Did you know you can create amazing looking blog graphics for free? You know, the kind that has a bit of text overlay, such as the headline of your blog post and maybe even some branding. Something a little bit like this one:
In today’s blog post, I would like to share with you how you can create this kind of graphic, or any kind of image you might want for social media or other purposes.
First up, the tools I use for this purpose are Canva (www.canva.com) and Pixabay (www.pixabay.com). Canva is an easy to use graphic design software, that’s free to use in its basic version. To be honest, the basic version is probably enough for most small businesses. If you want the premium version with all the bells and whistles, then you’ll have to invest roughly a very modest £10 per month. Pixabay is a website for sharing public domain (i.e. free to use) images and video clips. I use it for almost all my images whether that’s for clients or for my own business. It works by people contributing their images freely, but Pixabay’s quality standards are very high which makes your images look super professional.
Step 1 – Find the right image for your blog graphics
So how do they work? First you search on Pixabay for an image that suits your topic.
Type your keyword into the search bar, click on the blue search button and you will be presented with all available images. I chose the word “perfection” and was presented with these results:
The first row of results are sponsored images from Shutterstock (a provider of licensed images – you have to pay for them) so ignore those. Everything else you can download for free. Pick your favourite image – click on the image, then click on the Free Download button and decide which image size works best for your purposes.
Remember, if the image goes onto a website, the larger the image (higher resolution) the slower it will load. You can download small images straight away, nothing else is needed. For medium size images you will need to type in a captcha (a string of letters or numbers from an image) and larger sizes will require you to sign up for a free account. Signing up for a free account only costs your email address and it will also give you the option of uploading your own images. Remember though, quality restrictions are high, so not every photo is accepted. And there are no spam emails; in fact, they hardly email you at all.
Step 2 – Create your blog graphic in Canva
Once you have your image, you are ready for Canva.
It’s probably easiest to show you how to create an image in Canva with the help of a video. So here it is:
As you can see, it’s really easy to use and intuitive. And the results you get are really good. You can create not only blog graphics, but also great looking image posts for social media, even layouts for your business cards or leaflets that you can then take to your printers. All in all, a very useful tool.
Over to you
I hope you have found this mini-tutorial useful. If you have, please share today’s blog post on LinkedIn to make it available to other business owners. Thank you!