How To Make A Pinnable Image

How To Make A Pinnable Image

If you have read my post about using Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog then you will know that you need to have a fantastic pinnable image somewhere within each post. The problem is, many bloggers take landscape photos and these are just no good for pinterest!

pinnable image

Pinterest works by giving you a set width, so no matter how lovely your image is it will be reduced down to fit the specified width leaving you with ridiculously small images which nobody will see! However, Pinterest does not limit you lengthways and this is what you need to create.

Now as I have said, most bloggers including myself, take landscape photos for their blog. They look so much nicer as they fill the width of your post. So when you want to make an image pinnable you are left with two options:

Option 1: crop or resize the image.

This isn’t much of an option is it? You end up with weird looking photos like this:

weird pinnable image

So, this leads me onto the rather ingenious….

Option 2: Create a collage in Picmonkey

I don’t know why it took me this long to think of it but after talking with fellow bloggers I am not the only one to have missed this simple solution!

Take 3 or 4 photos from your post and collage them together to create a strip! Simple!! Not only does it create a fantastic long image for Pinterest but it tells a story- perfect for how to’s and recipes! Genius right?

great pinnable image

Ordinarily I would make this the full width (600px) of the post but so you can see it in all its glory I have left it a bit smaller. Add on some text and you are good to go!

Enjoy!

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36 Comments

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    Emma's Mamma
    July 22, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    That makes so much sense! I’m only just getting the hang of Pinterest.. Thanks for sharing! #sharewithme x

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      Katy
      July 23, 2015 at 8:12 am

      I just wish I had thought of it sooner, so many rubbish pins of mine out there!! x

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    Sophie @ Mum, M & More
    July 22, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Awesome, great tips. I love pinterest all the images are so amazing! 🙂 #sharewithme

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      Katy
      July 23, 2015 at 8:09 am

      They are aren’t they? I love it too x

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    Wave to Mummy
    July 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

    What a fab and simple tip! I often forget to take portrait pictures when making a pinnable post, I’ll use this the next time 🙂

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      Katy
      July 27, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Obvious when you think about it isn’t it? But when I have told people they hadn’t thought of it either! x

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    Alice Megan
    July 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I love pinterest but I’m really rubbish at making sure I’ve got a pinnable photo I really need to try harder

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      Katy
      July 29, 2015 at 8:51 am

      I don’t always use a pinnable image but if I know it is something that would do well I make sure I use one x

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    Jenny
    July 29, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Too funny but great timing I just made a few pinnable images for my recipes this week as I was getting funny resizing issues and collage is a great way to see recipe in stages too. Great tips hun. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me, I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

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      Katy
      July 29, 2015 at 8:32 am

      I love your recipes, so pinnable! Have just linked up again 🙂 x

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    Jenny
    August 31, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Thanks, a couple of my links Pinterest keeps saying there’s no images to pin when there are, what’s with that?

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      Katy
      August 31, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      I get that sometimes too, the way I get around it is to click on the image in the post itself (if you have pinning enabled in your browser or as a plugin? ) x

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    Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows
    October 1, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I would never have thought of doing this, but it makes so much sense! Thanks for sharing this – solved a lot of problems!

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      Katy
      October 14, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Seems so simple when you think about it doesn’t it? xx

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    The Perfectionist Sloth
    October 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Hello! M was watching a craft vid on YouTube that used PicMonkey the other day,, I hadn’t thought about it being used in this way. I’ve got a free blank pins on my Pinterest. The vids were about making covers for notebooks, folders etc. Do you happen to know if PicMonkey is a free resource, or if not what the charges are?

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      Katy
      October 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      It is free 🙂 So many fab bits and bobs on there. You can also pay a monthly amount to get extras and that is about £4 a month ish I think. But the free stuff is more than enough for basic things x

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    Kiri
    January 21, 2016 at 8:31 am

    That’s really helpful as I was just thinking I need to create a good Pinterest image for a post I’m writing this week – I will use pic monkey now! Thanks 🙂

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      Katy
      January 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Glad it was useful hun x

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    Sammy From Mamma With Love
    February 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    So glad I just read this, been trying to include more pinnable images on my blog and been getting fed up with cropping! Such a simple solution! Thanks! xx

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    babies love weaning
    March 1, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    This is a great piece of advice thanks x

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      Katy
      March 7, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Glad it was useful xx

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    Kathy
    March 5, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Great advise thanks. Just curious though what if you only have one image-
    You can’t really create a collage – predicament lol

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      Katy
      March 5, 2016 at 7:32 am

      If you only have one image you need to make sure it is taken in portrait. 🙂

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    April 11, 2016 at 6:35 am

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    Rebecca
    April 17, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Fab tip Katy! I haven’t joined Pinterest yet but it is next on my list! x

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    Jessica
    May 19, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! As a new blogger I needed this so bad. You are awesome!

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      Katy
      June 8, 2016 at 9:58 am

      So glad it was useful xx

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    Nat Halfpenny
    May 19, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I keep meaning to start using pinterest but haven’t got round to it! Great tip

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      Katy
      June 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

      It is so worth the effort x

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    dev
    May 31, 2016 at 12:43 am

    I am not new to SEO and social media but new to personal blogging ; your tips and ideas are really helpful. I use fotor for the same effect; it ‘s definitely better to stitch images for pinterest rather than using single image.

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      Katy
      June 8, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Glad it was helpful 🙂

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    Rebecca
    September 4, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I’m not just got the hang of this/pinning!! Great advice thank you <3

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    Kellie Kearney
    September 7, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Perfect post post for me. I’ve no clue when it comes to pinterest. Thank you ????

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    Kellie Kearney
    September 7, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Perfect post post for me. I’ve no clue when it comes to pinterest. Thank you ????

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      Katy
      September 9, 2016 at 5:35 am

      Glad it was helpful 🙂 xx

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    Topfivemum
    October 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Beautiful and so simple! I love the fact it tells a story too so I’d be much more likely to click on an image like that. I’ve yet to venture into the world of Pinterest for my blog. I love it for finding inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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