Did you know that blog posts containing images are 70% more likely to get clicked on and read?
One of the first things I learned about blogging was that every blog post should contain at least one image. There’s something about images that keep readers interested in reading your posts, especially when the post is very long. Splitting the text up with images is one of the best things you can do to keep the reader’s interest and keep them coming back.
Last year, I was approached by the lovely folks behind an app called ‘Typcas’ and offered a free version to try out. I’ve been testing out the app for nearly six months, and many of my recent blog posts contain images I created using the app. You’ll see some of them scattered around this post.
Typcas gives you the choice of choosing an image from your own photo library, the photo library of Typcas, or you can take a photo and use that image. The app contains a search bar where you can search for pictures in the Typcas photo library. They use Pixabay when doing the search. Once you’ve entered details in the search bar, you’re presented with photos you can use for your image. In some cases, I’ve had hundreds of photos to choose from.
There are lots of sizes you can use for your image including ones for Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest posts. New ones are being added all the time.
The app also gives a vast choice of different text styles you can use on your image. You’re able to scroll through all of them and try them out before deciding which one to use. I tend to stick with the first one I like. Otherwise, I would spend ages using this fun app.
There’s also the choice of adding free stickers to your image, or you can buy some extra stickers from the app’s store. The ‘tools’ section of the app contains some excellent image editing tools including shadowing, an eraser effect, 3D (which I unlocked for free by tweeting about Typcas) and a drawing tool where you can add your own sketching.
The filtering tool on the app gives the user a massive choice of how the final image looks. Sometimes ‘normal’ is just not good enough, so I recommend you try out all the different filters on the app before finishing and adding your image to your blog post.
Once you’re happy with your image, download it, and it goes straight to your photo library on your mobile phone or tablet.
Typcas is one of the most straightforward apps I’ve used. Unlike some software, I’ve used for creating images, it’s not complicated to use and has never got me frustrated in pressing the wrong buttons or giving up on creating an image. It’s very straightforward and simple to use, and I’ve always been delighted with the images I’ve produced on it. I highly recommend every blogger to get this app and to start adding high-quality images to their blog posts.
Available to download from iTunes (Typcas is not available on Android) the cost of the app is £4.99. However, I’ve been given five redeem codes to give away which will give the user the app for free. All you have to do to be in with a chance of getting your hands on one of the redeem codes (which is valid until 30th April 2018) is to leave me a comment on this post and tell me which city in the UK I live. You’ll find the answer by clicking on the ‘meet Hugh’ button on the menu bar.
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