A picture is worth 1000 words, and so much more

Last Update: March 20, 2014

So a few days ago I went crazy, not too crazy, but I went hunting for relevant stock images to incorporate into my pages to break up text content and give some eye appeal. I can't begin to tell you how much happier I was with the pages and how excited I was getting.

Then I sat in on the photoshop webinar and learned about making your own images and banners to make them unique, page and content specific and add your personal touch to your work and really make everything from content to images to banners all very cohesive.

It was something I realized made a huge difference. Even if you just take a basic stock image and overlay your website tag, logo or URL to make it look like it belongs makes a huge difference. It lends more credibility than a page full of images that look stock. Stock images have a cheap feel after seeing some nice custom ones.

Also, I was replying to some profile comments and looking over the people I'm following I noticed that most of them have profile pictures. There are many members with stock profile images and that's fine but I noticed myself feeling more comfortable leaning towards profiles that have pictures.

I guess it makes me feel like I'm connecting to, replying to or helping a real person and not just a web presence. Maybe the connection feels more real, I'm not sure why, but I just noticed how big of a difference a picture made. I'm more eager to interact with someone when I can picture them sitting on their computer like I am.

So I guess wether it's a banner on your website or a picture on your profile, the right picture can make a huge difference. Like the quote says, a picture is worth a 1000 words, but so much more because it can convey a feeling. Either a feeling of connection, a feeling of trust, a feeling of professionalism or even a feeling of "cheap and scammy" with the wrong pics! Haha

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nomda ploom Premium
I get this, and have been looking at harmonizing aspects of design- can you provide a link to the photoshop webinar, if it is available for non PS owners by any chance please?

Great post, Andy
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SfRobert83 Premium
It was a webinar on here, put on by magistudio, he does a live training every week. I just happen to catch this one. Not sure if they are recorded and made available later. He talked about the same techniques being used for GIMP if you don't want to pay for PS and I've found it very comparable
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nomda ploom Premium
thanks for your reply, Andy
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macey321 Premium
nomda ploom. The studios do record their webinars and you can access them by the search bar above your page where it asked "Need help". Interesting webinar and it was very helpful..............Frank
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anitab Premium
I completely agree, you can tell stock photos as soon as you land on a site and I think it looks a little cold and impersonal. I am no photographer but I take my own photos for my keto blog and even though some are not that great, I think that personal touch goes a long way to build relationships.
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Wayne Wallace Premium
I know all about pictures being worth 1,000 words!
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SfRobert83 Premium
Now you have me curious, like there is a story behind that comment!
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Wayne Wallace Premium
I'm a photographer ;-)
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macey321 Premium
Ok Wayne. Give us a little tutorial on Gimp. Gimp is a free down load and sounds like a good deal. What do you think Wayne? Any opinion on the quality of Gimp, as opposed to Photo Shop? ............Frank
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Wayne Wallace Premium
If I didn't have photoshop I'd probably use Gimp I used it a long long time ago
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macey321 Premium
Love those pictures Robert. I have Gimp on my computer. In saying that, I have to say I don't know how to use it as yet. But Hey, Free download and they advertise Gimp does everything Photoshop does. Does it? I don't know. I have to much to learn here before I tackle anything else, but I thought I would mention it if you had time to look into it. Happy Days Robert..............Frank
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SfRobert83 Premium
I actualy use GIMP after I heard about it in a webinar. The pics on my WA promotion site aren't my creation yet, I'm still learning how to photo edit but I do notice the quality difference. I'm a big fan of free!
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macey321 Premium
Robert. Gimp is like Photo Shop in that you can work on layers of a picture or image and this helps to change it up or completely build an image. I was interested because I wanted to start building my own Graphics images. I have seen a few on the internet and thought they were great and always wanted to know how to work in graphic. Buttttttt. I have to get this Wealthy Affiliate down first before I can try anything else just yet. Please let us know how you get along with Gimp when you have a chance to get started. Best wishes..........Frank
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Trialynn Premium
I would have to agree. Some of us are not very good in the art department, so we limp along!
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SfRobert83 Premium
Limping along is better than not trying or giving up. I know I limp along with lots of stuff for a while, lol
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