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HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BLOG GRAPHICS

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?

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.

How To Make The Best Blog Graphics

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.

How To Make The Best Blog Graphics

If you don’t have a laptop, then getting a good laptop doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank. Check out these laptop deals for example!

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.

How To Make The Best Blog GraphicsFinally, 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.

My absolute favourites are Pexels, Pixabay and Kaboom Pics!

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; enquiries@lifeunexpected.co.uk.

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. 

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    Kellie Kearney
    May 24, 2016 at 8:52 am

    You always make fabulous graphics. I normally use Canva or picmonkey but will have to try out your recommendations now.
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    Ally Mother Under Measure
    May 24, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I should read through all of your helpful blog posts, I don’t spend enough time on making my blog look nice at all, I’m so lazy!!! x

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    Lisa (BadMammy.com)
    May 24, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I’m a massive Canva fan, I must give Illustrator a try. Your graphics are fab. Great post, thanks for sharing your tips!
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    Rebecca | AAUBlog
    May 24, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    i am terrible at remembering to make pictures for my posts! i love seeing them all on Pinterest, though. I like using Stocksnap.io for stock images too
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    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure
    May 24, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I am rubbish at doing things like this, and I have been meaning to try photoshop for years! I love Picmonkey though
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    Mellissa Williams
    May 24, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I love Picmonkey for photo editing and Canva for creating graphics. Photoshop is excellent but it does cost.

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    Emma | The Mini Mes and Me
    May 25, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I use Canva Pixlr and Picmonkey for mine, I probably need a lot more practise though! x
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    Emma @sophieellaandme
    May 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Great post and tips! I use PicMonkey for things like this but will definitely check out the other sites x
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    Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    May 27, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Great post Chloë! I’m a designer by trade and use Indesign and Photoshop in my day to day working life. It’s fab to see that you can get excellent results using the free online software — thanks so much for sharing xx
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    Samoina
    September 5, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    This is very informative.
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    Topfivemum
    November 12, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I’ve just started playing around with Canva and am excited about using it more. It makes such a difference to a blog and you make some beautiful graphics! Thanks for sharing your tips, Ruth
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    Jo
    April 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks, I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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