An important part of blogging is the images or graphics included in the posts. Some key benefits of including images in your blog posts are:
- They show up in google image searches
- Posts with images tend to get more views because they are more attractive
- When readers share posts on social media they automatically have a relevant visual
The more I blog and the more I use social media to promote my blog, the more I've recognized these key benefits of having attractive graphics in my posts. This is why I've worked to up my game in the images I use and the graphics I create. One of the secrets for my graphics is the group of free design apps I found and use all the time.
While I mainly use PicMonkey for photo editing, I have used it to quickly add text overlays to my images. When it comes to editing I feel I get better editing results with images that have dark lighting. Once I've edited my image I have the option to quickly add a text overlay and then upload the final image to whichever social platform I want.
If you're looking to perfectly size images for use on Instagram this app is for you. The free Studio app allows you to add text or graphic layers to images. If you can't figure out what you'd like to add to your image you can look at the multitude of designs others have created and reuse their layers.
Out of the design apps on this list Phonto is the most basic. Its key function is adding text to images. With this app you can quickly add a watermark or other text to images. There are lots of fonts to choose from and you can add all types of texture to the fonts from colors to backgrounds to shadows. You can also do some light photo retouching with the app.
What design apps do you use?