I’ve seen many people ask, “how do you making beautiful Pinterest Graphics?” or “I want more people to pin my pins but my pins seem to look unappealing.”
Are you one of them? (I know I am.)
Well, here I am to help you. I’ve been in your situation before when I first started blogging halfway throughout the year and not a single person repined my pins!
Of course, that’s when I started looking online for “how to make beautiful Pinterest Graphics” and learned throughout all these wonderful posts about how to use Pinterest.
As soon as I learned the basics of Pinterest and the secret steps on how it works, I started to improve my Pinterest strategies. One of them is having pretty Pinterest Graphics because we all know that Pinterest is pretty much made up of good looking images to get you to click on them.
Guess what? After learning to secrets and remade my pins, I started to gain a lot of re-pins and followers! Like WOAH.
How does that even work? Well, I’ll tell you the secrets after this amazing tutorial that you should follow if you want gorgeous graphics.
Btw, just to let you know, this is HOW I make my Pinterest Graphics from what the tutorial is, not how other bloggers make their ones.
*Don’t mind the awkwardly irregular pointing. I’m using my laptop’s touchpad.*
*Disclosure: This post contains affiliates. I earn a compensation if you purchase the product. I do not add affiliates that I do not like or approve on. You do not have to purchase the items but I would absolutely appreciate it if you do!*
What’s the secret? Canva.
1. Sign up and make a Canva account. If already have an account, then skip the step.
2. Click on “Create a design” then go to “Social Media Posts” and select “Pinterest Graphic”.
3. Go to “Upload” (the bottom icon), & upload your stock images by clicking on “Upload your own images”. Don’t know where to get free stock images? Check out my post, “Top 5 FREE Stock Image sites to use (2018)” to find a free stock image suited for the background of your Pinterest Graphic.
4. Now drag the image that you have just uploaded to the canvas. Resize the image to fit the whole page by clicking on the image, resize by holding your cursor down the corners and then pulling it back like you’re stretching out slime.
Take it up a notch by rotating it by using the rotate icon on the bottom of the image. However, you might want to stretch the image out more if you’re rotating it so you don’t have the white spaced background.
5. Once you got the right background picture positioned, click on “elements” on the sidebar, go to “shapes” and drag out a full square (the first shape on the list) onto the canvas.
First, you need to pick your colour. You can either pick the default colours that Canva already has provided for you, or choose the custom colour of your choice by clicking on the “cross” under “Document colors”. Once that’s done, you’re able to make it into a bar (where you could place your social media icons, logos, your brand etc etc).
Like step 4, you can resize the square into a long rectangle but hold onto the cursor and pull on either the left or right dots. Once your cursor shows the cross arrows, drag the rectangle to the bottom of the canvas.
Bonus: You can also put another rectangle on the top of the canvas by clicking on the rectangle, then click on “copy” (the top right, next to arrange and under “order prints”) and drag it to the top like what you did for the bottom bar.
6. Great! You passed the complicated step! Now the same thing you did in step 5, drag a NEW square to the canvas.
Optionally, you can resize depending how long your blog title or heading is.
Now, it’s time for another colour change!! (yay.) Now firstly, you can either leave the colour by default or change the colour. I prefer to change the colour to match the bar from step 4 & 5. Repeat the colour step from step 5. What’s great is that Canva keeps a history of the colours used that are currently on the canvas. No need to go look for that colour, it’s already under “Document Color”! But since I used the default colour as an example, it will be at the same place I picked it.
Do you know why most bloggers used a transparent square behind their text? To make it pop out and make the text stand out! And that’s what we’re going to do in the next step.
7. For this step, make sure you are still keeping the middle square as the objective. Now click on the “transparent” icon between “Arrange” and the link icon. Hold down your cursor on the dot and drag it to 70%. Click the background image to un-focus the object and that’s it!
8. Next step is, of course, how could you forget, TEXT! Aka type. Click the Text icon with the “T” between Elements and Background on the left bar and then click and drag the LARGE heading. Make sure you drag 2-3 of the large text and depending if you want to type down your subtext or brand, then drag out the medium text. Since I’m using my logo, I don’t really need to add a medium text. It will look like the image below (don’t worry! It won’t be like this for long!)
9. Now double click the first “Add heading” (we’ll call it heading 1), fill it in with half your title, then fill in the other heading (heading 2) with the main keyword in your blog title. We want the keyword heading to stand out the most!
Time to choose the fonts, size, and spacing. I decided to edit the text background because, like I said, the sizing depends on how long the title is or how much you want the size to be.
Here are the options I did for Headings 1 and Headings 2.
10. Hey! We’re nearly done, just hold on! Alright so, time to input your logo branding. Now you don’t have to do this if you already add your brand name during step 9. You can either skip this step or do both!
Alright, so go back to “uploads” and upload your PNG or JPEG logo branding like you did in step 3. Drag your logo and then resize it and drag it nearly to the bottom to the middle (like the one in the image). For me, my logo is transparent so it’s hard to see. If your logo has the white background on it or your logo can be seen clearly, you can skip this step. Those with the “hard to see” transparent, continue reading.
Go to “Elements” then back to “Shapes”. Scroll through and pick your shape depending on your logo. Since mine is a circle logo, I’ll pick the circle. Drag your shape to the canvas, resize it a little bigger than your logo. I suggest moving your logo to another location until you have fixated your logo background. Then, click on “Arrange” and arrange the object back by clicking on “Back”. Once that’s done, configuring your arrangements by moving the logo on top of the shape and BOOM! You did it! On to the final step!
11. Adding in the social media icon! If you already have PNG social media icons, you can upload those in the “Uploads” like we did with our other images.
Go to “Search”, then type in “social media” or your individual social media for a quick access and pick out your social media along with your theme. Drag them into the canvas. Pick out the ones that say “free” by the way! You can scroll down more to find more “free” ones among the paid icons. Now drag those icons, resize them and make sure you resize them in the same length and symmetry. Guess what? Now you made yourself an awesome Pinterest graphic that will get people repining your pin! Noice!
Ayyy you completed the tutorial, congrats! Now here’s your reward. Revealing the secrets to getting re-pins.
Pinterest Secrets Strategies:
1. Colourful pin!
If you know the psychology colours, you’re in luck. For those who don’t, blue is the colour that stands out the most. Blue is the colour that makes the audience have trust in you and be able to click on your pin. Also use colours that are subtle to the eyes like bright or pastel colours for example, bright yellow, blue, pink or purple. It will attract the viewers and of course, re-pin your pin.
Using too many colours or too many fonts can put off people (I learned that the hard way from other posts and pretty much myself actually). Try using at least 1-3 colours and typography. You can use your main colour and mix it up with just black or white, you can use only two typefaces like a contrast of sans-serif and serif. In my graphic design courses, they say that “less is more” because we humans have a quick visual perception. Once we see something simple, it attracts us more than very detailed or cluttered visual info.
3. Make your typography stand out
You can’t just have your title just be as tiny as a mouse or your font having clashing colours with the background. No one would be able to read that! Have your titles be able to scale large and easy to catch your audience’s attention. If your background image is crowded with details, then have a small background in front of your actual background and behind your text. If you won’t be able to read that, then your audience won’t be able to either.
4. Your OWN approval
Like writing your blog post, you need to be able to approve your own work before releasing it on the site. If you feel that something isn’t right, then your audience will feel it too. So, if you like your own graphic, then your audience will too. Think to yourself before saving it “if I were the audience, would I re-pin this image?” I think of this every time and fix something that looks off. If you don’t know if you approve of your graphic or not, try asking opinions from a friend, family or a blogging Facebook group.
5. Your description
Remember, Pinterest isn’t all images. Recently, Pinterest installed the use of hashtags so you’ll be able to look up pins through hashtags. Make sure to edit your Pin’s description and add in hashtags. The description could be your blog title + hashtags (that’s what I do) or you can add a summary and call to action description (it might be a lot of work but this option brings in more clicks!)
6. Scheduling tool
Ok, did you know you can get more repins from other people if you re-pin often on Pinterest? It’s true! I’ve been constantly getting recent followers here and there as well as getting many people to re-pin my older blog posts.
You can, of course, do this manually if you want but with school and all, I’m pretty much unable to manually pin every day due to my schedule.
I did, however, use Tailwind in the past and I got to say, it still works the same way as Boardbooster and I much highly prefer either one of those two.
But, I will be focusing on Tailwind for those of you who are new to these scheduling tools. Tailwind lets you pick any time (choose the times recommended from TW based on how your audience re-pins your pins) as well as join different tribes so you can have an all-around supported community of other tribes to re-pin your pins as well. You can even queue those pins for later dates, schedule them now as well as scramble them so your audience won’t have to see your repeated pins. The best thing? It’s automatically doing all the work for you! If you don’t have this now, what are you waiting for?? Get your 100 pins free trial here.
Hope this helps you, fellow bloggers, out there and also, feel free to let me know in the comments if you found this helpful!
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Happy pinning all!