Pablo is an online image editor that is designed for creating shareable images. You have seen them countless times on social media websites and perhaps even created your own.
Photo editors can be fiddly and time consuming, and they can require a lot of knowledge to get the best out of them. With Pablo the process is super easy and anyone can create amazing images in just a minute or two without any special knowledge.
To get started, go to pablo.buffer.com and if a message pops up about the Chrome extension, just click elsewhere to dismiss it. It enables you to grab images off websites and use them for your images, which is a bad idea because most images are copyright and you might get into trouble
Pablo has access to Unsplash, which is a collection of free images that you can use for whatever purpose you want. It is much safer than grabbing images off someone's website.
Enter a word into the search box and find a nice image. I searched for ‘dog’. Clicking a thumbnail image copies it into the centre, which is where a preview of your image is shown.
In the top right corner are three sizes. The first is tall and narrow and this is often used by people posting on Pinterest. The second is square and this is commonly used on Facebook. The third is wide and is handy for Twitter.
Which size you choose and what you use the image for is entirely up to you and these are just suggestions. I will use a tall and narrow format.
Also in the right panel is a TEXT box. There are three buttons and these place text at the top, in the middle and at the bottom. Click one, two or three of these to add dummy text to the image.
As the text says, click twice to edit it. You can then delete the text and type in your own message. The toolbar provides everything you need and there is a list of fonts, a B button to make text bold, AAA offers three text sizes, and the colour chip at the end displays a colour palette. Select a colour to change the text.
In the right panel is a list of filters and these apply special effects to the image. Click each one to apply it and see the effect. Select None at the top of the list to show the plain image with no effects.
When you are happy with the image and the text, click the Share & Download button in the bottom right corner and share it it or download it, it’s up to you. Whatever you want to do, it is a good idea to download and save a copy of the image you created.
That is the basics of Pablo image editor. There are a few more features that you can explore yourself, such as the templates at the top of the page. These have different layouts and can get you started even faster.
There is also an option to add a logo to the image, such as a club, team or company logo. The Quotes option adds a famous quote to the image. Try it and see.