Update – we launched Pablo a new tool to create beautiful images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds

You can use Pablo right from the get-go, no need to login or create an account. Just quickly create amazing images super fast.

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You can try out the first version of Pablo right now – no login required. Just head to http://bufferapp.com/pablo and give it a try!

We’d love to hear your thoughts about Pablo on Twitter, just hit us up @buffer and hope it makes creating images for your social media posts much easier for you.

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Ok, back to the blogpost!

It wasn’t long ago that Twitter added inline image previews to its official apps, including the web view.

Now, Twitter is including more image focus in the latest redesign. On the left-hand side of Twitter’s new web view, your profile and header images are now visible.

We’ve done tests on our own Twitter account previously that showed images make a huge difference to engagement:

Images aren’t just useful for Twitter, either. Facebook and Google+ posts look great with images in them, and Pinterest and Instagram are all about images.

In particular for looking at Twitter, in a recent research study we conducted, we found that images can increase retweet rate by up to 150%:

To make the visual side of your social media strategy a bit easier, here are some tools to help you create awesome pictures.

1. PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a really easy-to-use photo editing tool that runs in your browser. You can quickly and easily edit a single image, create a collage or put together a design—say, for a background or your Facebook cover image.


I love how easy-to-use PicMonkey is, and that you can jump in straight away and give it a go without creating an account or even uploading your own photos. I used the sample images on offer to try the collage editing tools:

picmonkey collage

It even has some handy built-in collage designs for Pinterest, Etsy and Facebook:

picmonkey facebook cover image

Especially in the image editing world, there exist a ton of other great tools. Check out “The Big List of 100 Tools, Tips and Tricks to Work more Efficiently Online” to get even smarter about editing tools.

2. Social Image Resizer Tool

The Social Image Resizer Tool is an absolute must-have if you need to quickly resize images for your social media profiles often.

image resizer

It lets you upload your own photos and easily resize them to set sizes for Facebook, Twitter and Google+, as well as custom sizes and common icon and avatar sizes:

image resizer - size options

For Facebook in particular, getting the photo size and aspect ratio just right is crucial to have it appear large and clear in the newsfeed.

Another similar tool is this Social Media Image Maker which includes even more social network options, such as YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Vimeo.

social media image maker

3. Timeline Slicer

Timeline Slicer is a brilliant tool for designing images for your Facebook Page or Profile.

timeline slicer

You can add your own images from your computer to pretty much any section of the mock-Facebook Page or Profile, and then edit them to fit. I uploaded my profile picture and dragged it into the profile image spot:

timeline slicer edit

Once it’s in the right spot, you can resize, move and rotate the image until you’re happy with it. Afterwards, you can hit one of those green arrows to download the edited version of your image or click “Download All” to grab a .zip file of all the images you edited.

timeline slicer pro

If you upgrade to Timeline Slicer Pro, you’ll get to use the sections for Shared Image, Sponsored Story Image and Facebook Ad images.

Especially with all the changes Facebook has made recently to its algorithm, it’s becoming more important to experiment with all elements – including the profile.

4. Photovisi

Photovisi is another photo collage tool that’s really simple and easy to use.


You don’t need to create an account to make a collage, and you can choose a layout and upload your images really fast.

photovisi collage

Once your image is finished, you can download it and use it however you like. Too easy!

5. BeFunky

Most of the tools on this list do one thing well, and make it easy. BeFunky is closer to a full photo editor that lives in your browser.


The editor is still really easy to use, but it has features like cropping, red-eye and blemish fixes, filters, borders, text and collages.

befunky edit

It also lets you grab your photos from more places than most, including your computer, Facebook, Flickr and your webcam.

befunky upload

If you want a browser-based editor that’s a bit more serious, Pixlr is a good one to try. These tools can make any content more visual – and visuals are an important part of creating more shareable content.

6. Find and make Infographics

Infographics are especially popular on Pinterest or in blog posts. We’ve even shared some social media infographics here on the Buffer blog.

A few tools have popped up to make creating infographics easier. Here are just a few you could try:









Discover more tools to create infographic here.

7. Make images from quotes

Another great way to make your social media posts more visual is to use quotes to make images. Here are some tools to help you do this, so you can share quotes on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

I used a quote from a recent Buffer blog post to test each of these tools so you can see an example of how they work:



Recite has my favourite set of backgrounds to choose from, which make it really easy to make your quote look nice:

recite quote



I love that Quozio’s landing page is set up for you to start creating a quote image immediately.

quozio quote



Pinwords is a really basic tool, but it’s great if you want to quickly make an image from a quote and add it to your Pinterest account.

pinwords quote



Pinstamatic actually lets you create a whole bunch of items to add to your Pinterest boards including website snapshots, pins of Twitter profiles and Spotify tracks that you can pin.

pinstamatic spotify

There are lots of visual templates to choose from for your quotes, and you can click each one to see a preview:

pinstamatic quote

What other tools have you used lately to make images for social media? Let us know in the comments.

If you liked this post, you might also like 6 Random Social Media Tips to Help You Improve Your Marketing Today and 10 Big, Recent Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn Changes You Should Know for a Better Social Media strategy

P.S. Recently we launched brand new Buffer for Business, with Google Analytics support, fan and follower growth options and more. Check it out and see if it can help your social media efforts.

Image credits: Social Media Examiner, The Next Web

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Written by Belle Beth Cooper

Belle is the first Content Crafter at Buffer and co-founder of Exist. She writes about social media, startups, lifehacking and science.

  • Damn, girl! Awesome list, I’m blown away by the image quantity D:

  • MerryWhy

    Thanks for sharing Belle! I love to share inspirational quotes, including images there will be awesome! Which tool above do you use the most?

  • Good looking list. Going to have to buffer this for later 🙂

  • pancheetah

    I love PicMonkey. I just reminded someone this morning to get photos from some events that are coming up so we can add them to her tweets.

  • Rosanna Casper

    Wow great list. I’ve got this post bookmarked!

  • Matt Freakin’ Blake

    Yeah! This is GREAT. So many awesome tools to free up some time, rather than pulling out Photoshop for everything! THANK YOU!

  • Super awesome !

  • Wow Beth! I love the grin on your face…. It is, as if you know you just made my day with this list! Too early to say, but possibly made my week. Thank you…. Thank you…and stay AWESOME!!!

  • You are missing Canva. New but very capable.

  • Tim Ludy

    Timeline Slicer is awesome! Right now I use powerpoint templates to size all the different cover and tab images. This will save some time and let me see how it will all look together as I do it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Gus

    Pixlr.com is also a perfect online image editor.

    • David Morris

      Wonderful article, this is going to save me precious time when working with pictures creating my next online store http://bit.ly/BuildYourStore thanks.

  • Jean Synodinos

    Great list, lots I haven’t tried yet. Have you tried Canva? Love that one, too!

  • Matt Quanstrom

    Bookmarked this post. Thanks for the great resource! 🙂

  • Paul Potter

    I bookmarked the post likewise. It will be a great resource. Thanks

  • Deirdre

    Perfect! Up till now I’ve been managing with Paint or having to get colleagues to edit images for me. Excellent! Plus I’ve been missing Picnik since they were bought over by Picasa. For some reason our firewall at work won’t allow Picasa. And it looks like Picmonkey will fill that gap!

    • Dorien Morin-van Dam

      Picmoneky is awesome. You will love it! 😉

  • Richa

    Thanks for the brilliant list!

  • Great article and perfectly timed, can use this for a new project. Thanks very much!

    P.s. Agree about Pixlr, great app!

  • Thanks! What you’ve shared here will be of tremendous help to me.

  • Brooke

    Belle – Thanks for sharing these great tools! It was nice to find it all in one place!

  • Great list of resources. Thanks for compiling!

  • smsulari

    I have a team who uses Piktochart to make awesome inforgraphics for our products and share them through Bufferapp to community. Thanks for sharing this resource list

  • Great list, was using a few but added 4 bookmarks of awesome tools. Thanks.

  • Great Post but Canva absolutely, positively should be on this list. They are expanding all the time and adding awesome features. I don’t know what I would do without it. I use Canva and Picmonkey every day.

    • Susana

      Hi Donna, I agree with you. For me Canva and Picmonkey are essetials, and I use them in all my post and work.

      • Thanks Susana – I use both too – I actually had a coffee with Melanie from Canva a before Christmas as i have been using it since pre-Beta and if you think you are enjoying Canva now, wait till you see what is coming – it will blow your mind – they have released but a drop in the ocean of the functionality and we are excited about what is coming. This post has some other great tools and tips on it and make sure you catch Beth’s new post about Pinterest – it’s great too!

        • Dorien Morin-van Dam

          Can’t wait! I use it every, too. Now you have me curious…!

    • I agree too!! Just wrote about them and we’ve sent 1000 new users to them in a week! http://bit.ly/1flHhGw

  • Some tools I hadn’t seen before. I’m addicted to Canva right now.. So easy to use and tons of templates and graphics to use.. http://bit.ly/1flHhGw

  • Haiku Deck

    Awesome list of tools! We’ve seen lots of folks in our creative community using Haiku Deck to add visual “WOW” to their social media content. The integrated Creative Commons image search is pretty magical for quickly creating image-rich slideshows that work beautifully across social media channels. We’d love to invite your readers to try it out (on iPad or the web) and send us feedback! http://www.haikudeck.com.

  • Dorien Morin-van Dam

    Love this list! There’s some new stuff for me to check out. I want to make some infographics, so this list will be great!

    • Haiku Deck

      Feel free to reply! If my email is quoted in your reply,

      Re: Re: New comment posted on 14 Great Tools to Create Engaging Infographics and Images for your Social Media Posts
      Hi there! Automated messages aren’t my favorite thing in the world, but I just wanted to send this quick one to let you know that if you need a response urgently (sooner than 24 hours), you can reply and write “this is urgent” in your reply to flag your email so we know it’s super time-sensitive.
      Our response time for all emails averages around 10 hours, but we try to get to urgent ones more quickly than that. It kind of depends on what time of day or night it is here in Seattle, but I promise that Lisa, Adam (our CEO), or I will be personally getting back to you as soon as possible to help out.
      In the meantime, you can also reply if you want to add any additional info, like your name, whether you’re using the iPad or web app, the URL of a deck that’s giving you trouble, etc. Otherwise, thanks for your patience – we’ll be in touch!
      All the best,

      Erin Michael
      Community Manager at Haiku Deck


      Disqus, Jan 31 12:37

  • So awesome to have our Timeline Slicer on this list of some of the top image editors on the net. Thanks for mentioning and sharing our app. You’re awesome 😉

  • Natalija

    Great article! I love it 🙂

  • Pretty neat list of tools! Have been using Piktochart and it’s been rather easy so far. Thanks for the resource 🙂

  • I was going to build a great resource like this, thanks for doing so! Awesome resources bloggers need. Not everyone know Photoshop. 😉

  • Good stuff, Belle! For those interested in the quote => image, I found Recite and Quozio to be easily the quickest and best

  • Alexandra Shkalikova

    Hey, timelineslicer.com is so much fun :))

  • Dumblebee

    Thanks Beth! I try to stay on top of apps like these and consider myself knowledgeable but was surprised to find several new ones. Am looking forward to checking them out!

  • Recite is so awesome wow. I am using it now as well as Over. Thank you Belle for writing this excellent post.

  • Awesome resource Belle! I am a Pinterest fan and a visual person myself. Images play a very important role in my blogging and when you are blogging for a long time, you keep needing more and more image editing tools. Thanks a ton for these great tools. BTW Belle, all your posts are super helpful and interesting. I am your fan now 🙂

  • Akinpelumi Okelola

    Best SM Article ever.. this makes a guru out of a SM Novice..

  • michael

    Good reading material.

  • Nitin Vidrohi

    try sociota.net its awesome

  • Marshal Simons

    Great resource!

    I would also recommend VSCO Cam – it makes Instagram look like a toy. You can also apply for your own webpage from them. Check out mine here: http://marshal.vsco.co/

  • Tom Moony

    InfographicTemplates.com is helpful too.

  • Masha Grin

    http://alpha.capsidea.com/ works well for more data-driven and
    interactive infographics. You can embed infographics directly to your blog posts or share pieces you’ve created with your fans at Facebook, Twitter and Google

  • DavannaC

    Just want to add Canva and Wordly to the list. But great list! Thank you! I have bookmarked it!

  • This is THE most comprehensive resource I have found on available online image editing tools! Thank you…bookmarking and pinning this!

  • Thanks for the very valuable list…

  • Christy S

    I am bookmarking this. Thank you so much! Very helpful 🙂

  • InterGraphic

    These are all great suggestions! If you’re looking to create dynamic and interactive infographics check out http://www.xflexnow.com

    • Bonnie

      I would like to try this but don’t want to give you an email address without knowing your privacy policy.

  • We’ve just released a new (and completely free!) tool at https://meterfy.com to make numbers / stats look great for social sharing. You can add any stat you like and then pick from free Flickr images to create a graphic optimized for Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn or Google+

  • www.codedcontainer.com

    There are a lot of really neat tools included in this post. I am excited to try many of them for my social media needs. I will also be sharing this post because it was that great. Thanks!

  • Boomer

    Hi there — http://venngage.com is an awesome Infographics Tool that some readers might find useful!

  • Really useful tools!!

    Thanks Belle 😉

  • This information
    is very interesting, I really enjoyed, I would like get more information
    about this, because is very beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  • Guerric

    Thank you for the list. I used PicMoney for the first time on one of my articles: http://boostcompanies.com/fintech/

    I applied a Quora style for the pictures. What do you think?

  • Carina Marais

    Great tips thank you – what do you think of WordSwag?

  • Jingjing

    Thank you so much!! This is very helpful and great quality! 🙂

  • Hey, guys.. now there’s Yello! for Twitter too!! download here; http://bit.ly/YelloApp

  • Maura

    Thanks, Beth, this is fantastic list. I only knew about 2 or 3 on here, and I’m excited to try them all!

    • Really glad this was helpful for you, Maura!

  • Really helpful list here Belle, thank you.

    I especially found the links for making quotes look better helpful.

    Another addition: Canva.com, which I use all the time.

  • Great tools, even I think if you did split up the info-graphic tools from editing/ resizing would be better.
    We also made a free and an online tool (http://socl-img.com/) to help you resize images to feet social media cover/profile picture, it is not just another tool, but this time with more UX in consideration. Please give it a shoot, and tell us your opinion.

  • efographic

    http://efographic.com may help as well. It converts email newsletters into infographics and formats them into a box for Facebook and Twitter. Like this:

  • Thanks for the article, Beth. Canva’s also great for creating email header images. Check out this tutorial about how to make a GIF with Canva and Photoshop: http://hubs.ly/y0tTyS0

  • Guest

    Wonderful article, this is going to save me precious time with pictures at creating my next online store http://bit.ly/BuildYourStore thanks.

  • alden

    I actu­ally appre­ci­ate this post about graphic design­ing. I recently gone through online checking for the infographic makers and I found http://graphs.net/ who provides infographic design services. They has got many interesting infographs under various categories.

  • Liat Behr

    This is a great post and I must say Pablo is my favorite! These are the ones I found the easiest to use. http://goo.gl/x48LRl

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  • Great but missing canva.com. An absolute must for social media managers and journalists alike.

    • Priyanka Ranawat

      Yup Canva.com is one of the best tool I found even It is all in one tool to create Social media images, Banners, Promotional Images and infographics. I think We can Do everything at free of cost or may be a very small amount, But I never got any paid requirement. My Vote is for Canva. Another tool is Pixlr.com Good one but they need to improve functionality. Canva is more efficient and easy to understand.

  • Navneet Kaur

    Nice tips. It will help to engage our website http://www.samwebstudio.com in better way on social media. Thank you

  • Disha Bhupta

    This will help us create new banners for our website – http://www.hoobbi.com

  • Engage

    If you’d like to browse some very neat images for personal use and wanted to edit it, freepik.com is a very good site. By the way, I’m a fan of Canva also, a very user friendly image editor site.

    web designer in the philippines

  • G B

    So Recite has…four templates total?

  • Still an amazing reference article. Thanks for this, we use it all the time on http://squaredust.com social pages.

  • Thank you for advice, we just used Pablo at https://twitter.com/flystein/status/641228004258152448

  • Thanks for the list, Bell. I used Canva so far.
    I’d add a source hand drawn icons: https://www.infodiagram.com/freesample
    You can get icons and import them to one of your mentioned tools.

  • Dyan Eka Moment JakTim

    This article have just bring tons of idea for me, Thanks! 🙂

  • Pam Almond Bolding

    I am looking for an app that lets me create my own pictures such as just writing a word with different backgrounds i can use. Any suggestions?

  • Wow great article thank you. But what are your thoughts on InkSpace?

  • Jared Bloom

    Nice list, thanks. What do you think of http://charte.ca ? It’s a free online tool for creating and publishing interactive charts that can be easily embedded into HTML content.

  • An other useful soft for creating/editing images online is Tonomatograph. Tonomatograph, created by End Soft Design is a new and very useful tool which brings a new very useful element in the graphic design environment.
    Very accessible and also very useful, Tonomatograph, was made for professional and as well as for beginner`s use.

  • Natalia

    Hi Belle ! Great resources you have shared with us. You are life saver !! Your post is useful for me. Thanks and keep sharing 🙂

  • Start your own Infographic directory. DirectoryInfographics is a fully featured PHP infographic directory software that can be used as an extension to your existing business site or as a stand-alone platform. Visit http://directoryinfographics.com

  • bannereasy

    Valuable list Belle. We’d like to be in too as http://www.bannereasy.com 🙂 Might be something you guys want to check out.

  • Very informative and excellent tools.

  • Thanks for sharing. I like Easil.ly for my website on https://www.seohero.nu. But infographics are sold by me on infographicweb.com, an online marketplace to sell infographics of which I own the copyright.