This Article introduces basic Photoshop design techniques. You’ll use these skills to combine design assets into a simple, unique composite for print or online use. Have fun following along with your own images or the sample files provided on this page.
Trying to make blog post graphics, but have NO idea where to start? Or you’ve tried, but your end result doesn’t do your blog post any favors?
You see other blogs with graphics that look so good, and you wonder why you’re struggling with something that seems like it should be so easy. All you want to do is make a blog post graphic.
Well, grab some coffee (tea, cocoa, any form of caffeine…) and pull up a chair. We’re about to set you up with a blog post graphic that looks great AND works as a template to make future graphics easier. Sound good? Think you can’t use Photoshop? I’ll show you how to make blog post graphics that you can start using TODAY.
Because it’s awesome. Seriously – it’s quick to learn, and you can get a 30-day trial for free (and it’s as low as $10 a month after that). But better yet, learn a few basics in Photoshop, and everything you do will be fast, on-brand, and customized just for you. Make blog post graphics, social media posts, branding, opt-ins – basically, you can build yourself an inventory of I’ve-got-this.
Type kit is now Adobe Fonts.
Layers are the building blocks of any Photoshop design. Start building this layered design by creating a new layer for original artwork and by adding one image to another. Along the way, you’ll become familiar with the Layers panel, and you’ll learn the essentials of working with layers.
Combine images using layer masks
Layer masks are the most flexible way to combine images. A layer mask hides part of a layer to display what’s on the layers below. Use layer masks in this design to replace a dull sky in one image with dramatic clouds from another and to gradually blend artwork into the rest of the design.
Add text and effects
Add text to your design. Then embellish the text with creative layer effects for a unique look. Learn how to work with Type layers, and use Type kit to access a treasure trove of exciting fonts.
Include vector graphics
Photoshop isn’t just for photographs. Take your design further by making custom shapes in Photoshop and placing a logo made in Adobe Illustrator. Vector graphics like these can be scaled and edited as much as you like.
Export and save the design
Save your design in PSD format to retain its layers and effects for future editing. Then save or export copies for different uses. Save a copy as a PDF for sharing, and use Photoshop’s Export features to export all or part of the design in web-friendly formats.
Ready? Let’s tackle your first blog post graphic:
1 – Open a new Photoshop document
Set the size of your new document to 750 width & 1100 height, using pixels as the measurement. Enter 72 for the resolution. Make sure the color mode is RGB.
This is a good size for Pinterest, where vertical (tall) images perform the best.
2 – Choose a photo for the background
Choose a photo that has plenty of space for your text – this is called COPY SPACE. You’re looking for photos with large areas of light or dark. If you take your own photos, think about this during your next photoshoot and take plenty of photos with copy space.
Open the folder that contains your photo, and drag it onto your canvas in Photoshop. Resize the photo so that it covers your canvas.
PRO TIP: If you’re using Photoshop 2018 or earlier, hold the shift key to resize photos. That will keep you from squishing the photo! (In Photoshop 2019, you no longer have to hold shift)
Before we go any further, let’s save the graphic. Go to File and Save As, and choose a name for your graphic. Save it in a folder you’ll remember.
3 – Add your text
Time for your blog post title. Select the type tool (the “T” in the tool panel on the left), and in the options at the top of your screen, choose your font & color. If you like fancy fonts, the main part of your blog title is the perfect place. Just make sure it’s still easy to read!
Now, click anywhere on your canvas to start a text box. Type out your blog post title. You can center the text or align it to the right or left (see the options at the top of the screen when you’re using the text tool).
To make your text bigger or smaller, click the Move tool (the 4-arrow icon at the top of the tools panel), and click on your text. You’ll see a faint rectangle around your text – that’s the text box. If you don’t see the box, look at the top of your screen and make sure you check the option “Show Transform Controls”.
If you want to add a second text box (for example, a tag line in a different font), just follow the same steps to add a new text box. For contrast, use a simpler font.
4 – Add your blog name
Do yourself (and your readers) a favor, and add your blog name to the bottom of your graphic. You want anyone browsing Pinterest to see at a glance where your post is from. We’ll use a shortcut for this.
Here’s the goal: we want your blog name to be in the same simple font we just used for the tagline, but much smaller. You could make a new text box like you’ve been doing, but this is much faster: with the move tool, hold down the OPT/ALT key, click on your tagline, and just drag a new layer off of the old!
How easy was that? Even if you’ve never opened Photoshop before, you can make blog post graphics (that you actually like!) in just a few minutes.