Let’s talk about images! Every post should have one. You heard me. One. Yes, there are exceptions and personal preferences so let’s just dive right in.
Feature Images are important! They are the first image people see for your post. You can see mine for this series right at the top of this post. You also probably saw it in your reader, Twitter feed, or Facebook feed. You said, “Oh! Booked All Night has a new informative post up! I should click that!”
Would you have clicked if there was just a grey box? Probably not.
There are many tools online to make images for your blog. I highly recommend Canva.com. They have many templates, sizes, images, fonts, and plenty of tools for you to create eye-catching material for your blog. And if you need to find pictures to use, Canva has its own search engine, but there is also AllTheFreeStock.com.
Every template has a different size for its features. It might be a perfect square, it might be 800×500 pixels. You can check this in most media/customization settings on most platforms.
If you plan to add text to your feature images, I recommend trying to keep the text in the center. When you share links over multiple social platforms, the center of the feature image is usually shown.
Canva.com and sites like it, tend to come with their own templates. Even if you want to use something like Photoshop or even MS Paint, you should prep some templates for your different types of posts.
This gives your site a more uniform look and also makes creating images that much easier and faster in the future.
Personally, I have used both PhotoShop and Canva. PhotoShop is wonderful and affords me a lot of freedom with my design, but I cannot honestly recommend it to newbies. Plus, Canva is accessible from every computer and has a much smaller learning curve. It also works well if you are blogging with multiple people because you don’t have to worry about who is and is not tech-savvy.
In Canva, I can use frames and grid elements to leave an area open to change by dragging and dropping new book covers.
Here are a few features from Booked All Night created from templates:
Each of these feature images has a frame that we can drop a book cover onto. It makes it easy to keep the site looking uniform when more than one of us works on it.
Because I already have this image set up, I only need to change minor things for each feature, which allows me to create them quickly. And let’s be honest, when you’re typing up 10 or so blog posts you don’t want to be spending hours creating images in the right size.
Regardless of what you choose to use, always have something that is set for the correct dimensions. This will save you many headaches in the future.