March 8, 2016 Chad Richards

3 Easy DIY Social Media Content Creation Tools

Social Media Content Creation Tools

You don’t have to be a graphic designer or a Photoshop pro to create stunning graphics for your social media channels. These three tools make it easy!

Social Media Content Creation Tools

1. Canva

Of the three tools I’m sharing, Canva is the most robust. It provides a ton of pre-existing images and templates you can use. Or you can create your own.


Available templates:

• Facebook cover photos
• Facebook posts
• Facebook apps
• Facebook event covers
• Facebook ads
• Google+ posts
• Instagram posts
• Tumblr banner
• Tumblr graphic
• Twitter headers
• Twitter posts
• YouTube channel art
• YouTube thumbnail


Free, but you have the option to purchase “premium elements” for $1 each.

You can also upgrade to Canva for Work—a subscription service that allows you to save your brand’s logo, colors and fonts so you can quickly create on-brand marketing materials. Canva for Work is $12.95 monthly or $119.40 annually.

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2. Pablo by Buffer

Pablo is an image creation product designed by Buffer, the popular social media management tool. While easier to use than Canva, it doesn’t have as many offerings. Their focus is solely on images you can use in status updates.

Pablo by buffer

Available templates:

• Tall: ideal for Pinterest posts
• Square: ideal for Instagram and Linkedin posts
• Wide: ideal for Facebook and Twitter posts

Bonus feature:

If you’re a Buffer user, you can easily schedule your newly-created images to publish on your social networks.



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3. Recite

Recite is incredibly easy to use—type your copy in the box, select the template you like, click create and you’re done. You then have the option to share your graphic on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Tumblr. You can also download it for later use.


Available templates:

Currently, there are 33 nice-looking, non-platform-specific templates to choose from.

Bonus feature:

Quotes—inspirational, humorous and otherwise—often generate a lot of engagement on social media. Because of this, Recite has an arsenal of quotes (organized by category) that you can easily incorporate into images.



Looking for more than just DIY social media content creation tools? Firebelly is here for you. Call us at 317-557-4460, email us at or fill out our contact form.

Chad Richards

VP, Social Media Services at Firebelly
Fun Fact: Chad was named "Most Influential Up & Comer" at the inaugural Social Media Summit. He's been with Firebelly since 2007.
Chad Richards

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Chad Richards Fun Fact: Chad was named "Most Influential Up & Comer" at the inaugural Social Media Summit. He's been with Firebelly since 2007.



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