Pin My Post: Pinterest Perfect Pictures with PicMonkey

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Are you trying to gain some traffic from Pinterest to your blog? Earlier I had written about How To Get Your Blog Post Pinned! One of the most important tips I could give you is to make sure you create a Pinterest Perfect Picture for your blog post.

4 Quick Reasons to Create a Pinterest Perfect Picture

  • Encourage your readers to pin your post
  • Remind the original pinner why they pinned your post
  • Let others know why they should click through to your post
  • Encourage repins!

Why PicMonkey?

If you have Photoshop perfect! Photoshop is a great tool for bloggers and I highly recommend getting it. But I wanted to show you that you do not have to have Photoshop to make a great image for your blog. I used all of PicMonkey’s free/non-premium options. The word has not come out on the cost of PicMonkey’s Premium Service (everything is free right now).

Ready to Create your Picture?

Step 1 Go to PicMonkey.com

Step 2 Upload your Image

Step 3 Click “Auto Adjust” to brighten and clean up your picture

Step 4 Click the little beaker (second icon from the top) on the far left to get the Adjustments Menu

Step 5 Click “Exposure” and then “Auto Adjust”. For the example picture I brightened it even more and added more highlight and shadows. Brighter picture will more likely catch someone’s eye on a board full of pins.

Step 6 Click “Color” and then either click “Auto Adjust” or Click “Neutral Picker” and click on a white section of your picture.

Step 7 Click the icon on the left that looks like a frame around a box.

Step 8 Select a frame for your picture. This is an optional step. I used it because the composition of the picture I was using was a little boring and the Polaroid frame made it pop more.

Step 9 Add your text:

  1. Click the P icon on the far left
  2. Choose your font
  3. Enter the title of your post (or what your post is about), click apply
  4. Adjust the size and angle of the text
  5. Adjust the color, alignment, and blend mode of your text

Step 10 Save at the highest quality (10)

Before and After:

 

Which would you be more likely to repin?

3 Quick Tips on your Picture & Pinterest

  • Take lots of pictures for your post. Then when you are ready to edit you have a few options for the perfect one.
  • Lots and lots of light. Direct light is not good, but it’s better than low light. Sit your items next to a window or outside on a cloudy day to get better lighting.
  • Ask your blogging buddies to pin your blog post and offer to do the same for them.

I would love to hear if you try creating a Pinterest Perfect Picture and what your results were.

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