3 Ways to Make Clever Pictures for Your Blog

You may have noticed a few fun pictures on our blog lately, including the one from last week’s article on Planning a Virtual Book Tour and Powerful Promotion with Pictures.

In today’s article I will share with you a few of the places you can go to make/enhance images for your articles and social media presence.

The first is called Redkid.net.

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Click on the tab for Images and then the link that is circled for Sign Generators. Here you will find a variety of selected images that you can modify for your use. The images are free. Dr. Suess

Simply select the image you like and add your own words. The new image will appear in a pop up box – save this jpeg file to your computer.

 

 

The next place I like to go is Picmonkey.com

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Click on the Edit tab and then you can upload your own image to:

  • Change the size
  • Crop, edit or add special featuresquote about pictures
  • Add text

You can also create your own image by clicking on the Design tab. I use this area for creating a solid block of color and adding text to it.

 

Notice the last tab for collages – you can upload multiple pictures to create a collage. This is great for creating a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn cover image.

 

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Have you heard of memes? The dictionary defines a meme as “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.”

To create a standard meme, I use IMGFlip.com. It is easy and it is free. Actually, all of these websites are free. Picmonkey has an advanced version that offers more components for a fee, but you can do a lot with their free tools.

At IMGFlip, you upload an image and then can add text to the top and bottom of the picture.guide

Click on the Create tab at the top of the page, upload your image and then add text. You can change the size and color of the text. When you are done, simply save your image.

 

 

One final tip – call it the Bonus Tip #4 – notice that in this article I have included screen shots of various website pages. I have discovered an amazing app that you can add to your computer that allows you to capture the whole screen, the entire website page or portions of the page and then add different elements like circles, arrows and text.

 

The app is called Awesome Screenshot. I have selected the version for Google Chrome.

 

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One you add the application to your computer, it adds a small image in your toolbar. When you want to capture a part or all of the screen, simply click on the icon and the image will appear in a new tab.

 

Once I select what part of the page I want to capture, I will then have options for editing as you can see highlighted in this screen shot of the Halo Publishing home page.

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So there you go – four great tools for creating or editing images for your blog, website or social media sites.

 

Bottom Line: Although words are important, pictures help to tell the story. Have fun trying these tools to create images that represent you and your brand.