Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop

Today’s recommended resources is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make an animated GIF in Photoshop. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Learn how to create a GIF in Photoshop that you can use to enhance your next social media post, email, or blog article.

Source: How to Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop [Tutorial]


2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet

2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet (more info on

I’m always trying to figure out what size/dimensions I need to save an image in for a Facebook post vs Twitter vs Google+. I recently came across this handy (updated) easy to read 2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet on the Constant Contact website which gives sizes for most of the everyday social media images you’ll need to post.

Since I try not to reshare images that I don’t actually own or for which I’ve been given permission to share… I’m linking to the article instead of posting the image here.

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2014 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet

FacebookLast year I posted a link to the Social Media Today’s Social Media Dimensions Cheat Sheet. I just found a 2014 updated list of dimensions posted at Constant Contact.

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SOURCE: 2014 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet || Constant Contact


Sources for free images

If you’re like me, you are always looking for images (free images) that you can use with your blog posts. On this site, I rarely include images. On and frequently include them. My favorite source is Flickr‘s creative commons. I make sure I give attribution and that the photo license includes commercial use.

I’ve pulled together a few articles and posts to help you find additional sources, or give you a reason why this is important.

Free Technology for Tachers shared “Use Bing to Find Public Domain Images.” Bing is a source I hadn’t tried myself. I have bookmarked this to use later.

Wikimedia Commons has “a database of 18,083,944 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.” If you’re interested in donating your photos to this database, they also have a mobile app.

Free Technology for Teachers suggests Every Stock Photo, the Morgue File, Pixabay in addition to Flickr and Bing.

And, as a cautionary tale, PR Daily’s “How using Google Images can cost you $8,000” is a great read.

Related post: Free Images on the Web, shared Google Images, Flickr Creative Commons, PhotoPin, and 

What other sources do you use?


iPhone Photo-Editing Apps has an article listing “The 11 Best iPhone Photo-Editing Apps” and I have to admit that I own more than half.

Ones I own:

  • Adobe Photoshop Touch.
  • Apple iPhoto.
  • Aviary.
  • Hipstamatic.
  • Instagram.
  • Repix.
  • Snapseed.

Ones I don’t own:

  • BeFunky.
  • EyeEm.
  • Instant.
  • Wood Camera.

If you’re going to actually spend money on one, then go with Adobe Photoshop Touch. It has a lot of great features.


Free images on the web

Two posts to help you find, and manage, free images on the web.

Common Creativity: Understanding the Rules and Rights Around “Free” Images on the Web

“No matter how small the risk of your getting caught may seem (depending, of course, on how flagrant you are with what you have “stolen”), the simple fact is that improper use of protected works is a crime and is actually prosecuted more often than you might think. “

The essentials for finding and using images online” recommends:

  • Google Images.
  • Flickr Creative Commons.
  • PhotoPin.

I personally use Flickr Creative Commons. What do you use?


Image Sizing Cheat Sheet for Social Media (Infographic)

Courtesy of: Social Caffeine