Adding great graphics

Not sure how to make a thumbnail image or create a graphic for your post? Read on!


Images and graphics are brilliant additions to posts – they help to break up lots of text, help to frame a narrative and look good.

Uploading (appropriate) photos that you have the rights to is the best way to add great visuals to your story. Have a pic from a recent meet-up or even a graduation? Feel free to upload it to your post! Just make sure you’ve got the permission from anyone else in the image.

Don’t have any photos you can use? Want to make an infographic to spice up your story? We’ve got you covered! Read on for our top picks of free online resources to use.


  1. 1 Canva


    Canva is a free online design suite with more content than you can shake a stick at. It's a one-stop shop for creating amazing graphics, and the process is made easy with its huge number of editable templates.


  2. 2 Photopea


    Photopea is essentially Photoshop - but free and online! Great for brightening up or resizing photographs.


  3. 3 Crello


    Crello is packed with beautiful free templates that make designing a dream!


  4. 4 Pixabay


    Pixabay is a brilliant place to find copyright free images to use for your posts. With so many images, illustrations and graphics to choose from, you'll definitely be able to find the perfect pic!


  5. 5 Pexels


    Similar to Pixabay, Pexels offers a huge selection of copyright free images to use in your posts. Simply type in the search bar what you're looking for, and Pexels will bring up a collection of incredible photos taken by talented photographers from around the world!


Looking flashy...

With such a wide range of free design suites and copyright-free stock photos at your disposal, your posts will be looking picture perfect in no time! Don't forget to also check out our other guides on how to create the perfect story, including how to make lists and countdowns. If you need any additional help please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at oustudents-magazine[at]open.ac.uk.

We look forward to reading your posts!


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