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 things on the run too!
This is a tool for creating mind maps. I use both an iPad and desktop app and it is how I created the ProBlogger Money Map that outlines how bloggers make money.
I use mind maps more for internal planning and communication than for creating images to share publicly. Having said that – I also have seen a number of people use mind maps like this for diagrams in blog posts as well as for powerpoint presentations.
MindNode is easy to use and creates lovely looking mindmaps.
I’ve mentioned this a few times in the past but continue to use it.
It’s a light weight mac image editing tool that I use mainly for resizing images and a little editing.
You can add borders, text etc. I will say I’ve used it less since discovering the two tools above but for quick edits when I am not actually online it is handy.
What Would You Add?
What other image creation and editing tools do you use in your blogging? I’m sure I’m just scratching the surface here – looking forward to seeing your suggestions!