Remove image backgrounds and learn to increase affiliate income by learning how to make professional-looking product collages. Tips, free tools, and low-cost options are included!
Collages are great to draw in readers seeking resources. For instance, product collages are great for back to school, blog conference SWAG promos, and gift guides.
But we all know we’re not supposed to use Amazon images in our collages, so what’s a blogger to do?
I recommend taking your own pictures, but if you’re shutterbug-challenged, there are still options! Brand websites are great places to get images, so always start there. Once you have the image…
How to To Remove Image Backgrounds
You can use Photoshop (or hire someone out for Photoshop), but that can get pricey. Let’s look at both free and low-priced options to remove an image background.
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Free Options to Remove the Background from Images
My favorite option for bloggers looking to minimize costs is PicMonkey (here is their tutorial on how to remove backgrounds). You all might know this by now (seriously, I love that monkey so much), but I’m telling you it has been the best $33 I’ve spent on blogging.
Background Burner by Bonanza has a free option (and a pro option for batch editing). If you’re just getting started, it’s pretty easy to use and they tell you how to remove a background from an image here
Low-Cost Options to Remove Image Backgrounds
There are quite a few free image editors online, but I find when I use them, I must take the image into PicMonkey to clean up the edges and smooth everything out. Let’s say you have a small amount of cash to spend and want to utilize tools designed for products.
ClippingMagic is not free, but it is reasonably priced. I’ve used and it’s good for taking the products out of their background. There is next to zero learning curve associated with it, so that makes it very nice.
Hat tip to my aweome designer friend Jessica from Jessica Harris Designs for telling me about this tool.
How To Make a Collage to Increase Affiliate Sales
The only hard-and-fast rule when you’re posting a round up of products is to make sure there is a common theme. Suggestions for adding interest include varying the sizes of the products you’re featuring and matching color families.
So, now that you’ve got the basics: how do you make those amazing collage pictures you see all over Pinterest?
PicMonkey is still my go-to tool for most anything this simple. Once you have the images, you can make a collage in about 5 seconds using one of their templates. If you prefer to whip up your own placement, it might take you a couple of minutes.
Add a title, a watermark or URL, and you’re done!
There are services, like Polyvore and others, that offer collage-making functions, as well. And don’t forget: you’re nearly unlimited if you use (or want to learn to use) Photoshop. Come join me in learning – I’m currently enrolled in two classes to learn Photoshop: one at Udemy and one at CreativeLive!
Remove image backgrounds and make professional-looking product collages to help you grow your affiliate sales. These free and low-cost tools will make quick work of growing your income.
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