My Blogging Design Tips

Hi everyone! So recently I became kind of obsessed with blog design and spent hours each day researching how to design headers and images and searching of Pinterest for freebies and stalking design blogs. And then I became really proud of all my graphics and thought that I’d make my own How-to guide and save you all the time I spent looking for freebies (because that’s really the hardest part). I’m also going to use this post to mention the blogs I downloaded from because they have such beautiful designs. So let’s get to it!

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A lot of the places I looked told me that Freepik had a ton of cool free downloads. And I checked it out, and they do! But the problem was most of them were vectors, and I had no special vector editing app to use, such as Photoshop. If you have Photoshop or Illustrator or another vector editing app, then I highly suggest you use Freepik because they have to many options. But if you’re like me and don’t have that, I found Freepik limited in choices. So, the next best place was Pinterest. If you just type in free graphic downloads png you will get so many options, most of them from design blogs that are so generous and help out us poor folk. Some of my favorites are:

  • Angie Makes– Where I got the watercolor backgrounds for my blog header and button
  • Fox and Hazel– Where I downloaded some pretty flowers and foliage but haven’t yet found a spot for them
  • By Dawn Nicole -Where I downloaded the watercolor smudges for my featured images
  • Designs by Miss Mandee– REALLY CUTE WOODLAND CREATURES READING THAT I NEED FOR FIND ROOM FOR

Just make sure to read the terms of agreement first to check that you can use for personal use!

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So fonts are really important to your blog design. They set the whole theme of your blog. and usually, the ones your computer automatically comes with are BORING and not super cute. Luckily, there are so many free fonts websites. A lot of the fonts I use are actually on Canva, but when I use Picmonkey you have the option to use your own fonts. I’ll talk more about the pros and cons of each in the next section, but first let me introduce you to a couple of the font downloading websites, as well as good ways to pair your fonts.

  • DaFont– my favorite fonts download website. They have so many options you are sure to find what you are looking for, as well as ways to easily narrow down the fonts and sort them.
  • 1001 Free Fonts
  • Font Space

Also, the blogs I linked above also design their own free fonts available for download, so check that out as well. And for good font pairings, I’m going to link my font Pinterest board (that also has more free downloadable fonts)

In my edits, I use Brusher for featured images titles, Amatic Small Caps for featured images subtitles, Playlist Script for blog images and blog header, and Sophia for my blog button.

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I mainly use two websites: PicMonkey and Canva. Canva I use for my blog header, featured images, sidebar images and blog images (such as what you see above), and PicMonkey I used for my blog button and am hoping to use again soon. If you need more help on how to usethe two websites most effectively, just let me know! But for now, I’m just going to introduce the two websites and give pros and cons on each one.

Canva

Pros

  • Easier
  • Has templates for you
  • So if you’re uncreative (or less creatively inclined) you don’t have to make your own designs
  • free!
  • Saves images for you on account so you can access again
  • Can upload images

Cons

  • Can’t upload your own fonts
  • Can’t make transparent background
  • Which is important if your blog background is not white
  • But luckily mine is
  • Anyway the paid version has a lot more cool stuff but #cheap and don’t want to pay so my options are limited

PicMonkey

Pros

  • Creates really professional looking images
  • Kinda like Photoshop but free! #cheap
  • Can upload your own fonts
  • And pictures
  • Can overlap photos and text and then do special editing thingies to get the photo INSIDE the text
  • and just generally has more advanced graphic editing skills like changing the colors of images

Cons

  • A lot harder
  • Like you basically have to be a graphic designer to use it
  • (Not actually but you do need to have patience to learn how to use it and have some basic skills)
  • No templates, so you need to actually have an idea of what you want to make

So as I said above I use both for different reasons. Since my featured images are pretty simple, I use Canva and just have a basic template for each type of featured image, and fill in the blanks depending on the post. But for something more complicate like my blog button, where I wanted to combine images and use my own fonts and do other fancy editing stuff, Canva wouldn’t cut it, and I had to use PicMonkey. I recommend that you use Canva for the simpler graphics and PicMonkey for the more complicated. But, if you are really good at graphic design or have the patience to learn the basics of it, PicMonkey is a really good free tool to make fancy looking, gasp inducing graphics.

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I really hope this helps you with your blog design! This is by far NOT a comprehensive list (for example I have no idea how to use HTML and therefore did not include that in this list) nor a full on how-to guide (but if you want a how-to guide to know how to use each website to their fullest potential just lmk) but more of a resource to find cool graphics and fonts and edit them well.

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24 thoughts on “My Blogging Design Tips

  1. Sophie Li says:

    Hi! Thanks for sharing your tips! I’ve been looking into improving my blog design so this is helpful for me. I found some amazing vectors at Freepik and I downloaded a trial version of Adobe to use them, but it would be too expensive to have adobe for the long term! I will check out Pinterest and the other programs that you’ve suggested 🙂

    Cheers,
    Sophie

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  2. Bridget says:

    Great post! I feel like too many bloggers hoard where they get their freebies from, which doesn’t make any sense because it’s not like they made it themselves??? Or maybe they’re worried of people copying them, but still! Blog design has become crucial to getting people to stick around your blog so I’m all for sharing where I get my stuff whenever someone asks me so I’m super happy to see you’re sharing too!

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  3. Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader says:

    Oh, these are such great tips! I use Freepik and don’t use photoshop; I literally edit everything through my phone on Photos, Pic Monkey, Pic Collage, and Canva. It’s definitely a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end! XD I’ve never used Pinterest for web design; I think I get too nervous that I’ll take something and get sued, even if it’s a dumb worry (but one of my first arrows was from a blog download!). Your design is so gorgeous; I love it! ❤

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    • Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books says:

      Oh thank you! Freepik scares me because there are so many options 😬 I’m yet to become a pro at Pic Monkey but I really want to because you can make such professional looking designs! Yeah most of the bloggers that post on Pinterest are really nice and yet you use their stuff as long as you shout them out but I’m careful to check haha because that wouldn’t be good. Thank you so much yours is too!! ❤️

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