Stock photography can be expensive and boring, but it's an easy shortcut when you don't have time or access to original, high-quality images.
Custom images and original photography are more eye-catching, but it still takes time and money to create custom images.
I like to use apps like Canva to design custom images for blog posts and social media, especially when I want to breathe some life into a stock photo (more tips on how to pick the right stock photos over here).
But what about using free apps on my phone for whipping up an original image with a filter and text?
(made with mobile app Over, using a photo of my scarf as a background texture)
I recently recommended this to a client who wanted to create custom social media images, but didn't want to pay for stock photos. I wanted to test drive a few free mobile apps to see which ones I liked best.
With each app, I wanted to add a photo that I took with my phone. Add text. Add a filter. That's pretty much the secret sauce foundation to creating a good image to share on Instagram and Facebook.
Here's what I found.