Four robust online editors to create blog visuals

by | Jan 8, 2017

What is the greatest most important rule of Social Media and Blogging, after content?

Visuals!

When things come in through the eyes they make a larger impact than words.

I am always telling you about how important it is that your blog posts and articles have good visuals. It doesn’t matter if it only has a Blog Post Title and the rest is great text; it needs at least that one really good image to catch the reader’s attention

Blogs compete with each other on Social Media, they compete with what visuals they put out there. Even if your content is top notch, it will be really difficult to get anyone’s attention without any visuals.

You don’t really need Photoshop 

If you are a designer or just know how to use Photoshop, then more power to you! If have no idea how to use adobe products, don’t worry, you are not alone. There are plenty of bloggers who have no clue about how to use Photoshop and it’s not something that needs to stop you from being able to make great graphics for your blog.

Online editors have been around for a while, but lately they are becoming so robust and full of assets that you do not need photoshop! I still use classic editing programs because once you know, it’s really like riding a bicycle. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like playing with fun online editors!

I have a few favorites that I use every day but for this article I took the objective approach and spent some time look at and trying out other options to see what else you have available. Everyone has their own level of expertise in the creation of visuals for their blog and there is something for everyone out there.

From easy peasy photo editors with easy to use menus and buttons, to top notch tools like layers and cut out options. Some are available on desktop and as an app, some only as an app and others only on desktop. All are online, so you must be connected to the internet to be able to use most of the assets and save your graphics one you are finished.

I still have to find an online editor that provides new Social Media templates as soon as the suggested size is updated or the layout is changed. Today we will look at Canva, Fotojet, Picmonkey and Pixlr.

Canva

Canva is easily one of the most used online editors right now. It’s easy of use and practicality has made it into a crowd favorite. The templates and options are quite varied and easy to customize. Canva has a Facebook Group for it’s inner circle and listens to them intently about fixes and tweaks. Canva is constantly making updates and letting their users know about it. Canva is easily the friendliest online editor out there and it’s no surprise as to why.

They offer their users great resources inside the Canva Design School, where you can learn pretty much all there is to know about Canva. They publish a new article every single day and they are all very practical for non-designers. Like this one for example, Impactful Blog Graphics.

Canva for Work is their paid version and it’s a great asset for companies that need to work making graphics together. Another perk of Canva for Work is that you can use all the photos, icons and illustrations freely. As opposed to regular Canva where if you want to use the “premium” assets you have to pay a license fee. It’s not exorbitant, but if you find yourself using premium assets all the time, might as well get Canva for Work.

I did a survey about Canva a while ago to find out what it was that people loved about it so much and a lot of them told me that they really liked the templates and free photography that is available. There are also text formatting templates which are great. There are lots of fonts you can choose from, the usual webfonts, some classic fonts and more. If you use Canva for Work you can upload whatever font you like if it isn’t already in the options.

 My favorite part about Canva

You can save all your work and come back to it later. You can use your saved work as a template for future use. You can have teams! You can share editable files with someone via a link and that is very practical.

Another great detail about Canva is that there are guide lines that show up when moving elements in your graphic to show you when elements are centered or aligned to something else. This is very handy!

My pet peeve about Canva

They still haven’t put up the new Facebook Header template and they don’t have a Facebook Group option. There also isn’t a template for Linkedin (the most difficult header to make) There is a work around, you can customize the size of your graphic but you can’t use their templates if you do that.

You still can’t share straight to Social Media, but since recently you can Embed.

Fotojet

Fotojet is a new find for me and it has been a really nice surprise. The layout is very similar to Canva and other online editors with the options on the left hand side and an editing platform to work with in the center. What fotojet has that Canva only does minimally is a photo editor with greater capabilities.

Fotojet also has a free and a paid version where obviously in the paid version you have more choices as to what you can do and what templates you can use. I was given a one year membership from Fotojet to review their product and to tell you the truth I found it much more robust than it seemed at first sight. The photo editor has some pretty funky tools, like being about to make a color photograph into black and white and then with a brush tool, turn whatever part of the photo you want back into color!

Another thing that surprised me about Fotojet is the collage maker. I have been making collages in Pixlr, Canva and Layout for a while and they all have the same kinds of collage. You pick a composition from their selection, stick your photos in it and then choose the background, separation spaces and in some cases you can round off the edges of the photos. What Fotojet does differently is give you collage templates that are completely different! There are photo frames, cards, invitations and more. I specially think the frames collage is good for bloggers that also sell prints on Etsy and Society 6.

Fotojet has an iPad app and an iPhone app but they are still working on the Android version. There are some tutorials available but quite basic; more about how to use the program, not about creativity.

My favorite part about Fotojet

Definitely the artsy collages, not only are they really nice they are also customizable which makes it all even better. I also really appreciate the ability to use the fonts from my own computer and not just the ones available in the program. You can share to Facebook and Twitter once the graphic is finished.

My pet peeve about Fotojet

They don’t have a way of saving half finished work. Once you download the graphic, it lands on your computer and that’s the end of it.

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Picmonkey

I haven’t ever been much into Picmonkey even though a lot of bloggers swear by it. It’s almost like bloggers choose Canva or Picmonkey. Picmonkey takes a cute approach to their manner, with the use of visuals and cool vocabulary. You can do a lot on Picmonkey and the free version is pretty robust, just like Canva. A big plus is that you can create something with a transparent background in the free version!

The paid version now has The Hub which is their way of incorporating the saving option of editable files. This option is only available in the paid version though, if you use the free version you are stuck with having to finish the graphics in one sitting. The saving options include your computer and also dropbox and onedrive which is a nice addition. The Social Media sharing options are quite varied with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Flickr. No Instagram, but you can share to dropbox and access it from there on your phone.

Picmonkey Royale (the paid feature) really does have a lot going for it. You can do some interesting things in the editor. Take for example this nifty tutorial they put out just this month.

“How to Make Gorgeous DIY shilouette gifts” is not the kind of thing you can do in most of the online editors so Picmonkey Royale really won some points with me.

My favorite part about Picmonkey

The cute and fun factor is pleasant for me but i can understand how some people can get ticked off by it. The way the assets and options are set up is a bit different to other editors and there is much more that meets the eye at first glance. You can resize your graphic before saving, but it will distort the image.

My pet peeve about Picmonkey

Not being able to use The Hub in the free version. They need more Social Media templates. And there are no infographics templates.

Pixlr

Pixlr is the first online editor I ever used. I started using it ages ago before I even had a blog. Back then you could only do a few thing like collage and some editing. Now you can do a lot more; specially with the addition of Pixlr Editor.

Pixlr has two choices and a couple extra programs they call legacy apps; Pixlr Editor, Pixlr Mobile, Pixlr Desktop, Pixlr Express, Pixlr O-matic and Touch Up.

Pixlr Editor is a little known gem of a program that you can do a lot of things with. Imagine it’s like a mini photoshop, you can do a lot of editing in there but you do need to have some knowledge of how to use it, it is not an obvious or easy peasy choice. But not worry, they have plenty of tutorials!

Pixlr Mobile and Pixlr Desktop are essentially the same but on different platforms. This is an extremely robust service for image manipulation. You can make collages, place effects of all kinds, add text, frames and stickers. It’s a great resource to have on hand at any time.

Pixlr Express is like the normal pixlr programs but simplified. You get less options of effects and assets but you can still make some pretty interesting things.

The main idea behind Pixlr is that you turn your photographs into works of art, that is why its mostly about effects and overlays. They love sharing users photos on their”made with pixlr” site, they gather graphics to showcase by searching the #pixlr hashtag all over social media.

My favorite part about Pixlr

The very professional approach to design. Pixlr is part of the Autodesk group, the makers of AutoCad and owners of Creative Market. Their assets are very artsy and I think that’s really inspirational.

My pet peeve about Pixlr

They haven’t set up templates for Social Media, but I think they aren’t really interested in that.

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Need more ideas?

Apart from the four great editors I just mentioned there are definitely more! Another favorite of mine is Visme, it’s a wonderful premium editor for creating infographics and personalized graphics for your blog and business! Read this article to learn how to use Visme and Slideshare together to create amazing content!

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