The Secret of Cool Social Media Graphics (Quick, Easy, and Dirty Cheap)

Creating social media graphics from scratch can be tiresome, money-and-time-consuming, and it requires some considerable skills. 

Social media platforms where marketing is happening now: a business that isn’t on social media is a business that pretty much doesn’t exist. Here is where you reach your target audience easier and where you convert followers into customers… but only if you know what you’re doing. 

Visual content is the most engaging, liked, and shared on all platforms, to the point where posts without images are pretty much pointless. A great social media marketing strategy relies heavily on social media graphics. 

But there is a secret to produce beautiful, engaging, and effective social media images easier, faster, and at a fraction of the cost: social media templates, and user-friendly editors. Let’s unveil it!

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It’s all About the Visual Game

Think of Instagram, TikTok, or Snapchat. Images (and videos) are at their core. Even Facebook posts or Twitter posts, which surged as text-oriented, are nothing without images today. The novel “stories”, a short-living, visual storytelling concept, are great to build brand awareness and boost up interaction. And they are 99% visual-driven. 

The “why” is simple:

Images and graphics are highly engaging, capable of catching and retaining attention; and getting people to act on it be it liking it, sharing it, or following a link.

Whether you manage a big brand or are starting a small business, you need to master the visual game in social networks. 

Lots of Visuals, Lots of Channels, Lots of Work

Ask any marketer or social media guru about the best social media marketing practices, and you’ll immediately learn two things: one, you gonna need images; two, you gonna need A LOT of them. 

According to experts, the proven posting frequency for a good social media strategy is between 1-3 times a week. But that’s just scratching the surface. You need to be channel-minded and each platform has its own game rules:

  • Instagram posts and Facebook posts do well with 1-2 daily entries
  • Instagram Stories, though, have a minimum of 10 daily stories to see results
  • LinkedIn’s ideal frequency for updates is once daily

Think of how many of these social media designs will need images. And now factor in the branded visuals you need for each social media account: Facebook cover, Instagram profile, LinkedIn header, etc. That’s an insane amount of visuals!

To create images for social media at these rates, making sure it’s high-quality and effective when you still have a business to run can be problematic, especially if you’re not a professional designer: to make your own images is time-consuming and creatively challenging, and also get expensive.

This is where vector templates and easy-to-use editors can save the day. 

Social Media Templates for Every Channel and Industry

Social media templates are pre-made graphic designs created specifically for social media –be it for a specific channel or adaptable to any of them– available to download and use.

You can license, customize (with your brand colors, copy, stock images, and own photos too), and then use the final visual from the design template in your channels. You can find them for all main networks and themed around a multitude of industries and professions, from gastronomy to medicine to banking to artistic craftsmanship. 

Here’s why they are such a great asset for businesses: 

  • Created by professional artists: you get high-quality designs despite not being even a designer, without having to commission one
  • Predesigned for specific social media channels: you don’t have to worry about image resize or composition, because everything all post templates are already cropped, sized, and arranged with a specific social media channel image dimension in mind
  • Fully customizable: you get a unique-looking visual, tailored to your brand, for a fraction of what it would cost to have it made from scratch
  • Quickly done: you can have new visuals ready to go live very quickly and keep a good publishing rate effortlessly 

6 Stock Photo Sites with Cool Social Media Templates

Stock photo agencies usually include templates for social media graphics in their offer, that you can download and use in your channels. 

They come in vector format, so you will need vector editing software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, or similar –which involves a variable degree of skills to use– to customize them to your likes. If you don't know Illustrator and such programs, however, the world is not lost yet: many stock agencies offer not only social media templates, but also free easy-to-use editors.

Shutterstock – Professional Templates + Cool Editor 

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Shutterstock offers an immense selection of millions of high-quality social media templates, all fully editable vector files. You’ll find various designs for a Facebook cover –even a Facebook mobile cover–, Twitter banners, YouTube channel art, and much more. 

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Not only that, but they also have a built-in, user-friendly image editor that you can access with one click and customize your visual right away, and completely free of charge. 

Stock Photo Secrets Shop – Budget Social Media Templates

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Our Stock Photo Secrets Shop is rich in templates for social media visuals, ready to download and use under a royalty-free license, at dirty cheap prices.

They’re all in vector format, and when you download them you also get a JPG version of the design at no added cost. 

iStock – Beautiful Social Media Visuals + Simple Editor

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iStock hosts a nice mix of budget templates and high-end designs for social media posts, social media banners, and more, all royalty-free and customizable. 

They include a web-based image editing suite where you can transform your template into a finished visual in no time. 

Adobe Stock – Trendy Social Media Graphics + Creative Cloud Integration

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Adobe Stock has a library packed with trendy, creative social media templates for every need, all professionally made. You can download templates for Facebook ads, Instagram posts, anything you need. 

The best is that the service is fully integrated into Creative Cloud, making it super easy to edit your templates in Adobe Illustrator, for example. 

123RF – Social Media Templates for All Budgets

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123RF is where you can find social media templates for the most popular channels and uses, with beautiful designs, and flexible pricing to fit most pockets. 

Dreamstime – Pro Social Media Graphics on the Cheap

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Dreamstime is a great source of social media templates that are both suitable for professional use and very affordable. 

6 User-Friendly Tools to Make Social Media Graphics

If you’re not that keen on working with vector files –or you’re just not that tech-savvy for that–, there is a much better fitting solution for you in the form of user-friendly design tools that are thought for the non-designer. 

These apps and web-based editors have straightforward functionality, that includes wide selections of social media templates –and templates for every occasion, too– that you can pick and quickly personalize with a few clicks, drags, and drops. Simple as that! 

These are our favorite graphic editors for social media graphics. They all have a free version as well as paid, premium services:

Adobe Spark – Sleek Functionality

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Adobe Spark is a tool that combines the power of Adobe’s most popular design tools with a more user-friendly approach, making it perfect for non-designers. 

Its features include a large selection of social media templates –as well as integration with Adobe Stock’s library– and super simple drag-and-drop and click-edit functionality to make them your own. 

Canva – Endless Creative Options

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Canva is THE image editor for the non-designer. With it, you can create the most beautiful and pro-looking graphics without having any design skills. 

The service comes with a very rich and modern template collection including social media visuals that are deadly simple customizable using their editing suite. And you can even share your final designs to your social media accounts directly from within their site.

Pixlr – Basic to Advanced Editing

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Pixlr is an online graphic design tool that unfolds into two editors: Pixlr X for quick and user-friendly editing, and Pixlr E for advanced editing. Whatever version you go for, you can benefit from their large collection of ready-to-use templates that include multiple social media graphics like Facebook group covers, LinkedIn personal image, YouTube thumbnail, and much more!

They have a free version with limited access, and premium memberships start at $7.99/month. But now you can get premium access for free for 30 days –including the whole templates' library!– with this special Pixlr free trial!

Get full premium access for both Pixlr X and Pixlr E image editors + graphic design templates, for free, for the first 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Snappa – Easy Image Editing

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Snappa is a multi-purpose image editor that makes it breezy to keep up with your social media presence, by offering social graphic templates and a tool to personalize them with just a few clicks and tweaks. 

They have everything from Instagram templates to Pinterest posts templates and beyond. 

Fotor – Templates for All Platforms

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Fotor is an image editing service aimed at regular, non graphic designer users. Among its many features, there is a full library of customizable templates for every need, including of course social media graphics. From Twitter posts to LinkedIn backgrounds, they have designs for all your channels, and they are easy to edit in their built-in editor. 

Visme – Simple, Beautiful Designs

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Visme is a user-friendly editing tool perfect to make simple but beautiful visuals. They make your life easy with a large pool of editable templates, covering everything from Instagram stories to Twitch banners. Turning these into on-brand visuals is quickly done with their intuitive editing tools. 

Venggage – User-Friendly Templates

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Venggage is a graphic design tool to help you with all visual needs for your business, including your social media content. Their extensive offer of templates has multiple formats for each main social network, from Facebook to Pinterest to Snapchat, that you can select and edit right away to use in your accounts. 

Stock Templates are a Social Media Graphics Win-Win

And that’s the secret to creating the perfect social media images, at the desired rate to make your campaign successful, without breaking the bank, or your own patience. 

Using professional social media templates, be them on vector format or pulled up from a newbie-friendly image editor catalog, you save yourself time, money and headaches while securing beautiful visual content for your channels. 

A real win-win!

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Ivanna Attié

I am Content Manager, Researcher, and Author in StockPhotoSecrets.com and Stock Photo Press and its many stock media-oriented publications. I am a passionate communicator with a love for visual imagery and an inexhaustible thirst for knowledge. Lucky enough to enter the wonderful world of stock photography working side-by-side with experienced experts, I am happy to share my research, insights, and advice about image licensing, stock photography offers, and the stock media industry with everyone in the creative community. My background is in Communication and Journalism, and I also love literature and performing arts.

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