Tuesday Blog Tips: How I Make My Thumbnails


Hello and welcome to another Tuesday Blog Tips post! Today, I wanted to talk about blog post thumbnails and share some tips on how to make them look nice!
Blog post thumbnails are important because that's what makes people click on your posts to read them. So I thought I would share how I make my thumbnails to give you some ideas on how you could make yours!

Word Swag
Word Swag is a really great app I've been using for the majority of my thumbnails recently. As much as I enjoy using Photoshop, apps are really great because it's so quick and easy to make on your phone.

This is what Word Swag looks like when you first open it.


As you can see, you can choose to take a new photo or upload an existing photo. I usually choose to select an existing photo.


When you choose that option, you can see that app brings up some of it's own backgrounds that you can choose instead. However, I'm just going to stick with my photo.


It then gives you the option to crop the photo into a square, or to leave it at it's original size. My photo is already a square so I'm just going to click don't crop.


We are now at the edit window. As you can see, we have a bunch of different text styles at the bottom, with 5 variations of that style. You can change the colour of the font and then edit the image. The first thing I want to do, is edit the image.


As you can see, we have a few different filters to choose from, so I'm going to choose one I like and then make the photo slightly blurry, so that the text stands out on top of it.


Ok, so the next thing I want to do, is change the text to match my blog title. 


When you change the text, the app automatically styles the text using one of the styles. You may also notice that the app has a Twitter preview area, so you can see how it looks if you were to share it on Twitter. It's a really great feature so I can make sure my text doesn't get cut off on Twitter. Now what I'm going to do is flick through all the different fonts and variations, until I find one I like.


So this is the font I have decided to go with, using the first variation of it. I also decided to make the photo even more blurry just so that the text really stood out. I'm happy with my thumbnail now, so I'm going to save it to my phone and upload it my computer.


As soon as you press done, the photo automatically saves to your phone. So that's it! Now I have my blog thumbnail ready to use.


So that is how I've been making my blog thumbnails recently, with Word Swag. I hope this post gave you some ideas on how you can use your phone to create blog thumbnails!

What are your favourite ways to create fun looking thumbnails?
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