Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Art of Creating: 5 Free Tools to Amazing Visual Content


By Tanya Eavenson


Remember the first time you shared a photo online?

You carefully chose a picture of you and your spouse. Granted it was a bit grainy and maybe a little blurry, but no one minded, right? All they had to do was squint. Surely everyone knew it was you last summer on your honeymoon to Alaska. And now those photos will come in handy as you prepare your final draft from your Brides in Alaska series. Won’t those memes be awesome? Perhaps, but with today’s technology, grainy pictures are a thing of the past.

According to research, we are now posting a little over 1.8 billion photos a day on the internet. That is incredible! With so much visual content out there, how can we stand out? What can we do to make our own content grab people’s attention, even using our pictures from Alaska, without the grainy and blurry effect?

The wonderful thing with today’s technology is we have many photo options at our fingertips, including photo imaging programs. Best of all, many are free and you too can create exceptional images to share on your social media sites. With a little time and imagination, your pictures can garnish a second look, a like, or even a share.

Below you’ll find five FREE image programs that I use on a weekly basis to create memes for my novels or any type of visual content that revolves around my brand as an author.


5 Free Tools to Create Amazing Visual Content

Whether you want to make new memes for your upcoming release, share quotes from a novel, edit your photos before pinning them on your Pinterest board, or clean-up your pictures from your Alaskan adventure, these sites will help to create photos that tell a story — your story.

4) piZap
5) Canva


I would love to hear what your favorite sites are for creating amazing visual content. Please share the links in the comments below!
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Tanya Eavenson semi-finaled in the 2011 ACFW Genesis Contest with her debut novel Unconditional and was published in January of 2013. Her second novel Restored released in February 2016. She has also written several Bible studies that have been translated and published into different languages with Christ to the World Ministries. Her work is also included in the anthology, Sweet Freedom. Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. You can find her at her website 


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