A, B, C…easy as 1, 2, 3.
That’s how I feel about creating pinnable images now, and to be honest I used to loath creating them. I’m a writer and I like taking pictures of pretty things. But graphic design isn’t really my thing.
Last year I started finding more and more things to make my life easier…thank the Lord! One of those things was Station Seven. They have awesome social media and blog kits that I am obsessed with! The price point was just right and the kits have everything I need in easy to edit .psd files.
You can keep creating pinnable images from scratch, but I promise it will be worth the money. Having a template or kit to as a starting point will make your life so much easier. Especially if graphic design doesn’t come naturally to you, you don’t need to waste your time trying to do something you’re not good at! Instead, take that time to be creative and keep doing what you LOVE.
I’m here to share with you how I create and store my feature images for my blog posts. It’s fairly easy and straightforward, but I wanted to share my process incase anyone could benefit from it!
KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR IMAGES
Once you find a template that compliments your brand (you can find tons of options on Creative Market), you can modify them to match your brand.
I always keep the original file untouched, incase I ever want to revisit the original. I store my blog header templates on my Desktop under:
Desktop > Biz + Bubbly > Blog > Blog Header Templates
That way I know exactly where they are. I also name my files “BB-Blog-Header-Template” that way if I’m having a senior moment, I can always search for it and I know I will be able to find it.
As far as individual blog header images, I keep those in a folder dedicated to the blog post like this:
Desktop > Biz + Bubbly > Blog > 2017 Blog Posts > How to Create Easy + Pretty Pinnable Images
Inside that folder I will keep my copies of the blog header images and any corresponding images for the post.
CREATING YOUR IMAGES
Like I mentioned before, I think a template is the way to go. If you don’t want to purchase one, then go ahead and create one that can be your base template for all your blog posts. I will usually have a background layer that is one of my brand colors, then my title will be big and bold, I’ll have a subtitle to draw a reader in, and I always have my website included in the header image.
I like to keep it simple so I can streamline this process. You can choose to move things around or do things differently for each image, but I think the most important thing is getting good content out to your audience!
If you’re looking for an easier solution, give Station Seven a try!
NAMING YOUR IMAGES
I like to go ahead and name my image with SEO and my keywords in mind when I am saving the .psd and .jpeg files. For the images included in these posts, I have named them:
I do this when I create my images so I don’t have to rename them in WordPress.
It’s as easy as that! So, go get yourself a template or create one you can use over and over again. I hope this helps your blogging process go a little smoother!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Morgan Anderson, Morgan Anderson
I’m a 25 year old girl from a small town in Ohio. Most days you can find me working in my home office with a (not so cute) messy bun, yoga pants, and my Australian Shepherd puppy, Ben, at my feet. I have been a wedding photographer for three years, a blogger for five, and have been dreaming too big since 1992. I went to college to become a History teacher, after a year of studying, I turned in my textbooks and pursued curiosity. Now I travel, explore, and learn anytime I can. (With my camera, of course)
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