People. Like. Pictures.
This isn’t my opinion, this is a fact.
When browsing the web people want to get a sense of the content without actually having to read it
Thus pictures play a huge role in your blog’s online presence.
I actually use far fewer images on this blog than any other, but that serves a purpose specific to TechYourBlog which I won’t go into now. Still, TechYourBlog is not devoid of pictures, because – say it with me – “people like pictures!”
Why do you need to make good pictures for your blog?
One of the most useful reasons to include pictures in your blog – aside from the fact that they break up your content, and give people something pretty to look at – is that it makes your content sharable on one of the top social networks in the world:
If you’re not using Pinterest, you’re doing it wrong.
Pinterest is essentially a social media hub and search engine in one, and it’s built on pictures. And people like pictures!
But not just any picture will do!
You may have seen pictures on Pinterest or around the web that have a slightly transparent bar of color behind some text. The text tells you what the image links to, and the bar of color behind it makes it much easier to read than it would be if the author just laid the text over the image itself.
It’s a great idea for bloggers to understand how to create pinnable images with text like this:
…btw creating this Pinterst-friendly picture took me all of 5 minutes.
Here’s the quick and easy steps you can take to create pinnable pictures for your blog – no Photoshop required.
1. Go to Picmonkey.com
This is where the magic happens *bowchickawowow*
2. Choose Edit
You can drag your photo over to the home screen and it’ll give you the options to choose from, or you can choose Edit first, then choose a photo to upload
This will be what the workspace looks like when you upload a photo.
3. Go to Overlays > Geometric
Choose whichever shape you want – I usually choose the rectangle.
4. Choose the color your want, then use the Fade bar to make it semi-transparent
5. Make the shape as big as you want
Use your mouse on the corners of the rectangle to widen it. You can stretch it completely across the image, half, or whatever you want. You can make it as thin or thick as you’d like. Just keep in mind that you’ll need enough room for your text.
6. Add text
Choose the Text icon from the menu bar – you’ll see all sorts of different fonts, choose whichever one you like, click “add text.”
The text box will pop up like this, you’ll need to choose whatever color you want from the little box on the right.
You can drag the “Size” bar to make the text bigger or smaller, or just use the corners of the box again like you did for the color block.
I also chose to change the color of the original picture to black and white by going to Effects (the wand icon)
Play around, make it pretty!
7. Save your image
Choose your quality size (I usually go with the smallest since the image will be for the web) and name your image whatever you want.
You can also choose to change the image size aka “dimensions.”
For Pinterest you may want to save one horizontal version of the picture to use as in your actual blog post:
And then resize the text boxes and crop the photo to a vertical version for Pinterest:
Done, done and done!
Enjoyed it? Share! Psst it’s pinnable 😉
Thanks for reading guys! Comments and shares are always appreciated.