I’ve shared before in Where To Find Free Photos | Blogger 101 websites that are convenient to know when looking for photos.
Today I’m going to share some places you can turn to for editing feature images, creating icons, creating logos, finding illustrations and more.
Some of you may have seen images like this behind the profile image of a blogger.
You only see half of the image.
These images are ICONS. They show up behind your profile pic and they are the image that represents your website.
Now if you want to use an image that represents your blog and shows above your blog name on your main page, that’s a LOGO.
To learn how to add an icon or logo to the blog click this post.
Now that I’ve covered the basics we can dive into the sites I’ve found that will help you find and create logos and icons. 🙂
By no means are you required to have a logo or make an icon. Just because a blogger has these doesn’t guarantee more followers or views. But it does give off a more professional look and might make people take your blog more seriously.
Especially if you want to use your blog as a writing portfolio.
The main place many bloggers seem to use is Canva.
Canva you can create title images, logos, icons, and more. There is an abundance of options to choose from.
Canva provides free illustrations, shapes, fonts, and other tools in creating the image you want. You can download your image in JPEG, PNG, PDF, and one or two more other options.
Canva does have MANY options that are either PRO (membership) or cost money. Should you not have one or the other, your selections that are money related, like an illustration, will have a watermark on them. I’ve looked and as far as I know, you can post the image with the watermark, but you can only download a draft of the watermark. So, no JPEG or anything like that.
Should you buy an image be aware some options are for 24 hours, not an all time use.
Canva is limited, in my opinion, because of this. There are so many amazing illustrations and elements it offers but many of them are $$$ related.
I’ve noticed many bloggers have chosen some of the same themes because those are the free themes available. Which is okay, there are still other ways to be creative, and still, make your logo or icon stand out. Yes, even if you are using the same icon or logo pieces as someone else. 🙂
What I like to do is look around for illustrations that are free and then download them to Canva. It’s very easy to do. Find your image and then drag it into your workspace on Canva, it will automatically download and then you can add it.
At some point, I will write a post on how to use Canva. 🙂
Places To Check For Free Illustrations (My favorites are the first two.)
Pixabay– I didn’t realize you can find free vector images and illustrations here, but you can! Make sure you are selecting the illustration side of Pixabay and not images.
Public Domain Vectors– Yep, these are all free to use. Most do not require credit but make sure to check when you click on the image.
Clker– Free Clipart.
i2Clipart- Royalty Free Clipart.
Openclipart– Free Clipart.
Good Free Photos– Free Vector Images And More.
Blogger Site Suggestions
Blogger, You Are Full Of It– actually suggested Over to me, which can only be used on your phone. But if you create blog posts on your phone, maybe this is something to look into. 🙂 I can’t use my phone for this, so I can’t really say much. It looks like a nice app.
I have used Pixlr as well. I mainly use it for adding titles to my feature images. So many fonts are available. There are more advanced tools in Pixlr if you are into that.
I’ve tried to share sites that I’m aware of that are free. Some just require you sign up with an email or Facebook first, some others you can simply download images.
I hope this helps!!! 🙂 Have a great Wednesday!