Today I am going to share a fun idea on how you can customize your Pinterest board cover graphics (or photos) for free using PicMonkey. Creating your own custom tabs will help to show your personality and add a little something different to help you stand out. These board cover graphics can also add a more professional look to your profile on Pinterest.
Here is a screen shot example of what I mean (or feel free to check out my boards via Pinterest):
See the black arrows on the screen shot showing you my boards cover photos and that they were, in fact, designed by me!
OK-I am going to attempt to give you a step by step tutorial on this so bare with me:)
First off, if you haven’t discovered PicMonkey yet, go to their website and check it out. It is free photo editing software, it is so easy to use and there are a ton of free tutorials out there. I LOVE it!
When you open PicMonkey it will look like this:
You want to click on “Create a Collage”, it will bring up this screen:
See how the white box is separated into 3 different boxes via gray dashes? Do not worry about those, just leave the box as is.
Click on the paint board icon:
Now you can add any color you would like for the background of the graphic:
AND you can use the color saturation bar underneath to adjust the darkness and lightness of the color you choose.
Now, you just want to save the collage. Click “save” and then name your photo and save it to the appropriate folder in your computer.
OK, hit the little X in the right hand corner and you’re ready to really create. The fun begins…
OK, we are back at the beginning and this time we want to pick “edit a photo”.
Your computer will bring up your attachment window, just pick the collage you saved early.
Now you will see this:
Notice all the options there to the left? Fonts and text, backgrounds, exposures, colors, cropping tool, overlays, all the embellishments you could want!
First you want to pick the resize tool, near the bottom of the page.
Change the size to 400 X 400 for the image to be better fitted to Pinterest.
Next, mess around and look at all the different features of Picmonkey.
Don’t worry-you won’t ruin anything. Everything can be undone before saving.
Alright, let’s get serious.
Let’s go to “overlays”, this is where you can add squares, circles, arrows, even something of your own design.
Add whatever overlays you would like and notice the overlay board that came up to the right? That is where you can make all sorts of changes to your overlays-color, size, and more!
Next, we are going to pick a font.
The P to the left is the font button (as seen above)
Once you click the P you can then pick your font.
Once you pick your font, click on the “add text” box and one will show up on your image.
Now play around until you get the graphic exactly how you want it, then save like we did earlier.
This is an example graphic I made for this post.
OK…now that you have your custom board graphic made we need to assign it to the corresponding Pinterest board.
Take a break here, grab some water and chocolate and gear back up.
Ready? Let’s dive back in:
First, go to your Pinterest account.
We want to upload your custom made graphics to Pinterest-did you know you can upload files to your boards? AWESOME!
Once you click add, this comes up:
Next you want to view your boards, so click your account name in the right hand corner and a drop down menu appears, select “boards”.
OK, you have your boards up, now you want to edit those boards.
The edit screen will appear and look like this:
Click your graphic to select it as the cover board image. This window will appear (do not fret if the image isn’t correct, just arrow over until you’re on the image you want.
Take the time so reposition the image to your liking in the square and then hit “set cover”. The window will say “saved” at the bottom and the graphic will now appear as your cover image.
You are done! At least with one board :)
*Another tip: you can rearrange your boards at any time, I did mine in alphabetical order.
I hope you have fun trying this out and if anything does not make sense-please email me or leave a comment and I will do my best to make things clear.