How to Create Free Images for Blogs Even if You Are Not a Designer

  • How to Create Free Images for Blogs Even if You Are Not a Designer

There had been a period when you could develop a huge traffic blog without any pictures or visuals.

I coin that as the ‘Pre BuzzFeed Era.’

Buzzfeed rules the Internet, and it does the same by making a unique variation of visual content.

The problem arises when you have negligible talent in photoshop and bad aptitude in designing.

This is the point where we have come to help you out.

I’ll be explaining to you everything needed to know about finding and editing the pictures and infographics of your blog.  This will be a completely delighting post full with tips and guides on every element of custom blog graphics.

Why Your Blog Needs More Images

How to Create Free Images for Blogs Even if You Are Not a Designer

More shares, more traffic, better aesthetics, higher readability…

…I can give you a dozen reasons why your blog posts need more graphics, but the only reason can be confined in two words: “human psychology.”
You first need to know that people have the real primary interest towards images.

We are, after all, visual creatures. We are all attracted towards pictures and visuals. We gather most of the information through pictures only.

According to scientific fact, the human brain also captures the images and processes them much faster than the written material(60,000x faster than text). In fact, 90% of the information in our brain is taken in by the visuals.

In fact, 90% of the information in our brain is taken in by the visuals.

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This clearly implies that if you want to reach your destination.You better pay attention towards visuals.

That was actually based on all science. In real, there are very practical reasons to include images in your blog.

1. First, pictures increase click-throughs:

According to a survey, 60% of the customers contact a business only if its image is showing in the search results.

2.Images also boost up conversations:

When we talk about online business, high-quality images have the biggest effect on conversations, and it’s more than even long descriptions and reviews.

3. Images also increase social involvements:

Posts with lots of pictures get more engagement and shares than the ones without. Even on Facebook only, Picture updates get 53% more likes than the others posts.

facebook-engagement-metrics

Now let’s get in and start creating our blog pictures.

How to Find Free Images for Your Blog

How to Create Free Images for Blogs Even if You Are Not a Designer

Selling images online is a huge business. It’s so vast that the leader in this space, Shutterstock has a capital of around $2.4 billion.

For most of the bloggers, these image marketplaces are very very costly. Even a monthly subscription in Shutterstock costs $229, And this is not at all affordable by an average blogger.

Luckily, there are a number of resources for getting free stock pictures online. But few of them have high-quality images that are underused and not being used by your opponents.

Further, I’ll take you to my personally favorite resources for high-quality pictures.

Where to Find Free Images For Your Blog

Now that you know how licenses work, it’s time actually to find free to use images.

These are some of my favorite resources:

1. Pixabay

2. Libreshot

3. Pond5

4. Unsplash

5. Goodfreephotos

6. Morguefile

7. Gettyimages

8. Compfight

Check out all these sites in different tabs and test them properly. You’ll gradually find the best one. I m specifically fond of unsplash.com and Compfight.

Editing images (even if you don’t know Photoshop)

How to Create Free Images for Blogs Even if You Are Not a Designer

Stock pictures when alone, are really boring. You too might have noticed to build a unique brand; you will need to make some changes to your images.

This used to be little difficult few years ago. You also had to buy photoshop (an easy $700) and had to learn it’s usage (minimum 2-3 months of exercise).

Thankfully, there are now plenty of alternatives to help you edit images without ever touching Photoshop.

My like is canva. It makes really simple to make awesome graphics of high grade.

Creating graphics for different social networks

Canva, as you might be knowing, has options to create media content also including Facebook posts, Instagram pictures, Google plus updates, etc.

You can use this to make exact dimension pictures for different social networks:
How to Create Free Images for Blogs Even if You Are Not a Designer

Optimizing images before publishing

All the pictures that you’ll find online or downloaded from canva are gigantic. For example, the size of the image is 600KB. Not good for your server and blog speed.

You should upgrade site speed, which has been known to improve both search engine aspects and revenue.

Let us do it online:

There are so many tools for compressing images online. My favorite is Kraken.io that uses advanced generation compression technology to reduce image size by as much as 90%.

You can also use the online Web interface to optimize pictures individually or can use the Kraken.io WordPress plugin to pacify the process. You will also need a pro account if you want to optimize lots of images.

Moreover, Kraken optimization is a parallel feature of Thrive themes, If you happen to use them, just go in.

Thrive Themes > Thrive Options > Performance and tick lossy compression.

Another way our is to use the EWWW image Optimizer plugin for WordPress.

Your Turn: Create Images for Your Own Blog

You have learned a lot from my post straight from finding images to optimization of them. Design, in itself is a vast thing. and We have just touched the surface.

For most of the beginners in blogging… It’s a good start for creating custom graphics.

Your next go should be to put this information into practice. Start by following :

1. Download a picture from unsplash.com or pixbay.com
2. Register for canva and use the downloaded picture to make a custom image.
3.then upload and use the image in your blog.

When you are finished, share your post with me in the comments below. I would love to view.

Always keep in mind that You learn only when you do the task on your own. I hope this post of mine has provided you enough to go for a mighty step and give your blog a huge boost with custom graphics.

I hope this post of mine has provided you enough to go for a mighty step and give your blog a huge boost with custom graphics.

About the Author:

Anuradha is the co-founder of DHost.com, a website specially designed for Web Hosting Shoppers who are looking for effective tips for blogging and reliable hosting reviews. She developed the interest in web hosting and search engine optimization. Anuradha has been in web hosting industry for four years. She loves engaging on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. In her free time, she loves eating new foods, reading books and spend time with her family. Connect with Anuradha on Facebook @chawlaanuradha.

23 Comments

  1. Rachit Mangi November 18, 2016 at 8:21 am - Reply

    I am looking for the free images for my blog. I will look forward to it. Thanks.

    • Anuradha Chawla November 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Cool, Will wait for your comment here. Thanks for visting.

      • Khasrang December 29, 2016 at 3:20 am - Reply

        Great Stuff… !!
        We all know that Images speaks a thousand words and Graphical interpretation plays a very vital role …
        It not only keeps the readers interested and engaged in the post but the feature images actually increase the chances of CTR when we actually share the Content on various social platforms…
        But many of the Newbie bloggers just pick random Pictures from Google and use it in their content … Which is the worse Mistake !! Saying it with my personal Experience :v
        And finding free Images is not hard if we know where to look for it …
        And the sites that you have mentioned above are the best places to Find Free Stock Images …
        Cheers ,,,
        Thanks for Sharing …

        • Anuradha Chawla January 9, 2017 at 6:31 am - Reply

          Hello Khasrang

          Welcome to my Space. Thank you for your kind words. True it is, blogging is a serious affair and need to be continued with a learning attitude.

          Thanks for sharing your views here. Take care and have a lovely weekend 🙂

  2. Sachin Saini November 18, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Photos are very important for blogs which anyone can understand meaning of posts content….. It’s very good article and I really enjoy with reading and get some new info to here…
    Good job Anuradha

    • Anuradha Chawla November 18, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      Hey Sachin

      Welcome to the blog, glad it could help! Hope to see you again here.

  3. Sherab Tenzin November 21, 2016 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Hi Anu,

    Good tutorial. Beginners will find it really useful as I can relate with the early days of blogging-I kept on writing only 1-2k text oriented posts with at the max of 2 images.

    It was only later, I knew the power of images and other visual contents. I can’t agree more on your statement of human being becoming ‘visual animals.’

    And when I need some images, I download from Pixabay and Unsplash-I haven’t heard of others you mentioned. Thanks will explore. And on editing front, sometimes I try with Photoshop and in other times with Canva and Visme.

    Thanks for sharing this post. I gotta explore some sources you’ve shared

    Regards

    • Anuradha Chawla November 22, 2016 at 7:48 am - Reply

      Hey Sherab

      Welcome to the Blog, thanks for the kind comment. Yep, Canva rocks, I’m TERRIBLE at design but I manage to make stuff that gets shared using it 🙂

      Thanks.

  4. Arjun November 21, 2016 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Hi Anuradha ! There are so many lessons from just reading and analyzing them. For example, the grid display for the image sites is just genius. Yeah, Unsplash + Canva is probably my favorite right now.

    Unfortunately, I’m a sucker when it comes to designing an image from scratch. While someone here mentioned that Photoshop has much more features than Canva will ever afford, I do feel that the templates offered by Canva is usually enough to get things started without much creative juice. My experience is that if I create an image using high-end background image, the result tends to be much better than if I have to juggle around with the background image. As you can see, not a designer here. And hence my dependence on Canva and making minimal adjustment. 🙂

    • Anuradha Chawla November 26, 2016 at 4:55 am - Reply

      Hey Arjun

      glad you liked that post 🙂 And thanks for the tips!

  5. Vijay Dehraj December 30, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, Anuradha 🙂
    Finally, I got the complete solutions, and you clear me all doubts.
    very well written 🙂
    your featured images always force me to read your articles I found its so useful for me.

    How you create that type of graphics?

    • Anuradha Chawla January 9, 2017 at 6:28 am - Reply

      Hello Vijay

      Welcome to my Space. Thank you so much for your appreciative comment. It sounds nice that you found the blog helpful. I mostly used photoshop and canva to make the images for my blog.

      Hope to see you again here 🙂

  6. Palak January 20, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Anuradha

    This is a great post, you have really provided me with best image creation and editing tools to make my blogging task as simple as ABC.
    Thanks for a diligent work.

    • Anuradha Chawla January 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Palak

      Great to know that you found this article helpful. Thank you for reading through and sharing your comment. Best of luck for your blogging journey 🙂

  7. Abi February 16, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Thanks for providing this list..I really needed them for my blog

  8. Manoj Italiya March 27, 2017 at 7:06 am - Reply

    I am looking for the free images for my blog. I will look forward to it. Thanks.

    • Anuradha Chawla April 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      Hello Manoj

      Glad to know that you found this article helpful. Thank you for reading through and sharing your comment. Hope to see you again here 🙂

  9. Dedicated Hosting4u February 26, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Really Helpful article. Even i can utilize this for my blog.
    Thanks a lot author.

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