You will see pins in various shapes and sizes but there are some rules that you should follow when creating your own pins.
– The Pinterest “approved” dimension for a pin is 600px x 900px or 2:3 dimension
Bright colours and images perform extremely well. Remember, Pinterest is a search engine and when something looks appealing it will most likely be saved and repinned multiple times to multiple boards and multiple accounts.
Having beautiful images will increase your repin rates.
A text overlay on your Pin is recommended. Ensure that the text on your pin is eye-catching and easy to read.
Ensure you have the blog post title or a description of it. You want it to be clear and concise.
Don’t forget to add your website URL or your logo to the image.
See my example below:
When opened within Pinterest, this image will link to my Video about Pinterest Predicts.
If you have experience with Illustrator then go ahead and create your pins there. Ensure you save your template to use again and again.
Other free sites to create your Pins include Canva and Picmonkey .
Personally, I love Canva and use it for my own images and also for those of my clients. Canva is free to use, there are numerous free images you can also download and use. There is a paid version (and yes, I am subscribed to the paid version) and it’s wonderful for resizing graphics. If you have created a graphic for one platform, the paid version gives you the option to resize this graphic suitable for other platforms. Quick and easy. I highly recommend the paid version if you plan to use your graphics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.Sign Up To Canva for FREE Here.
Canva gives you the opportunity to create images of all sizes.
When creating your first design you will be given the option to choose your sizing or choose from popular design types.
Just click on any of the icons of your choice or the “More” Button.
Or “Use Custom Dimensions” to create a design of a size you prefer.
I use Canva all the time for all of my image creation, whether it be for Pinterest or Facebook, my website and more.
I highly recommend signing up for a Pro Account with Canva, this way you can save your favourite fonts, your branding and more. Plus you will be able to resize one image to suit other social media channels without having to start from scratch each time.
Be careful where you source your images. Don’t ever save your images from a Google search. This is how people get into trouble. It’s called stealing, and even though the image is readily found, you don’t have the right to use it.
People have been sued for thousands of dollars for “grabbing” an image off google. Don’t take the risk.
Instead, there are numerous sites that offer images with the CC0 licence.
What is CC0 Licencing?
Creative Commons Zero. It’s a licence that allows you to use an image without any repercussions. Always double-check the licence terms before downloading any image.
Some of my favourite sites include:
You can also subscribe to some awesome paid sites such as:
Take a look at my Blog Post that will show you where you can source suitable images.