A picture is worth a thousand words
Do you agree?
Featured image in your blog post is 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 following five tools.
- Blog Post Headline Analyzer
- Thrive Headline Optimizer
- Protent’s Content Idea Generator
- Hubspot Blog Topic Generator
- Link Bait Generator
Let’s create killer featured image for your blog post now. There are two things you need.
- Getting free photos
- Tools to add photo, text for perfect featured image
If you wondering how to get photos then the following website you can leverage to get royalty free images.
Pixabay has more than 620,000 high-quality free photos, vectors, and illustrations that you can use for your blog.
The download is available in small, medium, large & original size.
StockSnap has thousands of beautiful free stock photos are waiting for you to download and use it in your next article.
Picjumbo offers totally 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.
5. Getty Images
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.
8. Visual Hunt
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 Image Bank
- Free JPEG
- Free High-Resolution Photos
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 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, ad, 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 710,000 background 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 am loving 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 easy drag-n-drop tool available in free and allow you to download in PDF, JPEG or PNG format.
3. 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.
Not just blog image but create presentations, infographics, reports or any type of engaging web content with Visme.
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, blog, headers, ads or custom size with Snappa.
By using above tools you will be able to create an awesome featured image for your blog post. I hope you like it.