Formulating pictures into a collage is not only visually pleasing when done correctly, but can boost social media presence and draw in an audience. You may be wondering how to start or even tackle the task of preparing a collage for Pinterest. Don’t worry, I’ve done all the hard work by scouring the web for all the best tips and tricks for creating the best collage for Pinterest using your own images!
What is the best way to make a collage for Pinterest? Take 3-8 photos that relate to your Pinterest post, then open up your editing program. Upload your photos to the program and organize them a way that’s visually appealing and enticing, so that users want to click on the picture to learn more.
Pinterest is filled with appealing posts and enticing cover photos, which makes it hard to stand out and get clicks! There are many strategies to consider when developing the perfect collage for Pinterest. Consider implementing the enhancement techniques discussed below to up your collage game.
Eight Tips For Crafting the Perfect Collage For Pinterest
1. Choosing an Editing Program
One of the first steps of crafting images is considering what program you will use to do all of your editings. There are multiple available on the market, both free and paid options that provide different features based on your need. Below are two examples, but there are many available on the market.
Picmonkey: This program used to be free, but now costs about $9.99/month. The perks of this program are that there are many templates, texts, and photo filters. It’s a fairly easy program to use and will fulfill all your editing needs.
Canva: For those who are on a budget, there’s Canva which is an editing program that is free. Although this editing program does not have as many features as Picmonkey, they do have basic editing functions for creating collages and inserting customized fonts. Canva also includes templates for those who need some further inspiration.
2. Collage Theme
The photos you choose should directly correlate to the content of the pin. You may choose to choose pictures from the post or different ones that relate. It’s essential to craft a collage with relevant photos based on a common theme to prevent confusion and deception. For example, if you have created a recipe and are sharing it with the Pinterest world, then your collage can include various pictures from the steps of the recipe or various pictures of the finished product. Maybe you want to upload a picture regarding wedding theme colors without adding a post, make sure all the photos are centered around whatever it is the collage is trying to inform.
3. Photo Quality
Now that we know what kinds of photos should be chosen, let’s talk about photo quality. Low-resolution and/or aesthetically unpleasing photos are not going to attract clicks and repins. Lucky for you, you need nothing more than your smart phone. Most of the newer smartphones have a pro photo option under the settings, which will give you crystal clear results! If you have more knowledge about photography, you can certainly use more professional cameras, but for the newbies, a smartphone camera will do.
4. Taking the Pictures
We have a basic idea of what the photos should be and the quality expectation, but taking the photo can be an art form in it of itself. Below are some tips when considering how to take a photo:
- Ensure the item of focus is on a clutter-free, neutral colored surface.
- Consider lighting, make sure there is enough light whether it be natural or artificial. (Sometimes the flash of a camera makes the image look weird, so try to use an outside source of light rather than a camera’s flash.)
- Play around with the set up if you are including multiple items in one shot, ask yourself what your picture is trying to depict. You may choose to add some accents whether it be a floral piece or decorative pieces.
- Take more pictures than you need so you have options when you begin editing! You will thank yourself later, the more the merrier.
5. Photo Placement within the Collage
Again, think visually appealing. Pictures randomly placed to create one is not going to draw as much interest as pictures strategically placed. Think about the focus of each picture and where it could fit into the collage. Consider the orientation of each image, is it long or wide and how can that fit into the overall collage. Rather than being symmetrical, consider overlapping and using various picture sizes. The more interesting/ appealing the image looks the more time a user will spend looking at it, and the more likely they are to click and read your post.
There is no set standard as to how many pictures you can include in your collage, but here are some general rules of thumb:
- Make sure you can actually see all of the images.
- Make sure it’s not too cluttered.
- Make sure there’s enough variety without redundancy (You don’t want to include the same picture altered ever so slightly 5 times, it will be boring).
- You should be able to achieve all of this with 3-8 images (but again you could use more or less and still have an awesome collage!)
6. Photo Editing
Now that you have your photos laid out to your desire, consider using filters or special effects to enhance the photos. You could either filter the entire collage, or you could filter each picture to improve the variety/ interest! Again, there’s no specific formula on creating the ideal collage, but trust your gut and notice what appeals to you! Chances are if you find your image interesting and aesthetically pleasing, so will your viewers.
You can also manually add some floral pieces into your images after the fact, or correct colors if the lighting was less than ideal. Of course, these editing techniques take more skill and practice, but they’re achievable if you’re determined!
7. Adding Text Over Your Collage
Your collage is just about complete, but there’s one more thing to consider before publishing and that text over the entire collage. The first question you need to ask yourself is, do you want to include words over your collage? You could include the title of your post or some keywords to draw in readers, but there are some things you want to avoid!
- Avoid Using a font that’s difficult to read or too gaudy.
- Avoid using a font color that blends into the background, thus also making the text hard to read.
- Avoid covering your hard work! You worked hard on perfecting those pictures and editing them, don’t cover important parts of your picture. If you choose to add text over the collage consider adding the text in areas where the objects of focus within the pictures will not be covered.
Remember, this is optional and people have had success with or without text over their Pinterest collage. Continue to ask yourself what appeals to you and if the extra step will enhance or take away from the collage!
8. Photo Format for Upload
This step is easy, just ensure that you save your collage in either JPG, PNG, or GIF format, to ensure you’re able to post it. Pinterest only allows photos within these formats, but your editing software will include an option to save your collage in any of these formats.
Too Long, Didn’t Read. What’s the Gist?
Consider variety when creating a collage, continue to ask yourself questions such as: How can I make this more appealing and more enticing to click on? What does my collage need? Implement various techniques such as filters, and added text to really make your collage stand out amongst others on Pinterest. Remember that you don’t have to follow all of these suggestions and can pick and choose what you think will work for your image. There are so many varieties of collages based on the content, so use what you need to enhance, but not deteriorate the quality.
How do I post an Original Pin to Pinterest and Include my Collage? Start by creating a new board, then at the top of the page, there is a button labeled “add”, click on this. You will be given the option to upload a JPG, PNG, or GIF file from your computer. Upload your collage!
Can I go back and update my collage at a later time? Make sure that you save the collage within the editing program, that way you can go back and edit if need be. You can always replace your collage on Pinterest if you later wish to change something or add images.
Can I share my collage on other platforms through Pinterest? Pinterest has multiple share features, so show off your hard work! You can share your post on virtually any social media platform. If social media isn’t your fancy, you can also email your created post.