Images for Social Media
Everyone tells you that images and videos are really important for your social media marketing campaigns. They also say that you shouldn’t use other people’s images without permission because of copyright infringement laws and fines. You can be everywhere and maybe you don’t want to take a bunch of photos. It is best for to use images from your business in your marketing. But, still, how do size them or add your logo or a Call To Action (CTA). There are several tools that can help you create the images for social media you need!
Canva- This is my favorite and heavily utilized site for image creation! There are free images and if you need one that isn’t, it’s only $1. There are many templates for image sizes beyond Facebook and Twitter. Choose from of the many pre-made layouts or create your own.
Pexels- This site adds 5 free new photos everyday. You can search for an image and find many free photo options. If your search results do not bring up the type of image you were looking for Pexels will make suggestions where you may purchase one.
Finda.photo- You can find all types of images on this site and even search by color, collection, source or recent searches. I found this photo on the home page and love how colorful it is! This will draw your fans in with visually appealing presentation.
Stock Up– Stock Up lets you search 26 high-quality, free stock photo websites in one place.
Each website is indexed every week, so new photos are always being added.
We only include stock photo websites with high quality photos and that give us permission to include them. Stock Up currently indexes:
StockSnap- StockSnap is the best place on the internet to find beautiful free stock photos.
We select nothing but the highest quality, highest resolution pictures and add them to our database on a daily basis. This is not your typical crappy stock photo site.
All photos uploaded to the site are released under Creative Commons – CC0 and do not require attribution. No more hassle trying to figure out whether you can use photos for commercial use and whether you need to provide attribution.
We curate the best stock photos from around the web and we also upload photos from select photographers within our network. The end result is a bad ass repository of beautiful stock photography.
The Stocks- Vintage photos from the Public Archives. Free of known copyright restrictions. Recapturing history.
“All photos are at the very least available for personal and non-commercial use (Medium articles, blog posts, personal projects, hero image for your 404 page). If you are curious of whether or not you can use it, check the institution’s rights statement through the link I provide to the original Flickr posting. Most prefer that you link back to the original flickr photo and mention the institution by name”.
My Stock Photos- All photos on this blog are under creative commons CC0 license. “That means you can edit, copy, distribute or use the photos for commercial purposes. Not everything in life has a price. Just enjoy!”
Photo Editing Software-
Pic Monkey- Similar to Photoshop with layers and editing tools. Create stunning layouts with your images. Collage layouts help you share your image in a creative way.
Find the images for social media you need, upload it/them to Canva, add your logo and perhaps some wording. Put it on your social media or use in an ad for Facebook.
Disclaimer- Many people do not heed the warnings of copyright infringement. It is a serious offense and if you are found guilty you may be punished up to $250,000 per image. Always review the terms if us on these and any photo site you use.
Rachel is a seasoned online marketing strategist. Ask her about her grandkids or Social Media Lead Generation and you may be chatting for awhile! A Sonoma Valley native that has landed in Nashville! “I’ll take my boots with a tiara”. I always wish I was at the beach.