3 Resources to Create Images for Your Online Course

When creating an online course, images can be used in a number of ways.

They can be used as featured images, headers for sections of a lesson, illustrations for learning enhancement, or even video which can be overlaid with voiceovers.

In this post, I wanted to share our top 3 resources for image creation to use within your online video courses.


I have to start with Canva. I’ve been using it for almost all of my content creation since 2013. They’ve also recently made a long overdue update to their user UI, which is far simpler to use.

Canva allows you to choose from a variety of templates or start from scratch. This includes many social media, marketing, and website pre-built templates, as well as stock photos (about half of which are free, with others charging you $1 for 24 hour access), text box editors, and backgrounds.

The best feature, however, is that Canva allows you to upload your own images and use them for free! This comes in particularly handy for tasks such as adding your logo as an overlay to an image. 


While it isn’t the most inexpensive stock photography market, I’ve found it to be one of the deepest catalogs of stock photos on the web.

With a free trial and the option to sign up as either a subscription or with fixed credits and over 100 million photos and illustrations, while all being highly searchable, it’s a great option for filling in your course.


Pixabay is a Creative-Commons Zero site that features a vast array of free images that you can download, edit, and incorporate into your eLearning course or promotional materials.

You don’t have to attribute the source and there are no commercial-use restrictions, but some of the content may be copyrighted.

For example, some of the models or objects may be trademarked. So, make sure to check the fine print before you hit the download button to avoid issues down the line.

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Nate Johnson is one of the co-founders of CourseCast, and is one of the creators of the first and most widely-implemented learning management system for WordPress, WP Courseware. Since 2012, he has helped thousands of entrepreneurs, corporate training departments, and higher education institutions develop and deploy online training courses from their WordPress websites.

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