UPDATED: MARCH 17, 2016
I have been meaning to update this post for such a long time! Now today is the day where I can gladly bring you some great news that Buffer has updated Pablo with suggestions they received from raving fans and not so raving fans. You can read about their process here. This is the reason why I love Buffer, their transparency in all their actions. It’s quite interesting how their launch came about and how they weren’t even ready to actually launch. Hence the new adjustments and of course I was super quick to tell the world about Pablo, that of course is the reason I must give an update on this post.
Since Pablo has changed its user interface and a bit of how to use it, I’ll have updated GIFs below to help show you the areas that have changed.
When I learned that Buffer had created an image tool, I was ecstatic! Now I must say this first, Buffer is, in my opinion, the BEST free social media management tool hands down. Oh I can hear all the “Hootsuiters” now in complete and total disagreement. I’m sorry I don’t like Hootsuite!
When I found Buffer, it was dreamy – the user interface, the connection to Google+ and the ease of use won me over. Then to find out they have just completed their beta testing on an image tool that can be shared directly with Twitter, Facebook, or Buffer… I had to check out Pablo.
Buffer’s image tool, Pablo, has a clean design and really easy to use interface. I love finding new image tools and testing them out! Here is how I’ll break it down for you: Photos, Quotes, Font & Color, Filter Options, Logo/Text and Social Sharing options.
The Beginner’s Guide To Pablo – A Quote Image Tool By Buffer
With any image tool, photos are crazy important! You can find your own photos and download them to Pablo, which is an absolute must-have feature. As an added convenience they’ve added photos from Unsplash, which are completely free and no attribution needed. Pretty awesome, right?!
Check out the photos in action here:
Buffer has added SO many new photos, actually it’s more than 50,000+. Thankfully they have a search bar below the photos. As Jasmina mentions in the comments below, she searched for healthcare or medical type photos and nothing popped up. If you have trouble finding photos, then you can easily upload your own photos or find some at Shutterstock or GraphicStock then upload.
If you find a photo that Buffer provides simply double click on it and it will pop in. They also added a Reposition button to move the image around as needed. It can zoom in and out or move up and down. This was a great update! See the action below:
All the photos are high-resolution, free, and amazingly beautiful.
Pablo supplies all the quotes! Yes, this feature is such a time saver. No need to go to any quote site or Pinterest to find great quotes. When you go to Pablo the quote and photo are readily awaiting you. If you don’t like that particular quote, click on the arrows next to the quote option on the right. Buffer has added a Header and Caption feature, not really sure if I like that but that’s just my preference. You can use the Caption feature to add your website URL.
Easy breezy and super fast! Oh yea, their actual tagline for Pablo is – Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds. They are absolutely correct. You’re not wasting time looking for photos or quotes.
Font & Color
Pablo has added so many fonts to the list that you can choose from. They’ve also added a medium size for lettering, which is great because sometimes I felt the font was too small. They used to have 4 different colors (white, black, red, and blue) and now they have many colors to choose from! Check it out below:
The font bar also lets you pick italics, bold, and justified positioning.
Pablo has standard filter options. They have them simply called as such: Contract, Blurred, and Black & White. The Increased Contrast is automatically set however you can play around by clicking the options to see which looks best to be sure your text is legible.
Now there are image tools that have an extra cost to include your own logo on the image. Pablo is absolutely free! You can upload your logo/icon under add icon and drag it to where you need it on the photo. There is a toggle to increase or decrease the size and radius of the logo.
Social Sharing Options
Of course when you’re done creating your image you’ll want to share it. You can simply click on Tweet, Share on Facebook, Buffer, or Download. They’ve also added a Pinterest share option, which is an excellent idea. My personal favorite is Buffer. It goes straight into your Buffer queue and you can designate it to other social media sites like Google+ and more.
Let’s Bring It Together
Pablo is incredibly easy to use; it’s free, it has ready-to-use photos along with quotes and free upload logo/icon placement. There are so many great features with Pablo. I haven’t come across any issues with it at all. It doesn’t stall and it’s super fast.
- Are you ready to create an image in Pablo in 30 seconds?
- Have you tried Pablo yet?
Check out the examples Buffer has on the variety of ways you can use Pablo.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. By the way, I was not paid to write this review, these are all my own thoughts and I love to share great tools that can help businesses.
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