Five Quick Tips On Choosing And Creating Images For Your Website Or Blog

April 25, 2013

Blogging, Social Media

Five Quick Tips On Choosing And Creating Images For Your Website

Images are an important part of any website and will in fact have the biggest impact of all on anyone who decides to go online and load up your site. However despite this, and despite the fact that an image is reportedly worth a thousand words, many webmasters will nevertheless overlook the importance of them and will be happy to just look on Google for an image that fits their purposes and slap it on their site. This is not only bad for the appearance of their site, but can also have some legal considerations for website owners.

If you’re guilty, put your hand up…

Having the correct images on your site will make your pages pop and draw the eye, it will make your links stand out more on social networks, and it will give you more authority and respect from the viewer.

Here we will have closer look at some quick tips for using the best images for your website or blog.

1. Consider Your Color Scheme

Web ColoursWhen someone first looks at your website, they will get a general overall feel for the page rather than looking at each individual detail. You need to ensure that all your colors blend nicely together and compliment each other. You can accomplish this in Paint or Gimp by just altering the color levels to bring out a little more green or a little less red. Have a look at the Web section of Colourlovers for guidance and inspiration.

2. Choose High Definition

You should always make sure that the images you use are high definition. If they look grainy or surrounded by noise they will make your site look unprofessional and/or very old. This will mean that people are less likely to stick around.

3. Choose Small File Sizes

You should always choose small file sizes when you upload your images. This means choosing the correct file format and making them no bigger than they need to be. You shouldn’t think about sacrificing quality though, but you shouldn’t have a gigantic 5000×5000 image either if you are going to set the image height and width to 50×50 in your HTML.

Bother to resize the images and make multiple versions if necessary, and choose PNG or JPG over BMP as the file format. Your bandwidth and your site’s loading times will thank you. Picresize and Resize Your Image are handy and free tools for this purpose.

4. Be Original

Wherever possible make sure that the images you use are unique and original. If you know someone who is a photographer or a graphics designer then it’s worth getting images made specifically for the site. People will be able to tell, and your website or blog will look 100 times more professional as a result.

Face In

5. Face In

Apparently in the best online pictures the subject will always face in towards the text rather than out and away from it. So if you have a picture of a person on the right hand side of a block of text, they should be looking left ie. looking at the text.

Bonus Tip

[Bonus tip from the Editor] We use lots of Creative Commons-licensed images here at Social Media Revolver and there’s one place where you can find them easily. Flickr is one of the primary image sharing websites in the world and they have a huge collection of copyrighted as well as free images available.

Using Flickr Creative Commons -licensed image search

The trick here is to use a custom search in order to find the free ones. Once you are logged on to your Flickr account go to the search area and click the Advanced Search -hotlink. This will take you to a page with lots of different search criteria you can use. One of them is labelled Creative Commons. Tick all the boxes there and hit the Search -button. You will get a huge collection of cool images that you can use in your web projects. Remember to credit the photographer though.

[Image: iStockPhoto]

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About Todd Ramos

The author of this post, Todd Ramos, is the owner of Todd SEO Guy http://www.toddseoguy.com/ and he offers SEO services to clients through his website. He likes to read books and listen to music in his free time.

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6 Responses to “Five Quick Tips On Choosing And Creating Images For Your Website Or Blog”

  1. Kris Olin Says:

    The ‘Face In’ tip is actually quite interesting. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. I vaguely remember reading something about motion vectors, when learning graphics at Uni. This is probably something similar. Thanks for a great post Todd!
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  2. Carolyn Says:

    Very interesting tips, Todd. I didn’t know about Face In, though I rarely use pictures of faces at my website.

    Flickr is a great resource for finding Creative Commons pictures. Being able to search by rights is very handy. There is a way to search according to rights on Google but it doesn’t provide nearly as many images as Flickr.
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  4. Max Says:

    valuable advice – adds to overall designer feel in average blogger, because not everyone has a great taste or skills to compile a great looking page.

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