Graphic designer in your pocket

By: and |
Updated: Jun 02, 2016 9:46 AM

Just a few years ago we were dependent on high-end software like Adobe Photoshop or the professional designers for creating visually attractive content. With a mobile phone in your pocket, you can be an ace content creator, courtesy a number of content creation apps. Sudhir Chowdhary & Mohd Ujaley put together some of the free mobile apps that give you the ability to create impactful content in real time, on-the-go

Adobe Spark


Most of us lack the skills, time and resources to create something that cuts through the online clutter, but with this app from Adobe you can turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes. This free app helps you create authentic, professional looking visual content in a simple manner. Basically Adobe Spark is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite. It syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their content in a seamless manner. For example, with Spark Post you can pick a photo, add text and apply design filters to instantly.

Word Swag


Available for both iOS and Android, this app adds awesome text to your photos in seconds. It’s literally a graphic designer in your pocket. Word Swag magically turns your words into beautiful photo text designs! To make the job easy for the users, the app comes with some really interesting typography templates that can be used for creating visual content. In addition, the users get the option to upload images from camera or take photos from within Word Swag and choose font colours. If you are looking to make your own stylish quotes and poster designs, graphics for website, captioning your food and travel pictures, and for sending beautiful greetings—this app could be your best bet.



If you want to add text to pictures, inspiring words to images, captions to photos or share your thoughts on social media, InstaQuote mobile app will come handy. The app creates beautiful text pictures for Instagram in particular and is preferred for its simplicity. InstaQuote is easy, fast and very user-friendly. With 50-plus unique and creative font choices, the app gives you the option to choose backgrounds from high quality background collections. You can also use your own photos for backgrounds.
The app customises your words—font size, colour, alignment, position and line spacing. Highly recommended
for its ease of use.

Picture Quotes


This app is apt to convey the message you want with text on photos with various textures, colours, fonts and shaders for the text on pictures.
Picture Quotes to create photo text on images supports three types of images:

(i) photos from your gallery;

(ii) various categories of photos pre-designed for messages (birthday messages with birthday photo backgrounds, wedding messages with wedding photo backgrounds);

(iii) search web for photos that you want as photo background for your photo messages. The app comes with custom messages or you can create your quotes and photo sayings that can be added to photos.



PlaceIt helps you showcase your designs in the beautiful and realistic environments. It is a simple, drag-and-drop tool which lets you generate realistic product screenshots in seconds. Let us say you want to create an iPhone mockup for your new app or an iPad mockup in a work setting. You just need to provide the screenshot or URL of the site and the app will generate as many device mockups as you want. The specific purpose of this app is to do easily what an advanced software will do to get the angle right for a photo, by automatically altering the image to make it appear natural with the angle of the phone’s screen. This free app offers more than 1,700 different mockups for various devices.



Inspired from the work of great American novelist, Ernest Hemingway, whose style of writing simple, short sentences had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction. This app is a valuable tool that highlights common text errors. It is built to guide writers to create easy to understand phrases and texts—a key requirement for online content, especially text for creating impactful visual content. You can use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs and complicated words. The app is pretty easy to use—you just copy and paste text and see the evaluation. It helps the content creator in writing easy to understand articles. In simple words, it makes your writing bold and clear.



Trello gives you perspective over all your projects, at work and at home. Whether it’s managing a team, writing an epic screenplay, or just making a grocery list, this app is your sidekick for getting things done and staying organised. Basically it is a project-management tool which organises tasks via ‘boards’. It is useful for content management and flexible enough to cater to any project one can think of. You can discuss ideas collaboratively, discover what is being worked on by whom, and at what stage assignments are. This app makes the whole content organising process an easy task by incorporating the basics of content management. The app is available in 16 languages and is free to use.

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