Heya, Product Hunters!
I’m Armin, co-maker of Placid. We deliver Social Images as a Service: Placid lets you generate lovely Share Images for Twitter and Facebook via our API. (And more Social Image Formats soon!)
Here’s how it works:
👉 Choose a preset design from our library.
👉 Customize your template with default values for colors, text, photos / logos.
👉 Integrate the meta tags into your project.
👉 Change parameters of the Image URL in the meta tag to dynamically fill elements of the template. You can f.ex. generate your blog article’s title on to the image or fill a browser window with a screenshot of a website.
You will be able to step up your social game without needing to create custom og:images and twitter:images from Photoshop templates every single time.
We started building Placid as a tool to automate Social Image Generation for our own projects and we figured it’s something that other people could use too. For now, we concentrated on providing Meta Images, but we’re already testing Placid for other use cases, like generated Pinterest Images. So we’ll soon add:
✏️ An editor to create templates from scratch (and with custom Image Dimensions)
🛠 More options to customize Presets
🖼 More Presets (also for Instagram Posts and Stories, Pinterest Pins, Facebook Posts,..)
We’d love your feedback and suggestions for missing features or preset options 😄
If you need something specific, we’re always happy to help.
Co-Maker of Placid
@arminulrich Could you share some videos of how to use this awesome app!
@jeremy_poland phew - we already talked about that - I may be everything but not a video maker 🙈
Congratulations on the release Armin!
Awesome idea and kudos on the design.
Best of luck with the Beta 👊
@krolsbjorn thank you very much 🙌
Awesome, very important to get these right - thanks for making it easier!
@graeme_fulton thank you! - making social media more beautiful - one image at the time! 💪😅
Good work Armin! This is one of the smartest idea ever. The preset images shown in the website are also well designed! Good job man!
@sanjevirau Thank you!! That's a big compliment :)
all the awesome design stuff was done by @_feloidea 💪🙌
Great design. I've been looking for something like this since Pieter Levels wrote about how he does it but which takes a lot of know-how. This is way easier and is perfect for my needs!
@petecodes Thanks Pete 😊
I was looking for something like this bu was not satisfied. Thought I had to code something, fortunately not! Good job Armin
Will you provide integrations for this? I'd love to let my users choose their own template
What do you have in mind? We see opportunities with REST API, Editor-iFrame-Embeds and Open Source CMS Integrations - actually integrating into everything web. 🕸
@arminulrich RN, my users create content marketing and input title + description. I'd like to give them instant feedback on how the generated image would look like + allow them to select a specific template
@hypervillain Definitely on the roadmap, you will get notified via wip.chat 🚀
Smooth design and a great idea.
@anshul_jain6 thanks! 🙌
Dominic de Souza
This looks delicious, Armin. How does it play with Wordpress?
@dominic_de_souza thanks! 🍴wordpress plugin is in the works :)
great idea, love the design!
@emilywalker7 thank you 😊
The API currently exists (publicly) only in a GET-Parameter kind of way like: `placid.app/u/TPL?title=title&subtitle=.. ` etc.
REST API is hopefully soon finished when I answered my last open Questions 😅 (and wrote a sane Documentation)
How would you want to use an API?
👉 generating x Images once (via a cronjob or similar)? (at my current scale I would have to queue large amounts of Request, and send them async back to your Server)
👉 or Pictures one-by-one? (here I wouldn't need to queue anything)
Need customizeable fonts and other languages support. Good idea.