I had briefly used Buffer’s Pablo social media-friendly graphic creation tool Pablo in 2015. It has options ready for best dimensions for using on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.
But with the addition of the new Pablo (sadly only) Chrome extension, getting a tweet+pic with overlaid text was roughly 1-2 minute’s work.
Find an image (or upload your own/use from stock images within Pablo), then let the extension open it inside Pablo (no need to login at this point).
Inside Pablo’s tidy interface you can add/edit text and tweak the graphic layout using a few options. But it all looks professional and works well.
Once you are happy, you can share immediately or embargo using Buffer’s algorithm, logging in to Buffer with your Twitter login.
You can also download the final image for use later.
A couple of examples:
A story via The Scotsman, a tale of flooding in Scotland
— Richard Kendall (@richardkendall) January 8, 2016
And an Bronze Age archaeological find in Cambridgeshire, via the Peterborough Telegraph
— Richard Kendall (@richardkendall) January 13, 2016