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 your own pins.
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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.
How to Create Your Own Pins Using PicMonkey
*Update: I’ve now created a video to walk you though the steps.
1. Go to PicMonkey, click on Edit and upload the photo you want to use to create your Pinterest graphic.
2. Choose Bubbles for your image setting, and click save.
3. Select the Basic Edits tool and then select the Crop option.
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 700×1050 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:
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.”
6. At this point, your image is properly sized, and you can play around with any image effect options available. This part is completely optional.
To play around with image effects, click on the Effects tool.
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.
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.
Okay, let’s continue.
Go ahead and select the Overlays tool.
Selectric Geometric and then select the rectangle or square.
You will then see the shape pop up on your image.
Now, drag the corners of the shape, until it covers your entire image.
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.
9. Once you’re happy with your image, click on the text tool.
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.
Now, click on the Add Text tab. A text box will popup on your image.
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 in to your desired location.
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.
Give your image a relevant file name, select Pierce for the image quality, and save your image.
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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