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So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #howtomakepinterestpins #howtocreatepinterestpininPicMonkey.

How to Create Gorgeous Pinterest Images Easily

Updated 5/20/18

Are you having trouble creating a gorgeous pin for Pinterest? I know I did. You’ve spent hours crafting a perfect blog post with amazing content, only to have it go nowhere. The only sound on your blog is internet crickets. Well, I'm going to tell you the secret of how to make a beautiful Pinterest pin in minutes. 

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The secret of creating a perfect pin is to (drum roll please) copy a pin that you love.

Yes, that's right.

Find a pin that gets you clicking and copy the size and style.  You're going to thank me later. At least that's what I tell my kiddos.

Now, I'm going to show you exactly how to copy a pin and make it your own in minutes. 

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And if you're interested in learning how to promote your pins on Pinterest, I highly recommend taking Redefining Mom's Pin Practical Promotions course. Promoting pins was the only way I achieved quick results. And I've tried everything. You can check it out HERE. 

But don't take my word for it. The facts are in the numbers. In 10 days, I DOUBLED my email list. 100 percent list growth.

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Not only did I double my subscriber list but I reached 1 million views on Pinterest. 

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I’ve spent hours and hours creating opt-ins trying to figure out what people need, and how I can help them and a simple investment gave me tangible results.

In the graph below you can see that I before I started the pin promotions campaign for my writing challenge that less than five people would subscribe to my mailing list. But as soon as a I started the campaign I was getting 10 to 30 subscribers a day. 

As soon as I shut off the campaign, the numbers dropped again. I then started the campaign again yesterday and you can see that my subscriber rate jumped up once more. 

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Before I show you how to make beautiful Pinterest pins, I first want to highlight the areas I'll cover in this tutorial.  

Now that you know what we'll cover, I want to tell you about PicMonkey. I'll be using PicMonkey to show you how to create a viral pin in minutes.

What is PicMonkey?

PicMonkey is an online image editor that is simple to use. You can create pins, ads, banners, invitations and more using their templates or design your own.

Benefits of PicMonkey

  • Super easy to use and learn
  • Makes your pins professional
  • Ready-made templates for Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
  • Small investment in making your online presence unforgettable
  • Helps drive traffic to your website through Pinterest
  • Can save to their online storage

How Does it Help to Drive Traffic from Pinterest to Your Website

Pinterest is a visual search engine. The style, image, and colors of your pin matter. PicMonkey can help you create a professional pin that gets people to visit your website, increase brand awareness, and opt into your mailing list.

PicMonkey's basic plan is free to use. But I recommend upgrading to their premium plan because this unlocks all their features, fonts, templates, and more.  

Also, you can save your pin templates on their Hub. You can try them for free and upgrade to a paid plan if you want access their premium features. Plans start at as little as $5.95 per month or $71.95 annually. You can get this deal by clicking here

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #howtomakepinterestpins #pinterestpins #picmonkeytutorials

It’s a small investment that will make your online presence professional and help drive traffic to your site.

The Elements of a Beautiful Pin

Before I show you exactly how to create a gorgeous pin using PicMonkey that drives traffic to your site, I want to tell you the elements of a pintastic pin.

Image

The quality and kind of image you use matters. You can use free stock photos. Or buy sets of photos that fit your brand and website. I mostly use free stock photos but also have bought sets of photos from:

Bluchic
Ivory Mix
Haute Pin
Creative Market

The internet is robust with free stock photo websites. I use Pixabay the most because the website has great photos and is simple to use.

Free Stock Photo Websites


Images

1. Pixabay
2. Pexels
3. PicJumbo
4. Unsplash
5. Stocksnap
6. Creative Commons Search

Icons

1. IcoMoon
2. Font Awesome
3. IconFinder

PicMonkey also has free stock photos in their pin templates that you can use.

Pro Tip: When choosing photos pick ones that are bright and use more reds, pinks, and oranges. Also, photos without people are better. Although backs, hands, sides of people are fine. There are some exceptions this of course - babies and kids.

Elna Cain uses similar stock photos with bright feminine objects and lots of room for text. I see her pins everywhere.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

Text

As a writer, I’m glad that text matters A LOT on a visual search engine like Pinterest. But, not any kind of text. The words need to use easy to read fonts that pop off the page.  Choose one serif font and one sans-serif font.

In one of my favorite pin designs below, I used Brusher and Future Medium.

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Another element of text to consider is that you should choose two sizes and two or three colors. Write down your font choices, so that you don’t forget and become consistent when making your pins. I made this mistake a lot when I started creating pins.

Pro Tip: If the font you want isn’t in the offered fonts from PicMonkey, you can find the font online and upload it to PicMonkey.  

Fonts

1. Google Fonts
2. FontPair
3. Beautiful Web Type

Vertical Pins Only

Pinterest prefers long pins over short ones. The reason is that most people search Pinterest on their phones. Long pins stand out more and get more attention. In fact, if you start to think like a user than making pins it will be easier.  
The size of your pins should have a 2:3 or 1:3:5 ratio.

Pinterest prefers the size 600 x 900. But my pins do fin at: 750 x 1102 px. 

In the past few weeks, Pinterest has also said that that 600 x 600 does nicely too. 

But you can make them longer, as long as you still keep the 2:3 ratio and don’t go over 2,061 px tall at a 736 px width. If your pin is longer than this is will get cut off on mobile. 

PicMonkey is template heaven for Pinterest. You can choose from their templates to make sure you’re keeping to the correct ratio. 

Pro Tip: Choose two consistent sizes for branding.

Infographics are also really popular on Pinterest. Look at this infographic from The Millennial SAHM. It’s packed with information yet eye-catching.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

Color Choices

As I mentioned before, you should pick two to three colors and stick to them to create a consistent brand. I made the mistake of not doing this at first and my brand was messy.

To figure out the palette numbers for certain colors, you can use a color picker. I have noticed that the numbers can change, depending on what pixel you choose, but the naked eye can’t tell the difference. Remember to write the number down, so that you use those colors consistently. 

Pro Tip: PicMonkey makes it easy to change colors in text and images.

Check out Ana's pin from her website The She Approach. She uses two colors only for the text. The teal green helps pop out the important information. 

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

Or the nice color choices of Monica Froese from Redefining Mom.

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Pro Tip: Use the same colors or variations of the colors that you use on your website. Remember to choose easy to read colors. I made the mistake of picking a lighter pink for our logo and this color is hard to see in some designs. 

Now that we’ve looked at the design elements of a beautiful pin, let’s make one of our own.

How to Make Beautiful Pinterest Pins

I laugh when I look at my first pin. I really had no idea what I was doing. 

In the midst of my struggles, I sent Monica Froese at Redefining Mom an email asking her if she could recommend a pin designer. I really liked her pins. She suggested that I copy my favorite pin. So, this got me thinking.

I wasn’t a designer. You should see my living room. But I used to love to paint by numbers as a kid. Could I copy someone’s pin?

My mama always told me that if you don’t try, how will you know? So, that’s exactly what I did.

Not only do I now love my pins but all the tips that all the experts gave me, I actually learned how to apply.

How to Create a Beautiful Pin Video Tutorial Part 1

If you prefer to watch a video of me creating a beautiful pin in Pinterest, please check out the video tutorial below. There are three videos in total. Or you can follow the step-by-step instructions in this blog post. 

This Video Will Cover:
​Find a pin size
Cropping a stock photo
Inserting an overlay


Step 1 

Go to Pinterest and search something in your niche.  

For the sake of this example, I typed in freelance writing. I chose a pin by Elna Cain because I see her pins everywhere and I love them.  


Step 2 

After this, I opened it in PicMonkey.

At this point, you need to check the size of the pin. To do that go to the left-hand side of the dashboard. Choose to resize.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

You can see that the pin is 800 x 1422. It’s longer than I normally use but it still has a nice vertical ratio.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

Next, open a stock photo that you want to use for your pin. It will ask you to save the pin that you copied from Pinterest, but don’t worry about that now.

Open your stock photo and resize it. Keep the proportions and type in 1422. The size now says 2133 x 1422. This is so that you can crop it to the exact size.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

At this point, you now need to crop the photo to 800 x 1422. To do this click on crop, type in 800 x 1422 and then crop the picture.

Pro Tip: Try to leave some white space in the photo. This makes it easier to add text.

Now, that the stock photo is the correct size, export the file. You could save it to the PicMonkey storage, but I like to save my cropped photos on my computer.

Step 3

Now, go back to PicMonkey and Open New - Templates - Create -  Type 800 x 1422 px

This will create a blank canvas at the designated pixels.

After this, choose overlay (the butterfly on the left-hand side of your dashboard) and choose to add your own.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

Upload the cropped stock photo.

For some reason, the stock photo will be a little smaller. But you can stretch the photo to cover the pin.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

Then repeat this by adding another overlay with the pin you plan to copy. Stretch the pin to cover the blank canvas. This will make it easier to copy it.

How to Create a Beautiful Pin Video Tutorial Part 2

This Video Will Cover:
Insert Multiple Overlays
Create Text Boxes

Step 4

Next, add another overlay.  Geometric shape - a rectangle.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

Change the color to white.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

Stretch it to fit the white overlay on the pin. You will need to fade the white later. But for now, do it just enough to see the text underneath.

Now we repeat this process to get the color stripe at the top. Change this color to match your brand.

Step 5

Add another overlay. Select a circle and change to your brand colors

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

Next, add text. Choose a font that fits your brand. PicMonkey comes with a lot of fonts, but you can add your own.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

At this point you can add the remaining text.

Pro Tip: Some designers recommend creating different text boxes for each word or blocks of text so that you can move them around easily.

It’s important to play around with your text. You can also add a fun sans-serif font for a keyword or change the color of a few words to match your brand.

Keep in mind that designing your own pins is time-consuming at first, but once you have a template, it’s a lot easier.

How to Create a Beautiful Pin Video Tutorial Part 3

This Video Will Cover:
Add branding to your pin

Step 6

We are almost done. The next step is to add your branding at the bottom of the pin. Type in your website name.

So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #how to make a pinterest pin #how to create a Pinterest pin in PicMonkey.

Step 7

The last step is to delete the pin you were copying. Now you have a gorgeous pin with your style and brand. You can also fade the white overlay for effect.

Next, add text. Choose a font that fits your brand. PicMonkey comes with a lot of fonts, but you can add your own.

Save your pin as a template.

Don’t flatten the image, so that you can easily change the picture and text without having to start over.

If you decide to buy the membership to PicMonkey, you can save the template to their Hub. This is what I do. I have all my templates on the Hub and then modify them for each new pin.

Once I had my templates in place, making pins was easy and addictive. I now love to create pins. Also, even though you’re copying someone's pin, if you use your own photos, fonts, and colors, it becomes yours. I usually make around 3-6 pins per blog post.

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To thank you for sticking with me until the end, I want to give you a few freebies that will help you become star bloggers/writers. 

Bonuses


Two FREE Video Tutorials

How to Add Alt Text to Your Images
How to Add and Hide Multiple Pinterest Images in Your Blog Post

Hidden Content

Benefits of These Tutorials

  1. Pinterest prefers rich pins and these pins must have alt text. You'll learn how to add alt text to your images in minutes
  2. Making multiple Pinterest images for a blog post is smart. Your readers can choose what image to share and your content will reach a wider audience faster.
  3. Showing all your Pinterest images in your blog post is confusing for your readers, so you can easily hide them but allow the pins to be shared.
  4. Great information to know that will save you time
  5. Will increase traffic to your website

And if you're interested in learning how to promote your pins on Pinterest, I highly recommend taking Redefining Mom's Pin Practical Promotions course. Promoting pins was the only way I doubled my email list in two weeks. And I've tried everything. You can check it out HERE. 

But don't take my word for it. She has a FREE 3-Day Pin Promotions Challenge. People make a lot of promises when it comes to Pinterest. But Pin Promotions really does work. Join the free challenge HERE.

Some people prefer to read, instead of taking a course or challenge. The Pinterest Primer is the workbook used for the Pin Practical Promotions Course, so you can get all of Redefining Mom's books at a discount. Check out her books HERE.

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So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #howtomakepinterestpins #pinterestpins #picmonkeytutorials
So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #howtomakepinterestpins #pinterestpins #picmonkeytutorials
So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #howtomakepinterestpins #pinterestpins #picmonkeytutorials
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