A blog post is never complete without an image. An image that assists in conveying your emotions, or adding to the information about a product you may be writing about, or simply increasing the creative quotient of your post. It’s necessary that we create an image that not only grabs attention, but also helps retain information we give to our readers.
Earlier, I would happily use images from Google for my posts, until I learnt that Google could sue me for doing so! It’s sometime last year that I discovered Pixabay, thanks to my friend, Shailaja. It’s one place where you could go crazy looking at the million images at your disposal.
All you need to do, is create an account, and all those exquisite images are yours…for free! You could also upload your personal images there to be used as and when you deem fit. Do leave behind a “Thank you” for the artist who prepared the image for you. That’s good manners, isn’t it?
Do keep surfing for the right images, as well as those which aren’t very commonly used.
There’s also a place that helps you design the perfect image for your blog post – Canva. This place, too, I discovered last year, thanks again to Shailaja!
Canva contains tools that help you structure the image as per your needs, add/change colours and fonts, and add text that gives your post a very professional look. Again, it helps if you create a Canva account. That makes it easy for you to create your images as well as upload your own pictures onto it and use those in your images to make them more personalised.
There’s also this Canva app for the ‘Free photo Editor and Graphic Design Tool’ to help you create the designs of your dreams.
Sharing with you some tips on using Canva.
How to use Canva to create the perfect image:
Log in to Canva.
Click on the ‘Create a design’ button and you will find options to choose from for which you need to prepare an image. Click on the one that you wish to design for.
You will now have Canva Layouts to use to design your image. Remember to choose the free ones!
Once you’ve chosen a layout, click on the part you wish to edit. The text, for example. Click to delete the words, and add your own text.
You will find the options – Layouts, elements, text, background and uploads – on the left, for your use.
You could also delete the image on the layout, add one of your own from the uploaded ones to use for your image.
Add the text, change the fonts, add background in a colour you find right, and voila! you have your image ready!
Download it and use it for your post.
It will take time to get used to Canva if you are technologically challenged, like yours truly. But, once you get the hang of it, there’s no stopping you! Do install the Canva app on your android phone. Makes it easy to create and share images on Instagram and Facebook.
Do try it out and let me know your experience with Canva.
Wish you the very best!
My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.
You will find all of my A to Z posts here.