Are you trying to create Pinnable images for your artist blog posts? In this post, discover how to create Pinterest images with Canva free.
How to Create Pinterest Images with Canva
You might have heard me talk about all of the benefits of having a Pinterest Business account in prior posts.
By marketing your art and blog posts on Pinterest you could see a large increase in your traffic and sales.
Next, to high-quality content, images play an important role in building an audience for artist blogs.
People love to share great content and imagery on their social media accounts. Social shares will help you to reach a new audience and you should be doing everything you can to provoke shares.
Including beautiful images on your blog posts is one way to spark shares. The good news for you is that you are an artist. You already have beautiful artwork you can showcase on your blog.
But what do you do when you are creating a post that is not about your artwork? Maybe you are writing a post on “How to Care for Your Art” or How to Hang Your Art”. What do you do in these situations?
The answer is simple. Use your creative talents and create pinnable images on Canva.
What Are Pinnable Images
Pinnable images are images that are beautiful, summarize content and resonate with viewers. Beautiful images do not only do well on Pinterest. They also are shared to other social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Your goal is to create images that will capture your reader’s attention and inspire them to share on their favorite social sites.
I am going to show you how you can create beautiful images in minutes using Canva.
Create Pinterest Images with Canva
Would you like to spend less time marketing your artwork and more time creating art?
Promoting your art online is a must if you want to have any chance landing a sale. The good news is that there are many tools available to make online marketing less painful.
I have stumbled on Canva a couple of years ago and I am so happy I did.
All of the images you see on my social media accounts are made using Canva.
Canva has made it easy for people to create breathtaking social media images and best of all it is free.
Go to Canva and create a free account.
Create Pinterest Images with Canva – Template Size
To start you will want to select a template size for your Pinterest Image.
The image on your artist blog post should be large enough for Pinterest but not too large where it will distract from your content.
Decide on how large you would like the image for your blog post. There is no right or wrong answer. Just find out what works best for your audience.
I have found that a custom size of 650 pixels x 650 pixels works best for my posts.
To create a custom size click the Use Custom Dimensions link on the top right of the homepage.
Add in the hight and width then click Design.
Now you are ready to design your Pinterest Image.
Canva has free and paid images, elements and text tools to work with.
To start I am going talk about Canva Layouts.
The Layouts are image placeholders that allow images to auto-size to the template.
Click Layout on the left sidebar. Here you will see a large variety of templates to choose from.
I usually pick the single Layout but I will give you an example of what the others will do.
In this example, I chose the Layout with two vertical grids.
To insert an image in the grids, upload two images from your PC.
Once your images are uploaded drag and drop the image to the desired grid.
After the image is on the grid you can add a filter, crop, flip or adjust the spacing by clicking the appropriate links on the top of the page.
Add Shapes with Canva
Canva makes it easy to add shapes to your images.
To add an image click the Elements link on the left sidebar.
You will have the option to add free images, grids, frames, shapes, lines, illustrations, Icons, and charts to your image.
Note: you will have the choice between free and paid elements.
In this example, I added two frames so I can add text to the image.
To insert a shape, click the Shapes link, and drag and drop the image you wish to use.
Adjust the size of the shape with the dots on the edge of the image.
Change the colors of the shape with the color blocks on the top of the page.
Spend some time to see what elements are available. I am sure there is something that will spark your creative mind.
Add Text with Canva
You will have several options for adding text to your images.
Click the Text link on the left sidebar.
The first options are to add a heading, add subheading and add a bit of body text.
You will have the option to change the font style, size, bold, italics, center, bullets, spacing, and color of the text with each of these options.
You also have the option to pick a text design that is already created. You will still have the option to edit the colors and size.
The text on the left is an example of a predesigned text field.
Editable Artist Blog Monthly Planner
This Editable Artist Blog Monthly Planner was created to be editable using Adobe Reader.
If you do not have Adobe reader, Download it free.
Simply search for “Adobe Reader” and download the newest version.
You will be able to add text in the fields and save the PDF or print it in Adobe Reader.
As a selling artist, your main goal is to build an online presence.
To do this you will have a digital content marketing strategy in place.
This Editable Artist Blog Monthly Planner will help you to keep your thoughts organized and structured.
You will be able to plan and keep track of all the content you are writing so you can drive traffic to your art listings.
Best of all, you will start to see what is working with your audience.
Purchase your Editable Artist Blog Monthly Planner today.
Now that you know how to create Pinterest images with Canva go ahead and start creating shareable images for your artist blog posts.
When you create Pinterest images with Canva the designs you have created will be saved so the next time you are creating an image it will take you less time to complete.
You might also be interested in:
- 7 Easy Tips to Grow Your Pinterest Traffic
- How to Use Keywords Effectively in Art Blog Posts
- How to Sell Art Online with Pinterest
- 5 Ways Artists can Make a Presence on Instagram
- How to Enable Rich Pins on Pinterest
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