For the first year of my blogging career, I don’t think I even had a custom made blog title image. In fact, I am pretty positive I was lucky if I included an image at all in those first few blog posts.
Then, at some point, I discovered Picmonkey. Woah. Pretty cool! I was able to create all sorts of fancy graphics for my blog post, add cool photo corners to my post images, include my logo/watermark so no one stole my time and effort, and more! It was pretty sweet!
But then Pinterest happened. And Instagram among others. I learned that I should not be trying to make a rectangle image from my blog fit into a square image box on Instagram. And that long vertical Pinterest images didn’t really pop on Facebook either. In order to optimize those images, I knew I needed to create all those different sizes for EACH individual blog post.
And even though I grown accustomed to Picmonkey, I still had to start from scratch for every single image. No matter what I tried, they still didn’t look as nice as so many other pins and posts out there. I will be the first to tell you I am no designer by any stretch of imagination.
Then, I heard about Canva. It seemed pretty much exactly like Picmonkey. Except it had tons of premade social media templates with text and backgrounds already and I LOVE how the elements all snapped into place! So, I used Canva for the majority of my image creation (it even has some free stock photos already in their library of millions of commercial-ok images), while still using Picmonkey on the occasion that I wanted a photo collage.
But – that still didn’t solve my problem of having to create 5 different images every time I posted a new blog post. I needed all the following for every single blog post:
- Facebook image
- Blog title image
- Sometimes even a FB ad size
All this image creation was tiring.
Until I found out about Canva at Work. Check out the video below where I show you how the investment to upgrade is worth so much more than the annual fee I pay (it’s cheaper if you pay annually than month to month). Trust me – you will be asking for Canva for work for your birthday present, Mother’s Day, Christmas, or any other holiday real or made up when you find the potential of this tool.
See for yourself (use the closed-captioning if you prefer to read and mute the volume):
Satisfied with using Picmonkey or free Canva for now? Absolutely! Download this handy 3-page Social Media Images Size Cheatsheet to knowing your different media image sizes at a glance to make your marketing creations the optimal size. Enjoy!
What photo editing programs do you prefer to use? Tell us in the comments below. You can never have too many good ideas. 🙂
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