Happy Friday everyone! As many of you have noticed who have followed this blog for awhile, it has gone through quite a few changes over the last six months or so. I have switched from Blogger to Squarespace, and the site has an entirely new layout and design. Through this process (which is still happening - though incrementally for my own mental health!), I have turned to a few sites that have helped me create the aesthetic that I want for my site and my brand. I decided to give you all the deets on them and why I have come to rely on them as my go-to resources!
Number 1 - Canva
Canva has become my Holy Grail of blog graphics. Seriously. I use this for almost every post you've seen over the last few months or so. The thing that is so great about Canva is if you are technologically-impaired (as I am), it does a lot of the work for you. Need a kick ass blog graphic that is the perfect size? Simply pick the blog graphic template and perfect dimensions are automatic. You have tons of graphic backgrounds to choose from or you can upload your own. Some of the elements are free and others you have to pay for. You pay $1 for one graphic or you can spend $10 for 10 graphics. Whichever you'd like. And you have access to that graphic to edit it to your heart's content for 24 hours. I usually download two graphics - one JPEG and one PNG. For $1 it's a bargain. And again- if you upload a graphic you already have? Entirely free! You can also create printable content, presentations and even wedding invitations! The possibilities are endless.
A screenshot of the templates available. There are TONS more but these are the ones I use the most for my blog and social media.
Number 2 - Stocksy
I recently discovered Stocksy and it has been a God send for me. High quality professionally photographed images is what you will get from Stocksy. In lieu of stock photos that you may see a dozen times on the internet. This site is not free, prices range from $15 - $130 depending on the size of the image you purchase. But once you've purchased it, it's yours to use how ever much you'd like. You simply cannot re-sell the image as your own. And since it is an cooperative site a good portion of the money you spend is going directly to the person who took your photo! That's pretty awesome in my opinion. If you'd like an idea of what you can expect from Stocksy I highly suggest going to their site and taking a look around. You will find some beautiful photography. In fact, the photo I used for this post is from Stocksy!
Number 3 - Unsplash
I have mentioned Unsplash here before. It is an awesome - free- resource, for high quality photos. Just as great a quality as Stocky in fact. The only difference is that because the images are free you run the risk of seeing an image you use multiple times on other sites. Also, bear in mind, that the photos will be more general and not as content specific as Stocksy or other paid sites. If you are okay with that, and are not ready to drop dough on stock images, then I highly recommend Unsplash. I used it for quite some time and I still use a few images from it from time to time. With Unsplash you merely need to create an account to begin downloading images. And new images are added every 10 days and sent directly to your e-mail.
I hope you all found this post helpful in upgrading your graphics game. If you have any recommendations for sites you use and love, let me know in the comments section!