Pinterest is all about visual impact. If the content you pin is not accompanied by eye-catching, jaw-dropping, amazing, “I have to click on that!” images, then even the best possible content goes unnoticed. There are several ways to ensure that the graphics and images you put on your website engage your readers.
You can employ freelancers to create imagery for you. This can get expensive, and time-consuming. You have to communicate back-and-forth with your graphic designer several times before a single image is created. Then of course, you may not approve of the final product. Your designer has to go back to the drawing board, and the process starts all over.
You can also handle the task yourself.
You can spend countless hours browsing the web for imagery that is copyright-free. Most entrepreneurs, bloggers and business owners don’t have the time available for this task. Since experts recommend you should be pinning 5 to 30 times a day, each and every day, you could literally go without sleep, and use up every minute of the day chasing down engaging images.
Or, if you’re smart, you can simply use one of the following 5 free tools for creating Pinterest images that are guaranteed to drive engagement, boost your followers and traffic, and get repinned over and over.
1 – Canva
Canva is often noted as the premier image creation and design software suite. The site boasts more than 10 million users, and it is easy to sign up through Facebook, Google or with your email. Honestly, once you use Canva, especially if you have tried other pieces of image creation software, you will see why it is hands down the easiest to use and most versatile graphic design tool you can get your hands on.
Some of the templates they offer do require a small investment, usually $1. However, the majority of the tools and templates on the site are free. You have literally thousands of options and a super simple and easy to use interface, which will help you create presentations, graphics for social media sites like Pinterest, visual content for your blog and much more.
2 – PicMonkey
This is a great tool for editing any existing photos you have. You can also create graphics and images from scratch. Design templates are provided, and all you have to do to get started is hover over the “Design” button atop the PicMonkey home page and choose from one of 6 blank canvas size options. Then you simply follow the on-screen prompts, and in a couple of minutes, voilà, your image is created.
3 – WordSwag
This is a really unique image creator. It turns text into photos and graphics. This means you can add marketing messages, tips, short how-to lists and other text-based messages to your graphics. The process is simple and quick. First write out a short piece of text. Make it catchy and memorable. Then choose from several different fonts and formatting choices.
That’s it. That’s all it takes to create text-based graphics, inspirational quotes and memorable messages that people will love to re-pin on Pinterest. You can also combine standard graphics and photographs with text.
4 – Pinstamatic
This image creator is easy to use and can churn out a lot of simple, basic images rather quickly. It has an easy to understand interface, and after only a few minutes on the site for the first time, you can create an image you will be proud to use with your content. By the way, Pinstamatic markets itself as “The Pinterest Tool”, and it is hard to argue with that claim. For ease of use, number of options and integration with Pinterest and other social media networks, this is a great image and graphics creating tool.
5 – Quozio
Quozio users mention words like “fun” and “easy” when referring to this text-based image creator. Go to Quozio.com and enter your text. Then press “Go”. It is that simple to create a text-based image, and if you don’t like the result, you can browse other templates.