12 Free and Low-Cost Tools to Create Pinterest Graphics

12 Free and Low-Cost Tools to Create Pinterest Graphics

Utilizing Pinterest tools to easily create graphical pin images is the secret to success on Pinterest.

Online marketers understand the importance of having great visuals to post on their website, blog and social media channels.

However, there is a misconception that you need to have extensive talent in graphic design to create compelling, eye-catching graphics.

Just because you aren’t a PhotoShop wiz doesn’t mean you can’t be good at making graphics online for your business. And visuals are the key to success on Pinterest!

Important note: When creating graphics to use online, it is important to remember to use legal images that you have the rights to edit and/or use. That means you cannot just go to Google Images and swipe something that looks great. If you do not own the copyright to an image, do not share those images on your social networks.

I’ve road-tested each of these tools to find the best ones out there for time and resource strapped business owners.

Here are 12 of my favorite free and low-cost Pinterest tools to create blog graphics, quotes and to overlay text on photos:

1)     The winner: Canva.com

Canva Even though this list is in no particular order, Canva is by far the winner in this field of Pinterest tools. Canva is one of the easiest to use and best graphic design tools out there. With thousands of options and an incredibly easy user interface, Canva is my go-to tool when I need a graphic. Some of their templates cost $1, but most are free. It gives you the option to create presentations, blog and social media graphics, Facebook cover photos, and much more.

2)     Quozio.com

Quozio Quozio is ridiculously simple and fun to use. Go to www.quozio.com and enter your text (it doesn’t have to be a quote) then press “Go.” They will automatically format it, but if you don’t like what they give you, browse the other templates until you see one you like. Then, you can share to social networks, email the pin to yourself just keep it by saving it to your Quozio account. If you want to download the image, just right click on the image and select “Save image as.” Easy peasy!

3)     Pinstamatic.com – “The Pinterest tool”

[Editor’s Note: Unfortunately Pinwords.com is no longer in existence…]

There are so many amazing options with Pinstamatic, it’s hard to choose just one! Designed to be used mostly with Pinterest, you can also create great graphics to share on other social media networks. Create a beautiful quote or “sticky note,” pin a favorite song from Spotify (which can be played directly from the pin board), add a graphic of your Twitter profile or create a Pinterest board of your favorite Tweeters. You can also create calendars, location maps and photos.

4)     Pinwords.com – “Instantly add beautiful text to your images”

[Editor’s Note: Unfortunately Pinwords.com is no longer in existence…]

I’m loving Pinwords. To start, upload your own image or enter a URL to an image on the web. If you don’t have an image, you can use one of their four backgrounds. With only six templates, Pinwords is fairly simple. When you are done with your graphic, you have the option to pin it, post it to Facebook, tweet it or email it to yourself. If you prefer to download it to use later, they don’t give you that option, but you can always use screen capture to grab the graphic.

5)     Recitethis.com – “Turn a quote into a masterpiece”

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Enter a quote or piece of text into the box on the homepage, click “See How It Looks!” and voila! Super easy. It will start you off with a template, but you can always try another one until you find the layout you like best. You can then share directly to Pinterest or other social networks or even download the image for uploading to your blog.  Super easy!

6)     UseChisel.com – “Write thoughts on photos”

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Chisel is a bit different from the others. When you add the “Chisel it” button to your bookmarks bar, you can turn any highlighted text from the web into an image as you are browsing.  Chisel also offers examples to inspire you, from quotes to selections from books and neat photos of places. This website offers several templates and an option to upload photos where you can overlay text.

7)     Venngage.com – “Social Reports & Infographics”

Venngage Sign up for a free account, and peruse the Marketplace of templates or create your own from scratch. The Venngage templates are free but some others have a small cost. Add text, data and images to the template to customize it. One of the easiest to use.

8)     QuotesCover.com – “Turns any ordinary saying texts into a beautiful typography art picture”

QuotesCover Don’t have your own quote, or are you looking for a  great quote to share? QuotesCover has an option to search for quotes either by person or by topic. You can also insert your custom quote and turn it into a Facebook cover, Google+ cover, e-card, wallpaper or a print. QuotesCover is incredibly similar to the next tool on this list, Inspirably – undoubtedly created by the same people.

9)     Infogram.com – “Create interactive infographics”

Infogram No tech savvy required – you just need the data and text that will go into the infographic. You have a choice of templates. If you have your data in an Excel sheet you can simply upload it. Can also be used to create charts for presentations and reports.

10)  Piktochart– “Make information beautiful”

Piktochart Piktochart claims to help you “get results in 3 easy steps.” You can choose from their template library or create your own using a blank canvas. Easy sharing to social media sites when finished. This is one of the most popular infographic tools on the web.

11)  PicMonkey.com – “Photo editing made of win”

PicMonkey PicMonkey is great for editing existing photos. You can also create graphics from scratch using their design templates. Hover over the “Design” button atop the home page, and PicMonkey shows you six blank canvas size options. Then you can go to town!

Pixlr Pixlr offers several quality options for creating and editing photos.

Pixlr Editor – This is where you can create a new image from scratch or edit an existing image from your computer, URL or Facebook. While there are numerous options, this involves more tech know-how and could be frustrating for a photo-editing newbie.

Pixlr Express – Create a graphic using an existing image or your webcam. You can also use this feature to create a collage of images.

Pixlr O-Matic – The easiest, most user-friendly option. Use your webcam to snap a photo, or upload from your computer. You can also play with the O-Matic feature using a Pixlr image. This is where you can create invitations, cards and more using their free templates.

Pixlr also offers a mobile app for photo editing on the go.

Of the above tools, which is your favorite? Please share in the comments below!

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Pinterest Tools

What are the Pinterest marketing tools?

Here are some Pinterest Marketing tools:

1. Tailwind
2. SocialPilot
4. MiloTree
5. ViralTag

How do you automate on Pinterest?

Pinterest has functionality that allows users to schedule pins as far as two weeks ahead in their time zone instead of having to pin Pins every day. However, only one Pin is allowed to be scheduled at a time, and you can schedule as many as 100 Pins in advance.

Is Pinterest a good marketing tool?

Yes, Pinterest is a good marketing tool. Statistics show that Pinterest can drive 33% of traffic to a brand’s website compared to Facebook and other e-commerce sites. In addition, it generates a great ROI because, a study showed that for every $1 you spend on Pinterest marketing, you can get $4.30 in sales.

What are the features of Pinterest?

Here are the features of Pinterest you can leverage and maximize:

1. Visual search
2. Rearrange boards
3. Move boards in batches
4. Pinterest lens
5. Secret boards
6. Pinterest Instant Ideas

Can you make money on Pinterest?

Yes, you can make money on Pinterest by simply marketing your products and services effectively on the platform. If you can successfully do that, you can drive a lot of traffic to your website and increase your sales. Moreover, you can promote your blogs and create appealing images to showcase what your brand can offer.

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Julia Campbell is an expert on Pinterest. Julia helps nonprofits raise money and connect with supporters using websites, email marketing, social media and other online tools. A social media specialist, she is the Principal and Founder of J Campbell Social Marketing, a boutique digital marketing firm in Beverly, MA. Julia has been featured on MarketWatch, Alltop, Salon, Social Media Today, Forbes and Business 2 Community.
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  1. Pinwords is a really basic tool, but it’s great if you want to quickly make an image from a quote and add it to your Pinterest account. Pinstamatic actually lets you create a whole bunch of items to add to your Pinterest boards including website snapshots, pins of Twitter profiles and Spotify tracks that you can pin.

  2. Pinwords is a really basic tool, but it’s great if you want to quickly make an image from a quote and add it to your Pinterest account. Pinstamatic actually lets you create a whole bunch of items to add to your Pinterest boards including website snapshots, pins of Twitter profiles and Spotify tracks that you can pin.

  3. Wonderful article! I think you should add Tonomatograph in this list. It’s a new and good platform.It’s also easy to use and you find here a lot of customizable graphics for Pinterest. [Link edited by admin]

  4. Wonderful article! I think you should add Tonomatograph in this list. It’s a new and good platform.It’s
    also easy to use and you find here a lot of customizable graphics for Pinterest. [Link deleted by admin]

  5. Wow, this is a lot of information in a row. I have used Pixlr and Picmonkey and trust me these are so easy to handle and very good. I edited some of my photos with pickmonkey and it was really amazing. But thanks for all the others I think I need to try a bit more and see how those works.

  6. I’m a bit late to the party it seems, but thank you for this article. No wonder it’s still changing fortunes a whole 18 months later!

  7. Awesome list Julia…I was exactly looking for something like this..thanks so much for this.

  8. I do use Pixlr.com for the long time. It’s really easy and nice. Thank you for the info about another useful web pages!

  9. This was fun, Julia. I tried creating one with Pinword and I think I love it. I’ve used some of the others too. A feel good mood on a Monday with a new toy to play with. :)

  10. Thank you for sharing! Great list, especially for someone just starting to develop their Pinterest presence.

  11. Thank you for this list and the information along with it. I would love to be invited to Canva! Warmly, Susan Daniels

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