How I create headline images using Photoshop and Pixabay

Published December 22, 2015   Posted in Blogging

Recently, I standardized on a headline graphic theme that includes a black text bar down the right and I use a combination of Photoshop and Pixabay to help make the process of creating headline images for blog posts quick and easy.

I use Adobe Photoshop CC for all of my image editing, which is available through Adobe’s Creative Cloud monthly subscription. Pixabay is a copyright-free image source used by many bloggers because the images can be used for free – even without citation. These images are public domain.

To make my headline graphic creation process easier to manage, I keep a Photoshop-based template (a psd file) that I simply edit each time I want to create a new graphic. I change the background image and the text over the black banner, and that’s it – all done.

The screencast below demonstrates how I create these headline graphics.

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17 responses to “How I create headline images using Photoshop and Pixabay”

  1. Thanks Steve, very helpful! Pixabay is a great source for photos. I use it all the time.

  2. Ernie says:

    Thanks for the Pixabay recommendation – looks like they have a ton of great photos. I also use and

  3. That makes it really simple! Thanks for the screen cast to explain your process. I just recently started using for my images which has helped me bring some standardization to my process as well. For a long time, I just randomly put things together but unfortunately it led to some pretty awful headline images. Attractive images can help encourage people to click on your post so it is important to take time and make sure you are making good ones.

    • Steve says:

      Excellent! I hadn’t heard of, so I appreciate you passing over the link. There are a lot of really awesome image resources out there, making our jobs of blogging just a bit easier. 🙂

  4. Tawcan says:

    Very cool I’ve always wondered about all the images that other bloggers use. I typically just use images that I’ve taken but perhaps I need to start looking into standardizing my images.

    • Steve says:

      Hey Tawcan – yeah, I used to do that as well with my own images, but after finding some of these pretty high quality free image sources, I primarily switched over to them due to their variety in subject matter. 🙂

  5. GIMP is freeware that is very much like photoshop, for anyone who doesn’t want to pay the monthly subscription for Photoshop. I use it all the time!

    • Steve says:

      Good call, MissGF – I’ve used GIMP too and you’re right, it’s a very powerful Photoshop-like application. It’s an excellent alternative for sure.

  6. Mr. Groovy says:

    Luckily I stumbled upon Pixabay early on. Thanks for showing how easy it is to create eye-catching headlines, Steve.

  7. This is great! I was just trying to figure out how to add more creative and professional title images to my blog posts, so coming across your site right now was perfect timing! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing more of your great posts in the future.

  8. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for sharing. I never heard of Pixabay but noticed they have a lot of images.

  9. zoyoyayep says:

    Two greatest tools that I ever use. So much efficient and lovely tips for photography. Keep sharing,,

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