Looking good -10 simple tips for adding images

orange roseWe are living in an age where visual impressions seem to matter more and more. Images clamour for our attention, the flashing screens that occupy so much of our time both at work and at home carry everything from business to knowledge and entertainment. Whatever grabs out attention will have a distinct advantage over less visual presentations, from the book cover to the advert… regardless of the quality behind the brightly coloured façade.

It makes perfect sense, then, when we are told that adding an image to a post is a good idea. A post, update or tweet with an image will get, depending on your source, up to twice as much attention and engagement than its equivalent without, and it takes little thought to realise that blogs requiring little or no reading, but which focus mainly on images are easy to ‘like’, follow and share.

What if your blog is mainly text based though? It is, for many bloggers, the words that matter most… the books you are trying to promote, the message, story or information you want to share. There is still room for illustration… for an image that will capture both attention and imagination.

• The safest way to avoid any issues is to use your own images… photographs, artwork, or graphics. An image does not have to be fabulous to be effective!

• You can find images anywhere… but be aware of copyright restrictions and read Creative Commons licences to make sure you can use them. Do not alter or adapt other people’s images without permission or unless the particular Creative Commons licence permits derivative works.

• Look for public domain images online… there are many available.

• Search stock photos sites for free images, most sites have them available, but read the terms and conditions of use. Government bodies, like NASA for example, may also have freely usable images.

• Many bloggers, including me, are happy to have you use their images online, providing full credit and links are used back to the original page. If in doubt, ask.

• You can add online images by copying and pasting, or by using ‘add media> insert from URL’ though this may upset your formatting. You may also end up with a very large image. I find the least problems occur by saving the image to the desktop, uploading it and then you can choose the size and position without problems. It is useful to title photos appropriately. The ‘title’ does not show on the blog, but does allow you to find the shot again in your archives and can be useful in other ways too.  You can also use the ‘title’ space to add any wording included on the photo… a quote or haiku for example… so that anyone visually impaired and using text to speech can still read the picture.

• To credit and link back to any image used from another site, the simplest way is to add the source as a caption, then , once inserted, highlight the caption and create a link with the URL of the original image or page.

• Unless you are a photographer/artist offering high resolution images, resize to around 1000 pixels on the longest side to save storage space. Using a lot of images soon uses up the standard WordPress allotment.

• You can crop, resize and add text to your own images with just about any free online photo editor… and even in the humble Paint programme on your PC. For more editing options, try Canva, Pixlr Editor, Pixlr Express (my favourite for very quick fixes) or PhotoFlexr.

• Have fuzzy images… right subject, poor photo?  Or just need an artistic effect? Or even a bit of artwork for a book cover…Try Fotosketcher. Tip: If you download their programme, slower computers will work much quicker if the images are resized before using this programme.

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Original rose photo, resized in Paint, showing three of the effects from Fotosketcher, collage via Pixlr Express,

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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40 Responses to Looking good -10 simple tips for adding images

  1. Good advice. I’ll consider using it 🙂

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  3. Great advice! 🙂

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  4. barbtaub says:

    What an incredibly helpful post! I’m no photographer and I don’t have an artist’s eye like you, but I do get the importance of images. [Heads off to download FotoSketcher…]

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  5. jenanita01 says:

    Me too, sounds like something I need to have a go at…

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  6. Judy Martin says:

    Very good advice Sue 🙂

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  7. I didn’t know of Fotoksketcher…thanks for the tip. That rose is beautiful ! ☺

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  8. socialbridge says:

    Thanks for these tips, Sue. A picture paints a thousand words in my humble op.

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  9. Annette Rochelle Aben says:

    Just found FotoFlexer and I must say, it’s my new addiction… ❤

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  10. Kim says:

    Thanks Sue. Hopefully sooner vs. later I’m going to use the camera I received over a year ago and upload to the computer. I don’t know how to do that but think its easy.

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  11. Hi, Sue,
    Thanks for the advice. I’ve been buying cheap photos from some of the stock photo sites. Their terms of service say these photos can be used and modified for web sites, book covers, etc. The lower resolution photos are not expensive at all.
    I’ve been using GIMP to work on my book-cover purchases, which is a free image-editing program along the lines of very expensive Photoshop. I’ve barely mastered a fraction of what it can do, but I find it gives me a lot more power than any of the tools on my Macs. (I gather from one of the comments that i couldn’t use some of the recommended tools on a Mac.)
    I have noticed that my media library on WordPress seems to download photos from other sites I visit and stick them in my library. I tried deleting them but they just came back. I don’t use them, since I don’t even know where some of them came from! I need to contact WordPress to see why this is happening. Anybody know?

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Any time you reblog a post, the images will stay in your media library.

      Gimp is an excellent programme for anyone wanting to expand their use of images. Pixlr Editor does much the same as Gimp.

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  12. BunKaryudo says:

    That’s helpful advice, Sue. Fotosketcher looks good. 🙂

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  13. Mary Smith says:

    Thanks for the advice, Sue. It’s an area I know I fall down on, sometimes posting without including an image because I can’t find something appropriate or that I know will definitely not lead to copyright issues. I’ll work on it.

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  14. Thanks for the tips, and especially the links! Those will come in handy 🙂

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  15. Angie says:

    Thanks, Sue. I’ve been wondering how to do some of those things. Now I shall go play and figure it out. 🙂

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  17. Angie says:

    Sue, I shared about your post on my blog and included the link to this post. 🙂 https://angiequantrell.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/adding-text-to-images/#comment-413
    I had great success with the pixlr program, and was able to add the image to my post. But once I posted the post, the image disappeared! Now I have to figure that out! But at least I can add text to photos now, thanks to you. 🙂

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