Do you ever see someone share something and think, wow, that was nice! Wish I had thought of that. This post is about creating and sharing quick images, for holidays, business events, birthdays and saying Thank You. Usually the trick to sharing a great image is to prepare in advance. Let’s discuss ways of creating and sharing quick images for your blog, website or social media.
Sharing Birthday Images
Last week it was a friend’s birthday, and I thought: instead of just sharing a greeting, why don’t I come up with an image? I did this on the spur of the moment, and I quickly found an image of her son and my daughter at about age four sitting on the stairs of my house. I thought, well, does it fit? But then I opened Photoshop, added some text with her name, and I too had a nice image to share. I think she liked it (it brought back fond memories).
So if I want to prepare in advance for birthdays, I should probably keep in mind to look for more birthday photos or create a few candles and cake or presents in Illustrator. Maybe some old, public domain images would be nice personalized for the right friend? Old paintings or book illustrations might be nice for someone who likes art or reading, for example.
Now, that’s *I* do it – but what if you don’t own Photoshop or Illustrator? What if you find them confusing? See section below.
How to Add Text to Images
As a review, if you want to learn how to add text to images, you might want to read this post about text on images or this one on creating attractive visual imagery. You don’t have to be a whiz at Photoshop – follow those links for simple ideas.
Here’s an example I might use:
I found an old photo from about fifteen years ago, and using my photo editor of choice, I cropped out much of the photo so the focus is on the cake. I can now add some text on the blue tablecloth. One free online tool that I have written about is called Pixlr, and it has both a cropping tool and a text tool.
Sharing Holiday Images
Holiday images can be easy. But the best way to prepare is to take lots of pictures one year in advance! OK, did you find a great picture? Good, now add some text, and share away!
Here’s one of my Chanukah images that I shared on Facebook:
Note how I added leoraw.com to the bottom right. Think about adding your logo or name of your business or your domain. As long as it’s not intrusive and adds a bit to the design, it can only help you get a little bit more exposure.
Thank You Images
I have been working away both for clients and on a new version of my websites services website. I decided when people submit a contact message to me, I would like to thank the person with a lovely Thank You image. Here is a preview:
In general I would like to say a big THANK YOU to anyone who has read and commented on any of my posts. You are appreciated!
Your Turn, Please
What kind of images have you seen on social media that appeal to you? Have you created your own images for your blog or social media?