Ever wondered where most bloggers get their beautiful images from? Not all of them take their own photos or create their own graphics. In this post, I will explain exactly where to find images for your blog.
I remember when I started blogging, I thought they simply Googled a picture they liked and used it on their blog. This is not the case and I suggest you don’t do that, ever. This can cause a lot of problems and frustrations for you.
Those pictures that pop on Google most likely belongs to someone else. Using someone else’s creation without their consent could cost you.
I’m talking angry bloggers taking legal action against you for mistakenly using their logo, which you just thought was an image on Google that you could use freely.
Nope, you don’t want that.
So how and where can I find beautiful images that I can use on my blog? And, how can I use these images without having to worry about illegally using someone else’s creations?
Where to find images for your blog?
There are quite a few options to choose from:
Pixabay and Pexels
These two are very similar and both offer free pictures to use. If you have a specific picture in mind, simply search the feeling, genre or mood that you want. Both these sites offer great quality images and have quite a variety to choose from.
These sites are great for bloggers but it felt like the images became limited over a long period of time. It felt like I was running out of images to choose from or I didn’t find exactly what wanted.
However, these two sites are great for bloggers who are just starting out and don’t have the budget to purchase images.
If you are looking for higher quality images, with more variety and styles; then you should try Shutterstock. Most of the pictures on Shutterstock can be used for free but contains a watermark.
To remove the watermark, you’ll have to buy the image or subscribe to a plan which is actually really affordable.
I think Shutterstock is probably the best when it comes to variety and quality in my opinion. You can purchase images on demand or you can subscribe to a plan. Each of these is great options, depending on the situation.
Be sure to check out their plans to find the one that meets your needs.
If you still haven’t been able to find images for your blog, then you can use Canva.
Canva is an easy to use graphic design software, and no, made for the everyday person. It is one of the best tools for people who don’t have a lot of graphic design skills.
It is an online graphic design tool you use to create your very own graphics or images.
“Canva enables anyone to become a designer”- PSFK
So how do you get started with Canva?
To use Canva you’ll have to sign up either through email or through your Google account. When you sign up you’ll be asked why and what you will use it for.
This is just to help Canva adjust the settings and images to meet your specific needs.
Since you will create images for your blog, you should go with the Small business (startup, blog) option.
After you have chosen your option you can sign up either through Google or through your email.
To start creating your first image, simply choose the type of design you want to create. Whether it is an image for a blog post, infographic or a social media graphic.
After you have chosen your design, you will be redirected to the page where you can start creating.
Here you will find options such as the layout of your image, where you can choose existing layouts and simply edit them to meet your needs. It is basically a finished graphic, you just need it to your liking.
Or you can choose to design your own graphic, by making use of elements and text, as well as background colours.
You can choose a background and change its colour, or you can just choose a blank colour for a background. You can add text, as well as change the font, colour, size, and spacing.
The elements option is where the fun begins as there are 100s and 100s of clipart’s, illustrations and icons to choose from. You can add frames to your graphic, graphs, and shapes. If you are looking for something specific, then you can simply search for it in the search bar.
You also have the option of uploading your own images and designs to add to your graphic.
The great thing about Canva is that it is also free to use with the option to go premium. Premium extends your options and features even further. Most of the images on Blogineur is made through Canva and all of them were created without spending a cent.
Canva is a great resource every blogger should use. It’s not just for blogging, you can create almost anything on Canva, whether it be for social media or an infographic for Pinterest.
The options are endless.
You can even create a logo for your blog, business or product on Canva. It truly is a great software for everyone and I highly recommend you try it out.
If you want a more in-depth walkthrough of Canva, then check out our post: “A Basic Walkthrough of Canva.com“.
To sum it up
If you want to find images for your blog, then Pixabay and Pexels will be the perfect sites to visit.
Just remember, because of the popularity of these sites, you might find that other bloggers have the same pictures on their blogs. This means that it will be harder for you to stand out.
If you’re looking for something more unique and creative, then Shutterstock is great and offers loads of quality images.
All their images do contain a watermark though but if you wish to remove it, simply purchase the images or subscribe to a plan. You might find that someone else is using the same image as you, but it’s less common than Pixabay and Pexels.
Lastly, if you would rather want to create your own images, be unique and truly stand out; then Canva is the best solution. Here you can really be creative and create something that is hard to replicate.
This will make your blog stand out and have a distinctive look from everyone else.
Here are the links again, if you wish to check these sites out:
Hopefully, these sites will help you find/design the right images for your blog.