Making shareable social media images for blog posts can be time-consuming. Watch a veteran web/graphic designer/blogger as she does it quickly and easily.
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How to Make Shareable Social Media Images for Blog Posts

I never realized how value a random last-semester web design course would be when I graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. As a blogger, I use my graphic and website design skills daily.

I’ve been doing web and graphic design since 2005. I’ve worked with clients both big and small. I’ve worked with design software, coding software and video software.

When I first started blogging, I would spend countless hours choosing fonts and making images for my blog post. Then, I would have to make seperate shareable social media images for blog posts so my audience would visit my blog. It was exhausting.

I knew I didn’t want to waste needless time in Photoshop, so I’ve developed a streamline way to make three shareable social media images for blog posts in less than ten minutes.

One of the MOST helpful things I have experience as a graphic/web designer was to look into the actual files of people who were more experienced than me. Seeing the ‘behind the scenes’ made me a better designer. I hope this video helps you as much as those Photoshop files from other designers helped me!

Scroll below the video for some FAST tips!

Timeline:

  • 0:00 – 0:45 Intro
  • 0:45 – 1:20 Overview of Image Sizes for Twitter/FB/Pinterest
  • 1:20 – 2:15 Branding of Images Overview
  • 2:15 –  4:20 Where Does Facebook Image Show Up?
  • 4:20 – 7:20 Pinterest Tutorial
  • 7:20 – 8:40 Facebook Tutorial
  • 8:40 – 9:40 Instagram Tutorial
  • 9:40 – 11:40 Themes and Images
  • 11:40 – 12:50 How to Make URL Pull Facebook Photo
  • 12:50 – 14:00 Twitter Inline Steam Images
  • 14:00 – 14:45 – Closing Thoughts

Websites Referenced:

Social Media Images Sizes Cheat Sheet (2016)

Graphic Stock ($99/year with unlimited downloads)

Grimag Theme on ThemeForest

5 Tips for Creating Shareable Social Media Images for Blog Posts

  1. Don’t use too many fonts (I use two)
  2. KISS (Keep is Simple Sweetheart)
  3. There are zillions of stock photos, don’t waste too much time and just choose one
  4. PLEASE put an alternative text for image (it’s what shows up on Pinterest and Facebook)
  5. Put your URL (or logo) on your images!

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