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Creating Images - Simple and Quick


Creating images on your own is easier than you might think.

Normally, for any of my image needs I would go to BigStock.com, and choose the image I wanted. This could take quite a bit of time. For most topics there are lots and lots of images to go over. But, hey, the saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words," so spending the time to find the 'right' one is necessary.

While this is a good strategy, again, it takes time and sometimes you just can't find the 'right' image.

Suppose you just wrote an excellent blog post and want an 'on target' image to go with it. If you're like me, you'd have to search through the images you already bought. Or, you'd have to go to your image service you use to find and buy the image you want.

You could also check out MS Office ClipArt, which has some pretty good images. But, if you're looking for something 'on target' and you just can't find, you end up settling.

This goes with the blog posting territory.

Well, a while ago I wrote an article and just couldn't find an image that 'hit home.' And, I didn't want to waste too much time finding one, so I decided to throw something together myself. I used Microsoft Office 2010. It took around five minutes.


My article was on video marketing, Using Video for Marketing, and I wanted an image that would quickly reflect the topic. So, this is what I did:

1. Opened a Word doc and typed "Play Video."
2. Used Text Effects in Home: Font.
3. For the background, I highlighted the text and chose an orange color from Home: Paragraph: Shading - there's actually I reason I chose that color, but that's another post. :)
4. I highlighted, copied, and pasted the pre-image into MS Paint, cropped it, and saved it as a jpg.
5. I inserted that jpg into the Word doc I had open.
6. I click on the jpg and went into Picture Tools Format.
7. I choose Picture Effects - Preset #11.
8. Then, I highlighted the image and  chose the orange 'shading' again.
9. For this step I couldn't simply highlight and copy/paste into Paint because of the special effects that were now in the image, so I clicked on Print Screen (Prt Sc). Be careful when you use Prt Sc, because any thing on on your screen or in the image will appear.
10. I copied the newly revised image into Paint, cropped it, and saved it as a jpg.

That's it. I had a quick and easy 'on target' image for my post.

And, if I want, I can upload that image to image sites and sell it.

You can also, use an image you already have (one you bought) and tweak it. Just remember you can't sell that revised image, or claim it as your own design.

Here's one I simply tweaked:


I had the SUCCESS image and added the text "GUEST BLOGGING" to it, using "Wrap Text" in MS Word 2010. Then used the same process as above to create a new jpg image.

I used this image for the post: Find the Best Guest Blogging Spots with Better Outreach Emails

To Use Wrap Text (to input text on an image):

1. Insert the image into a Word Doc
2. Click on the image to bring up the Picture Tools feature
3. Type the text you want to appear in the image. You can type it below the image.
3. Go to Wrap Text in the Picture Tools dashboard
4. Click on Behind Text.
5. Position the text in the image.
6. Copy the new image using a screen capture tool and save to your Picture files.

Again, quick and easy.

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Oh, The Writing World image at the top of the post is my design (combining two images) using Logo Creator.

Here's another created with Logo Creator:


My newer images are sophisticated, on target, and engaging.

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6 comments:

widdershins said...

This is great ... it fits right in with your workshop on creating cover art! ... Thanks for the how-to's

Karen Cioffi said...

Widder, I'm so glad you found the post helpful. Yes, it does fit in, I may add this to the ebook!

Karen Elizabeth Brown said...

Thanks for the step by step instructions. I'm always needing an image for my posts and hate going through a thousand or so images just for that. But this is easy!

Karen Cioffi said...

Karen, I'm so glad it was helpful. Searching through images can be so time consuming!

Magdalena Ball said...

Excellent ideas Karen and very useful instructions. I hadn't really thought of using wordart for graphics but of course it makes perfect sense and is fast and easy and very effective.

Karen Cioffi said...

Maggie, It really does make sense. And, you get just what you want. And, you can sell your original designs. Pretty cool.