20 Reasons Photoshop is The Best Tool for Bloggers

If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing Photoshop then consider these 20 reasons Photoshop is the best tool for bloggers. Most people think of Photoshop as an photo editing tool, which is true. But, did you know that you can a lot more with it? So, let’s talk about how it can help you with your blogging business.

If you've been on the fence about purchasing Photoshop then consider these 20 reasons Photoshop is the best tool for bloggers. Most people think of Photoshop as an photo editing tool, which is true. But, did you know that you can a lot more with it? So, let's talk about how it can help you with your blogging business.

As a graphic artist and photographer, I’ve been using Adobe Photoshop for well over 20 years. I believe that the power of Photoshop is something that you can’t find anywhere else, even in the free apps found online. And, that’s why I want to convince you to try it because I am positive that you can master it for your business and blogging needs.

Now, I know that Photoshop has its purpose. But let’s face it, not everyone is going to go out and purchase the Creative Cloud subscription if they aren’t trained graphic designer that needs the function of page editing and illustration also. So, I am going to say, “it’s okay” to use Photoshop for a variety of design applications. Don’t feel bad.

20 Reasons Photoshop is The Best Tool for Bloggers

So, what can you do in Photoshop? I have put together a list of 20 things that you can create using Adobe Photoshop. I’m sure that the list goes on and on, but I think this will blow your mind.

1 | Create Social Media Share Graphics

Eye catching social media share graphics are important to blogging. Keeping them on brand is key. If your graphics stand out, then your posts are shared more frequently. Yes, images get shared more than plain text. You can easily use Photoshop to create your social media share graphics and look professional!

2 | Edit your Profile Photos

You don’t have to be a professional to do some basic photo edits to your profile images. Adjust the exposure, enhance the color, and your image will stand out in a sea of bloggers and social media fanatics.

3 | Design a Media Kit

If you’re a blogger looking to gain a more exposure by working with sponsors or teams, a media kit is a must. There are a lot of templates online you can purchase, or design your own. Create something that gets the message across but also looks professional, too. Photoshop makes it simple to add photos and text and save your page as a PDF file to attach to emails.

4 | Design Your Business Cards

I shared a post a while back on my blog over at Holly McCaig Creative on how to design your own business cards using the printing company, Moo. Talk about gorgeous work they produce, yow-zah! Check out the post and get to cracking on your new business cards.

5 | Share an Infographic Study with Your Blog Post

Nothing makes a blog post stand out more than sharing an Infographic. There are apps out there that you could use, but if you’re hoping to make your Infographic to relative to your brand then get in there in Photoshop and design something superb that’s bound to go viral.

6 | Design Your Own Logo

I’m going to put this out there that I believe logos SHOULD be designed in Adobe Illustrator. But I get it. Money is tight, you’re on a budget. Using Photoshop to put together a basic DIY logo won’t kill you. Just follow my advice here so you’re not going overboard.

7 | Use Photo Mockups to Present Your Products

I recently shared a list of my favorite photo mockup sites. Yeah, if you’re doing any kind of sharing of a book or printable, you need to get that mocked up so it looks legit. Check out this post how you can use our stock images as mockups too.

8 | Create Blog Graphics Like SideBar Images, Buttons, and Click to Tweet Graphics

When you’re ready to brand your blog and add a few things like buttons or update your header, Photoshop can do the trick.

9 | Design a Brochure

Adobe InDesign is my preferred method for any page-layout needs, but if you’re doing your own brochure, creating something simple using Photoshop will do the trick. Just work on a piece of paper to start and mockup how it’s folded and where content will go first. This will save you a lot of headache.

10 | Collaborate a Collage or Mood Board

Need to put together some inspiration to help you with branding your next e-course? Mood boards are a great way to do that. Plus, you can use the same concept to share multiple photos on your blog in a collage.

11 | Design Pinnable Images

Want your pins on Pinterest to stand out? I know, getting people to click through can be the key to more traffic. So, design really interesting and stand-out pinnable images using Photoshop.

12 | Mockup Your Website/Blog Design for a Coder

If you’re going to hire someone to code your blog design for you, consider mocking up the design in Photoshop first. Give them an idea of the look you’re going for and where you want to place certain things. This will help them tremendously!

13 | Create a Collection of Quote Graphics for Instagram

Quote graphics are great fillers on Instagram, create a collection in Photoshop so you have a library to pull from when you haven’t had time to take any photos. Check out some of ours over in our shop! (affiliate link)

14 | Put Together a Worksheet PDF for your Content Upgrade

It’s no secret that content upgrades on blog posts help build your email list. Give your readers something they can truly use to help them. Worksheets are perfect content upgrades. Design a simple one using Photoshop! Save it as a PDF directly in Photoshop too.

15 | Brighten and Enhance a Dark and Detail-less Photo

Ever shot an image for your blog or e-course and it was just too dark? I shared a post on how to brighten white backgrounds in Lightroom, but you can do the same thing in Photoshop. Just enhance a blah photo and make it pop. I teach this in my course, Photo Editing Like a Boss.

16 | Create Printable Art for Passive Income

Looking to create a passive income stream? I think creating printable art quotes is a great way to do this. Check out my post on how to sell digital products here.

17 | Design Cover Photos for Social Media

It’s super important to stay consistent across your social media platforms. You want to stay on brand. Design your cover photos for social media meeting all of the various size requirements using Photoshop.

18 | Erase a Background from a Portrait

Need to extract a subject or object from a photo? You can do that in Photoshop!

19 | Add a Watermark to a Photo

If you need to protect your images from being stolen or used somewhere without your permission, watermark them. Photoshop makes it easy to create transparent watermarks so they don’t distract from your photo.

20 | Create Cool Effects to Text Like Chalkboard and Glitter

And, last, create really cool effects on your text. I’ve seen some awesome tutorials on how to create a chalkboard look or even add glitter or gold to your text. All using Photoshop!

Now that you have some awesome ways to use Photoshop, try it out! Your trial for a month can help you get started.

If you've been on the fence about purchasing Photoshop then consider these 20 reasons Photoshop is the best tool for bloggers. Most people think of Photoshop as an photo editing tool, which is true. But, did you know that you can a lot more with it? So, let's talk about how it can help you with your blogging business.

About Holly McCaig

Holly is a graphic artist and photographer from Denver, Colorado.

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