A picture is worth a thousand words
Do you agree?
A featured image on your blog post is the essential and best way to attract visitors to open the article.
Of course, a headline is visitors notice the first thing and a Featured Image is next to the headline. For headline optimization, you may use the following four tools.
- Blog Post Headline Analyzer
- Thrive Headline Optimizer
- Portent’s Content Idea Generator
- Hubspot Blog Topic Generator
Let’s create a killer featured image for your blog post now. There are two things you need.
- Getting free photos
- Tools to add a photo, text for perfect featured image
If you are wondering how to get photos then the following website, you can leverage to get royalty-free images.
Pixabay has more than 1 million high-quality free photos, vectors, and illustrations that you can use for your blog.
The download is available in small, medium, large & original sizes.
StockSnap has thousands of beautiful free stock photos are waiting for you to download and use it in your next article.
Picjumbo offers free photos for your commercial and personal works. More than 3 million photos are downloaded from Picjumbo since launched in Nov 2013.
Unsplash got plenty of free high-resolution photos for whatever you want to do.
Getty Images has a large collection of photos in almost every category. I like the embed features they have.
iStock by GettyImages is another great collection of images in every category from around the world you can use for your business.
I am sure you must have heard about it. Flickr can be a great source of free photos with a little trick.
The trick to filter the photos, which are commercial uses, allowed license. To do so, search for the photo you are looking for and click on “Any license” to filter “Commercial use allowed” or the one fits you.
VisualHunt has more than 354 million creative common photos, and more than 55000 are 100% free high-quality photos.
And some more…
- Startup Stock Photos – Great collection of startup images
- Super Famous
- IM FREE
- Free JPEG
Don’t forget to compress the images after downloading the necessary picture to reduce the file size, so it loads faster on your website.
Now you have the image you need, and it’s time to get familiar with the editing tool which will help you to resize, add text, and much more to make your featured image look perfect.
Stencil is my current favorite, which lets you create your favorite image in seconds. You can choose the image size based on the pre-defined templates or custom.
- Facebook post, ad, cover
- Twitter post, advertisement, lead card, website card, headers
- Google+ post, cover
- Pinterest post
- Instagram post
- and much more.
So you see almost every type of image you can design, and a good thing about Stencil is, it’s integrated with Pixabay & Pexels for more than 2 million stock photos and the Noun project for more than 200,00 graphics & icons.
This means you can get your desired photo, icons within the design panel to customize it. I love it and you will too. One more thing, you can add your logo/watermarks too.
Canva will help you to design in many sizes for multipurpose like social media banner, etc. including custom size. It’s an easy drag-n-drop tool available for free and allows you to download in PDF, JPEG, or PNG format.
PicMonkey is an all-in-one editor for photos, designs, and collages. You can start creating your featured image in your size within minutes.
You can do whatever you want with your photos with Fotojet. Plenty of premade templates are ready for you to customize it.
Create a graphic for social media posts, blogs, headers, ads, or custom sizes with Snappa.
More than 300 million have used Fotor to design graphics for their website and business. You can create almost any type of images including a beautiful one for your blog post.
Fotor is available online or for Windows, macOS, and Mobile.
By using the above tools, you will be able to create an awesome featured image for your blog post. I hope you like it.