If you want to create stunning blog images but don’t own Photoshop or any other Adobe products, then you need to bookmark these resources ASAP.
As a freelance content producer, I use Adobe Creative Suite on a regular basis. It’s a daily fixture in my life and I use it to create images and animations for this blog, as well as for clients. That said, if you can’t justify the price of a Creative Cloud membership, then you might want to turn your attention to other free websites and apps that will help you create gorgeous blog images.
From sites that will help you put together stylish Pinterest pins to apps that will give your Instagram photos a dash of personality with the use of stickers and stamps, these resources are great if you’re a newbie blogger or want to improve your blog photography game.
Canva is a great place to start if you want to create blog images without Photoshop. A graphic-design tool website that’s become hugely popular in blogging circles, Canva is an amazing site that allows you to build digital assets in seconds. It’s completely free to sign up – although additional tools are available for premium ‘Canva for Work’ members – and I’d personally recommend the site if you want to create word-based graphics for your blog. You can create gorgeous looking Instagram templates, Facebook headers and Pinterest pins on the site. It’s also a handy tool if you want to put together professional graphics for your blog such as business cards, rates flyers or brand logos.
2. A Design Kit & A Color Story
In last week’s blog post, I recommended A Color Story as a handy app that allows you to plan your Instagram feed. As well as planning your feed, the app is also amazing when it comes to editing photos. Founded by the founders of lifestyle blog, A Beautiful Mess, A Color Story has over 100 filters for photos. The filters are bundled into packs that are curated by online influencers and each pack reminds me of the gorgeous Lightroom Presets that can be purchased from sites like Creative Market.
In addition to the masses of filters that A Color Story offers, the site also sell photography ‘effects’. These effects are also bundled into packs and feature things like light leaks, textures, colour fog, light flares and confetti, to name a few. The effects can be used in conjunction with the photography filters and by mixing the two you can create some really interesting and striking images for both your blog and social media channels.
In addition to A Color Story, another app by A Beautiful Mess that will also help you create blog images without Photoshop is A Design Kit. The sister app to A Color Story, A Design Kit is a fantastic tool if you want to incorporate text or draw on images. The app offers multiple brushes (such as markers, paintbrushes, and pencils), which you can use to doodle on top of photos. Over 30 fonts are also available for you to use if you want to add text to graphics. Another fantastic element of A Design Kit is the app’s large number of stamps and stickers. You can add illustrations to your blog images through the use of quirky graphics. There’s also the ability to add textured shapes such as stars, paint splatters, flowers and more.
My final resource for anyone who’s looking to create blog images without Photoshop is Unsplash. I’ve previously listed the sites where I download free stock photos from and Unsplash is by far my favourite. It’s also the site where I upload all of my free stock photos to. Unsplash is a great place to start if you don’t have the core resources to create a blog image. Maybe you need a stock photo to add text to. If that’s the case, I’d recommend heading to Unsplash first, before delving into sites like Canva, A Color Story or A Design Kit. Download some images you like, then have a look at ways you can customise them using the other apps.
What tools do you use to create blog images? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time.