One of my biggest hobbies and passions, other than blogging, is creating graphics.
I’ve always loved designing and creating engaging and eye-catching designs for both for my blog and for other people.
One of the questions I get asked the most on twitter is; how do I create the images for my blog. It’s actually a lot easier than you think and it doesn’t even have to cost you any money.
So do you want to know how to make the best blog graphics?
I mentioned on my post ‘How To Make A Media Kit‘ my love for Canva and Picmonkey. They’re both online sites where you can play around with different frames and templates and create your own designs with absolute ease.
My absolute favourite is Canva, as it gives you so many professional template options and all you need to do is alter them to suit your style.
The only problem is that I could easily spend hours/days/weeks perfecting designs because it’s as much my hobby as my work.
Like many others of you, I used to blog solely on an iPad (I know a few bloggers who still solely use their tablets now) and although I could create great graphics on Pages and online, on the websites mentioned above, I’ve found it a lot easier and a lot quicker to create graphics since I’ve had my laptop.
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If you do have a laptop, then I also couldn’t recommend Illustrator and Photoshop enough. Although a little overwhelming at first, after a couple of hours playing around you’ll be creating eye-catching and engaging graphics in no time. There are some really good, easy to understand Youtube tutorials that I found really helpful when I was starting out.
Finally, if you need to insert professional looking images into your designs, but don’t have time to take any yourself, then there are several free image websites that you can use.
Each of these are free to sign up to and have thousands of stock free images for you to download and use at your will.
For me, making blog graphics is fun and I could easily spend hours creating new graphics and posters. If it’s something you still can’t get your head around or you’d like some designs made for your blog, get in touch for our current rates; firstname.lastname@example.org.
So there you have it, the secrets of how to create blog graphics that look professional and for free!
Do you love making your own graphics? Has this helped in anyway? Let me know in the comments below!
*This is a collaboration with Dell, but all thoughts are my own.