Pinterest! It’s all about the images! How many times have you skipped over a pin just because the graphics were ugly? Since Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas, it really does matter what your images look like. If you want people to actually find your amazing content, click and repin your Pinterest pins, you need great graphics. Luckily, it’s super easy to do using PicMonkey’s free online photo editor. Follow this easy PicMonkey Tutorial and you’ll be making gorgeous Pinterest pins in no time!
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Now on to the tutorial!
1. Start with Beautiful Images
If you are already a professional photographer, skip to the next section. For the rest of us, there are many great free and inexpensive sources for gorgeous photos. I happen to love Pixabay. Pixabay has over a million free stock photos. As a matter of fact, that photo up above is from Pixabay. Pretty, huh? If you’re looking for great, free feminine styled stock photos check out Simply Hip Savings for a great list of options. If you have a budget for photos, Adobe has an amazing portfolio of gorgeous photos available for a fee. If you are a DIY blogger, you can still take amazing photos with your iPhone, you may just have to edit them a bit.
Find an image that you like and download it to a location on your computer where you can find it for the next step.
2. PicMonkey Tutorial: The Easiest way to Edit your Images
When it comes to editing your Pinterest images, there are several choices out there: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustator, Canva and PicMonkey, to name a few. While I use Illustrator for designing graphics for my Etsy shop, I have discovered that I prefer to use PicMonkey to create my Pinterest pins because it’s just so fast and easy. So here is a super easy PicMonkey tutorial for you!
Open PicMonkey. Select “Edit”, then select the location of your saved image from the last step.
Once your photo is loaded, select “Crop” from the upper left menu.
Crop your photo to a good “Pinterest size”. I like to crop my images to 735 x 1102 px. Check the “Scale Photo” box, and then move around and resize the highlighted area until you like what you see.
Next add text by clicking on the “Tt” icon. Scroll down to see the list of options. If the option has a little crown next to it, it’s a font that is only available with the paid version of PicMonkey. You can use your own fonts that you have previously installed by clicking on “Yours”. When you’ve made your choice, click the “Add text” button.
Make your font as large as possible! Remember the majority of Pinterest users are on mobile devices, so you want to make sure your image has text that is easily readable. I like to choose two fonts, usually a script and a bold font combination.
Adjust the font size, alignment and color using the pop up window. I usually end up adding a separate text item for each line of my Pin text – then you can move them around and change the font size to suit your taste.
Finally, to make your text stand out, add a rectangular overlay by clicking the Butterfly Icon, and then choosing “Geometric”.
Put the overlay right over your text. Don’t panic! We’re going to change it in just a minute.
In the Overlay popup window, change Color 2 to white and adjust the Fade to about 30%.
Finally, at the top the Layers popup window, with the rectangle selected, click the down arrow with the underline. This sends the rectangle to the back, behind your text.
Take a look at your graphic and pat yourself on the back! Isn’t it gorgeous! As the last step, click on “Export” at the top of your screen to save your new beautiful Pinterest Image. PicMonkey has lots of great tutorials to help you master other editing techniques. It’s definitely worth checking out!
3. Set up your Alt-tags with Pinterest SEO in Mind
Now this step isn’t really part of making beautiful graphics, but it is way too important not to mention! When someone pins an image from your website, the alt text becomes the pin description. By adding alt text to images, you ensure the image automatically has a good description that will help drive engagement and clicks. Most people just repin without changing the description, so it’s your chance to add the description you want to travel with your pin. If you have a WordPress site, it’s easy to add alt-tags when you add a photo.
Simply add your preferred pin description to the Alt Text field when you add an image to your post. You get 140 characters so add whatever you think would be a good description for your Pin. The description that you add automatically becomes your Pin’s description when pin to a board on Pinterest.
PicMonkey Tutorial Wrap Up
It may seem like a lot of steps, but once you make a Pin or two with this PicMonkey Tutorial, you will see just how simple it is! Happy Pinning!
I’d love to hear how you make your Pinterest Images. What’s your favorite photo editing program?