Pretty Pinterest Images
Today’s post is a very special post as some of you are waiting for this. I am excited to teach you all about “Pinterest Images Using Canva for free” in this post!
let’s talk about business here. If you are a blogger regardless of your niche or an online entrepreneur, then you know the value of Pinterest. Those appealing images on Pinterest always attract people. Professionally, we call them graphics, and they are a crucial part of any marketing strategy.
Have you ever noticed that when you go to Pinterest you see beautiful images/graphics with different colors and fonts? They are total attention grabbers. Yes, you got me right, I am talking about those amazing images on Pinterest! It often happens that you were not there to do a search for any “do it yourself project”, but since the pins were so amazing, you are now not only bound to save those pins but also forgot the purpose of why were you on Pinterest in the first place. It happened to me several times a day. Let say I was there searching for Pinterest quotes but I ended up saving at least 10 images about the interior decorations. The reason, guys, is because beauty always appeals to your eyes. Hence, you can spend hours on Pinterest.
Before we start learning all about how to make those instant viral and pretty graphics, I would like to say “Thank You” for the prayers. My mother is feeling a lot better. My heart is touched by your concerns and comments. Finally, I am back to blogging. Things might be slower and I might only post once a week, but glad to be back. Okay, let’s learn all about our simply amazing Pinterest images.
Do You Have To Be A Graphic Designer?
The answer is “NO”. Almost 8 years ago there was only one way of making Pinterest Images or graphics, and that was if you knew graphic design. Not all of us can go to school for that. People like my husband are fortunate to have that knowledge as a computer engineer, but what about people like myself? I am not a tech-savvy person. I am a quick learner who can play around and learn new things very quickly, but the graphic design course is lengthy and time-consuming, and having children doesn’t leave much time for any other learning than SEO.
But the good news is that the free program, such as Canva or Fotos make life easy for us. I myself use Canva. It is an absolutely free online editing tool where you can create beautiful images for Pinterest or any other social media. Remember, stunning and visual aids both appeal others. Those rich pins can help to promote your brand faster.
I love Canva because it’s easy to learn and apply. I make all my Pinterest images using this program.
Okay, before a further ado, let’s jump into this detailed tutorial. You are going to learn a lot of worthy knowledge here, so open up your notepads, guys.
Let’s Walk The Walk By Signing Up For Canva:
So, first things first, if you are not using Canva already then you need to rush to create a free account. Click on the link to sign up for free. Creating an account is very beneficial as you can save all your designs without losing them. It also helps you to change your old designs at any time. After you sign up, then log in to your account and the home page looks like this…
Add Your Branding:
This is the part a lot of bloggers don’t know. To be honest with you, I didn’t know it until I started to pay more attention to details during my SEO journey. For my previous Images for Pinterest, I picked whatever color I wanted to without even giving a second thought to branding. Anyways, go ahead and add your branding. Set up the color of your website to match up while making beautiful pins. It will tie everything together for you and will look very professional.
How To Add Your Branding:
It’s not hard at all! You might feel scared or overwhelmed, but I guarantee it’s very easy and only takes a moment. Look at the buttons on the left side of the screen to create a design, and click on Your Brand and create your branding by adding your website color. Go to your website and right click on your color. Once you right click, you would see a new window opened up. Click on Inspect. There will again be a new window opened up, where you can see your theme and your color options. Click the color you want and copy the code in Canva where the plus button is (see below in the picture). Now you are all set, as in FREE Canva you can only set up your color. The font option available with paid subscription only. I bet you can find tons of amazing fonts.!
Let’s Recap the steps:
- In Canva, click on your brand.
- Then on the brand colors.
- Click on the plus sign next to colors to enter the code.
- Go to your website.
- Right click on your desired color, and you will see a window.
- Click on Inspect, or Inspect Elements. Whatever you see on your computer.
- In the new window with coding on the side or bottom, find your color.
- Now click on your color and copy the code.
- Come back to Canva.
- Paste it, and replace the color with your brand color.
- Tada! All done!
Need help, please ask me either leave me a comment or email me.
Create Your Design:
Once you have done with your branding, it’s now time to create beautiful images for whatever you want to promote on Pinterest. By showing your amazing graphics, you will get a lot of traffic.
Click on Create a design and it will show you tons of options. Select Pinterest Graphic, as this is what we are learning on this post.
You can resize your images on Canva as well as using Paint, or a free website, pixlr, according to your website image size.
As soon as you select the Pinterest graphic, there will be a new window in front of you, where Canva has tons of free premade templates or layouts. Pick one of them, and start customizing. Make sure you pick the FREE template.
Make sure you don’t forget to change your image name I highlighted that on the top right-hand corner where you change the name. I see a lot of new bloggers make pins in Canva, but never bother giving those images any name. It doesn’t look professional at all. It’s good for SEO as well, and Google loves it.
Left Bar Menu
See the highlighted button in the picture below so you would know where to change the name. Once you select the layout, you can now play around with it. Either upload your own image to replace the pre-made layout using upload button in the menu. or use the same template.
I will customize this pin according to my own brand color, by searching pictures in Canva in the search bar under the Elements tab. Let’s use a pretty picture of a computer for this pin. After getting my desired picture under this tab, second on the far left of Canva, since there is no need to be too fancy.
Make sure you choose EYE-CATCHING FONTS and pictures.
After selecting the template, I changed the background color to my branding, which we have set up in the beginning. Then I inserted the pretty image to spice this pin-up to coordinate with my brand.
Resize your image by double-clicking on it. Once you are done with it, click on done. Or, there is an arrow on the top left as well. Click on it to set it up where you want it.
When you select any element (on the top menu), you have quite a few options to use, such as these…
Top Bar Menu
- A square showing a color. Click on it to change it.
- Copy. You can copy the same shape to reuse it again in the same image.
- Position. Either you want the shape forward or backward. However you like it.
- Transparency. It’s such a cool option to use for the color density.
- Delete the items if you don’t like it.
For my URL, I went to Elements and selected a small square and resized it using the above-mentioned instructions. The other cool thing is that you can rotate your shape by using a small rotator, which you can see once you click on the shape.
You can now see how It looks like one untied image. Lastly, we are left with the big heading. The one we are doing this post about.
Look at the pin image on the top left corner. it’s showing you the rotator. I simply clicked on the triangle to see this. You can play around however you like to have Elements in your images.
Fonts for The Main Heading:
When you click on your fonts tab, it gives you a few options, such as…
It’s easy to change the style and color of the font using the bar menu on the top once you place your favorite fonts. I mostly mixed and matched them so they can bring more attention. Human eyes like to see patterns.
Here you go with the side-by-side comparison. The difference is very visible. In the beginning, you might be slower, but with practice, it should not take more than 10 to 15 minutes to create your amazing Pins.
Don’t forget to Save It:
Save your graphics by clicking on the file and then click Save on the bottom. Once you clicked on the File button it brings you several options above.
Hope this Canva tutorial was helpful, and you will be able to make your own images easily. Don’t get frustrated, it’s hard in the beginning and I am only a click away. Comment me, or email me for assistance. I will be happy to help!
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More Is Better:
I will highly recommend at least creating three Pinterest images. It helps to Re-Pin the same post at least three times. It can be a bit time consuming but gradually you will learn all the tricks and tips to make you faster. When I first started to make my images for Pinterest, I was so slow that it was almost taking me an hour. I was getting frustrated that it’s not gonna work for me. Now it only takes me 5 minutes. Slowly but surely, you will improve yourself. Just don’t give up and start with the right mindset.
Just keep one thing always in your mind…
The more you pin the more likely you are going to promote your business!
Did you notice? I made three Images to share on Pinterest for my post. One as a featured image and two to pin. In this way, I will have more exposure to my site. It’s totally fine if in the start you can make that many as I know it’s time-consuming, just make one. I promise you will get better eventually, jut don’t be afraid of anything.
Happy Pinning guys!
Once you make your Pretty images for Pinterest, come back and leave me a link in the comments section so I can see them.
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