This guest post is by Brittany Berger, content coordinator for eZanga. She can be found on Twitter and LinkedIn.
You know how it goes. You craft the perfect title, write an enticing introduction, go on to develop an informative and thought-provoking body, and end with a killer call-to-action that’s sure to convert. There’s only one thing preventing this from becoming the most perfect blog post you’ve ever seen: a beautiful image.
Anyone in the blogging or social media space can see that visuals are becoming an increasingly important part of content creation. That’s why photos receive 53% more ‘likes’ than other posts on Facebook, and why Pinterest and Instagram are so popular.
But let’s face it: we’re bloggers, not graphic designers.
Not every blog or company has a design team ready to make an image for every post, or even a budget for tools like Photoshop. More often than not, we’re left to our own devices. So it’s up to us to make sure those devices are as helpful as possible.
If you haven’t played around with these 5 tools yet, jump in and make your next blog post a little more beautiful.
PicMonkey is a freemium online service that gives you “photo editing made of win,” (their words, not mine). It’s incredibly easy to use and has both free and paid plans, but the free certainly has enough features to create great visuals. As a bonus, you can also connect accounts to share your photos directly to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr, and email.
From basic editing options like cropping and resizing to more fun edits like adding effects, text, overlays, and textures, PicMonkey is what I use for the majority of my own blog post photos. They also add seasonal packages like “Sweetheart,” “Winterland,” “School U,” and “Trick or Treat” with extra effects.
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