Last Monday was a holiday here in Chile, so I’ve been confused trying to know what day it is. Which I normally hate since it totally messes up my schedule that has been already too bad. For example, this post was supposed to be written and posted last month. But it’s fine, I’m not perfect and here and then I go through moments where I totally suck at being productive.
Either way, today’s post is all about Pinterest and how to easily create beautiful Pinterest graphics! With a little gift for you at the end of the post. You know, I used to spend a lot of time in the app admiring the graphics. Some people are so creative! I wanted mine to look beautiful and clickable. As bloggers, we all know that’s the final goal.
I also have news! I launched my own Pinterest graphics a few days ago and more are coming. I’ll be talking about it later in this post, but if you want to check them right now, click here. And they are on sale too!How To Easily Create Beautiful Pinterest Graphics + Free Pinterest Template (Canva and Photoshop) Click To Tweet
You might feel a little frustrated seeing all those beautiful Pinterest graphics thinking that you want the same, but you have no idea where to start or how to do it. I’ve been there too. Before launching my blog I did some research about how they should look, but I also knew how I wanted them to look.
Overall, there are pretty clear characteristics a Pinterest graphic should have. Light colors, fonts a person can read; and the most important part, they have to be vertical. Melyssa Griffin has an amazing post that talks about all these important attributes these graphics should have to convert. You can read the post here.
Since she makes an amazing job explaining all that, I just want to focus on how to create them and the process I go through to find the inspiration. You will see how easy it is!You might feel a little frustrated seeing all those beautiful Pinterest graphics thinking that you want the same, but you have no idea where to start or how to do it. Let me help you with that! Click To Tweet
My Process To Create Pinterest Graphics
1. Look For Inspiration
This is my favorite part! I go deep into Pinterest looking for ideas on different niches. Recipes, travel guides, lifestyle posts, DIY projects, quotes, and more. Once I pick my favorites, I make sure to save them in my computer that way I can start getting ideas.
Just remember to be following those guidelines Melyssa gives in her article to make the best of your Pinterest graphics. You want people clicking on your images! Also, don’t worry about thinking that your pins look too similar to others. It happens and many already look alike because that’s what works. Change the colors, images, fonts and they will look different!
The title is key too! So don’t forget about that too. They will attract more readers. You can read my post that gives you 4 tips to go viral with blog titles. Suggestions you should follow to stand out more!
2. Start Sketching
Now, I’m not a designer or good at drawing. I’m just a creative girl trying to imitate a professional hahaha. Even though I’m not an expert, I’m very proud of my work as an amateur graphic designer. It’s also one of my favorites things to do as a blogger.
Grab a notebook and start adding those ideas. The first thing I do is draw many rectangles (the pins) and make sure to fill them with the design I want to. Not even adding color, just the general idea of the final look. I do add some notes so I won’t forget how it’s supposed to look. You know, if the background is just a color or a picture.Even though I'm not an expert, I'm very proud of my work as an amateur graphic designer. It's one of my favorites things to do as a blogger. Click To Tweet
3. Digitalize Your Pinterest Graphics
This is the part where many struggles with. Again, since not many bloggers are designers, it might be hard to think which colors are the best or the combination of fonts you need for those graphics. Even harder to start using an image editing software like Photoshop. Or even Canva for that matter!
I use Photoshop and it’s the best tool and investment you can do. Although, I must add that I bought it years ago. Before the Adobe Creative Cloud was a thing. Either way, I recommend it to everyone. I even think it’s easier to use than Canva, but that’s a personal thought.
So now that you have those designs, it’s time to put it all on your computer! Pick your favorite software and start doing some magic. I made this short video showing roughly my process of making Pinterest graphics. As you can see, super easy! It barely took me five minutes. In the end, it all depends on what do you want; but usually, they aren’t hard to make. And once you make one, you just save it for the future so you can change the images and titles.I made a short video showing my process to create Pinterest graphics. You will see it's super easy! It doesn't take longer than five minutes. Click To Tweet
A. SET THE SIZE
The majority of my images are 735 x 1102 px. It is the most common size for Pinterest graphics, but you can make them longer if you want or need.
B. ADD THE BACKGROUND PHOTO
For almost all of my graphics, I use pictures from Unsplash. They have so many and pretty much for every niche! Take a look at it and you will see.
C. ADD ANY OTHER ELEMENT YOU NEED
This design is pretty basic. I just added a few rectangles, change the colors of them, and play with the transparency.
D. WRITE THE TITLE
Choose the fonts you want and change the colors. Remember to align everything with your brand!
That’s it! In a few steps, you can have your Pinterest graphic. Have in mind that you should have three or four different graphics for each post. That way you can share it more times and you won’t overwhelm your followers every time you repin the images.
My Pinterest Templates
Since I’m so obsessed with making Pinterest templates, I made my own to sell! It took some time to have everything ready, but they are finally here! The good thing about this package is that you can customize the templates using Photoshop or Canva. Both options are in the same folder.Since I'm so obsessed with making Pinterest templates, I made my own to sell! The package includes: 4 Content Templates, 3 Quote Templates, 1 Gift Guide Template. Go check them out! Click To Tweet
The package includes:
- 4 Content Templates
- 3 Quote Templates
- 1 Gift Guide Template
To see every template with more detail, just click on the box below!
Free Pinterest Template
Now the fun part! A free template you can customize on Photoshop or Canva. You can change the font colors, background and more! The image size is 735 x 1102 px.
What does the package include:
- Canva link to edit the template.
- The instructions to edit the Canva Template (This is very important! Don’t skip any step!)
- A PSD file to edit on Photoshop.
Important Note: the photographs used in the demo images are for display purposes only and are not included in the download file. This social media pack requires the use of Photoshop (CS4+) or Canva. You cannot use these features with other programs. The sale or gift of templates is not affiliated with Canva in any official way.
So what do you think? Easy? Too complicated? Let me know how do you design you Pinterest graphics and if you like my Pinterest templates. I want to know your opinion!