I have been playing around with a lot of different apps and design programs lately to help give my social media a little bit of pizzazz. So, I thought I would share some of my favorites today for anyone who loves to get creative.
1. Snapseed for Photo Editing
I edit all of my photos with Snapseed. One of the things I really like about this app is that you can create and save your own filters. I currently have 4 saved in Snapseed. I usually choose between one of them, but if none of them work, they have a ton of editing options and filters you can use.
2. Quik for fun videos
I've used Quik a lot to build introductions for my videos. The intros you see before my videos start on YouTube were all made with Quik. It's just a fun way to capture attention and make a more uniform video series.
3. Adobe Spark for book teasers
I've been using Spark for years! You can use it on your computer or phone, but I mostly use it on my phone. They have templates you can choose from or you can start from scratch. I use their animation option a lot to make the standard post stand out a bit (like this one). There's so much you can do with Spark, especially for book teasers! You can change the font, do a font overlay, add a photo of your book or teaser photo to catch your reader's eye. It's such a great program, especially if you're new to design.
4. Unfold for Collages
I haven't 100 percent fallen in love with Unfold yet, but it is nice is you're doing a collage and comes in handy when you want to mix videos and photos in one post.
5. Canva for social backdrops and more
I use Canva a lot. I designed the Slow Dancing on Main Street ebook and paperback cover with it and after playing around with it I realized just how much you can do. They have premium options, but I've been able to create quite a bit with the free version. Both my Twitter and Facebook backdrop (as seen above) were created through Canva. I also design a lot of my Insta story photos and have also created book teasers. The one thing I really like is that you can either create a custom size or choose a pre-made one specifically for an Instagram post, story etc. Just keep in mind if you start in one size, you can't convert to another with the free version.
Do you have a photo editing or design app that you can't live without? Share it with me!