3 ways to spice up your blog post design

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3 ways to spice up your blog post design | The Native New Yawker

if you’ve been following the blog critique for a few weeks, you’ll notice every week i’m offering little tips and tricks bloggers can do to sexy up their sidebars and headers. i don’t really discuss ways in which one can spice up their actual blog post design. today, let’s discuss three simple ways you can ‘turn up’ those blog post.

+ experiment with a photo manipulation software. eventually, you’ll want to do more with your blog graphics so you may want to eventually teach yourself how to use some type of photo manipulation software. personally, i recommend adobe photoshop. to get this program for free you can either download the latest adobe photoshop cs6 trial for 30 days or download adobe photoshop cs2 for free. yes, you heard me for free. yes, it’s a little dated but it’s still a great way to learn the basic tools of the program. if photoshop is not really for you, i’d recommend GIMP, a free alternative to photoshop. there are plenty of free photo manipulation software you can experiment with or tutorials and classes that can teach you how to use photoshop.

+ for collage post, use polyvore. whether you’re a fashion blog or an interior design blog, polyvore makes it really simple to create collage images for your blog. although i mostly do my collages in photoshop, i appreciate how quick and easy polyvore makes it for you to design your own collages. you can either use pre-made templates or start from scratch.

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+ for photo heavy post, use apps like picframe to create cool photo layouts for your content. aside from collages, i love photo layouts and grids. it’s just a cool way to better organize some of your picture heavy post. with picframe you get 73 fully adjustable frames supporting up to 9 photos, text labels, rounded corners, photo effects, shapes, shadows, plenty of patterns and an easy color picker you will always have a unique look. picframe is quick, easy and only $0.99. great app to use for spicing up those posts.


what apps/programs do you use for your blog post design?

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  • Great tips! I had no idea they were offering CS2 for download. It’s a great way to learn the program. 🙂

    • L.

      Yup! It’s definitely a great way to get familiar with the program! Definitely would recommend downloading either or!

  • SwaRai

    Great tips!!

    • L.

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Alisha B.

    Thank you for these tips!! Especially the one about using polyvore for collages

    Alisha @ The Alisha Nicole

    • L.

      No problem! Glad I could help! 🙂

  • Ariel Says Now

    I already use polyvore to create fancy notes on my blog and I love it. Definitely going to download the freebies you blogged about. THANK YOU!

    • L.

      You are so totally welcome! Glad I could help!

  • I love your Blog Critique feature but these tips are amazing. Please keep them coming.

    • L.

      I will do! 🙂

  • Toia B.

    I use GIMP as well as Polyvore which I LOVE! I sometimes use my Photogrid app for my posts but not all that often. I’ll be looking into picframe. Thanks for the tips!

    • L.

      Yes! PicFrame now allows for grid for videos now. Definitely worth trying out!

  • PicMonkey is my boo!

    • L.

      I’ve heard of PicMonkey, just never used it! I must check it out.

  • Mischi

    Thanks for all the helpful info.

  • Kriselle

    You make a good point about the photo collages. I never thought of it that way before. For my photo heavy posts I will definitely start doing that! Thank you! By the way, found you from the SITS Girls! Thanks for the tips [: