How to Make Super-Pinnable Images for Your Blog in 5 Minutes – No Photoshop required

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People. Like. Pictures.

This isn’t my opinion, this is a fact.

When browsing the web people want to get a sense of the content without actually having to read it

Thus pictures play a huge role in your blog’s online presence.

I actually use far fewer images on this blog than any other, but that serves a purpose specific to TechYourBlog which I won’t go into now. Still, TechYourBlog is not devoid of pictures, because – say it with me – “people like pictures!”

Why do you need to make good pictures for your blog?

One of the most useful reasons to include pictures in your blog – aside from the fact that they break up your content, and give people something pretty to look at – is that it makes your content sharable on one of the top social networks in the world:

Pinterest.

If you’re not using Pinterest, you’re doing it wrong.

Pinterest is essentially a social media hub and search engine in one, and it’s built on pictures. And people like pictures!

But not just any picture will do!

You may have seen pictures on Pinterest or around the web that have a slightly transparent bar of color behind some text. The text tells you what the image links to, and the bar of color behind it makes it much easier to read than it would be if the author just laid the text over the image itself.

It’s a great idea for bloggers to understand how to create pinnable images with text like this:

Learn how to make super-pinnable blog images for Pinterest - without photoshop!

 

…btw creating this Pinterst-friendly picture took me all of 5 minutes.

Here’s the quick and easy steps you can take to create pinnable pictures for your blog – no Photoshop required.

1. Go to Picmonkey.com

This is where the magic happens *bowchickawowow*

Picmonkey home

2. Choose Edit

You can drag your photo over to the home screen and it’ll give you the options to choose from, or you can choose Edit first, then choose a photo to upload

Create super-pinnable images in 5 minutes

 

This will be what the workspace looks like when you upload a photo.

3. Go to Overlays > Geometric

Create super-pinnable images in 5 minutes

 

Choose whichever shape you want – I usually choose the rectangle.

4. Choose the color your want, then use the Fade bar to make it semi-transparent

how to make a pinnable image step 4

5. Make the shape as big as you want

Create super-pinnable images in 5 minutes

 

Use your mouse on the corners of the rectangle to widen it. You can stretch it completely across the image, half, or whatever you want. You can make it as thin or thick as you’d like. Just keep in mind that you’ll need enough room for your text.

6. Add text

How to create a pinnable image for bloggers step 6 - text

Choose the Text icon from the menu bar – you’ll see all sorts of different fonts, choose whichever one you like, click “add text.”

Create super-pinnable images in 5 minutes

 

The text box will pop up like this, you’ll need to choose whatever color you want from the little box on the right.

You can drag the “Size” bar to make the text bigger or smaller, or just use the corners of the box again like you did for the color block.

Create super-pinnable images in 5 minutes

I also chose to change the color of the original picture to black and white by going to Effects (the wand icon)

Create super-pinnable images in 5 minutes

Play around, make it pretty!

7. Save your image

how to create a pinnable image for bloggers step 7

Choose your quality size (I usually go with the smallest since the image will be for the web) and name your image whatever you want.

You can also choose to change the image size aka “dimensions.”

For Pinterest you may want to save one horizontal version of the picture to use as in your actual blog post:

Learn how to make super-pinnable blog images for Pinterest - without photoshop!

And then resize the text boxes and crop the photo to a vertical version for Pinterest:

Learn how to make super-pinnable blog images for Pinterest - without photoshop!

8. Ta-da!

Done, done and done!

 

Questions? Comment!

Enjoyed it? Share! Psst it’s pinnable 😉

Learn how to make super-pinnable blog images for Pinterest - without photoshop!

 

 

Thanks for reading guys! Comments and shares are always appreciated.

-Hannah

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  • Hi Hannah,
    good idea 🙂
    Do you have a one-size-fit-all image size what you use or do you create different sized images for different platforms?
    I found that if I add as a featured img a smaller one it’s good for fb and G+ and a bigger one inside the blog post that’s better for pintrest for example.

    • Hannah

      Hi Agnes,
      That’s a great question. I do normally limit my image sizes to no more than 800px when they’re being uploaded onto my websites (as opposed to just embedding it) – this is so they don’t take up too much space and are also quicker to load. I also normally wouldn’t drop below 400px – so somewhere in that range, and most social media sites will automatically resize shared images to fit somewhere in that range. You could certainly get away with taking it up to 1000px (and some even bigger) but I normally choose not to just because the photos are being stored on my blog.

      As far as Pinterest goes, they’ll automatically scale the photo’s width, but it can be basically as high as you want it to, which is why you can “pin” some really long info-graphics and stuff like that without any of the image being cut off.

  • Great post! Rich pins are where it is at!
    Now, I pinned it to my Blogging Tips board…tag, you’re it
    Want to come by and share this at my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop?
    Pleeeease.
    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

    • Hannah

      Hi Sinea, Glad you like it 🙂 Thanks for the pin! I’ll def check out your blog hop.