How to Make Pinterest Images Using PicMonkey

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With all the talk I’ve been doing about how great Pinterest has been for my website, and what you can do to make it great for yours, I figured it was time I showed you how to create Pinterest images using PicMonkey.

I want to make this post as in-depth as possible. However, you don’t have to follow it step by step, unless you want to of course. During this tutorial, feel free to play around with the different options available to you so that you can see what PicMonkey has to offer for graphic design.

Alright, let’s get started with the tutorial.

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How to Make Pinterest Images Using PicMonkey

Update: I’ve now created a video tutorial to walk you through the steps. You can view the tutorial below!

1. Go to PicMonkey, click on Edit and upload the photo you want to use to create your Pinterest graphic.

edit on picmonkey

2. Choose Bubbles for your image setting, and click save.

click on bubbles

3. Select the Basic Edits tool and then choose the Crop option.

go to basic edits

4. Where it says Actual size, type in your desired image size. I size all of my Pinterest images at 700×900 pixels (Update: I now size my images at 735×1102 pixels) with “No fixed proportions.” Choose whatever size you want, just remember to keep the image longer than it is wide, as that’s the ideal shape for Pinterest images.

Here are my settings:

go to crop

5. Now, on your image, adjust the crop box to your desired placement and click Apply.

Here’s my image right before I hit “apply.”

cropping image

6. At this point, your image is properly sized, and you can play around with any image effect options available. This part is entirely optional.

To play around with image effects, click on the Effects tool.

go to effects

After playing around with the effects, I ended up choosing the “Orton” effect. Don’t forget to hit Apply to save your effect. You can also hit Cancel to cancel the effect.

choose your effect

7. Moving forward, we’re going to add an overlay to the image. But before we begin adding layers to the image, I have a couple of tips for you:

a. If you want to select a certain layer, right click on it. After you right click, you’ll also see additional options for editing your layer.

b. If you make a mistake and want to go back, select CTRL+Z on your keyboard. To see more tips, check out PicMonkey’s article Cool Tips Nobody Knows.

Okay, let’s continue.

Go ahead and select the Overlays tool.

choose geometric

Selectric Geometric and then choose the rectangle or square.

choose rectangle

You will then see the shape pop up on your image.

rotate the image

Now, drag the corners of the shape, until it covers your entire image.

extended the rectangle

8. In the Overlay box located on the right of your image, adjust the Fade to about 20%.

Also, in the same box where it says Color 2, change the color to one that suits your image.

You can do this by adding a hex color code, or by choosing from the available colors. Feel free to adjust the fade percentage as needed.

using the overlay color

9. Once you’re happy with your image, click on the text tool.

adding text

At this point, we’re going to place the title of your blog post on the image.

First, you want to decide whether you’re going to use the PicMonkey fonts or your own fonts.

I’m using my own fonts, so I chose the Yours tab. To use the PicMonkey fonts select Ours.

using your own text

Now, click on the Add Text tab. A text box will pop up on your image.

typing the text

Input your blog title into the text box, highlight your text, and choose your desired font(s) (it may take a few seconds for the font to load).

Additionally, you can use the text box editing tool to adjust the text size, colors, etc.

You can also drag the box your text is into your desired location.

coloring the text

10. For the final step in creating your Pinterest graphic, make sure you add your sites URL to the bottom of the image.

To do this, click on Add Text again for a new text box.

Type your URL in the text box, make your adjustments, and drag the box to the bottom of your image.

11. Once you’re happy with your graphic, it’s time to save it.

Click on Save at the top of the page.

saving the image

Give your image a relevant file name, select Pierce for the image quality, and save your image.

continue saving

And now you’re done!

It may take a little time for you to get the hang of using PicMonkey. However, after a few uses, you’ll be a pro.

I hope you found this tutorial on how to create your own pins using PicMonkey helpful.

Did you use this tutorial to make your Pinterest graphic? I would love to see your final image. Feel free to share a link to your image below.

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