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  • A picture is worth a thousand words

    Do you agree?

    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 Featured Image is next to the headline. For headline optimization, you may use the following five tools.

    Let’s create a killer featured image for your blog post now. There are two things you need.

    1. Getting free photos
    2. 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

    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 the small, medium, large & original size.

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    StockSnap

    StockSnap has thousands of beautiful free stock photos are waiting for you to download and use it in your next article.

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    Picjumbo

    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

    Unsplash got plenty of free high-resolution photos for whatever you want to do.

    Getty Images

    Getty Images has a large collection of photos in almost every category. I like the embed features they have.

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    iStock

    iStock by GettyImages is another great collection of images in every category from around the world you can use for your business.

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    Flickr

    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.

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    Visual Hunt

    VisualHunt has more than 354 million creative common photos, and more than 55000 are 100% free high-quality photos.

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    And some more…

    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 editing tool which will help you to resize, add text and much more to make your featured image looks perfect.

    Stencil

    Stencil is my current favorite, which let 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.

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    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

    Canva will help you to design in many sizes for multipurpose like social media banner, etc. including custom size. It’s easy drag-n-drop tool available in free and allow you to download in PDF, JPEG or PNG format.

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    Pic Monkey

    PicMonkey is an all-in-one editor for photos, designs, and collages. You can start creating your featured image in your size within minutes.

    Fotojet

    You can do whatever you want with your photos with Fotojet. Plenty of premade templates are ready for you to customize it.

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    Snappa

    Create a graphic for social media posts, blog, headers, ads, or custom size with Snappa.

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    Fotor

    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 as 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.