Creating great images to accompany blog posts is very important. It is the images that will catch your readers eye on social media. It is the images that will pop out first. It the images that should inform the reader somewhat of the blog post. Images play a huge part in your blogging and if you ignore that amazing bit of real estate, you’ll lose viewers, traffic and money! Check out these tips for creating great images
1. Take a picture.
Many people get stumped on this first bit of advice. So many are worried their picture won’t be good enough, so they don’t attempt anything! But don’t worry about that! There are tricks to be used in the editing process that will make your image look amazing! So go ahead and take the picture!
I personally take several pictures of an object, bit of food, a room, etc. and I take the picture from several differnet angles. When time to choose which picture to use, I’ve got lots of choices!
2. Utilize good photo-editing software.
Unless you are an excellent photographer with a good camera, you may not want your pictures to stand alone in your blog posts. No problem! There are many photo-editing software sites and programs to use! With these you can add text to the image, put borders around the image, add overlays to it, etc. The picture that you began with can look totally different having used a photo-editing tool! Here are my favorites:
- Picmonkey – This one is tried and true. I think almost every blogger knows of it! You can do practically anything you need to do in order to edit a photo. The only problem with this one is that because everyone else uses it, your edits can become generic and like everyone else’s. There is a free and paid version. The paid version allows for more fonts, overlays and extras.
- Ribbet – I like this one because it has a variety of different fonts and overlays to be used that other sites and programs to not offer. It’s not the easiest program to manuever through but I really like some of the options it offers, so it’s worth it!
- Canva – I’ve recently found this site and absolutely love it! Their fonts and overlays are almost completely different of those that you can use on other photo-editing sites. Therefore your edited photos will be entirely different from others! Another point that I like about this site is that your created images are stored on their site and you can edit them further upon having exited the site. I’m always finding that once I create an image, I want to change a small something about it. With Canva I can easily go back and tweak it!
I’m sure there are many other sites and programs, but these are free and easiest for me to use right now. Try them! I know you’ll like it!
Remember to follow these tips when editing your images:
- Lighten a dark image.
- Crop the excess.
- Longer images get more traction on Pinterest.
3. Take advantage of other sources for images.
If you’re in a pinch for an image or you’re unable to take pictures, there is another option! There are several online sites that you can go to for free images. You must pay attention to the licensing connected to the images. Here are a few that I have found most helpful!
- Incredible Art Department - There are so many images and options to sift through here!
- Free Stock Photos - I like this one best.
- Free Digital Photos
- Stock Xchng
A simple Google search will help you find one of these sites or exactly what you are looking for.