A Guide on Making Custom Images for Your Blog Post Without Paying Expensive Designers
Many new bloggers wonder where they can find photos and images for their blog posts that are both attractive and capture the essence of their writing.
Well, you can take photos with a camera and create beautiful images from them through image editing software. This is a cheap way that gives you a lot of control over creativity.
There are also thousands of photo stock websites on the internet where you can get wonderful images for your blog. Some of these platforms charge a subscription fee or sell each image for a small cost. However, many websites also offer free images that can be used in your blogs. Users are allowed to customize and modify these images, but you are required to credit the author in your post.
Lastly, you can also work with professional designers and photographers for images. There are artists who can create customized images based on what you want. This method can be quite expensive and will not suit bloggers who are just starting out.
In this blog, we look at some of the best sources for custom images that blog writers can use for their work without paying expensive fee to designers.
Make Your Own Images
This is by far the cheapest and easiest way to get images for your blogs. Taking pictures is quite easy if you have a professional camera or a mobile phone. It gives you complete copyright on images. You can also modify the photos any way you want, opening up many creative possibilities.
Bloggers focused on food, lifestyle and electronic devices can particularly benefit from taking their own images. Food bloggers, for instance, take photos of the entire cooking process and put them on their blogs. This makes it easy for their readers to follow the blog.
Artistically gifted bloggers also use hand drawn images or CGI in their blogs. If you are good at drawing, you can create powerful images that get immediate attention and impress your readers.
Reasons to Create Your Own Images
You might wonder why you would want to create your own images when there are so many online sources available for ready to use images. Creating images takes time after all and can keep you away from writing.
Here are some good reasons to create your own images rather than using stock images from the web.
- Using custom images from stock websites can be a headache. Images from free stock websites with the Creative Common License are meant for non-commercial use. If you are a business selling products and your blogs are promotional in nature, it can be interpreted as commercial use and cause problems.
- People like to share unique images that they have never seen. Your images and blogs are more likely to get shared if you use a customized image compared to stock photos that people have seen thousands of times.
- Stock images don’t capture the essence of the blog. For example, if you are a lifestyle writer who posts about daily incidents, you can take more meaningful pictures with your phone. Add them to your blog for a personalized touch.
- Custom images give you a great way to market your brand. Suppose you run an online bakery. You can take pictures of your cakes and pastries while placing a business card with your name and logo next to it. This will have a bigger impact on the reader than using a stock image.
- Creating custom images is cheaper than buying a subscription for stock images online. If you are just starting out your business, you should avail every opportunity to save costs.
- Lastly, custom images allow more creativity and control over the images you use on your blog. If you are creative and have a natural talent for designing, custom images are the way to go.
Use Stock Image Websites
Using free stock images is the most popular method for getting photos for your blogs. It is quick and takes less than 10 minutes to search and attach a really nice picture to your post with free stock images.
If you buy images from a stock platform, you are pretty much free to use, modify and copy the images without asking for permission. In some cases, you may be required to attribute the website as the source for your images.
Basics of Custom Image Designing
There are probably billions of images on the internet, with new ones being added every second. However, all of them have three main components of image design.
The Image Subject
The object of your custom images should relate to your blog and brand. For example, if you are running a legal blog as an attorney, your images will need to be more sober and professional looking. If you are running an online makeup and fashion blog, your image will need to be more colorful.
Images for a legal firm will be vastly different from the images used on a makeup artist’s blog.
The Image Style
Ideally, your readers should be able to recognize your custom images when they see them, even if they don’t see them on your website. For instance, some businesses always frame their images with a signature border line or company colors.
It is very important to be consistent in the images you create. While you can have some variation from time to time, try to keep a similar style, size and format on the images whenever possible.
The Color Scheme
When it comes to colors in image design, the trick is to make different colors work together and blend. Ideally, a good image for a blog post should have no more than three to four main colors.
There are exceptions to this and you can use a rainbow style image from time to time. But in most cases it is better to use as few colors as possible.
Using Design Tools
In order to create a unique custom image, you will need to combine different elements together. This is why many blog writers and online businesses use design software and tools like Canva and PlaceIt for designing images.
Image design software may look technical, but many of them are quite easy to use. You can also find free, online design tools that will help you create custom images in no time.
Most image design platforms offer free templates that can serve as the baseline for your image. You can also add a background and layout to your image. Free image design tools also allow you to add text in various fonts, sizes and colors. You can even add a fill color on the text box to accentuate it.
Edit Images the Way You Want
You don’t need to invest a lot into graphic designing. There are many great online editing tools that can be used to enhance your images for free.
Take Canva for instance. It is one of the most popular online design tools. It offers both, free and paid services, for users. They offer a blog graphic template that makes it easier to edit and customize images for your blogs. If you are creating content for other media, like Facebook or Twitter, they also offer templates for customizing images for those platforms.
While the platform offers a good library of images, you may want to use something other than their stock. Many bloggers use their own background photos or even find stock images from other sources.
These photos can be customized with your preferred color pattern and image effects to create a unique image.
Create Infographics That Shine
Infographics have become very popular in recent years. They are good at grabbing attention and offer a powerful way for people to tell a story through images.
An infographic is not too hard to create and anyone with a simple tool can pop out an infographic in half an hour. However, they do require some planning and creativity to be appealing.
There has been an influx of low quality, meaningless infographics in the last couple of years. They were created to build SEO ranking. However, too much of anything loses appeal and the same thing is happening to them. Still, a well designed infographic is one of the most popular types of images to share.
So how do you create infographics?
First, you will need to have some interesting data, fact or process that relates to your products, services or industry. If you don’t have data about your products, you can use public data sources or conduct surveys on your website to get information
Once you outlined the data or process, you can use online tools like Piktochart that allow you to create infographics quickly. Most tools have prebuilt images and templates that you can drag and drop to create infographics without the need for a professional designer.
Create Memes That Attract
Memes are (generally) funny or thought provoking images that are very popular right now. They are used to make a point, draw attention to an issue or highlight something.
Memes are powerful because you can use them in a humorous or sarcastic way. Good memes can make a strong impact on the reader and are very likely to get shared.
Most memes have an image in the background and caption text that is used to make a point. The text can be placed above or below the meme as required.
There are plenty of good meme creator engines out there that offer free image hosting and editing services. Imgflip and BroCode offer good free services. If you are looking to use witty or inspirational images on your blogs, give memes a try.
Use Screenshots for Tutorial Blogs
If you are looking to write how-to blogs or tutorials on technical processes, you can add screenshots to your content. Screenshots make it much easier to understand complex topics and add clarity to your blogs.
There are plenty of good online editing tools, like Chrome Capture a Chrome extension, that allow you to add annotated text to your screenshots. Your readers will appreciate your ability to illustrate your points clearly. You may even get requests from other bloggers who want to share your annotated screenshots with their work.
You can use these requests to get your brand name out in front of new audiences without any additional marketing.
Choosing the Right Image for Your Blog
With so many options around, it can be difficult to decide on which picture to choose for your blog. The trick here is to choose the right image that relates to your brand and captivates the readers.
When visitors land on your blog, the image will make the first impression about your product or service. Your audience will make some quick assumptions about your business based on the images that you’ve used.
If you want to make a light hearted, fun impression, then you can use comical images, memes or even hand drawn cartoons.
If your blog is more technical and serious in nature (which is common for professional practices) then keep the image formal and use a picture that sets a serious tone.
The image plays a big impact on how much your audience will interact with your content. So pay attention to the photos you use and put some thought into choosing the right one.
No blog is complete without compelling images that make your content stand out from the rest. A customized, attractive image that relates to your topic is necessary for capturing attention and engaging your readers.
There are plenty of great stock image websites, both free and paid. You can get the base image from there and modify it to make your blogs more attractive.
Bloggers can also create images from templates or even while using their mobile camera. These images can be edited as required before publishing them on a blog.