I know how important it is to have eye-catching images for your blog. Not only that but the importance of being able to create those images with as little headache as possible.
Because of that, I'm always testing out image editors to share with you.
*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BeFunky. All opinions are 100% my own.
The photo editor I'm happy to share with you is the BeFunky photo editor. The BeFunky photo editor is free (upgrade options are available), easy to use, and features a wide variety of effects, features, and premade templates. With BeFunky, creating graphics for your blog will be a breeze.
In this post, I thought it would be fun to share with you how to easily create Pinterest graphics for your blog using BeFunky.
Part One - Choose Your Image
Before we begin, make sure you have an image to use for your Pinterest graphic. If you're looking for places to find free images for your blog, check out my post, Where to Find Free Images for Your Blog.
Part Two - Prepare Your Image
1). Visit the BeFunky photo editor, and click on the Photo Editor tab.
2). To upload your image, click on the Upload tab, select Computer, and upload your image.
Note: Before we prepare our image, if when editing your graphic, you want to undo your changes, you can do one of the following:
a). Select CTRL+Z on your keyboard to undo changes.
b). Click on the Undo or Redo arrows.
c). Use the History box located next to your image to go back to your desired location.
3). After your image has opened in the photo editor, click on Crop, located underneath the Essentials category.
4). Make sure your settings are as follows in the Crop Image box:
Be sure to check the Lock Aspect Ratio box.
5). Once you've input your settings into the Crop Image box, you'll notice that a crop box now appears on your image.
6). Adjust this box to your liking by dragging the box, and making it larger or smaller. As you do this, your width and height will adjust in the Crop Image box. If you notice this, don't worry, that's supposed to happen.
Here's how I decided to crop my image:
7). Once you're happy with the crop ratio, click the blue check box in the Crop Image box to apply your changes.
8). Your image should now be properly cropped. Here's mine so far:
9). Next, in the Essentials category, click on Resize.
10). Input the following settings and apply your changes by clicking on the blue checkbox.
Part Three - Add A Color Overlay
Now that our image has been prepared, it's time to customize it for Pinterest. We're going to start by adding a color overlay to the image.
1). Under the Essentials category, select Background.
2). Uncheck the "transparent" box, adjust the "fill amount" to around 45.00 and select your color overlay using the "fill color" box. As you select different color options, you'll notice the color of your image changing.
3). Once you're happy with your color, go ahead and adjust the "fill amount" as desired. Click on the blue check box to apply your changes.
Here's my image along with my Background settings:
Part Four - Adding Text to Your Image
Next up, we're going to add text to our image. This text will include our blog post title, along with the URL to our blog.
1). Click on the Text tab. It is an "A" symbol.
2). Click on the blue Add Text box. You can also choose from the built-in text present options located directly below this.
3). A text box will then appear on your image. Click in this box, and type in your blog title.
4). Use the Text Properties box (this pops up when your text is selected) to edit the appearance of your text. This includes the font family (there's an option to use your own fonts, or theirs), font size, etc.
Also, you can click on your text and drag it to your desired location on the image.
Note: If you don't like the text outline, under the color options, select the middle box, and choose the transparent option.
Note: In the following image, I highlighted the word "Pinterest" and chose a different font using the Edit Selection (pops up once text is highlighted) box.
Once you're happy with your blog title text, it's time to add your blog URL to the image.
5). To add your URL, click on the blue Add Text box again and drag the new box to wherever you want your blog URL located on the image. I like to add mine to the bottom of the image.
Again, go ahead and adjust the font, font size, etc. to your liking.
Part Five - Save Your Changes
After further tweaking my graphic, I ended up this:
Be sure to play around with the editor until you're happy with the final result.
Once you're happy with your image, it's time to save it to your computer.
1). At the top of the page, click on Save > Computer.
I like to save my images as PNG files, however, you can certainly save yours as a JPG if that's your preference.
Give your image a name in the "Filename" box and click Save.
And there you have it. A Pinterest graphic created for your blog using BeFunky.
If you enjoyed creating your Pinterest graphics using BeFunky, then you'll love creating more graphics for your blog or business using the Befunky designer.
This designer includes a wide variety of features, including templates that allow you to create invitations, business cards, social media graphics and much more.
I believe that the best way to familiarize yourself with something is to jump right in. I highly recommend playing around in the BeFunky designer, and seeing what you come up with!
If you found this tutorial helpful, don't forget to "Pin" it. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below, and I'll see if I can help.
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