You don't need a degree in Graphic Design to create a great looking image for your blog or newsletter.
With the right tools, image editing is easy.
With Pixlr.com, you can make a featured image for your blog post in minutes, or design a great looking newsletter header that you can use month after month!
The great thing about Pixlr (besides being free) is that you don't have to download any software, or install anything on your computer. It's completely browser-based, so you can edit your image right in your browser window.
When you go to Pixlr.com, there are a few different options to choose from:
For simple image editing, select Pixlr Express (or go to www.pixlr.com/express).
There are four different options:
- Browse to upload an image from your computer
- Open URL to use an image from anywhere on the web (follow copyright rules!)
- Webcam to take a selfie
- Collage to combine multiple photos into one image.
Let's use 'Open URL' to select your logo right from your website. Go to your website, then right-click on your logo. Select 'Copy Image URL.'
Then, paste the URL into Pixlr Express and click 'Open.'
That's it! Now you're ready to play!
All of the edits to our logo above were done with just a few clicks. It's that easy!
Make a Custom Newsletter Header Image using Pixlr
There are three key steps to creating your own custom newsletter header:
- Select a background image
- Add your logo
- Add some text
First, I'm going to upload a background image from my desktop into Pixlr Express that is 600 pixels wide (pixel height doesn't matter). A 600 pixel width will match our newsletter template perfectly in Ace of Sales. You can use any photo that you have the rights to use, or go to search.creativecommons.org and look for 'background.' This way you can get an image that is 'labeled for commercial reuse with modification.'
(Why is this important? Read why at Creative Commons.)
Once you've got your background uploaded into Pixlr, go to 'Adjustment,' and then 'Add Image.'
Select your logo image, resize it and put it on top of your background so it looks good.
Next, select the 'Text' option and write the name of your newsletter, or the title of the current issue.
Save this file to your desktop, and you're done!
You can use your newsletter header in an Ace of Sales 1-column or 2-column newsletter template. Just open up a newsletter, click on the header, select the Image icon from the sidebar, and upload!