How to Be Popular on Pinterest (with These Dazzling Long Pin Tips)

Why the long pins, pardner? Well, long vertical pins are the most likely to get you noticed because they take up more space in your audience’s feed—valuable, attention-getting space. If you wanna be popular on Pinterest, PicMonkey is here to help.

The best news of all is that these showboating pins aren’t at all high-maintenance: you can make them easily in PicMonkey with customizable templates, or start from scratch with our collage tool. Here are step-by-step tutorials on how to make long pins both ways. Assemble your elite squad of images and choose your pin-making adventure, then follow along to start #winning at #pinning.

Make a long Pinterest pin with PicMonkey Templates

1. Head to Templates and type “Long pin” into the search bar. Take a look at the gawgeous templates that show up, and choose one to customize. You can also start with a perfectly sized blank canvas by using the blank long pin template. For this design, we used our So Moody long pin template.

2. Click the template to get a closer look at it, then click Customize to open it in the Editor. If you’re using the blank long pin template, click once to open it in the Editor.

3. Customize your template with your own pics, brand colors, fonts, etc. To quickly replace an image with one of your own, click it on the template, then right-click. You’ll see a few “Replace from” options. Choose your photo’s location, and it’ll pop right into the template. For more template how-to info, check out our intro video.

Tip: To change which part of your image shows on the template, hold the Option or Alt key on your keyboard while you drag your image.

Make a long Pinterest pin with Collage

1. Go to Collage and select Pinter-etsy in the Layouts tab.

Pinter-etsy provides a choice of layouts, but don’t fret if the ones we have don’t move you: Collage has responsive layouts, so you can customize any of them however you like. The real draw of our Pinter-etsy offerings is their aspect ratios, which are the Pinterest-approved long-and-skinny variety.

2. Add your photos. Drop ’em in and drag ’em around until they look perfect—and add as many photos as you want to the bottom of your pin.

The trick to ensuring it’ll still be the right size is to hit Unlock in the bottom bar (it’s the icon that, startlingly, looks like a lock) to let you adjust height independent of width. Set your pin’s width to 735, and you’re good!

3. Edit your photos for a unified look. While this step isn’t strictly essential, images that compliment each other give pins a put-together look that make them stand out and instill confidence. This is a great opportunity to use a saved custom effect to get your pics looking matchy-matchy. For more about editing photos in Collage (and other collage-y goodness), check out our intro video.

4. Add a header background. A descriptive header lets people know what they’re in for, so lay the groundwork by choosing the right background. You can add a swatch as your header background in the Swatches tab, fill the header cell with a color of your choice in Background, or upload your own header in the Images tab.

(Note: we say “header,” but all we really mean is “non-image collage cell you can put text in later.” The header cell can be in the center of your collage, at the bottom, you name it.)

5. Once everything’s laid out, go to the Editor! Click Export to Editor in the top toolbar to add more design elements, like words and graphics.

6. Add text and graphics. Now’s the time for that header text magic. If there’s other text you want to add (for instance, if you’re making an infographic or describing a multi-step process), go right ahead.

Tip: Label graphics makes text look stunning (and readable) when set against even the busiest of backgrounds. Find ’em in the Graphics tab, add one to your design, then type your words on top.

And now, to Pinterest!

Once you’re done designing your beauteous long pin, click Save to stash it and add it to Hub in case you wanna edit it later.

Now head to Pinterest and upload it. You’ll have the option to provide a source URL, which will direct visitors to your blog or website. If you’re making a standalone pin, don’t worry about that part.

And you’re done! You’ve just made your own long pin. Long, luxurious pins are yours. Enjoy your fame and fortune, PicMonkey friends—just don’t forget us when you hit it big, okay?

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Elisa Chavez is a content writer here at PicMonkey, where she hopes to change the world one dinosaur selfie at a time. She is also a nationally ranked slam poet, champion shopper, and doting dog mama.