Stuck With Lifeless Images on Your Blog? Dress Them Up With 4 Enchanting Ideas

Do you have a blog with interesting content people want to read, but they aren’t reading it because you have lifeless images?

Do you want to learn how to create images to die for in order to increase social engagement and ultimately gain more readers?

If you answered yes to one or both of my questions, then this tutorial is for you!

Stuck With Lifeless Images on Your Blog? Dress Them Up With 4 Enchanting Ideas

When it comes to putting the final touch on a blog post,  I’m sure you typically reserve the feature image until the very end. Usually you

  • Find a photo that tells exactly what your post is about
  • Insert it into your blog and publish it
  • Share it on social media

You may not realize it, but photos on your blog could help you attract more readers.

Why does a photo matter when you already have shareable content?

Although blogging in itself promotes social engagement by making it easily shareable on social media, using visual content can increase likes by 54% and comments by 104% on your blog posts.

So how can you dress up your lifeless images to promote more social engagement? In this post, I will discuss where you can get photos and show you video tutorials on 4 ways to enhance your photos using Photoshop.

If you don’t have Photoshop, you can purchase Photoshop for as little as $9.99/month. Or, there’s a 30 day free trial of Photoshop here. A much cheaper version is Photoshop Elements. There’s also a free trial of Elements that you can get here.

And in the end you don’t want to use Adobe Photoshop, you can go here and find many Photoshop alternatives that are free to use.

I know that there are other free image editors like Canva and Picmonkey out there that many bloggers use, but I prefer Photoshop as that is the only image editor I am familiar with.

I have used Canva before, and although it is a great tool for bloggers and is easy to use I found it had some key limitations. Specifically, I was unable to overlay certain images and I couldn’t use two different text fonts (like I did with the image on this post) unless I picked a per-determined text box.

Let’s get started!

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

If you are new to blogging, you might think any picture on Google is up for grabs as long as you attribute it to the original source with a link and caption.


Sara Hawkins wrote a post on Social Media Examiner, and puts it into perspective saying,

You’ve heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when that picture is protected by copyright, the picture is only worth three words: cease and desist.

Many pictures on the internet are copyright protected, meaning, they can’t be used or distributed without express authorization from the owner.

But don’t worry. There are actually many Creative Commons photos that are royalty free and available for commercial use.

The Verve has a great article featuring 27 sites that have free stock photos.

Even better, BufferSocial has more than 53 free image sites for anyone who wants to use a picture for their blog.

Now that you know where to get your photos, let’s begin to turn them from lifeless images into images to die for. Here are 4 ways to enhance them for greater social engagement.

Click on any of the links to watch my tutorial. Note, my children were sleeping when I did my voice over, so that is why I might sound a bit subdued and calm in my video.

1. Add a Text Overlay to Your Photo

2. Add a Frame to Shape Your Text

3. Add a Filter to Your Image

I used an Instagram type filter for my photo. If you want the same effect, you can get retro filters for your images at Brusheezy.


4. Rounding Corners on Your Image

Now You Can Create Appealing Visual Content for Your Blog Readers

I hope my video tutorials will help you in opening up your creativity when it comes to jazzing up an image. So next time you’re finished with your blog post, find a photo that relates to your content but hasn’t been overused and dress it up using any of my four enhancements.

Besides focusing on your feature image, you can also add other visual content to your blog post to make it more appealing to your readers, making it more likely they will share it. Try adding

  • charts, graphs, venn diagrams
  • infographics
  • slideshare

So there you go! Let me know what image modifications you use to make your images pop. What other visual content do you like using in your blog posts? Do you find it makes a difference in attracting more readers?

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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I agree with you (A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words) Elna Cain Am happy to be on your site today have learn new in this great post, i will pay more attention to images now. Thanks. More of this Elna CainReply to Sanusi
Sanusi Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you enjoyed my post and tutorial. I always liked imagery and I have a lot of fun finding the perfect image to convey my message for my blog post. Finding the perfect image and then editing it to make it something you want is a great process and actually helps me with my writing. I find the trifecta for a perfect blog post is the content, imagery and the structure/headline. If you are missing one of these key elements, then your post won’t have a huge impact on your readers! Will be looking forward to your design elements! ElnaReply to Elna
Hey Elna, I wish I knew Photoshop but you have to admit, it’s a hard program to learn. I used it a little bit in my last corporate job but I didn’t get to spend much time in it and I found the layers over my head. I use Canva and PicMonkey but Canva more than anything. I’ve worked my way around not being able to change the fonts but I wish I could add my own. PicMonkey now has that option but you can’t do an overlay box on your images or so I haven’t figured out how. So there are a few things you can’t do with either but if you don’t know Photoshop then that’s all we have to work with. All I can say is that I LOVE your image and I’m super jealous. I only wish I was that creative but gosh I’m sure trying. LOL!!! Thanks for this post and I’m definitely sharing it. ~AdrienneReply to Adrienne
Thanks Adrienne for commenting! I absolutely enjoy when you pop on over to my blog and leave a comment! I giggle with delight! Photoshop is quite difficult to learn but there are DIY videos that makes it easy to use. I also have a husband that knows quite about about Photoshop. I actually am starting to like Adobe InDesign. I made my whole free guide from that and it was much easier than PS. I have never used PicMonkey but have heard nothing but good things and I have seen many tutorials on using it and it looks easy. Canva is okay, but I find it limiting, as you do with not being able to import your fonts. I can help you if you want with your images. I’ll email you. That’s weird because you are the second person today that has told me that I have an eye for design. Maybe I should add that to my freelancing skills! ElnaReply to Elna
It is also important to use the alt and schema tags for your images as that will help search engines to send traffic your way. And a Pinterest button, it goes without saying.Reply to Kelly
Great information Kelly. I readily use Pin buttons on my picture to help with marketing my blog posts. Although this post was focused on “dressing” up your images, it’s always good to practice good SEO.Reply to Elna
Thanks for this post! Though I’ll probably still be sticking and experimenting with Canva and Picabay for a while, I still felt as though I learned quite a bit from this article.Reply to Tiffany
Thanks so much for commenting on my blog post Tiffany! Canva and Picmonkey are great visual editors, it’s just I don’t feel comfortable enough to provide a tutorial for them. I’m glad you still learned a lot from my article! Thanks againReply to Elna