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How to Create High-Quality Images for Your Blog Posts

I’ll be honest: one of my least favorite aspects of blogging is creating images. Graphic design has never been my strong suit, so selecting and manipulating images has always been something I’ve just tolerated.

At the same time, images are an important part of the reader experience. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” We are visual creatures, and a screen full of text with no images is pretty boring to read.

At the very least, it’s important to have an image of some kind at the beginning of a blog post. When your post gets shared on social media, the image will help draw attention to it. For this reason, you want to have high-quality images that, at the very least, don’t distract from the reader experience.

For several years, I struggled with figuring out a good way to produce quality images for my blog. I would take pictures myself or download them from one of the free stock photo sites. Then I would import the image into Canva and add a title and logo.

Needless to say, it was a lot of work. I hated messing with images because it was frustrating and time-consuming.

But these days, I use a streamlined system for producing high-quality blog images. It is quick, easy, and effective. Let me introduce you to Word Swag.

The Word Swag app

Wordswag is an amazing app that lets you add text to your photos in seconds. It is mobile-only (there is no desktop version) and is available both iOS and Android.

You may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? There are a million apps that do that.” While there are a ton of photo-editing and creative apps, I love the fact that Word Swag focuses on this one thing, and does it very well.

One of the major reasons I love Word Swag is that it reduces your options. There are a limited number of photo dimensions, styles, and fonts you can use. This is a good thing for people like me who feel lost in a sea of pics, colors, and fonts.

Instead of writing a post detailing how I use the app, I’ve created a  video walkthrough. Enjoy!

What other tools do you use to create blog post images?

About Kent Sanders

I help people unlock their God-given creative potential. I live with my wife and son in St. Peters, MO. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or YouTube.