What are graphics and why do you need them?
Graphics are the photos that draw your readers in. Did you know that studies show that blogs with lots of engaging photos are more likely to be shared than blogs without photos? Crazy right?
Well, I have created a beginner’s guide on how to create awesome, engaging photos for your blog!
Where to find Free Photos.
I personally use Pixabay because they are a free site with high-quality photos free for your use. You don’t need to credit the photographer or link back to the website. You can find Pixabay Here.
Here’s an example of what Pixabay has to offer.
Now, where do you go to add some wording or maybe a layout for those awesome photos?
I use a website called Canva.com.
It’s also free on many of their features, however, if in the future you want to do more then there are options to subscribe to them. I haven’t needed to yet.
Here’s the link to Canva, which is what we’re going to be using today to edit our photos.
Now what does Canva offer and why do I use it?
That was created very easily and also it was free!
Find a Photo To Use Using Pixabay.
Okay, now onto how to use this and create our very own blog graphic.
First, search for Pixabay and find the photo you want using keywords in the search bar, like so.
See where it says “Shutterstock”? Those are stock photos that you have to pay for so avoid clicking on those.
Now we will just keep scrolling down until we find a photo that matches our needs. I choose a photo of a flower for my blog graphic.
So we’re going to click the photo we want and then click the button that says “Download.”
We’re going to choose the “1920X1280” Option. This is how large your photo will be. You can do whatever works for you.
Once it downloads, we’re going to want to search up Canva.com.
Editing the photo using Canva.
You might need to sign up for Canva, which is free, I can’t remember though as it’s been a long time since I had to.
This is what it will look like once you’ve signed up for it.
Now, we’re going to want to either choose “Blog Graphic” or if you’re wanting this to be Pinterest friendly, which I do, we’re going to choose the “More” Option.
It will look like this once you click the “More” button.
Now we want to click the “Pinterest Graphic”.
It will bring you to a new page that looks like this.
Now you want to click the button that says “Uploads.”
At this point you can either click the button that says “Upload your own images.” Or you can open your photo folder on your computer and just drag your photo onto the screen.
We have to wait for it to download and voila! You just uploaded your first photo to Canva.
From here, we’re going to click the “Layouts” Button.
You can scroll through these until you find one that looks like it’s the type of design you want.
Now you may be wondering, “What was the point of getting the photo off of Pixabay if we’re just going to use their premade layout?”
I’ll show you.
Choose a layout, which I’ve choose this birthday party one as it has nice font and I like the border around the text.
Now we’re going to remove this photo of the child by clicking onto it and it will offer you an option of a little trash can in the right corner.
We’re going to click the “Delete Image” Option.
It will look like this now.
Now we’re going to click the “Uploads” Button and then we’re going to drag our Pixabay photo onto the page.
Bam! We’re almost there!
Now we’re going to want to edit the text on our photo.
Okay, so I realized this text layout isn’t going to work for me so we’ll edit it real quick. 😉
We want to trash the text and the text border by clicking it and clicking the little trash button in the right corner.
Now we’re going to go to the “Elements” button.
I choose to use the box there so we click it and it will go onto your photo.
It will go onto your photo like a big black box. We need to change the color of that box so we’ll click on the tiny black box in the top left corner.
Now I choose purple but you can do what you want.
Now that we’ve changed the color, we want to resize this huge box by clicking on those little circles on the corners of the purple box. We can shrink it down and stretch it out using those tools.
Now we’re going to want to make this box transparent so we can see our pretty flower under it.
So we’re going to click on the checkered box in the right hand corner.
We’re just going to lower it to whatever suits you.
Now we need to add text to our photo so we’re going to go to the “Text” button.
Now we’re going to choose the “Add Subheading” button. Once it pops onto your photo, we’re going to click it and type out what we want to say.
Now it’s too dark to see your text so we’re going to click the text then click the colorful rainbow box on the top of the screen.
This is how you change the color to your text. I am going to choose yellow but if you want more colors to choose from then you click the + sign and it will open up a rainbow of colors to choose from.
Now the text is too small so we’re going to change to sizing to it by clicking on the “24” number at the top of the photo.
I am going to resize mine to 42. But now the text is too long.
We need to resize the text by clicking on the little black boxes on the sides of the text and pulling them to the side.
From here I want to add my website at the bottom of the photo so I’m going to add some “BodyText” to it then resize it to 24. I changed the color to match the other text.
Awesome, now we’ve made our blog graphic!
Now we need to download it by clicking the “Download” button at the top of the page.
Click download and congrats, you’ve made a blog graphic!
Adding the graphic to our blog post.
We’re going to head on over to WordPress.com and start a new post.
From here we’re going to click the “Add Media” Button. Which will pop up a new window.
We’re going to click the “Upload Files” button and then find our photo in the folders on our computer. Or you can just drag and drop the photo onto the page.
Once it’s uploaded, we’re going to click onto the photo.
Now it’s important to add a title to your photo, fill in the alt text, and add a description.
This is for when people go to pin your photo to Pinterest for example, the description will be there and it will have everything you want it to say already there.
Now we can choose where the photo will go on our page by choosing the “alignment” button. It will either go to the center of you page, left, or right.
I personally always choose to “link to” attachment page because if this does get shared around, if people click on the photo it will take them to my site.
Now we’re going to “Insert into post”
Bam! You now have created a blog graphic!
You can even set this image as your featured image by scrolling down until you see “Set Featured Image.”
We’re going to click that and then add the photo.
Now we’re done! Congratulations!
Do not delete the photos in your media file if you’ve used them in a post or for your heading. It will erase the photos in your post.
If this helped you in anyway please share it with others so that may help them as well!