If you’re going to be a serious blogger, you’ll have to learn how to manage and manipulate photos. Getting emotionally-charged photos and graphics into your blog is almost a necessity.
It makes a huge impact.
So huge in fact that I don’t recommend starting a blog without some method of editing graphics. That’s why I’m writing this post. There are many tools popping up that make editing graphics simple, even simpler than Photoshop could hope to be.
The Best Free Graphics Editors
These are free so I recommend creating an account and trying each of them. Find the one you like best, and get used to using it. Soon, you’ll be able to create great graphics for your blog posts, very easily.
This comes from the former Chief Evangelist at Apple, Guy Kawasaki. This is his baby, and it’s a great product. With Canva, you can create graphics from scratch using a very intuitive interface.
For bloggers, being able to make a graphic fast is important. We don’t have a lot of time to waste in our amateur art pursuit, so having a tool that makes it painless and quick is best. Canva does just that.
Stock photographs are cheesy and horrible. The bottom line is, if you use stock photos, your posts will suffer. What DSP does, is e-mail you non-cheesy photos you can use free of charge. These are high-quality photos that will bring that special “something” to your blog posts.
I recommend signing up and getting their e-mails, but I also recommend mixing it up with some Canva graphics as well. Even non-cheesy stock photos get cheesy after a while.
This website is really cool. Sometimes, you just need a graphic inside a smartphone, iPad or some other kind of technology. Placeit takes your photo or graphic and instantly adds some very nice overlays to make your graphic look amazing.
For bloggers who are having the stock photo blues, try adding your stock photo to Placeit and get a little variety.
Skitch is brought to you from the wonderful people at Evernote, one of my favorite apps. Skitch allows you to take screenshots, and add shapes, sketches, and more as overlays. Again, if you have a boring stock photo, run it through Skitch to make it more, “you.”
If for some reason you don’t enjoy Canva (seriously, you will like Canva) then there are alternatives. One alternative is Pixlr. It’s a web-based graphics program that will remind you of the paint shop apps of old.
I seriously recommend you learn to use Canva, it has the funding and backing to become the industry standard eventually. But if you really need something else, give Pixlr a try.
Trust me, images make your blog posts look so much better. Once you get the hang of choosing images that bring emotional connections to your post, you’ll be on the road to success. These four tools will help you get there!
I would really like to hear from you, though. I’ve been in the Photoshop world for so many years, I’ve not tried out a lot of the newer tools.
What do you use that you think would make a good blogger tool? Please let us know in the comments!