by Abigail Carter
It’s well known by now that adding graphics to blog posts is always a good idea because these days a lot of sharing of blog posts happens via the images associated with them (think Facebook and especially Pinterest). Often I find images I want to use on the Internet, and include them by linking them back to the site I found them on and adding a credit in the photo’s caption. But sometimes you want to add something unique, or create a logo for your site. It used to be that you had to muddle over Photoshop which to the untrained can have a steep learning curve and is a costly program for many (even with the $20 per month rental of the Adobe suite of programs). Thankfully, there are several new sites now that make creating graphics incredibly easy and are free or charge nominal amounts for upgraded images or fonts. Here’s a rundown:
This site is hot right now particularly with Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick on board (both are also advisors to Writer.ly). It makes creating banners for websites and social media incredibly easy by having pre-set templates using the exact sizes you will need for each of the big social media sites. There are a huge array of pre-designed borders, ribbons, backgrounds, fonts, and whatnot, that you wind up creating images that look like they have been professionally designed. You can create custom sizes and add them as logos to your WordPress blog, or create featured images for each post.
This advanced photo editing tool (Pixlr Editor) allows you to do almost all the things you might do in Adobe’s Photoshop, including adding text to photos. There are also two easy photo enhancing apps (Pixlr Express and Pixlr-o-Matic) that allow you to add tints, borders, and effects to any photo easily and quickly.
Like Pixlr, Pickmonkey allows you to enhance photos in numerous ways including adding text to images and a whole bunch of airbrushing options (get rid of those wrinkles!). A great way to create banners. You can also create real life items like tags and pillows with your graphics and there is a collage option for combining several photos into one.
Another photo editing tool, this one is quite simple. You can add tints, text, borders, touch-ups, etc. There is also a collage tool and an easy way to create social media banners. A trick: Create a banner for Facebook or Twitter, download it and then use it as a banner for your WordPress site.
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