In a time when there are thousands of new bloggers every day, how do you make YOUR content stand out? Of course you need amazing content that solves problems for your audience, but you also need awesome graphics that will make people click to your blog in the first place.
You don’t have to have a degree in graphic design to create clean, beautiful, and relevant graphics. In fact, some of best graphics that I have seen came from people who taught themselves how to create graphics through trial and error. My favorite graphics resources are all free to use and are user-friendly.
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Canva is a a free graphic-design tool website that has been around since 2012. The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to use. Canva also provides access to tons of photographs, graphics, and fonts.
Canva provides the user to choose from various designs that include:
social media designs that fit the dimensions for Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram
document designs such as letterheads, magazines, and certificates
blogging and e-book templates for blog graphics, titles, infographics, etc.
marketing materials like posters, brochures, and business cards
Fotor was my first taste of designing my own graphics. Since January, they have updated their site, and it is even more user friendly now. Fotor allows you to choose from editing, creating a collage, or design.
In the editing feature, you are able to change various aspects of your photos.
You can crop, rotate, sharpen, change color, and resize. This is a great feature of Fotor!
The collage feature allows you to make creative collages using your awesome photos. It is a drag-and-drop interface as well.
The last feature is my favorite, the design feature. This feature allows you to choose from various templates that will fit any of your graphic needs. Some of those include:
social media posts
headers and covers
The Creative Market is not a completely free resource, but there are 6 goods that are offered each week free to download.
The free kits include numerous resources that you can use for your blog graphics. Some examples include:
You can also purchase credits to purchase items in their shop section. Check out the Creative Market!
Need to create a helpful infographic? Endless Icons has free icons to download and add to any of your graphics. There are hundreds of icons to choose from!
Freepik is another free resource for photos and icons. Some photos are for premium members, but most of the resources are completely free to use. Just type in a word into the search engine and download your free photos.
Pexels is a great resource for finding stock photos. I typically use Pexels more than any other stock photo site. The photos on this site tend to fit in my niche seamlessly.
Pixabay has great stock photos that are free to use. The stock photos on Pixabay are more business-like in nature. There are not as many artistic options. If you need a clean photo for a business post then Pixabay is a great place to start looking.
Another aspect that will make your graphics stand out among the millions of graphics is font. If you have started noticing the same fonts circulating that is because everyone has started using the same resources. Choosing different fonts will make your graphics unique. If you are looking for free fonts to make your graphics stick out then look into these:
Apps to Download
If you have a larger smart phone, like the iPhone 6s Plus, then you may find yourself creating graphics on your mobile device. I have several apps that are essential for creating stand alone graphics to boost your blog views.
Canva is a great app for creating graphics for ALL social media platforms. You can also use Canva on your laptop to create Social Media kits, flyers, and more. It is my new best friend for sure.
All you have to do is choose your social media platform layout, upload a photo (or search through their stock photos), create your title/font/colors, and save it!
Google Photos is a great way to back-up your photos so that you don’t accidentally lose them. This happened to me recently, and I was able to save SOME of the photos that I thought were deleted forever. You can even set it to automatically back-up any new photos from your phone!
Layout is a collage app that is affiliated with Instagram. I use this app if I need to create a group of photos. It can automatically open within Instagram.
Over is perfect for putting your watermark or blog logo onto all of your photos. It allows you to download your logo as a png. file and export it onto your photos.
Snapseed is a photo editing app that I have recently discovered. It offers several AMAZING editing options. Some of my favorites include:
selective-choose the specific area that you want lightened or darkened
healing-erase parts of a picture that you don’t want
lens blur-blurs the image to the degree that you choose
enhance-great for pictures of people
pose-adjust the pose of a person’s face/head (It’s awesome!)
VSCO is another great photo editing app that is free. My favorite part of VSCO is how you can adjust almost everything about your photo. Once you have edited the photo to your liking, you can copy those edits and paste them onto numerous photos. No more editing one picture at a time!
What are some of your favorite graphic resources? Did you find this post helpful? Feel free to share!