UPDATE: Share As Image is now called Stencil, click HERE for more information.
With any great social media strategy, images play an important role. The images may evoke emotion through: humor, motivation, inspiration and positivity. With any niche, the images are there to provide a source of trust and knowledge. The goal is to have the image resonate with your audience or tribe.
Of course you’d want to mix in these images or quote images with your content from your blog and other resources that relate to your niche in social media. Well that’s a whole other post for another day.
Back to images –
You need to have the right tools to get the job done. Right?
There are many different image creation tools out on the web. I love testing them out to see what can help a small business or entrepreneur with their visual content marketing. Here’s a post I did a while back (almost a year ago) about Canva and PicMonkey.
A Beginner’s Guide to Share as Image – A Quote Image Tool
I’ve come across Share as Image and taken some time now to really test it. Share as Image states it’s the fastest way to double your social engagement. I believe it… according to HubSpot, 150% of tweets with images are retweeted.
There are two options you can choose from when you go to their home page: Launch App or Install Bookmarklet. I have done both methods and it is pretty fast in getting images you want or the quote that you want displayed on a photo. They do have a quick video tutorial on how it works on their home page that makes it seem like a breeze to work with.
Let’s check out the pricing
With any app, I always like to explore my options with the free and paid options. You know… what’s going to give me more BANG for the BUCK?!
Here’s the breakdown:
A couple things I notice immediately on the PAID plan is that they provide 1,000+ photos & filters. Now that’s pretty awesome! I did ask them where the photos were from because they are nice high-resolution photos. Some of them looked familiar from Pexels. This is what they stated:
“The photos come from a variety of sources some are specially licensed to Share as Image (but available for people to use for commercial and/or personal reasons). Some are open source licensed as CC0, which again allows people to use them for commercial and/or personal reasons.”
Another item I noticed for the PAID option is the Share As Image logo will be removed and you can use your own logo. Now using other services like: Canva, PicMonkey, Pablo, Fotor and Pixlr they all allow you to create images and upload your own logo to the image for free. This feature was a bit disappointing however I think the ease of use and the library of photos outweigh that negative aspect.
The paid version is $8/month if you pay the yearly plan or it’s $12/month as a monthly plan.
Let’s Begin with Launch App
When you first arrive at Share As Image’s home page you will see the Launch App button on the left side. When you click that button it will take a moment to get ready. It will look like this:
I noticed the button below the canvas to change the shape from Original (can be used for Facebook), Wide (use for Twitter), Tall (use for Pinterest), and Square (for Instagram). Any of these sizes would work for Google+ as well. I was pretty impressed with the sizing feature for it’s ease of use.
On the left of the preview canvas, you will find all the editing features you need. The first tool you can use is to edit the Background, which provides a color change option or upload your own photo. There is a Background tab you can click on which gives you the photo library. The library will be limited for the free version and will have 1,000+ photos in the library for the paid version.
The first tab is the Text tab. You can change the font, size and color. Just add text in the text box and it displays on the preview. For additional text, click on +Add Text Field and it will provide another text box. To move your text, you just drag it to the spot you’d like on the preview canvas.
There is an option for shadow and box background behind the text only.
There are 50+ fonts, which has a great variety to play with and convey the message you’d like on your image.
Share As Image kind of reminds me of PicMonkey with their filter feature but very easy to use and to the point. Take a look for yourself:
Okay this is the part where if you don’t have the paid version then you’ll have shareasimage watermarked on your image. However if you do have the paid version then you can upload your logo and size it from Tiny to Large. What’s pretty neat is wherever you leave your logo on the image, the next time you make an image it stays in the same spot.
The templates are awesome when you need something super quick and you can change out the text. Also there is an option to save your own image as a template and it will save in the My Templates section. Any time you go back into your account you have templates ready to use.
Save & Share
Okay this is the moment you’ve been waiting for… well maybe for me. Ha! We’ve created an awesome image or used one of the templates. We can now click on Save & Share; it will give you plenty of options to share on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Buffer). Also a regular download and HD download is available. WOW! Lots of options I must say.
Now that was to use their Launch App. Remember there was a bookmarklet option? Check this out!
You can install the bookmarklet on Safari, FireFox, or Chrome extension by dragging the bookmarklet right to your bookmark toolbar. I use Safari and once I dragged it there I was able to use it immediately.
I can go to any website and choose a quote or name of an article or a testimonial… any text I’d like and it pops right into the platform for me. Sweet!
Share As Image can be used on any business website that would like their readers to share text as images. Brainy Quote is the largest quote site and they have it automatically embedded for readers to just click and go.
Let’s finish this up!
Share As Image is super user-friendly and I really like using it. If you’ve been following my blog you probably know I’m a huge Canva user and I really can’t compare Share As Image and Canva since I feel like they’re at different levels. Canva is a little more robust in creating different types of images and PDFs. Share As Image is a perfect tool for quote images only.
I would definitely recommend Share As Image to those who really want to create quote images fast and don’t want to learn the ins and outs of Canva or PicMonkey. I believe the paid version is worth it with access to the number of beautiful photos, storage of images and ready to use templates.
I hope this review has helped you and be sure to give Share As Image a try.
Let me know if you’ve tried Share As Image. I’d love to know what you think of it.
Lillian De Jesus
*Disclaimer – I was not paid to review Share As Image. They did give me access to the PRO version to research their service and provide feedback.
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