If Photoshop isn’t something you’ve considered yet because there are free apps out that that work, you’re missing out! This program is my jam! Today I’m sharing 20 practical uses of Photoshop for bloggers and Etsy Sellers. Most people think of Photoshop as a photo editing program. True. But did you know you can do a lot more?

If Photoshop isn't something you've considered yet because there are free apps out that that work, you're missing out! This program is my jam! Today I'm sharing 20 practical uses of Photoshop for bloggers. Most people think of Photoshop as a photo editing program. True. But did you know you can do a lot more?

Photoshop doesn’t have to be the scary popular girl you knew in high school. You know the type: unapproachable, complicated, and sometimes a bit perfect.

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As a graphic artist, I’ve been using Adobe Photoshop for well over 20 years. And, at 20+ years, I still am not an expert in the photo editing application. But, it doesn’t mean that I can’t create some pretty impressive graphics. In fact, I would bet that the majority of long-term Photoshop users are in the same boat as me.

You know what? 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 Practical Uses of Photoshop for Bloggers

So, what can you do in Photoshop? I have put together a list of 20 Things You Can Create or Design 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

Creating your social share graphics can make sure that your posts are shared more frequently. Yes, images get shared more than plain text. So, design graphics using Photoshop and save them as templates to help manage your time better.

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.

4 | Design Your Business Cards

Design your own business cards and do so much more – like cool gradients! Yeah!

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 brand your Infographic 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. Money is tight, you’re on a budget. Using Photoshop to put together a basic DIY logo won’t kill you.

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. Or make your own!

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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. Get my free one here.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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!

Ready to check it out? You can get Photoshop for a trial period to get you started!

Holly McCaig

About Holly McCaig

Hey you! I'm Holly McCaig and I'm super excited to help you love and ROCK your Etsy shop. I will help you have an amazing online presence so you can build a strong business and attract more customers to your shop. Let's do this together! Let's connect on Pinterest or Instagram, k?

About Holly McCaig

Hey you! I'm Holly McCaig and I'm super excited to help you love and ROCK your Etsy shop. I will help you have an amazing online presence so you can build a strong business and attract more customers to your shop. Let's do this together! Let's connect on Pinterest or Instagram, k?

1 Comment

  1. Morris Edwards on March 30, 2017 at 5:35 am

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