You’ve written the perfect blog post, and now all you need to do is design the perfect Pinterest graphic to go with it! Easy, right?
Actually, the easy part is getting in your own way when it comes to design.
Ever do that? I have.
Today I’ll show you 5 simple Pinterest graphics for one blog post. Oh, yes – and I’m giving you the templates.
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Ever notice how easy it is to make simple tasks difficult?
Think of this: you have an idea for a fabulous blog post that your reader will LOVE. You research your topic, come up with a clever opening, write several hundred words, then tie it all together with a memorable closing paragraph.
Whew! All you need to do now is make a beautiful Pinterest graphic, and you’re ready to publish that life-changing post.
And that’s when the pressure hits. What fonts do I choose? Can I use that photo? Where do I put the words? Do I have too many fonts? Should I add more color? Can you even read this thing? Will anyone ever pin it? I need chocolate.
Can you relate? I can, and I’m a graphic designer!
It’s so easy to get tripped up at the finish line, but it doesn’t have to be like that!
I give you full permission, here today, to make designing your Pinterest graphic the easiest part of writing a blog post.
“Gee thanks,” you’re thinking. “Are you going to come design it for me?”
Well, in a way – yes! But before we get to that, let’s ask the question:
What is the point of a Pinterest graphic?
Simple: to attract someone to come over to your blog post.
That’s it – one job.
And since the job is so simple, the graphic should be simple, too.
Remember that – your Pinterest graphic should be simple. It should deliver one message – the big idea of your blog post.
Where we trip ourselves up is that we also know a Pinterest graphic should be visually appealing and include your brand style. We get so caught up in the design that we forget the whole point of the graphic – a simple message of how your post can help your reader.
The goal of a Pinterest graphic is to attract attention without getting in the way of the message. Best way to do that? Keep it simple.
I’ve made 5 examples of simple Pinterest graphics to inspire you and let you know:
- Simple can be beautiful
- Simple can be easy
Download these templates and use them for your next graphic! See the tips at the end of this post to get the most out of your templates.
Here are 5 simple Pinterest graphics that you can use:
#1 – Simple & Centered
Photo + white overlay + title = simple Pinterest graphic
That’s really all you need for an effective pin! Choose two clean, clear fonts, add your blog name, and you’re finished. Boom!
(Psst – an overlay is just a semi-transparent layer that “lays over” your graphic. You can see the photo underneath, but you’re still able to read the text on top of it.)
#2 – Pop of Color
Swap out the white overlay for a color overlay, and use white text to make your title really stand out. Nice, clean, clear – check!
#3 – Slide to the Side
Not everything has to be centered! Align your text to one side and use a small overlay to help the title stand out. The key is to make all of your text aligned the same. It can look confusing to have some text centered, some to the right, etc.
#4 – Photo Optional
For a truly clean look, forget the photo! Use a solid background and a few boxes to separate the text. It’s still quite appealing, and easy to read.
#5 – Horizontal in a Vertical World
Want to use a horizontal photo? No problem! Keep the photo at the bottom and put your text at the top.
Your Pinterest graphics should be simple, but they don’t have to be boring! Now it’s your turn. Download the templates, and swap out the photo & text. Then get your graphics out there!
I’d love to see what you make! @imaginedesignrepeat
Like the photo in the examples? It’s from my favorite source of stock photography, Haute Stock.
(Photo is not included in template.)
How to get the most out of your simple Pinterest graphic templates
- Use Photoshop (30 day trial available here). It’s my favorite design tool! See some basic Photoshop tutorials here.
- When you open a template, save it under a new name (File > Save As) so you don’t change the original.
- If you want to use the same fonts, you’ll find them here:
Font: Caviar Dreams