from the TrafficWonker Blog
Designing Pinterest pins doesn't have to be hard. In fact it can be ridiculously easy if your have the right 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.
Pinterest Marketing 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.
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.
by Andy Fling
Founder and CEO of TrafficWonker.com
Hi, I'm Andy Fling, the founder of TrafficWonker.com. I help small business owners and bloggers build businesses they love through Pinterest marketing.
In my free time I play the trumpet, draw, hang out with family and friends, and play fetch with our dog Chester - he rolls the ball and I fetch it.
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