If there is one thing this writer enjoys more than researching blog articles and finding good Pinterest tips for all you loyal blog readers out there, it’s designing the accompanying images for our blog posts. Creating pinnable images to go with entries, regardless if it is for your blog or social media posts, is vital for optimizing your pinning opportunities.
Pinterest is a visual search engine, so it makes perfect sense to emphasize your image design, ensuring that it captures a viewer’s attention and compels them to want to Pin your image. This can simply be called a pinnable image. According to MJR Creative Group, a good pinnable image should be an awesome, impactful picture that’s 736 pixels wide and at least twice as long. With so many design tools and apps popping up like daisies, it’s now a lot easier to create your own well designed image without having to resort to hiring professionals or spending time and money on learning professional design software. In this blog, We’ve tracked down 5 great design tools you can use to create pinnable images.
1. Pic Monkey
Pic Monkey is the closest thing we’ve found to an online Photoshop. It has all the basic design tools and offers upgrades to more advanced features for creating great pinnable images for you site.
Our favorite feature: the “Touch Up” feature has a generous list of bizarre but awesome options for retouching like eye brightening, nip tuck, weight loss and–teeth whitening. Teeth whitening!
If you are looking for a great tool to design quotes, Canva is the tool for you. Canva is so user friendly, anyone -regardless of their design experience – can use it to create all kinds of effective and beautiful pinnable images. This is thanks to their amazing selection of fonts, borders, shapes and background images. Another thing we love about Canva is their collection of templates for virtually all post options – everything from Facebook cover photos, Instagram and even Pinterest.
Our favorite feature: A popular trend that is surfacing is a badge/logo design and Canva offers a great selection of ready made, easy-to-use borders and shape tools for you to create your very own. Some of the more advanced tools require purchasing, but they are very affordable!
3. Be Funky
Be Funky is another fun and easy to use design tool. For posts that require a collage, Be Funky has an array of choices and allows the user to stitch pictures together straight from the computer. Also, “…it’s free and there’s no need to register.” Need we say more?
Our favorite feature: Be Funky is both a design site AND a mobile app. Again, need we say anything else?
4. Pic Lab
Pic Lab is a great mobile app for on-the-go designs. It has all the essentials needed on a design tool, from filters, font placements, borders, shapes and an image adjuster. The free version already comes with a lot but if needed, there are in app purchases available to further pimp your design.
Our favorite feature: Their range of tools. It really is a tools of tools and combines everything you need from a design tool into one nifty app.
Okay, so we know Pixelmator is a graphic editor and may be a little advanced for the design novices but we are very big fans of all Apple products. Pixelmator has a ton of cool affects used mainly for image retouching, color correction and allows layer based image editing. Although it’s only available for Mac OS X, it will definitely help you produce some gorgeous pinnable images.
Our favorite feature: You’d probably need a bit of an assistance from a design-inclined friend to help guide you through it, but Pixelmator has some pretty sweet advanced features like their liquifying tool and their move tool, which can be used to create extra-awesome effects.
Know of any cool design tools we failed to mention? Drop a link in the comment box and share the news!