Designing Pinterest pins doesn’t have to be hard. In fact it can be ridiculously easy if your have the right pin design tools. Many of the tools on this list are perfect for small business owners that are wearing the graphic design hat for their business. Further down the list are a few tools for the brave of heart. The learning curve is a bit steeper, but the rewards are great.
Note: Pin scheduler Traffic Wonker has sadly gone out of business, but owner and CEO Andy Fling has given me permission to share his useful Pinterest research and other information on my site. I jumped at the chance as Andy is the smartest guy I know when it comes to Pinterest!
Here are my BEST 10 Pin Design Tools
Quozio makes designing easy. Enter your text in first box. Enter the author in the second box. Then press “Go.” Your quote or text is automatically formatted on a beautiful background image. If the background they chose doesn’t tickle you, try another one. When it’s perfect, you can share it to any one of several social networks.
If pinnable image design is clearly not your forte, Instagram may be a solution for you. Just snap a picture and add a filter. It’s a nice way to “dress up” your photos and make them more appealing to your fellow pinners.
Canva has quickly become a favorite for Pinterest marketers, providing an easy-to-use tool to design pinnable images. Canva provides intuitive controls so creating and editing your image is almost a no-brainer. Just choose a template, or start with a blank canvas. Then select the “Layouts and Background” feature to figure out how you want to format your image. Finish with images and text. It has both a free and a paid option – it’s one of the easier pin design tools and it is well worth the expense.
PicMonkey is as close to Photoshop as anything you’ll find online. You’ll find all the basic tools that you get with Photoshop, as well as a variety of tools that you can add as upgrades. Some of the features include basic editing like color adjustments, a crop tool, text, and comic bubbles. Then, if you like, you can finish your image off with a border or frame.
If you like what you get with Instagram, but want a few more tools, BeFunky may be your next favorite image editor. Choose between their online service or Android/iPad app, and get started. You’ll get eye-catching filter options like Pop-Art and Sketch. They also offer borders and frames. Many options are free.
Fotor is a free online and Android/iPad app collage maker. This resource gives you all tools you’ll need for hundreds of possible collage combinations. Make it look like you’re one of the presidents on Mt. Rushmore with their photo montage tool. Try a fun collage – the kind you used to make with scissors and glue back in grade school, or stitch multiple photos together vertically or horizontally. Fotor provides you with lots of room for creativity.
Recite gets high praise for ease of use. This tool lets you to transform a quote into a pinnable image in seconds. Type your quote, pick a design, and then post your pin directly to Pinterest from the Recite site.
Since most people know how to use word processing software Microsoft Office is another great tool for our list. This software, and software programs like it, allow you to format text, integrate shapes, and add images. When you’re all finished, take a screenshot of your masterpiece and crop it with your favorite image editor.
Photoshop Elements is the affordable version of Adobe Photoshop. If you’re already familiar with image editing basics and text editors, this program might be a great choice. The learning curve is a bit steeper with this program, but with the challenge comes great flexibility and fantastic possibilities.
Okay, so maybe this tool isn’t ridiculously simple, but it is the choice of design professionals and my favorite tool. I designed this site and all of the Pinterest images with Adobe Illustrator. If you enjoy designing and really want to produce blowout images, Illustrator is the best choice by far. Start with basic shapes and text. You can download a trial version and learn that much in an hour. Then learn more as you go.
I hope you will enjoy these 10 fabulous pin design tools!
by Andy Fling
Founder and CEO of TrafficWonker.com
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Blogging resources I love and recommend:
Tailwind – I’ve been working with Tailwind for about five years. They are the pin scheduler of choice and it is jam-packed with great features. If you haven’t already, sign up for a FREE month of Tailwind HERE.
Legal Templates – You are required by law to have a certain package of legalese on your blog. You need to have copyright notices, privacy policies, and various other terms and conditions to protect yourself from being sued. The package I recommend is created by Amira Law – a lawyer who specializes in all aspects of blogging and internet business legalities. Learn more about these Legal Templates HERE.
Pinterest Resources – Pinterest is definitely my jam. I can do a personalized Pinterest/Tailwind audit where I go over your account with a 30-point checklist and then set up a Zoom call with you to give you TONS of suggestions. Order the Pinterest Audit HERE.
HIRE ME – I make a full-time living taking great care of my blogger peeps. I’ve done Pinterest Management for the last five years for dozens of clients. I set up mailing lists, automations and build pop-ups for people. I can also build you a simple website. To learn more – go HERE.