There are a number of graphical editing tools available online and if you’ve got the budget you’d probably be using a professional tool like Adobe Photoshop or turn to GIMP if you are penniless. But, these tools do take some time to master.
So what if you quickly need to create a professional blog post image and don’t have the time to learn complicated software?
You turn to Canva, of course.
How to use Canva
Canva is a free online graphics tool that can be used to create all those badass branded images for blogs that people regularly use to make their blog looks nice. Branding your images is not only good for business it also protects you from people linking to your images and using them for their own blogs. Yes, this is becoming more widespread. so be wary.
Canva is the best free graphics tool by far, and if you need to create free images for blogs, you definitely should check them out.
The thing I really love about Canva is, it’s super easy to use and you can create awesome original free images within minutes. And because it’s all done online your data is always being backed up, so you’ll never lose your work. Yes, it also has auto-save and an undo feature. Brilliant!
To show you the power of Canva, I’ve recorded a quick video showing you how I created the Twitter Images I’m using throughout #Blogtober.
Creating free images for blogs
Canva has so many features and is also great if you need some high-quality stock images without copyright restrictions. And if you can’t find a suitable free image then the rest of their photo stock only costs $1 per use so it’s quite reasonable.
Canva is also a quick way to learn the different image sizes you need for different social media platforms. Previously I found this was a real pain, but now I just use the Canva templates to guide me.
The free version is plenty enough, but Canva also have a subscription plan they call ‘Canva for Work’. This upgrade plan gives you greater flexibility and will save you time, but I’m not sure they have the price to benefit ratio right yet.
Nonetheless you won’t be disappointed with Canva, and it’s fast learning curve makes it ideal for the beginner blogger just starting with their blog.
These free stock photo sites are ideal if you don’t need to edit the photos and just want to upload them onto your blog.
Just remember to keep the image size down as small as possible to ensure your lagging page load speed isn’t turning away potential readers. I’ve also created a quick video showing you how to easily optimise your images.
Now if you’ve liked this Canva video and want to learn more, then let me know and I’ll create a more detailed Canva video later this month.
Until then, please like and share.