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Pinterest is a wonderful resource for bloggers, and can be a great way to drive traffic to your blog. If you want to see your content on Pinterest, you need to know how to make a graphic that gets pinned.
How To Make A Graphic That Gets Pinned
1.) Go Tall
Vertical pictures are a favorite among pinners. 600×900 is a great image size on Pinterest. You don’t want to make it much longer than that, or people will have to scroll to see the entire image. Vertical images is they are more likely to be repinned, because they stand out in the Pinterest feed.
2.) Use Text
Sure, Pinterest is all about the pictures, but those pictures are better with words. Be descriptive on your images by adding a catchy title or description. Just make sure you don’t give away too much information, so people will still have a reason to click through to read your blog post.
3.) Mix and Match Fonts
Don’t be afraid to mix a scripty font with a something plain and simple. Using different fonts adds visual interest, and can allow you to highlight the most important words on your graphic.
4.) Content Might Be King, But Color Is Queen
Choose colors that are pleasing to the eye, and fit well with the picture or background. Make sure any words you add to the image stand out. Avoid placing dark text on a dark background, or use an overlay behind the text to make it stand out.
Not All Graphics Start With A Photograph
Sometimes you don’t have a perfect photograph for your blog post, no matter how many free image sites you scour. That doesn’t mean you have to give up the hope of a traffic boost from Pinterest. You can easily create a graphic with eye-catching text that people will want to pin.
There are websites that allow you edit images or create graphics for free. Canva starts with a free account, but some of the features (including some images and overlays) have to be purchased before you can use them. PicMonkey has a set monthly fee, but you can use their free trial to see if it’s a platform you will like.
I’m going to show you how to make a graphic in PicMonkey.
Start with a blank picture. You can click on the Design button on the homepage to get a blank canvas, or upload a blank template of your own.
Resize your image if needed. This option is found at the bottom of the first menu.
Choose a canvas color.
Go to the text editor, and start typing.
Change the font and color. You can even try angling the text if you want. I usually go through a few font and color choices before I find the perfect match. This is your chance to get creative and have fun.
Overlays placed behind the text can help it to stand out. You can find these on the PicMonkey menu under the butterfly icon. I faded my overlay to 50% so it wouldn’t stand out quite as strongly.
When you are finished editing your graphic, save it, and upload it to your blog post.
You are now ready to be pinned and repinned.
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First I tried PicMonkey BUT I am not that creative and my graphics looked amateurish.
When Canva came onto the scene, it was heaven sent for me. Now I either do the graphics myself, or have my VA create the graphics in my Canva account. That way if I want to tweak it a little I can just go into my account and fix in a minute or two.
I love using PicMonkey, but I usually use it for photo-editing. Thanks for the tips on how to create my own graphics!
Thanks for this!!!
I’m typically awful at making these graphics but just used these instructions and inspiration and made one that isn’t too bad!
I have tried this before but I think your tips, would definitely help me improving my way a lot
Thank you for the tutorial! I always learn useful things at SITS!
Jody Branch says
This is a great tutorial! Thank you. 🙂
Rachel @ The Pinkish Life says
Ohhh I will have to try picmonkey. I have been using Photoshop elements but picmonkey looks more fun! Thanks for the tips!
Laina Turner says
I needed this. I am BAD at making graphics.
Canva is awesome! They have an option for a pinterest graphic that gives you the proper dimensions. The only trick that you’ll have to resize to make it fit for your site if it’s too big. I always find too that people will click through if something has a title like ‘3 ways to get your laundry done’. We all love steps.
Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?! says
I’ve been having SO much fun making graphics with Picmonkey and have tried Canva as well. I use the design option too and then add graphics and other interesting things.
I just ‘pinned’ a graphic on how to make a pin-able graphic. The irony is not lost on me. 😉 Thanks for the tutorial.
You make it sound so easy (which I’m sure it is once you get started). Thanks so much for this tutorial–I haven’t really made pinnable images yet with PicMonkey but doesn’t sound nearly as intimidating as I had thought 🙂
It REALLY is very easy. I’m glad the tutorial was helpful, and made you feel less intimidated. You will rock this! 🙂
Lori Hil says
I love Pinterest and PicMonkey, great tips, thanks!
Nicki Lewis says
This is not my strong suit. I still need to keep working on it, so thanks for these great tips
keitha (The Bajan Texan) says
AWESOME! I was wondering what was the perfect vertical size…thank you!
Awesome!! Love the tutorial as I love Picmonkey!! Thanks for an informative post!!