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This post about the best tools for creating pin images is the fifth in a 10-day blog series that I have created.
I’ll be sharing all my Pinterest tips and tricks with you so that you can optimize your Pinterest strategy to help drive more traffic to your blog.
I personally have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest mainly because it is so fickle.
However, if you can realize that and insert that knowledge into your blogging strategy, then you can still use it to your advantage.
Here’s what you have to look forward to over the next 10 days:
- Day 1: 3 Pinterest Marketing Mistakes that You Really Need to Fix
- Day 2: What You Need to Know About Manual Pinning vs Scheduled Pinning
- Day 3: How to Use Pinterest to Drive Traffic to your Blog the Easy Way
- Day 4: How to Find Your Best Pins and What to Do With Them
- Day 5: 4 of the Best Tools for Creating Pin Images
- Day 6: The Best Ways to Avoid Having Your Pins Marked as SPAM
- Day 7: How to Get Readers to Actually Click on Your Pins
- Day 8: 5 Completely FREE Pinterest Courses You Need to Know About
- Day 9: What You Need to Know About Pinterest Group Boards
- Day 10: Tailwind Tribes vs SmartLoop: Which One is the Best?
The Best Tools for Creating Pin Images that Get Click-Throughs!
As a beginner blogger it can really be overwhelming when trying to absorb all of the do’s and don’ts of blogging.
You’ve heard that Pinterest is a great place to start marketing your blog, but then there’s the task of actually creating the pins.
You could be forgiven for thinking that you’ll need expensive software to do so.
In truth, you can start creating stunning Pinterest images for free with several online tools.
I’m going to talk about those as well as two others (one of which I use) in this post today.
Canva is the online tool of choice for most beginner bloggers.
You can create an account and get started designing beautiful pins right away if you’d like to.
Although there are limitations on their free plan, it is still full of really great options.
You’ll find it very user-friendly and incredibly helpful if you are brand new to graphic design.
The fact that they offer a ton of free templates to get you started will really help make the whole design process a lot faster and easier for you.
One of the limitations of the free plan that I personally find a little frustrating, is that you can’t use your own fonts.
Because I like my pins to be unique and really stand out I like to use my own fonts when designing my images.
However, if you’re not too concerned about that, then the free plan is a great place to start!
By the way, if you are looking for unique fonts, Creative Market offers up free fonts every Monday.
Check them out HERE.
Crello is another free online tool that is incredibly similar to Canva.
They work in the same way in that they both have a free service that has limitations.
The one way in which they differ is that Crello gives you the option of creating animated designs without having to upgrade to their pro version.
Animated designs can be great for designing video pins for Pinterest (they’re really starting to put emphasis on them).
The drawback is that it does have their logo on the right-hand corner. However, this is still more than Canva offers.
You cannot download animated designs from Canva without signing up for their pro version.
Really, Canva and Crello are incredibly similar and I think it is just best to try them both and then decide which works best for you.
Photoshop is my design software of choice.
It isn’t necessarily for total beginners, although if you have the time and patience to learn a new program, then it is really valuable.
I love that Photoshop allows you to design practically anything that you want!
Once you’ve learnt how to use the software and are familiar with shortcuts and the like, designing pins is super quick and easy.
I have two templates that I keep handy all of the time and just rotate between them.
In Photoshop you can download and use your own unique fonts and just really customize the look and feel of your pins to be super unique.
It isn’t free, but at just $10USD per month, the investment is well worth it.
You’ll find that as you get to know and understand the software more, you’ll be able to use it even more in your blogging business.
PicMonkey is the last tool I’m going to discuss today.
It is the first online software that I ever used to design anything. In fact, I was using it YEARS before blogging had even entered my mind.
The program has come a long way since then, adding in new features all of the time.
It is a paid service, but you’ll get access to so many design features, your own unique fonts and a multitude of other incredibly helpful tools.
If you find that Canva and Crello just aren’t doing it for you, then PicMonkey may just be the way to go.
You can give their free trial a go HERE.
Keep in Mind
Just a little word of caution.
You can have the most extravagant and exhaustive design software available to you and still not have great pins.
Sign up to my free email course where I share a bit about pin design and what will make the difference as to whether someone will stop and click on your pin or just keep scrolling.
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Hey there! I’m Christine and I’ve been blogging since February 2017. My parenting blog, Christine Keys is both my passion, income and creative outlet.
I’m a qualified nurse but now I’ve been able to create a lifestyle where I can make money while also staying at home and raising my three young children.
My new passion is to teach other moms how they can do the same!
I love to create beautiful things and to constantly be learning. When I’m not blogging or wrangling my three crazy kiddos, you’ll find me binging out on Netflix.