Three Apps that Simplify my Life

Lets face it, busy is a way of life for most of us. Trying to manage all the things is a full time job in itself! I have pulled together a quick read (so you can go right back to your busy) detailing my favorite apps that have pulled through in a pinch!

1. Juxtaposer 

A few years ago I was in line at Starbucks and noticed a card by the cash register that was offering a free download of the "app of the week" or something along those lines. I just grabbed it without giving it much thought and downloaded Juxtaposer.  Little did I know that it would become one of my most used apps! 

The Short & Sweet: You can edit and layer images. 

What I use it for: I use juxtaposer both in business and for personal images. Because my business is a "side hustle" and I also work a full time day job, I am often editing photos from my phone or on the go. I keep a folder of stock images and when I design a new graphic I will save the png of the design to my phone. When I have time I open juxtaposer, place the stock image on the bottom layer and the png on the top layer, then I can move, shrink, stretch the top layer until I have it placed where I want it. This allows me to create graphics for my site and etsy without lugging around my laptop in order to access photoshop.

For Example: I took this original watch photo last month with the June scripture verse shown. I decided on the way to work that I would like to share a similar photo in July. I didnt have time to take the actual photo...

 Original Photo

Original Photo

 Screenshot of Screensaver

Screenshot of Screensaver

 New layered Photo 

New layered Photo 

So I opened Juxtaposer and made the original photo the background. Then I created an apple watch screensaver with the July verse and took a screenshot. I made the screenshot the top image, then shrunk it and moved it over top of the screen in the original image. Viola! I have a new photo with an updated screensaver! 

I have also used Juxtaposer for personal photos, mostly for my siblings (a major life save when trying to take photos of kids)!! My sister recently sent me two photos. One of the whole family, and one of one person who had missed the photo op. I layered them to add the girl to the photo. See below.

 Orignial Photo

Orignial Photo

 She needs to be added

She needs to be added

 Final Photo - All from my phone!

Final Photo - All from my phone!

They key to this process is making sure the photos are taken back to back so they everyone is in the exact same position. In this particular example, the camera was on a tripod so it was guaranteed to be the same position. I have also edited photos with close ups of kids where ones eyes are open and the others are closed, this works with iphone photos as long as they were taken milliseconds apart! 

While this may sound complicated, with a little practice it can be done in seconds! 

2. WordSwag

I started using WordSwag this year when I began the SHDC Scripture Series.

The Short & Sweet: You can edit and layer images and text with access to cool images and fonts.

What I use it for: Social media graphics. When I first found WordSwag I got really excited, but quickly learned to use it with caution due to licensing and usage laws around images and text. I use it for social media to make my stories a little more interesting! I have also used it for portions of the scripture series! See examples below!

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3. Plann

Plann allows you to schedule your Instagram posts. That pretty much is the short and sweet! I don't use plann to its fullest potential (I just haven't had time to plan my content in advance), but I know it would be a game changer! 

I mostly use plan to pick the images I am going to share ahead of time (Like right before I share them to be honest...like I said I haven't made time to plann. Oh, the irony!). I do this because I feel like it is important to make my Instagram feed reflect my business, which means I am intentional about what I put on there! 


Do you have any particular apps that have made your life easier?! I would love to hear about them!!

 

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