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The Best Pinterest Image Size + a free template!
Whether you’re a business owner, blogger, or both, Pinterest can be a great way to bring traffic to your website. Using Pinterest is fairly straight forward, but using Pinterest correctly isn’t always as easy. I wrote an in depth post about how to use Pinterest for business, and it goes into far more detail about why you need Pinterest, how to set it up and so much more. Today, I am sharing the Pinterest template that I use for my own images. It saves so much time, and it’s very easy to use!
Best Pinterest Image size..
If you’re a blogger trying to use Pinterest to bring traffic to your blog, you probably already now that Pinterest image size matters. The current recommended size for Pin images is 735×1500. I’ve also heard 735x any size, as long as it’s a vertical pin. What matters even more than exact size is using a vertical pin with good graphics and text that brings the reader in. Pinterest seems to have done away with descriptions for some of us, so the text on the pin image itself is more critical than ever!
Here are some examples of my own pins that tell you exactly what you’ll be getting when you click on them:
What to use to create them
If you ask five bloggers which program to use to create images, you might get five different answers. Many bloggers used to use PicMonkey, but now you have to pay if you want to download your images (making it useless as a free program.) Now that there isn’t a true free version of PicMonkey, many bloggers are using Canva. I tried Canva and I didn’t like it. I didn’t feel like it was very user-friendly. That being said, it is free. However, if you’re here because you want to create awesome images, you need to be using a better program.
Photoshop, even if you aren’t a photographer or designer!
The second, and best, in my opinion, way to create pin images is with Photoshop. I hope I haven’t lost you yet! If you don’t know how to use Photoshop, it’s okay. I am including a template, and I will show you how to use it. In the recent years, Photoshop has become quite affordable thanks to Creative Cloud. You can get an account for $9.99 a month, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom. This price is a steal consider PicMonkey is $5 while being very limited and Creative Cloud includes so much more. If you’re an aspiring photographer (or taking pictures and using Pinterest for your blog) Creative Cloud is an absolute must.
My first piece of advice is to use use the same fonts for all of your pins. This will give your pins a very cohesive look, and your branding will stand out. This is why I recommend either the paid version of PicMonkey, or using (the better option) Photoshop to creative your pin images. Try to choose 3-5 fonts and keep your pins cohesive.
How to create an awesome Pin Image
Now that we know the best Pinterest image size, just HOW to you create a pin image? I am going to walk you through it. Please know that you do not need to be a technical person to do this. It might look complicated, but I promise that it’s very easy once you get the hang of it. Having a system in place will make things so much easier when it comes time to create your pin images!
The first thing that you need to do is get my free pin image template. Once you’ve signed up for Creative Cloud, you can open the .psd image directly in Photoshop. Please note that this will not work in PicMonkey or Canva! A screenshot of the exact template opened in Photoshop is below.
First, open the template in Photoshop. Your screen may look a little different from mine, depending on how you have thing set up. Don’t worry, the basic view will be similar. If you don’t see your layers tab, go to “window” on the top, and select “layers.”
To edit a text layer, click on the layer itself and then the “T” button on the tools menu. If you need additional layers, click on layers at the top of the menu and “add new layer.”
Click on the individual layers to edit them. The bottom layer is the background. You can use a stock image, or an image that you take yourself. For stock images, I recommend using Dreamstime. Make sure to change the bottom text layer to have your website on it! It’s always good for the person seeing the pin to know where it came from.
To add your own images, simply open an image in Photoshop and then copy and paste it. To re-size your new image, make sure that the the rectangular marquee tool is selected (although there are others that will work) in the top left corner. Then right click on the image itself. Click “free transform” and slide the image to your preferred size!
If you’d like to add an overlay, click on the rectangle tool (or change it to another shape) and drag it wherever you’d like it.
To change the opacity of the overlay, simply drag the slider in the layers menu, as pictured below.
When you save your template, remember to save it as a JPEG, instead of the original PSD file. I recommend saving it with the same title as your blog post. For example, if your post “The best macaroni and cheese recipe,” save the file as the_best_macaroni_and_cheese_recipe.jpg.
I hope that this helps you make your own awesome Pinterest images! To download the free template, just use the form below!