I have been getting a lot of questions about how I edit my blog photos and the software I’m using to edit them. In my opinion, blog photos play a huge role in your blog content. Just imagine having blocks and blocks of word texts without any pictures in between them. It would be a boring experience for your readers.
WHERE TO GET BLOG PHOTOS
Where can you get blog photos? Easy. You can either use your own photos (make sure they are crisp and clear) or you can use stock photos from stock photos websites. I have a few websites I frequently go to to download pictures for blog posts that I don’t have any photos for. Stock photos websites are usually free and you don’t need to give credit or mention the source link because they are mostly licensed under Creative Common Zero (CC0) license which means that they are free for personal and commercial use, can be modified, copied, and distributed, and no attribution is required.
SOFTWARE I USE
The software I’m using is Adobe Photoshop CS6. I honestly do not know how you can get this for free because the one I have now was downloaded by my dad’s friend, I think he’s a computer engineer so he knows hacking and all that sort of stuff. Maybe if you can find some tutorials on YouTube or use free online software for photo editing?
The other one is Photos that comes pre-installed in my laptop. Just like an iPhone, I have all the filters in the application. I can also change the brightness, rotate them, just the basics. As you can see from the picture below, on the right side, I have quite an options to edit my photos.
HOW I EDIT
I mainly use Photos to rotate/flip and play with the brightness and the colour tone. Anything complicated than that is done on Adobe Photoshop CS6. The first thing I do on Photoshop is play with the brightness and contrast. It is important to have bright photos with just a little bit of toned-down contrast because you don’t want your photos to have really, really sharp colour stand out. For some, it might work for them but I specifically do not prefer that. The next thing I do is add text to the photo. I do this only on the first photo to attract readers to read the post. I also like using cute and fancy fonts to spice up the photo. You can download free font on dafont or any other font websites. To finish off, I change the text box background colour. You might have seen that on most of my photos. I like having my text on top of a blurry background. You can also use this tutorial for a different effect.
If you’re using a DSLR, each image comes in a huge resolution so you have to change the size or your picture is going to be shrank and it will lose its clarity. I had this problem after I got my DSLR. I kept wondering why my photos were not sharp enough for a DSLR quality images and I found out it was because of the resolution. It was so big that it shrank and lost its sharpness. So I had to change all of their sizes and uploaded them again. #thestruggleisreal
To resize image one-by-one: Image > Image size > change the number > OK Batch resize (when you have multiple images opened): File > Scripts > Image Processor > change the number > Run
TIPS FOR BLOGGER USERS
- Always have your photos the size of your blog post width. It will make your blog look better, trust me on this. Small photos, large blog post width? Not cute. You can try this tutorial here and here.
- Choose Original Size for your photos to retain their quality.
- Find out your blog post width by using Inspect Element/Show Page Source > Point to Inspect mode (looks like a zoom button) > hover to your blog post area > click > get the width.
That is it! I hope this clears out any questions you might have about my blog photos and help you in editing your photos for your blog. If you have any question, just leave a comment below.