Now I’d like to have your feedback dear bloggers.
I’m a very visual person and I love pictures.
And no, not (always) the guy who lost his shirt even if it’s a definite perk! But don’t give me guys groping their junk because it’s a definite turn off. I need some mystery for God’s sake. Let’s be subtle somehow. Perfect example here below with The Boy Next Door teaser (fantastic read by the way).
But I digress…
If I go exploring blogs I’ll be attracted to blogs with gorgeous graphics and clean lines.
Some of my best examples are Flylef and her incredible graphics or Corina at Happily Ever After Book Reviews. She is one of my blog besties and her blog is utterly gorgeous with incredible pictures! Go have a peek because she is talented like mad.
If I encounter a blog with too many pictures, on two side bars plus advertising and everything in different dimensions I won’t come back even if the content is wonderful.
Now I’m not shallow either and if it’s only looks but no brain that won’t do either!
So here I come to the matter at hand: do pictures play a big role in your blog liking or not?
Second question: what do you think about teasers? Either alone preparing your soul to welcome the next best book of some insanely talented author or in the review self.
Do they appeal to your heart like the latest Jimmy Choo on 5th Avenue?
Or are you rather unmoved and consider them a necessary nuisance?
Third question: do you create teasers, banners, collage and other graphics? If so what tools and/or apps do you use?
It’s been trial and errors for me so far. Just trying some new tool or new app every other day. I was like a teenage boy salivating every time a gorgeous girl bend to lace her shoes just tent-less in the pants (sorry it seems my hormones are playing the Mambo today. I’ve a one track mind.): I wanted them all!
So far my favorite are: Canva (my foundation); PicMonkey to add some gorgeous and free calligraphy on the picture and Pic Collage for…collage duh! I’m still looking for some incredible tool to create banners on FB. A friend advised Ripl but … What do you think?
The thing is I don’t like multiplying tools. Call me old fashioned but I’d rather prefer mastering some tools than have a collection as big as Imelda Marcos shoes assortment.
Here are some teasers I created this week thanks to PicMonkey. For the first time ever a book inspired me so much I could not stop looking for pictures to use featuring my favorite quotes (it’s Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott if you did not already guess 😀 ).
And how do you use a picture as background and add another above with “holes” to see through? Like the one you can find at Flylef in her Flytip?
Fourth question: where do you get your pictures? Are you googling and choosing the one you like whatever the royalties? Do you have a monthly payment plan at Adobe or Shutterstock or Dreamstine? Or do you get them free of rights for zero Penny?
I confess: I’m a play by the rules kind or girl. I very, very, very, very … rarely use pictures on Google whatever their rights. I’m too chicken! I get my pictures from free databases like Unsplash (gorgeous), Pixabay or Pexels.
Of course trying to find them free of rights and just the perfect picture to illustrate your review is often more time consuming than writing the review…Absurd you say?
So where do you get them? And do you consider it stealing if you don’t care for the rights?
Let’s comment because if you have incredible tips regarding banners, teasers and the likes I’m VERY interested.