Creating visually appealing images and image-based graphics for blogs & websites can be stressful especially if you are not a designer. We all know that post-processing images is often easier said than done-it calls for some creativity not to mention that it also drains a lot of time!
You could just have it done by a professional, but hiring a creative graphic designer is not a feasible option for bloggers and website owners unless the blog is hugely popular with tonnes of regular readers.
Thankfully, there is a way out! We are talking about simple steps to create stunning images in a fast and enjoyable way. In fact, we are going to take you through 3 simple steps to create stunning photos without breaking a sweat.
Step 1: Find High Quality Images
One of the coolest ways to speed up the process of getting amazing images for your blog would be to have high quality photos to start with. You can the pictures yourself or you could source for images from the web.
Beware though; don’t just pick images from any place on the web. It could throw you into expensive legal battles that can destroy your business. In this regards, you should only use free or paid for stock images from stock agencies such as Burst (by Shopify), Pixabay, Wikipedia Commons, Pexels, Unsplash, among others.
Of course, this depends on the kind of image you are looking for but the beauty is that most stock images on these platforms are usually very high quality. The only downside is that some of the images on these stock sites have been used by many businesses thus you should sift through to get some authentic ones.
You can use a tool like Tinyeye.com to find the number of times a stock image has been used and avoid picking the most common ones. That said, Burst is one great place to find lots of free photos to use anywhere as most of the stock images are licensed under the Creative Commons license.
Enough of about stock images, now let’s move on. Shall we?
Step 2: Find Free, Easy To Use Editing Apps
The next thing you would want to do is find apps to edit your images — be it an original image from your camera or a stock image. The key is to find free, easy to use editing apps in a bid to save time and some cash. There are dozens of free apps that make image editing super seamless on your favourite devices(Android, iOS, Mac, Windows or Linux).
On the Android platform, you could go for the likes of VSCO Cam, SnapSeed, Pixlr, Flickr, Repix, etc.
For iOS lovers, there is SnapSeed, Pixlr, VSCO, Filterstorm Neue among others.
GIMP, a Photoshop alternative, is marvelous for both Linux and Windows, while Windows and Mac users have a plethora of free photo editing tools to pick from including but not limited to GIMP, PhotoScape, Paint.NET, HitFilm Express, etc. If you are a web guy, Canva, Pixlr, SumoPaint or IPiccy would be awesome to edit images using online web apps.
Long story short, pick a simple tool that fits right into what you are looking. A less complex tool would be much better, if you aren’t that good at editing.
Step 3: Edit Your Images
With great photos, editing photos shouldn’t be much of a hassle. You can do as little as basic editing functions to correct minute imperfections. You can simply crop, rotate or straighten the image or perhaps you could text, change the opacity, do simple colour correction, add overlays on the image etc. You could also opt to go for advanced editing toolkits depending on what you are looking but some simple touches should do the job.
It’s that simple! Creating stunning images doesn’t have to be that hard after all. It’s just a matter of finding the right stock images or taking stunning shots then finding a simple editing tool and you are good to go. Who said you need to be a Photoshop guru to craft stunning images for your blog posts?