There’s got to be a better way! Royalty-free images

Help a nerd out! This week’s question: “Where are the best places to get royalty-free images that I can use for marketing and social media?” Melissa H.: I have two go-to places for images: morguefile.com (great search feature) and unsplash.com (email subscription with 10 new images every 10 days). Liz. A: Entrepreneur lists 14 sites, it’s my go to!  Kathleen C.: My favorite topic. Some of …

There’s got to be a better way! Facebook Banners

Help a nerd out! This week’s question: “Beth, is there an easy way to create headers for our Facebook pages?” Mary P. writes: The first thing that comes to mind is Canva. They make it soooo easy!! Digital adds another vote for Canva: I personally use Photoshop for my clients’ Facebook covers. I just create an 851×315 image to use as a template …

Tagxedo: Word Cloud Generator Site

Tagxedo is the ultimate over-the-top crowd pleaser! It’s my very favorite place to play with words. Tagxedo can either scan text or sites for words, or you can create a list of your own. Critical Update! Tagxedo is built on Microsoft Silverlight, and Microsoft Silverlight is dying. By April 2015, Chrome browsers will phase out Microsoft Silverlight plugins, but Tagxedo still works …

Pixlr: Free Online Image Editor

Pixlr is my favorite online image editor, with a Flash-based uploader that allows you to edit from any computer without having the software. It’s incredibly amazing, easy to use, fast, convenient and awesome. Does that make it clear how I feel? I used to be afraid of an Internet hiccup that would make me lose my work, but truthfully it’s …

Piktochart: Free and Bargain Infographic Generation

My first infographic (available on the AskBethZ Pinterest board) was an analysis of the elements of the perfect nerdy office, which I put together with Piktochart. I have to tell you that it takes patience – a lot of patience. With its templates, things jump around, move mysteriously, and are challenging to align and move. But the overall result was …

Animoto: Instant video from pictures, videos and text

Animoto is one of those tools that makes the crowds go “WOW” and look at you in wonder. The premise is incredibly simple: Gather 10 or more pictures, throw in a title and choose a theme and soundtrack – then push a button. PRESTO! Animoto instantly creates a perfectly timed, perfectly professional, perfectly awesome video that can showcase your event, …

All about Stock Images

Pop Quiz: Which Cupcake Will Cost You $350? These two cupcake pictures come from royalty-free stock photo sites. One costs $350, while the other costs a mere five bucks! Can you pick out the expensive cupcake? [polldaddy survey=”F8DA7DE950CCB36F” type=”button” title=”Take the Cupcake Test Now!” style=”inline” text_color=”33A363″] I’ve been amazed at the growth of freelance stock photography and graphics sites over …