Your blog needs clear, crisp images for a number of reasons, and thankfully, image creation tools are easy to find online. Each post should have a vertical (long) image that is designed for Pinterest, with bright colors and a helpful text overlay. They should also have a wider, horizontal image for sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
If you have a long post, you’ll want to use images to help tell your story and break up long pieces of text.
There are three image creation tools I’m currently using to create the images for my blog and social media. I love them all for different reasons, and though I could probably cut down to just a single tool, I like the flexibility and features that each of them offer.
So, let’s dive into the three image creation tools that make blog images easy, shall we?
Blog Image Creation Made Easy with these Simple Tools
Picmonkey will likely always be my first love when it comes to creating and editing graphics for my blog. It’s just so easy! I use Picmonkey to create Pinterest graphics, cute graphics for my gift guides, and any time I need a button or banner for a blog post. It’s also great for a quick resize or crop!
There is a free version of Picmonkey, which I used for the first 6 months or so. This will get you the basic editing tools, touch up features, fonts, and overlays. It can get you started if you need an easy solution for blog images.
However, I quickly realized the value in upgrading to the Picmonkey Royale plan. For an annual fee that equals about $3/month (less than a Starbucks frappe, yay!), I am able to do much more with the program, including more advanced fonts and effects, editing after saving an image, and templates!
Collages are also easy to make with Picmonkey. You simply choose multiple pictures from your computer or Facebook, add them into one of the collage templates, and you’re done. These are great if you have multiple photos for a product review, or you are doing a roundup of recipes or crafts.
I recently switched to creating my Pinterest images in Canva. I purchased a pack of templates from Kristin at Believe in a Budget, and it has drastically decreased the amount of time it takes me to create a single pin. Plus, my branding is now ON POINT!
With Canva, you can quickly change up colors, fonts, and text on the templates to keep your branding cohesive while creating new images for your blog posts. Once I figured it all out, including choosing my blog’s fonts and colors, I can create an image in less than 10 minutes.
Plus, Canva’s preloaded templates make other social media images easy to create. I come to Canva when I need an image that is a specific size, such as a Facebook cover photo.
I use the free version of Canva, but there is a Canva for Work version available for $12/month. The only con I’ve found with the free version, is the inability to resize your image. Picmonkey allows this for free, so it’s a bit of a pain to save an image in Canva, just to upload it in Picmonkey to resize it.
I recently discovered Stencil, and I am in love! They also allow you to save and edit templates, so I’ve been using it to make my Facebook and Twitter images. I already have the background image set to the perfect transparency, so all I have to do is change the text and color, add a new background, and voila!
Stencil comes pre-installed with over 800,000 free images and over 100,000 quotes. I have been using them to create graphics to share on Facebook and Instagram. Just something a little different so I’m not always spamming my Facebook page with links to my blog.
With Stencil, I have always been able to find a background image for my creations, so I don’t have to worry about paying for stock images elsewhere! You can upload your own background images though, if you wish.
There is a free version of Stencil that will allow you to create up to 10 images per month. I actually have the unlimited plan that lets me create as many images as I need. It also gives me access to all of the photos, icons, and templates they offer.
Do you use any of these blog image creation tools? Which is your favorite?
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