Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial]

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!
Free stock photos are awesome!

Until you see the ones you’re using for your branding all. over. the. internet. Wah wah!

Recently I shared 50+ sites where you can find free styled stock photography and while I don’t want to discourage you from using free stock photos (heck, I use them!), it can get a little frustrating to see those same stock photos all over Pinterest.

So today I’m going to show you how to make the stock photos you download a little more unique so that they not only fit your brand, but they also stand out from the rest.

[This post is sponsored by BeFunky, the online photo editing and design tool, which means I was compensated to test out some new features and share them. I only accept sponsored posts from tools and products that I have used myself and can recommend to you in good conscience. Read my full disclosure here.]

Where to Use These Unique Graphics from Stock Photos

This tutorial is great for any image really, but here are some suggestions for the graphics you can create:

Remember back when I showed you how to create a dazzling blog post graphic template using the free online photo editing app, BeFunky?

Today I want to show you some of the cool things you can do with BeFunky, specifically their Photo to Art effects, so that you can create some truly unique graphics to use on your blog!

But first, why BeFunky?

What I really like about BeFunky, aside from the fact that you can save and reuse templates in your free account, is that it has many of the same tools and effects that you’d find in both Photoshop and Instagram. This allows you to really create some awesome graphics that are unique to your brand.

How to Use BeFunky to Edit Styled Stock Photos

The first thing you want to do is go to www.BeFunky.com and create an account so you can save your creations.
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com!
Once you’ve done that, click on Photo Editor at the top.

Inside the editor, click on Upload to upload a stock image you’ve already downloaded onto your computer.
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com!

BeFunky Editing Features

Now, the first set of tools you’ll see to your left are the Edit tools. These are basic photo editing essentials like crop, resize and rotate as well as color and exposure tools.

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com!

The photo I’m using today is a free stock photo from AshleyEllaDesign.com.

If you click on the star in the tools menu, you’ll access the Effects options. These are really cool for say, Instagram photos:

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com!

I really like the Vintage Colors effect

You can also upload your own graphics so you can add a logo or watermark if you wish. Just click on the heart icon for the Graphics tools:
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com!

Then upload a graphic or use one of the many BeFunky provides:
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com!

Add Text (the ‘A’ icon) allows you to add a blog post title, a Facebook group or page name, a quote or whatever you want the graphic to say:

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com!

You can use one of the many fonts BeFunky offers for free or access your own fonts installed on your computer!

The Photo to Art Effects

But what I really want to point out here today is one of the coolest things about BeFunky’s photo editor: the Artsy effects menu! Here you can really create some awesome graphics by adding some artistic stylizing to your photos.

Access these effects by clicking on the star flower icon below the 5-pointed star:
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com!

Watercolor

One of my favorites (surprise, surprise!) is the Watercolor effect, particularly Watercolor 1. See what happens to my photo when I use this effect:
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

When you choose an effect, it’ll show you a preview and also the option to further customize the effect using the effect’s settings. Just click on the Settings icon (the white one to the left of the red ‘X’).

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

Each effect has its own menu options such as adding more Color Detail or changing the Smoothness of the brush strokes.

Now see what happens to this pretty photo from Carmen Creative using the Watercolor 1 effect:

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

Before Watercolor 1 effect

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

After Watercolor 1 effect

Turns it into a beautiful watercolor painting that’s perfect for a blog header graphic!

Photo to Cartoon

The Cartoonizer is another Artsy effect that has been around since the beginning of BeFunky’s time and continues to be one of their most popular effects. The Cartoonizer usually works best when you use it on images with higher contrast.

I will admit, at first I wasn’t sure about the Cartoonizer, but after playing around with it, it’s actually super cool! Look at what happens when I use the Cartoonizer on this pineapple photo:

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

Before Cartoonizer effect

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

After Cartoonizer effect

Here again, you have a bunch of settings you can play with to really make your photos 100% unique:
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

The following images are more examples of what you can do using the Cartoonizer effect:
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

The Cartoonizer usually works best when you use it on images with higher contrast.

Digital Art Effects

Digital Art refers to computer generated art and is a style that’s been around since the 70’s, believe it or not. There are several different styles that make up Digital Art and BeFunky, being the innovators that they are, have just introduced a few amazing digital art effects to their Photo to Art arsenal!

Check out what you can do to this beautifully delicious stock photo from Turquoise & Palm.*
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

The popular Cartoonizer effect was just remastered to to give a bold, vibrant look to your photographs with heavier contrast:
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

Even the Watercolor effect gets a fresh version:
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

And I just love this new Pop Art effect you can now try out:
Create Unique Graphics from Stock Photos for Your Blog and Social Media [Tutorial] using BeFunky and this super easy tutorial from DesignYourOwnBlog.com! I love the Watercolor effect, part of the Photo to Art effects in BeFunky Plus!

The Photo to Art effects range from Impressionist and Gouache to Oil Painting and Pointillism, and more in between. You just have to give them a try on your fave stock photos and see what fits your style best.

Get the Photo to Art Effects

The Artsy tools are only available under the BeFunky Plus plan but when you compare it to Photoshop, it really is just a drop in the bucket. You can try it out for $4.95 a month or for as little as just $34.95 you can use BeFunky Plus for an entire year! That comes down to a mere $2.91 a month!

Aren’t these Photo to Art effects awesome? There’s no limit to how creative you can get with them while creating unique graphics from stock photos in a short amount of time.

Have you used BeFunky’s Photo to Art effects yet? I’d love to hear what ideas you have for using them!

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8 Comments

  • Abbie says:

    Love these tips! I also love placing a transparent block over the image, making it darker (if it fits with your branding of course) 🙂

    http://www.angelicabbie.com

  • Amar kumar says:

    Hey Marianne,

    Glad to read your wonderful informative post. Visualization has great impact to develop a healthy relationship with audience as well as customers because it has high potential to provide clear messages with single image.

    Stock images are really looks very beneficial for our business. With the help of picture you have tried to make us understand about subject it is really genius. I have found really a informative tutorial regarding graphics. Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy thought with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

  • It’s very useful and amazingThanks Marianne . I want to do it for my photos .

  • Lori Beck says:

    Awesome!

    I read your blog carefully and wanna tell you that your blog is perfect and give wide and accurate information about graphic and tools.

    Thank you for sharing information.

  • zoyoyayep says:

    In just one word I just love all the unique graphics stock photos for blog social media. I want to apply this for my banner ad design site. Is it possible, Marianne?

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