How to Choose Perfect Images for Blog Posts

Choosing perfect images for blog posts kills most of our time. Choosing images that are relevant to the topic and indirectly conveying a message to the readers are also effective.

Look at this…

Example 1

And this…

Example 2

These types of images help to form an emotional bond between you and your blog readers. These images convey messages to your blog readers according to their perspective.

How to get create perfect blog images?

What type of image to choose?

When it comes to choosing the kind of blog graphics you want to use, there are two types of graphics to consider.

Raster Image
Raster graphics

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Vector graphics
  1. Raster graphics: These images are pixel-based images that are lossy by nature. The raster-based photo editors are Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.
  2. Vector graphics: These are created out of lines of curves that form shapes, polygons, etc. These graphics are lossless as they comprise of shapes, not pixels. The best photo editors for this are Illustrator, Affinity Designer, etc. Before uploading these graphics to the web, you need to rasterize them to preferably PNGs (as they have limited colors).

Choosing between these totally depends upon your choice and your audience likings.

Why use raster graphics? Sometimes depending upon the niche you are in, you need to use raster images on your blog to connect with your readers. These real-life images have the capacity to express complex emotions that the cartoonish vector images can't express.

In order to use raster images, you don't need to be a designer and have color scheme ideas. Typically all the big websites, journals, newspapers make use of rasterized images due.

Why use vector graphics? I use vector images for the images on BloggingX. Because I personally like vector graphics as it has more flexibility when it comes to editing.

Added to it, I can edit the vector images to match my brand colors. It also has less diverse colors in the images when rasterized, resulting in a much smaller image size and does not affect the page speed.

Where to search images?

Search for those images that represent a part of a title, but not the whole blog post title.

For example, while choosing the perfect image for the post, “magnetic blog post titles”, I simply searched for the term “magnet”. Another example, if you are writing a post on “How to Skyrocket your earnings”, search for some “rocket” images that represent a boost.

Google for any similar blog post as yours. Observe what kind of images they have used in their blog posts. Now you get an idea about what kind of images you can use in your blog post.

Conduct royalty free image search for the image idea that you have found in royalty free image search engines like PixabayGratisography, Freestock, Unsplash, many more. If you want vector graphics you can make use of vectors filter in Pixabay (with vector filter on), Undraw or Freepik (with attribution).

Pro tip: Use the image by looking at which reader clearly understands the point you want to convince. Your image should shout out to readers, “This is the exact post you are looking for”.

Once the reader understands that your blog post contains the exact content they are looking for, they tend to read the entire blog post thoroughly.

Still can't find a perfect image

Depending upon the niche that you are working in, you may find it hard to find the relevant blog posts.

Or the worst part, it may even take hours to come up a perfect image. In this case, I just add a text overlay to a background that makes closest sense to the topic.

Like this one,

Text Image Example

Isn't it simple?

If you can't find the perfect image, you can always make your own by adding some texts over the background. This guide will teach you how to take beautiful pictures that you can use on your blog.

You need to be creative and witty enough to create a good image that stands out of the rest and attracts the audience via social media.

You need to know some basics of color psychology and branding to make this text-based blog graphics work great for you.

Edit the images

You can also use tools like Canva or DesignBold to make kickass images for your blog. These cloud applications enable you to create great images without involving the complexities of Photoshop or full-featured photo editor softwares.

If you want a desktop software, you can use any free tools like Paint.NET, GIMP or any premium software like Adobe Photoshop.

If the image does not reflect the topic on which you are blogging upon, just edit the image, so that it sends an abstract message to the readers about what you want to convey.

Observe this image…

Choosing perfect images example 2

Finally,

  1. Resize the image, so that it matches the layout of your blog perfectly and as well as decreases the size of the image.
  2. After resizing the image, compress the image using free tools such as RIOT or premium JPEGMini.

Final words


Now your image is ready for upload, just upload the image to your blog or site.

An image that sends abstract messages and captures readers' attention has the true potential to get direct visitors.
It also shows your imagination power, the way of thinking and, of course, the quality of your blog posts.

Hope you enjoyed this unique article on choosing perfect images for blog posts. Do comment and share if it has really helped you.

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Akshay Hallur

About me

Hi, I’m Akshay Hallur. The founder of this blog BloggingX and many other online ventures. 

I’m a professional full-time blogger, a digital marketer, and a trainer. I’m here to help bloggers like you to create an outstanding blog and earn money from it.

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10 thoughts on “How to Choose Perfect Images for Blog Posts”

  1. Yes, the strategies to pick an image for a blog post as shared in this article are very much revealing. I love the fact that one can actually concentrate on word or phrase of the title to choose the right image.

    This skill may not be that difficult but it can help choosing the right image from the right website. However, when choosing images online we should not forget attribution and copyright issues!

    I have left shared this comment in kingged where I found and voted this post

  2. LOL! I can’t imagine a blog using the wrong image or using an image that doesn’t have to do with the topic.

    I do not believe that it’s tricky and time consuming. There are numerous free stock website images online and bloggers/writers should be creative enough. Use Canva and PicMonkey to spice up your image, you don’t have to use Adobe Photoshop Cs2,3 or 4 to look your image professional.

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the IM social networking site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

  3. I think I saw the word ‘impeccable’ somewhere. OH yes, I think it was on Kingged.com when it was linking to this post of yours.

    The first time I heard that word, I had no option than to head straight to my dictionary. Hahaha!
    Having the right image for a blog post is something which of course shuldn’t be taken for granted at all.

    I spend more time on having the right image for a post than writing the post itself. Hahahaha

    1. Hi Emmanuel, the main thing in which most of our blogging time is consumed is in searching for images. Images that arises the question WTF in readers’ mind are also effective in some angle. 😉 So just don’t be too much obsessive about images.
      Thanks for stopping by, keep visiting.

  4. Hi Akshay Hallur! Thank you very much for sharing useful advices! Really Choosing right images for blog posts play an important role in impressing and engaging readers. I will spend more time on choosing the right images for my posts than writing the post itself.
    Have successfull blogging journey!

  5. Hi Akshay,
    Its the first time i am visiting your blog. The title itself impressed me. Glad to read this post. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Great post. All of those aspects are important, however one thing I have learnt is try not make the image out-do the content. The content has been the strength of my blog, in terms of text and I have noticed that a few images I have added recently have probably had a negative effect in time spent on site by the average user.

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