How to Create Images for Your Website

A question I've been asked often lately is "how do you create the images and graphics for your posts?"

I've always tried to add a visual component to all of my posts and pages, but with image licensing issues and complicated design tools, it's not easy to create visually appealing posts without wasting a lot of time.

In this video, I present a simple (and free) solution anyone can use to create better website graphics.​

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​Click here to start using Canva, the free tool demonstrated in the video!

In case you're wondering: my preference for visual content isn't just arbitrary. Here's an infographic with some reasons why design and images matter for any online business:

Visual Web Infographic

View larger version and sources here.

With Canva, you have an easy tool that lets you tap into the benefits of visually rich pages and content without needing a designer or Photoshop.

Some other free image editing tools that you should know about are:

Update! Here are some more great tools and resources suggested by readers (see comments below):

  • ​PicMonkey - an alternative to Canva, suggested by Eric.
  • YouZign (beta) - another online image editing tool, recommended by Karim.
  • iPiccy - a simple photo editing tool recommended by Marlene.
  • Unsplash - get fantastic photos, free for commercial use (recommended by Steve).
  • Pixabay - a huge collection of free for commercial use images that I like to use.

Do you have other tools or apps you love to use for web images? Let us know by leaving a comment!

Shane

Author: Shane Melaugh

Shane Melaugh is a co-founder and the CEO of Thrive Themes. When he isn’t plotting new ways to create awesome WordPress themes & plugins, he likes to geek out about camera equipment and medieval swords. He also writes about startups and marketing here.

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