start-ups.

This website was founded by photographer cum designer Viktor Hanacek in 2013. Apart from photography, Viktor handpicks and modifies the the most beautiful images from the web. Picjumbo offers premium membership.

6. Gratisography.com

Gratisography is one of the most reputable agencies for public domain photos. High resolution photos are added weekly into the website.

If you see beautiful, eye-catching¬†photos used on various blogs, chances are, it’s Ryan McGuire’s work. Ryan’s images are perfect for SlideShare covers, just like this one:

7. BarnImages.com

Barn Images was founded by Roman Drits in 2015. Since then, other photographers have also begun to contribute to it’s growing collection of images.

It is a favorite site for enthusiasts of animal, object, lifestyle and sports stock images. It offers other unique varieties of free stock images for social media and business ads.

Roman also actively maintains the Barn Images blog and often shares pretty useful social media and marketing resources.

8. Stokpic.com

Stockpic won the hearts of many with gorgeous and unique photos taken from beautiful places all over the world.

Ed Gregory started the website after he decided to give away his photos free. What’s more, Ed is actively seeking out photographers to sponsor. The sponsorship is funded from donations and the website’s advertising earnings. Approved applicants receive $500 “to help them on their creative journey.”

9. Kaboompics.com

Kaboompics was founded by Karolina. She is a Polish designer with an eye for highly creative images in all categories. She has a passion for landscapes, fashion, technology among other awesome categories, perfect for lifestyle, career, and food bloggers.

10. LifeofPix.com

Life of Pix was founded and owned by Leeroy Advertising Agency. It is based in Montreal and partners with Life of Vids. The two entities donate high quality images and videos for commercial and personal use without any attribution.

11. StockSnap.io

StockSnap.io offers unique high resolution stock images for personal or commercial uses. Hundreds of photos are added weekly in to the website. The selection, captured by professional and experienced photographers, are interesting and versatile.

If you want to browse through the most popular photos, the website makes it easy for you as they have a category for most downloaded images.

You can also check out Snappa, an easy-to-use graphic editor from the founders of StockSnap.

12. CreativeConvex.com

I found this awesome resource purely by chance¬†and I’m so glad I did!

CreativeConvex is from Chaitra of PinkPot Design Studio. You get a free photo pack when you sign up for her newsletter. The collection of photos is not as varied or as big as DeathtotheStock or PicJumbo (and I don’t think that’s what Chaitra aims for), but her photos are so elegant – perfect for lifestyle bloggers!

Just a reminder…

These¬†websites offer images under the Creative Commons Zero (CCO) or the Public Domain license. The¬†images are free for both personal and commercial use without attribution so you don’t have to fear copyright related lawsuits. BUT be sure to always check the licenses.

I’m sure there are other wonderful websites for free stock photos out there. Let me know your favorites in the comments!