I have quite a few programs I use to create beautiful collages for Pinterest, but the easiest most user-friendly program in my tool box is PicMonkey. It doesn’t matter if you’re a new or experienced blogger or virtual assistant, we are always looking for ways to grow our social media presence.
So here’s a sample collage I made on PicMonkey just for this post, sorry I don’t have an actual post to go with it…yet. If I got you sidetracked feel free to check out one of my highest pinned post, Meal Planning on Vacation.
I know, I know let’s get back on track, so how do you create a beautiful collage using PicMonkey?
The primary difference between most collages is the quality of images you include. It has nothing to do with the photo editing program itself, but how selective you are. If you are working on a roundup or creating a featured post, don’t settle for so-so images. Remember your pins are the first impression when browsing Pinterest. Make sure you make the most of that visual real estate.
Save yourself time by editing images while you’re creating the collage. The next few images will guide you through the editing process. In this tutorial, we’re taking a stock photo and adding the Urbane and Black and White effect to it.
Step #1: Hover over the image you want to edit, and you will see…well, an “edit” button.
Step #2: You will see a few simple options like resizing, exposure and more. If that’s all you need to do you can wrap it up right there. In this tutorial, we’re going a little deeper.
Step #3: Now that we are changing more detailed aspects of the image we’ll have to click the “effects” tab. Keep in mind this is a Royale feature, so it’s not available for the free version. This tab is my time and sanity saver when I’m editing my own images for collages. (Note: You should NEVER edit images that you only have permission to feature.)
When you’ve completed all your necessary edits you have two options. You can save a copy of the edited version or you can click “back to collage.” No matter which option you pick it’ll lead you back and your edited image is automatically updated within the collage.
Too many images = a chaotic collage. A recipe collage should have 3-4 images at the most while a roundup collage should be 5 – 6. The goal is to create a “boutique” like presentation.
There are two main reasons you want to keep it simple and clean: you don’t want to give up too much information because you still want people to click through. Secondly, any “eye-catching” images you might have hidden in the smorgasbord of images will be lost. Most will even scroll right past it.
All the tools marked with a crown in the image below are items that only Royale Members have access to. With the upgrade, you’ll add tons of fonts, overlays, and more to your tool box but most importantly you’ll unlock layouts with sizes already configured for Facebook and Pinterest.
Don’t go overboard with fonts, in fact, use no more than 2 – 3 fonts. In the sample collage at the beginning of the post I used 3 different fonts, but the 3rd font is placed far enough away that it doesn’t get too distracting. In most cases I will only use 2, a heavier, thicker font like Impact and a lighter, thin font like League Gothic. It gives it a nice balance without becoming a blaring post title that seems to be shouting at you.
Make sure you can clearly read the post title at 50% because that’s how big it will actually appear on Pinterest. Cursive can be hard to read, so I would suggest saving those for sub-headings or labels only.
Invest in your own library of fonts. There are already great fonts in PicMonkey, but having your own library of fonts is important if you plan on developing your design skills. I love buying font & graphic bundles from Creative Market.
You can access them in PicMonkey after you’ve added them to your font folder in your computer’s control panel. In order to use them you will need to first click TEXT –> YOURS tab (shown below). TADA! Now you can use your own font library.
Spacing is personal, just like real life. Some people have a personal bubble the size of Texas while others more like Rhode Island; it’s not different with collages. I personally like to leave the setting at a range of 5-7. It initially starts off with a generic size of 20, which leaves a very large border around the images.
Keep your post title near the middle or just above the middle. When you view a longer image on Pinterest, the break in the images really grabs your attention, especially if you’re using the right font and color palette.
BRANDING YOUR COLLAGES FOR PINTEREST
Whether you customize your image layout or use one of the PicMonkey templates, try to stick with no more than two designs. Over time, it’ll become second nature as to how many vertical and horizontal images you will need to create a beautiful collage.
Pick two fonts that compliment each other and stick with them as you develop a branded look for all your Pinterest friendly images, not just your collages. It’s this consistent “look” that transforms into brand recognition, which can’t be bought.
Lastly, ensure that your pins always lead to quality content because when pinners start relating your images to your blog, your content is truly what will bring them back.
If you have any other questions about how to use PicMonkey for Pinterest friendly images, please leave me a comment and I will absolutely get back to you.
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