The same time I purchased Grum, a super awesome Instagram scheduling tool made by AppSumo, I also purchased a lifetime membership to Stencil. Stencil is an ideal image creation tool for all your social media platform needs.

I’m going to explain more about using Stencil and why it’s so amazing in a second, but first I need to say that what makes this superior price-wise is purchasing it during one of the promotion periods AppSumo offers (if you subscribe with them, you’ll get emails when they are running their promotions). Other popular social media image creation tools like Canva or PicMonkey, for example, have free and paid account options just like Stencil. However, to score Stencil for a lifetime charge that’s less than 5 months of Canva for Work *and* to have access to free stock photos (even with the paid Canva for Work plan, stock images are still $1 a piece) makes it a super amazing tool.

Stencil Image Creation Tool

Why Stencil is an Awesome Image Creation Tool

  • As mentioned above, you have access to over 890,000 stock photos for no additional cost.
  • The automatic resize of your image saves a ton of time and probably my second most favorite feature. If you start by creating an image that’s sized to be a Facebook Ad image, for example, you can save that for use on Facebook, and then simply “resize canvas” to select a different image size. My usual one-two process is making an image for Facebook and then resizing for Instagram. Stencil Resize Canvas Stencil Choose Image Size 
  • Stencil has existing image templates that you can use “as is” or modify. You can also create and save your own.
  • You can upload your own images, graphics or icons to use as a background or other element in your custom graphic.
  • Stencil allows you to upload and save logos and watermarks for easy use. 
  • It also provides over 100,000 quotes to use for quote images.
  • Stencil allows you to upload your own fonts.
  • You can apply filters (if desired) and can edit your image with transparencies, blurs, and color overlays.
  • Overall, Stencil is so easy to use. You can add text boxes wherever you like. You can click to save, click to download, and click to preview what your image would look like live on a social media platform of your choice.

Here’s a peek at the main Stencil dashboard and image creation area.

Stencil Dashboard

Have you used Stencil? If so, what has your experience been like?

About LizJostes (439 Posts)

Liz is a marketer, social media & online marketing consultant, speaker and mom. Originally from Chicago and currently living in the land of Dixie, she relishes in the flavor of fried pickles and BBQ, but longs for deep dish and a proper Chicago dog.


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