How to Create Great Images for Your Blog without Learning PhotoShop (For the Love of Blogging Series)

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Welcome to the For the Love of Blogging series at Carrots! I often get emails and comments asking about various blogging-related things, so I thought it would be fun to answer some of them right here on the blog as a little on-going series. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful! If you have a question about blogging, feel free to leave it in the comments and I may be able to answer it in a future For the Love of Blogging post. 

Other posts in this series:

How to Create Great Images for Your Blog (Without Learning PhotoShop)

This week’s question: How do you create the images you use in your posts? 

I’ve tried a few different things. I do not have PhotoShop. A) It’s expensive. B) It’s tricky to learn. I learned Adobe InDesign for my former job in publications, so I know I COULD learn it, but ain’t nobody got time for that. Or at least, I don’t have time for that right now.

So….first I tried using the editing part of Photobucket, but found it really frustrating. Then someone recommended PicMonkey and it’s so easy and does pretty much everything I need to do. You can do simple edits on photos, make collages, add overlays and text, and resize so you don’t have a giant file that takes forever to load. Easy peasy.

Some people like Picasa, but I’ve never tried it since I’m happy with PicMonkey.

For images I take with my iPhone (and let’s be real, that’s most all of them these days) I often use A Beautiful Mess app to crop, resize, and sometimes add text before posting to Instagram. And I love me some Instagram.

***Check out Richele McFarlin’s ebook tutorial on using PicMonkey: Monkey See, Monkey Do. I’ve read it and it’s incredibly helpful. Lots of clear explanations and images so you can get started right away and not have to spend a few hours clicking around figuring it out (like I did a few months ago). I highly recommend it.

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I also absolutely love Kat Lee’s Blog Planning Kit. I bought it several months ago and it really helped me organize my blogging goals and priorities. I highly recommend it if you have a blog or are interested in starting one.

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Comments

  1. says

    Canva.com is also a great place for easily creating beautiful pictures for social media. I was using PicMonkey until I found Canva and am now a devoted fan of the latter. I find it allows so much more play room within the free package. Even my laptop desktop now shows a dream collage made with Canva:)

  2. says

    You totally sold me on Pic Monkey! I just played around with it a little bit… I see myself spending a lot more photo editing time on there. I love the effects!

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