The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.
Where do you get background images for your posts, or do you create them yourself?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
I use Canva pretty exclusively to create the background images / graphics for my blog posts. Once I decided on a theme for my blog (beach theme), it has guided my decisions on the aesthetics.
I like Canva because you can layer images, etc… to make the pictures you want. It’s pretty easy to use and though not as powerful as design software, it is much more user-friendly and comes with so many photos, graphics, etc. options that you can just get lost in them. Using keywords is key to finding the picture you want, so as specific as you can get the better.
I also use Canva for my Instagram pictures. When I don’t have time to take photos, I can use one of their stock photos and plop in an iPad and my book cover. The trick is to make it look like the iPad is really part of the photo you’re using. That’s the fun challenge for me.
I also use it to put “TessaTalksBooks” on all photos so that if my photo is grabbed (and sometimes it is my authors and publishers) and used elsewhere, I automatically get credit for the photo.