Create Perfect Free Images for Your Blog Posts

If you find yourself searching free graphics sites like Morgue File,, or royalty free sites like StockFresh, iStockPhoto, or BigStockPhoto but unable to find the perfect graphic for your blog post, try these sites instead where you can create exactly what you want.

What can you do?  Feature the best quote or line from your post on a sticky note or tag, name a street in honor of your post, create a cloud of the main words from your post or set your words on fire!


Wigfip allows you to generate various graphics with your own text on them.  You can also create images like the three below.


This site lets you create a “cloud” of words from any text or feed you’d like.  These two examples are generated from my blog feed and words I’ve used frequently in recent posts.  You can choose the colors, fonts and style.


Flaming Text

Set your text on fire, make it brushed metal, or try one of dozens of other effects.

Cool Text

Cool Text is similar to Flaming Text but also allows you to put your text on buttons like this panic button.

Fake Magazine Cover

Put yourself (or any photo you’ve got) on the cover of dozens of different magazines.

Your Turn!

What are your favorite places to find graphics to add to your blog posts?  Please share in the comments!

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  1. I learned so much is this one blog post….thank you!
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    1. You’re welcome, Beth. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)
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  2. i am egoistic
    i usually create my graphics on my own.

    but i like your links
    i am hot on the wordles and the magazine cover
    have to try that definitly.

    maybe it is also a good idea for bloggers to look for freeware graphic programms
    they can help to do better graphics, to reduce photos in size etc.

    some say that “the gimp” is a good programm, i don.t know, because i use photoshop.
    but those who recommende “the gimp” say that it is compareable to photoshop.

    maybe worth a try.

    hope you don.t mind.
    wrote a blog on how to find free pictures for blogs

    love helen
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    1. Thanks for sharing that link, Helen, those are good sites. :) I also like for free photos.

      I’ve used Gimp a bit, and it is comparable to Photoshop. If I’m on a computer that doesn’t have Photoshop installed I’ll usually just go to for quick image edits — it rocks.
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  3. Ah just what I need….have been thinking this morning about where to access stuff…thanks for this
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    1. You’re welcome, Katrina. I got inspired to share these when I couldn’t find the perfect image for my last post, so our minds were on the same challenge the morning. :)
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  4. Love the variety of sites and ways to create free cool images for your blog posts (and videos)!

    Look forward to playing! Thanks, Michelle.

    MaryAnn D’Ambrosio
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    1. Have fun, MaryAnn! I got stuck at the magazine generator one making all sorts of magazine covers. It’s a blast.
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  5. I can only say…

    THANK YOU! WOW You are such a good person.

    1. Hi Juracy, muchas gracias. Tenga un día maravilloso. :)
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  6. Super cool! Some of the best and most fun tools in a long time. Thanks for sharing!
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    1. I went for fun sites to share this time. :)
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  7. Great tips there Michelle – I’ll be looking forward to trying some of those resources – which would you say is the quickest one to use? ( quick is good for me!)
    I mostly use istock, or presentermedia – I went down the paid route – quite low $ though – but I use a lot of them on sales pages etc, not just for blogposts.

    I never know whether you can use a photo from somewhere like wikipedia (ie an open source type site) as long as you reference where it’s from – do you know?

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    1. Wigflip and Cool Text are the quickest for me. Wordle I end up playing with forever, and the Magazine cover one is a little tricky to get the photo placed on a cover that fits well.

      I use StockFresh for the majority of my photos.

      My two cents is that if I can’t find permission to use a photo (like a creative commons license or other noted permission on the page), then I don’t use it. Some images, even with attribution, can’t be used legally if that permission wasn’t granted. Many seem to take the wild west approach and just use whatever they find online, but I figure it’s better to be on the safe side. :)
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  8. finding images is a TOUGH one for me! thanks for all the awesome suggestions!
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    1. You’re welcome, Tonja. Hopefully that’ll be a little less tough now. :)
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  9. Very nice share Michelle! Thanks a lot! I’ve bookmarked them all, I’m sure I’m gonna need them as some point when creating a post and even a logo.
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  10. Loved your links. Great resources for new bloggers like me. I’ve really enjoyed the blogging challenge!!

  11. Great resources , I love wordle too, Wigflip looks great and the Flaming text i hadn’t seen them
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  12. Some really FUN stuff here! Thanks for sharing your resources Michelle. :)
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  13. Awesome graphics tips. I often spend as much time on photoshop tweaking and changing photos to fit my posts as I do writing them. I am not a great graphics person and these look incredibly simple (well I hope they are as simple as they look).
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  14. […] really love this journey. Thanks to Michelle Shaeffer for the great article on cool […]

  15. I recommend Creative Commons Search at

    This allows you to search for photos and other images you can use for commercial purposes and/or edit and amend. You can search a range of sites, including Flickr, Wikipedia, Google Images, and Open Clip Art Gallery. I use this service a lot to find images for my blog posts.
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  16. Oooo… NICE! Looking forward to exploring all the links…. ideas are popping into my head as I’m typing these words…. so very cool!
    Thanks, Magnificent Michelle!

  17. Very very cool stuff Michelle – you are always up on the latest and greatest for which I am very grateful! Thank you for keeping me well informed about what’s out there!
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  18. Thanks so much! (using the auto motivator on today’s post!)
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  19. This is great Michelle. I can now get some cool graphics on my blog.

    Thanks and have a great day

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  20. […] time finding good images for my posts (and for my client posts)  Michelle Schaffer shares some great ideas for creating your own images for your posts.  I made one for the picture that goes with this […]

  21. I can always count on you to share something that I’ve been looking for! LOL I’ve been looking for some good “word” graphics and Wordle is just what I needed!!! Thanks, Michelle! You rock … as usual ;)
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  22. Great sites! I have seen a couple before but I love them.

    Sometimes getting just the picture takes me HOURS… I waste more time searching for an image then I do writing! LOL – not very productive!

    You always deliver good stuff, Michelle!

    Be Well.
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  23. You are like the energizer bunny….going and going and going…with more GREAT information! This is awesome and thanks Michelle!
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  24. Thanks Michelle for this post this will really help with images that you can post on your site, it was getting harder and harder to find great images that express your blog post but you just lighten the load on that Great Post!!!
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  25. I was just thinking about how I need to add more graphics to my blog, but was not sure where to get the ones that I would want to use. Thanks so much for these ideas because now I can make my own!! Super helpful.

  26. Just tried Wigflip for one of my recent blog posts and it works great. Such a time saver! Thanks Michelle!
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  27. I really love that WigFlip and the magazine cover! Thanks for sharing – great resources.
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  28. Thank you for recommending Stockfresh. Glad you like the site! :)
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