Earlier in the year I published a post where I shared links to 13 tools and services that I use every day in my blogging business.
Today I wanted to add a four – particularly ones that relate to creating images for my blogs.
I use PicMonkey every day to help me create images for sharing on social media.
If you head to the Photos on the dPS Facebook page you’ll notice that most days we share at least one or two ‘collages’ of images from posts on the blog. Almost all of these were created with PicMonkey.
It’s a free web based tool (although there is an upgrade option that I’ve not used myself) and is really easy to use.
It also has some image editing tools that you might find useful for editing single images.
I’m newer to Canva… because it is a newer tool but I’m using it more and more. It’s currently in beta but if you use this link you can get a VIP account (that’s just for ProBlogger readers).
Canva is similar to PicMonkey in some ways in that you can pull in images and text to create great visuals – but it comes with a lot of cool templates for different types of documents to get you going. It’s free to use but if you choose to use some of their images in your designs you will pay $1 per image for their use (I have only ever paid once and use my own images the bulk of the time).
It is all drag and drop and while it probably has a slightly steeper learning curve than Pic Monkey I think it’s definitely one to check out.
Skitch (by Evernote)
I used to use Skitch a lot but for one reason or another stopped – until recently. A couple of my team members use Skitch a lot, particularly when we’ve been doing the redesign of dPS to communicate with each other. It’s great for creating screen captures and then adding notes with arrows or highlighting particular areas that we want our developers to work with.
I don’t tend to use the images Skitch creates too much publicly but it’s a handy tool for our internal communications.
It’s got a cool smartphone app too for doing these