Spotlight on Images

Here’s a selection of posts from my Images and Media category to help you enhance your blog or website with visual content including free individual images, collages, montages and galleries.

pic monkey collage
Learn how to make your own photo collage online with pic monkey.

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Be sure to click the images in this post and try making your own free image collages online. It’s quick and very easy to do.

More Sources of Free Images for Blogs and Websites – There are thousands of free photos available online and stock images do not have a negative impact on search engine rankings. So don’t let the lack of a camera prevent you from enhancing your posts with individual high resolution public domain pictures and/or collages.

20 Gov’t Sources of Free Images for Your Blog – Regardless of where you live your federal, state, regional and local governments can be sources of public domain images and other media for use in your blog. So don’t let the lack of a camera stop you from enhancing your posts with thousands of high quality public domain images.

A Photo Collage for Your Blog – If you’re interested is adding some pizzazz to your blog then making a a free photo collage or photo montage online maybe what you are looking for. You can create great collages online without any graphic programs. It’s easy and you don’t need to know about photo collage’s layers or other photo concepts.

Free Images for Your Blog or Website – Looking for inspiration? Images add visual interest to posts and SEO value.  Do you need a free wallpaper, background, header image or illustration for your blog or website?  Do you want to get the most out of image search?

Freshen Your Theme with Seasonal Touches – You can freshen your blog appearance in many ways that reflect seasonal changes and holidays that range from changing themes  temporarily to less dramatic decorative changes to the theme you are using now.  Consult your calendar and  unleash your creativity to transmit your brand to your readership through seasonal events, holidays and special occasions.

photovisi collage
Photovisi is a free online and easy to use photo collage maker.

Get the Most Out of Image Search – When it comes to bringing search engine traffic to blogs, images  do that. Search terms ie. keywords people type into search engines can result in traffic to your images as well as to your posts. That’s why learning how to optimize images for Google search is an important skill for bloggers to acquire. Image preparation…

Blogging: SEO images enhance your posts – When it comes to bringing search engine traffic to blogs, images do that. Even if readers do not like your posts, image searches can bring your blog hits.

Google’s Matt Cutts on Stock Images – The question posed to Matt Cutts of Google’s anit-spam team was, “Does using stock photos on your pages have a negative effect on rankings?” View the answer here via Google’s Matt Cutts: Stock Images Do Not Impact Search Engine Rankings.

Align Images: HTML Tables for WordPress Blogs – This second HTML table tutorial is aimed at helping those who are experiencing image alignment problems in WordPress blogs.

Blogging: Strategies for reducing page loading time – It’s important for bloggers to keep in mind that at least half of all internet users are using dial up, and if a page has not loaded with within 8-10 seconds we can stand to lose 1/3 of our visitors.

Cropper or Proper Image Preparation? – You may find that images you re-size after uploading  into your WordPress.com blog lose some color and sharpness. If you want better image quality use an image editing application to re-size copies of your images to the specific dimensions required then upload and insert those copies.

Edit Photos Online without Graphic Editing Software – For times when you need to edit photos on a computer that is not yours, the best idea is to use a Web application that can edit photos. One of our new favorites is PicMonkey.  via Edit Photos Online without Graphic Editing Software. I just tried this and I recommend it.  Without doubt, PicMonkey has…

Gallery Makeover for WordPress.com – The WordPress.com Gallery feature has had another makeover. You can now choose to display your “thumbnails” as circles or as squares rather than the default thumbnails, which until now have been either landscape or portrait according to your uploaded image. Read about it and view some samples here > Circles, Squares and Mosaics! The Gallery…

fotor collage
Fotor free online photo editor, features include Photo Collage, Filters, Frames, Effects, Clip Arts, Fonts

Google Image Search Redesign Raises Ire – Roughly a week ago Google began rolling out their new Image Search.  That roll-out is live now worldwide but not everyone is happy with the streamlined Google image  search result. Webmasters are not pleased that searchers can get the high resolution image in search results, rather than having to click through to the source to…

Image editing and preparation tips part 1 – By Richard This post is the first of two on the subject of images and image editing. They are not intended to turn everyone into image editing experts, but I hope to be able to give you some useful information and tips on working with images that will help you maintain the highest quality by…

Image editing and preparation tips part 2 – By Richard In part one of this two part series, we discussed the different image file types you can upload here at WordPress.com and also why it is important to always work off of the original image. In part two we are going to discuss the preset WordPress image sizes as well as using image…

Ten Free Online Image Compression and Optimization Programs – When you decrease the file size for images before you insert them into your blog, uploads and pages will load faster, you can fit more images into the same space, and using the correct tools means you will not compromise the quality of the image.

Watermark Your Images – Updated December 2012 (1) PicMarkr Features Upload files from computer or grab them from your Flickr, Facebook or Picasa account Batch image processing Add text watermark, image watermark or tiled watermark Easy to use: minimum settings, no need to download or install anything And yes, its free

Grab my button code, generator and tutorials – Would you like to allow your blogging buddies to copy a button/banner code so that they can help promote your blog by linking back to your blog from theirs? If so, then …

Gravatar, Avatar, Blavatar – The definitions of gravatar/ avatar and blavatar maybe confusing to some as they certainly were to me, so let’s clear that up by going to the source. Let’s also find the instructions, and best practices for creating a gravatar/avatar and blavatar.

befunky collage
BeFunky online Collage Maker lets you create photo collages with over 50 templates, backgrounds and text.

Make a Free Award, Event or Website Badge – There are free ways to make graphic badges and banners for promoting your website, business or event. If you are planning to create an award badge, a website badge or an event badge you can make your own and get the code for your friends so they can display it on their blogs too.

Multiple Galleries on a Page or Post – WordPress.com launched new style layout options for photo galleries that allows users to create magazine-style mosaic layouts. When adding a gallery to a post or page we can select Rectangular, Square, and Circular gallery layouts.

WordPress.com Bloggers: Print it! – If you are a WordPress.com blogger who wants to provide your visitors with the ability to print out part of your posts, such as but not limited to, recipes, assignments,instructions or the like this post provides several ways you can do that.

WordPress: Create a random post icon – It’s easy to post a link in a text widget in your wordpress blog’s sidebar that when clicked will display a random post found in your blog. You can use anchor text or not. Simply place the code into a text widget and display it at the top of your blog’s sidebar for reader convenience.

WordPress: Placing images in text widgets – I have noticed that many new users have difficulty with placing images in text widgets. IMO the easiest way to do this is to create a draft post first, then copy and paste the data into a text widget, and delete the draft post after you see the image display correctly in your sidebar.

OMG! My images are gone – Just imagine what it would be like to log into your blog and find your pictures are missing.  What to do? Provided you are running a current browser version and don’t have a browser related issue, then where the images are hosted is key to finding out what happened to them. …

Discussion

There are many free online image editing programs that you can use to make photo collages and montages from your own images. Most have template choices and some have other features as well In this post I used Pic Monkey, Photovisi, Fotor and BeFunky. Have you tried making a photo collage or photo montage online for your blog? If so which ones did you try and which one do you like best of all?

39 thoughts on “Spotlight on Images

  1. Good morning. I wonder if you can help please. You refer to software products such as image handlers and I am wondering if you can recommend any safe software downloaders who do not try to install their own rubbish. CNET is one such example – avoiding devious ruses such as big green ‘Download here’ buttons that don’t actualy download the software you seek is a mission.

      1. Hi TT. Many thanks for this info, I have been looking for good sites for free images and I will be off to these links ASAP.
        I was asking about good and reliable websites to download free software from; reliable. Not like CNET which is flaky and merely pushes it’s own agenda. And, if possible, your recommendations for good and free image manipulation software that I can download from the recommended sites.
        Blimey, I don’t ask for much do I :-)
        I hope you can help please.

  2. All your knowledge and your willingness to share it is deeply appreciated. My understanding of the blogging world has increased exponentially as I read what you share. Thank you very much.

  3. I don’t know if this is the right place to ask but I have just noticed that the Expound theme is not displaying thumbnails correctly on the home page using IE, but works fine using Firefox and Chrome. Have you found a similar problem with Expound please, or could it be something daft that I am doing ? I haven’t included my website address, but can supply it if you wish.

    I hope you can help, and please accept my apology if I am posting this in the wrong place – I can’ find suitable comments in wordpress.com support section or in the Expound forums.. This rather confirms that I might have done something foolish.

    1. Hello there,
      This is not the right place to post any support questions. I’m answering support questions in the support forums at now and it does my head in when I get these requests on my blog as well. Please post to the support forums at http://en.forums.wordpress.com/ Know also that WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate, have different log-ins and run different versions of some themes with same names. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

      If you are referring to WordPress.ORG install and if you don’t have a username account at WordPress.ORG click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.ORG bloggers.

      P.S. I never use IE as it’s the worst of all browsers. i use Firefox because it’s dependable.

  4. One often hears about the importance of images in attracting readers and subscribers, but there are very few helpful summations on the subject. The best one’s right here in this post. Lovely job, TT, thanks for providing such an extremely helpful resource. : )

    1. I have removed your URL and I want to make it clear to you that using a comment box to tell others to visit your is unacceptable behavior and it is the trademark of spammers. So if you do not want your comments to be fed into the spam filter – don’t do it again.

  5. Wow, there is SO much great information in this post, I’m going to bookmark it for future reference. Personally, I’m a HUGE fan of Pic Monkey. I have photo editing software, but I, honestly, prefer Pic Monkey. It’s hard to beat. Thanks for sharing all of these great tips and tools!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

  6. This is SUCH a valuable post, my biggest thanks! (As for continuing the conversation: I use picmonkey and also ribbet.com. Ribbet’s nice because they save your last 100 photos if you want to re-edit or re-use, and also because they let you use your own fonts… useful if you’ve got a branding you want to use! Their “stickers” (overlays) are a bit more sophisticated and business-useful too. Best of all, since its inception, ribbet’s “premium membership” has been free!)

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks so much for your feedback. I found ribbet puzzling to use so before I created anything there I clicked out. I’ll give it a try again when I have the time to.

      P.S. I removed your site link because pay for No-Ads upgrades to keep all ads off my sites and I remove all commercial links from comments manually.

      1. Just so no one misunderstands, I did not place a site link in my comment. WordPress does that. And my WP blog is very specialized, so I wouldn’t think anyone here would really be my market ;)

  7. Thank you so much for this! Wow! I found some images through Facebook and now I see they are from the government archives. How cool are you for passing this along?

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