So, you have all this GREAT stuff on your blog. You’ve been up late at night, just banging out article after article and you need to get more eyes on the goods! So what do you do? Share it on social media, right?
A lot of bloggers have loads of experience writing and taking photos, but they can’t figure out how to get text on their beautiful images to share on Pinterest, Insta, Facebook, etc. Well, here is how! It’s free and it’s easy.
Start by downloading Gimp. It’s a free software made to mimic Adobe Photoshop. I bet you are thinking, “HOW did I not KNOW about this?!?!” It’s a pretty good source if you’d prefer not to pay for the monthly Adobe subscription for Photoshop. My only criticism is that the program can be a tiny bit slow. But hey- it’s FREE!
Next, choose the photo you’d like to represent your article. If you don’t have great images of your own, try free stock photography like Pexels.
Step 1. Begin new file.
With Gimp open> File > New.
Step 2. Set document sizing.
I recommend a square shape of 750 pixels x 750 pixels. Under “Advanced”, set the resolution to at least 300 so the image comes out nice and crisp. (Lower resolution = less pixels, lower quality, grainy image.) Set color to RGB.
Step 3. Add, size and crop your image.
File > Open as Layers. > Choose your image.
Use the “move” tool to drag the image around. Resize by pulling the corner of the image out. (Hold shift while dragging the corner to keep the image from stretching out of proportions.)
Step 4. Add text and edit.
Choose the text tool. Draw a box and write your headline! You can adjust the font size, weight, font style, and alignment. You can utilize any font that you have installed on your computer! You can add multiple boxes of text if you have sub headers or web urls to add.
Step 5. Export your image.
Save as a PNG file. You’re done!
Now share the heck out of those articles!