How do you like the photo I’ve selected for the featured image on this post? Want to learn the exact steps I took to make it? I did it 100% for free, and you can too! This article will show you step-by-step how I created this beautiful featured image. Let’s dive in.
I like free tools
When I first started in online marketing, I was broke. I was looking to make money online, but I just didn’t have a lot of money to invest in getting started. Thank God I found the Wealthy Affiliate program, which was free to start, and it gave me the opportunity to begin this journey with no money out-of-pocket.
As I was building my websites, I was noticing how great other people’s featured images looked, and I had no idea even how to add cool text to a photo. I saw so many great pictures on Pinterest with words and descriptions, so I asked the community inside Wealthy Affiliate how to make awesome featured images like that, and I was directed to training on how to add cool text to a photo!
I held my breath as I went through the training, because I thought there had to be a charge for making such great pictures, but I was relieved to find out that the process not only gave free photos, but the editor to add the text and backgrounds, etc. was also free! Say what? I was shocked.
So now, as I always do, I am going to pass this information along to you so that you, too, can have a professional-looking website and great pictures to post on your Pinterest (and other social media) accounts.
Step 1 – Free pictures
So the title of this post is Add Cool Text to a Photo! I had to choose a picture that I thought would represent this title in the featured image. I decided to use a typewriter as my featured image, and I used my favorite website for free stock photos which is pixabay.com. They provide both paid and free photos, and I have found that the choices of free photos are sufficient to supply my sites!
When you go to the site, you will see at the top the “sponsored” photos, which means do not use those unless you are prepared to pay the royalty fee. I have paid the royalty fee on a few photos, but I usually find what I need in their free photo selection, which is located under the sponsored images.
Here is what it looks like when you go to the site. I typed into the search bar the word “typewriter” and this popped up:
I scrolled down through the free photos, and I saw one I really liked with the keys and chose that.
After you click on the picture, you will see a “Download” button. Go ahead and click for your free download.
You can also right click and “save as”, but if you click Download, you will get some size options. This can be helpful when placing photos as backgrounds on websites like Youtube or Google that require larger sized pictures. Choose your size and download. You may be asked to show you are human with one of those little tests. Just follow the prompts if asked to.
Save the picture to your files, and now you are ready to dress it up with your post title and website name
Step 2 – Open Canva & Choose Design
What is Canva, you ask? It is the coolest site ever, and I love it! Just like anything, they offer a premium program, but I have been using the free version for years, and I find it has everything I need. Once again, I will use screen captures to run through how to use this program with our picture of the typewriter, so let’s dive right in!
The website is canva.com. One word of caution, always use Chrome as your browser window when you use this site. It doesn’t work well with Explorer for some reason. You will be asked to create a free account, so go ahead and do that to get started.
Once you have created your free account, you will go to the Home screen and click on the “Create a Design” button and some options will pop up.
The option you choose is totally up to you. Try some of the options. A banner is more of horizontal rectangle like a regular photo would be, and these are great for featured photos. The Pinterest photo is a more vertical photo perfect for when you post your post on Pinterest. For this example, I searched “banner,” and I am going to choose “blog banner.”
Step 3 – Create your design
Once you click on blog banner, you are taken to this page and you will be shown templates. Take a look at the left sidebar and you’ll see all the choices you have to create your picture. It is in “templates‘ right now, but we are not going to use a template for our post featured image.
I want to create a featured image with my typewriter picture. In order to do this, I need to upload my picture, so I am going to go down and click on “Uploads.”
Now you want to click on the “Upload an Image” button to grab your picture.
Your computer will open up like this, and I am choosing the typewriter photo to upload.
Now the picture is in the library as you can see, and you need to select it for your template. So click on the picture of the typewriter.
Note that you can re-size your photo by dragging the corners and sides to where you want them if you want them bigger or smaller. I made mine a little bigger.
Step 4 – Add Element if desired
What are elements? They are shapes and other miscellaneous things you can add to your pictures. I’m going to add a circular element to this picture so you can see what it looks like. Just click on the “Elements” tab to be shown all the elements you can add.
When I clicked on the circle, it was pretty large, so you can also drag and reposition and also re-size the element however you like. I made mine a little smaller and moved it over to the left a little so more of the keys were visible.
Next I am going to add text. So I click on the “Text” tab and a bunch of options pop up. I am going to scroll down and see what else is available and choose my text.
I am choosing the “It’s my birthday It’s time to celebrate text” for my element on this picture:
It’s huge when it appears, so it has to be re-sized
Simply highlight the text, and at the top you can change the color and change the font size (and the font style too).
As you can see, I can choose the size. You may have to do this a few times to get the size you want.
It is now the right size, but I need it to say “Add cool text to” not “It’s my birthday” so I change it.
Now I want to add my website name at the bottom, so I add a little bit of body text. Then I move it down to the bottom, highlight it and change the color so I can see it because black on black doesn’t work.
I re-size the name, and add a gold color and move it to the bottom of the page. It’s drag and drop.
Now I want to add “Have the most professional look free” so I choose the font, and I will have to re-size, re-position and color it as well.After you reposition, delete unwanted text, color it and re-size it, you have a professional looking picture ready for your website.
So, I re-sized the font, made it gold, and re-positioned it to the right and re-typed the words “Have the most professional look free!”
Here it is:
Pretty cool, right? It’s a little tricky to use sometimes, but once you play around with it, I think you’ll have the success I have and find it is extremely enjoyable to create these little featured images.
Here are some others I designed to put on my various Pinterest Boards and other social media platforms:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and got value from it. Please let me a comment or a question as I am here to help you find the best ways to make money online and build a professional business.
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