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How To Create The Right Image Online

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Creating unique and meaningful content is a key component of any blog.

But content does not just consist of words.

Content includes images – graphics, photos, videos, icons, etc.

How do you ensure that your images are unique?​

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Freelance Writer helping solopreneurs build their online presence through friendly, engaging and shareable web content. Loves spending time in Spain.
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  • Profile photo of Carol Amato Profile

    Hello, David!

    What a great article full of valuable resources and tips. Thanks for the mention of my Video post referencing TinEye, I really appreciate it. :-)

    In the year 2014 I determined to only use unique and original images on my site because I viewed images in the light that they are just as important as text, and I want to rank for my images too.

    I definitely use some of the resources you’ve mentioned to add some interest to my images, and then create ‘around’ that element to come up with my own unique creation. Love the versatility this gives us and the powerful content.

    Can’t say I’ve used PicMonkey or Canva because I’ve been using Sketch on my MacBook Pro as well as Skitch, Pixlr and LogoCreator. :-)

    I’ve already shared with friends, David, and I do hope you’re having a lovely evening.

    Take Care,
    – Carol :-)
    Carol Amato recently posted…How to Use Piktochart to Create Your Own Infographics (and Save Money)My Profile

    • Profile photo of David Hartshorne Profile

      Hi Carol,

      How are you doing? Hope you had a good time with the family?

      TinEye is a neat little tool for checking the originality of images, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. Like you say, I think it helps to make your images unique as well as your writing.

      That’s the beauty of the tools we have available today – we can pick and choose which ones fit our requirements to generate the best end results!

      Thanks for sharing and commenting!
      – David
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  • Profile photo of Ron Killian Profile

    I am with Carol, fantastic round up of graphic tools and resources. And ya, your daughter has some mad skills.

    I am another one that is not all that great at creating graphics. Always wanted to learn more, never found the time.

    Love the image checker, never heard of it. Never really thought about checking for other use. I buy many of my images from Fotolia, and sure others are using them.

    Quite a few graphic creation tools you’ve list. So many I’ve never seen. Boy I don’t get out much.

    I have always been a photoshop user. Not that I am good with it, not at all. Guess I am just comfortable with it and I know where everything is.

    When I am stuck, my best route is to grab a background I have, maybe add some icon’s or graphics and text. Not always the prettiest, but it works. Though I’ve been buying more images lately, use some one else’s skills.

    Really like how you ended this post. :)

    Thank you for sharing David.
    Ron Killian recently posted…The Perfect Online Business?My Profile

    • Profile photo of David Hartshorne Profile

      Hi Ron,

      Thanks for your kind compliments…

      If you’re using Photoshop I guess you have everything covered – its supposed to be the top tool, right? Once you have found a tool you are comfortable with its often best to stick with it unless another super duper tool appears that you just can’t live without! I would imagine the skills you have with Photoshop could be used on other packages as well.

      You have a method and it works for you. Just tweak it to make those images unique to your site.

      And the ending was inspired after reading your post:

      Thanks Ron!
      – David
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  • Profile photo of Metz Profile

    Elance, Odesk and 99designs are great places to seek help if we cannot create our own image we can use online. We can hire someone experienced enough and someone we can trust to produce what we exactly need.

    But I can say that we can be inspired by other bloggers online who creates their own. We can use Canva. It’s one of the tools I employ to design something. It’s really cool and easy to practice. There are templates that are ready to utilize.

    All in all, this is an awesome article to read. I love reading topics about designing, I’m passionate about it. Revealing for the newbies, I must remark. Great job!
    Metz recently posted…Let Help Your Blog Make Money… With Ease!My Profile

  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hi David,
    I am not too good on graphics myself but over the years I have been able to master a couple of image editors to create the graphics I want. I agree that outsourcing is good and there are so many options left to create and pick the right image.

    Its important that the blogger understand the suitable image to be shared at the right time. If the occasion demands professional image then so be it as long as it conveys the needed message to the audience.

    By the way, I am checking out the tool TinEye shared by Carol Amato in her blog. It sounds like an invaluable tool for checking authentic images!
    Sunday William recently posted…Are You Making the Most of Your Employees?My Profile

    • Profile photo of David Hartshorne Profile

      Hi Sunday,

      It seems like we are all struggling with graphics a bit :-)

      Yes, you’re right, its important to decide how much time and effort and money you should spend on the right resource, whether doing it yourself or outsourcing to a professional. We have the choice of tools and resources, we just have have to make the right judgement.

      Thanks for your comment!
      – David
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  • Profile photo of Maketta Profile

    Hello David,

    I, too am learning how to use graphics more. I have really been utilizing Canva. I used it for the image in my last blog post and have used it for a couple other blog posts as well. Like you said there is a learning curve but it’s pretty easy to use. Picmonkey was the first image editor that I ever used.

    Since, I have been blogging I have really learned to broaden my horizons. I can’t say that I’m all that great with images but I do believe the more I work with them the better I will get. Thanks for sharing this with us!
    Maketta recently posted…How To Have The Right Blogging MindsetMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Mi Muba Profile

    Hi David

    One of the most comprehensive posts I ever read on different ways to create an image both premium and freemium.

    For newbie bloggers it may cost them to outsource the logo creation or even buying an online tool. So initially the best option for them are the free versions of premium tools or sources of copyright free images to a little customize them even in MS paint and get the things done.

    Yes, you are right contents do not mean simply words and a lot of diversity is required in it and cool and awesome images are one of them.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this very useful post.
    Mi Muba recently posted…You And Be A Money BloggerMy Profile

    • Profile photo of David Hartshorne Profile

      Hello Mi,

      Thanks for your kind comments and I’m glad you found this post useful.

      For those with a limited budget then there are plenty of free resources to help get them started. But it still makes sense to invest a little when it is for a piece of work that is going to be distributed like an ebook. Either way there is a choice and it just needs a little bit of thought as to what will work best in the long run.

      – David
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