Having unique blog graphics that stand out in Pinterest is a must if you want more traffic.
But you also want graphics that follow a similar design style so that people can learn to identify them with your blog.
And let’s face it, a template that you can reuse will only end up saving you tons of time.
So due to the popularity of my recent post on Creating Stunning Blog Post Title Images, today I’m going to show you how to create a dazzling blog post graphic template that you can use over and over again! And we’re going to do it using a free online tool I’ve recently discovered called BeFunky!
- it’s free (with an upgraded version available)
- it allows you to create beautiful graphics using your own fonts and
- it actually allows you to save working projects that you can edit later!
The first thing I want you to do is sign up for a free account so that you can save your template later. On the BeFunky homepage, click the hamburger icon at the top right and click Sign Up:
After you’ve created your account, click on Designer at the top, center. Here you’ll be presented with several different pre-made layouts that you can check out and customize. But for this tutorial we’re going to be starting from scratch.
Step 1. Choose a Template
At the bottom of the Template menu, click Blank Templates then Blog Resources, then select the 800 x 1200px template. This will give us a blank sheet that is vertical and the right proportions for pinning to Pinterest:
Step 2: Choose a Background
Now you’ll want to select a background for your graphic. You may choose to use a solid color, a pattern or photograph from either your computer or Pixabay (more on that in a minute).
Things to keep in mind while selecting a background image:
- Make sure the image you choose has the right context and relates to the subject.
Here are a few resources for you to find free images for your posts:
- Use a simple image that isn’t too busy and has “white space” where you can add your title.
- Make sure your background has a style and colors that are consistent with your brand.
You might want to add a filter to the image, but if you do, be sure to use the same filter on all your post graphics for consistency.
To add a background image to BeFunky, click on Image Manager on the left side and you’ll have a few options here: You can upload an image from your computer, open a previously created image in BeFunky, search for a free image on Pixabay or use a photo from your Facebook account.
BeFunky gives you the option to save your photos to your BeFunky account, which you can then easily access through the Image Manager.
Once you’ve added an image to your library to the left, you can drag it onto your template. You may have to drag the corners to size it correctly.
You can move the image around to crop it if necessary to achieve the desired white space for your text. (Notice the gray area around the canvas? That’s the full size of the photograph I uploaded, but I’m cropping it to the image area).
Step 3. Add Text
In the left menu, click the ‘T’ for Text and it automatically adds a text field to your design. The first thing I do is remove the outline and change the text color to black. Don’t add color yet, we’re just going to play in black and white for now.
Next, enlarge the font size and start typing in your post title. You can enlarge the text area by dragging the blue handles on the sides of the text area.
Now you can play with the text size, letter spacing (kerning) and paragraph alignment as well as alignment to the image as a whole. Remember: don’t introduce colors just yet.
Things to keep in mind when selecting fonts:
- Use fonts that are consistent with your brand.
- You can select fonts from BeFunky or from those installed on your computer.
- Use contrast within your font selection. Learn how to pair fonts.
- Make sure the fonts are easy to read at a quick glance.
Next find the proper placement for your title in relation to the background. You may want it centered on the image or aligned to one side. The possibilities are endless so have fun with it!
To achieve the look below, I ended up creating a new text box for each line so that I could vertically space them the way I wanted and play around with size and kerning more freely.
Don’t forget to add your blog’s URL somewhere along the bottom.
Two Options for Busier Backgrounds:
If you’re set on using a pattern or an image that’s not very simple or one doesn’t have “white space” for your text, here are a few things you can do:
Use an overlay
This is a shape you place above the background and underneath the text. You can leave it solid or reduce the opacity for a transparent effect. Whatever you choose to go with, make sure that the text is readable.
To add a shape, click Design Elements (Triangle icon) in the left menu, then go to Shapes.
Edit the background image in the BeFunky Photo Editor first
Before you do this, make sure you save your Design Project in BeFunky so you can come back to it. (See Step 6 below to learn how).
Use a filter or desaturate (remove color from) the image. You’ll find all kinds of filters and effects in the BeFunky Photo Editor to play with.
Step 4: Add Design Elements (optional)
Now that we have our background and all the necessary text, you might want to embellish the design a bit more by adding some cute icons or graphic elements. This is completely optional and you should take care to not clutter up the design too much.
To add design elements, click on the Triangle in the left menu to bring up the Design Elements available.
Step 5: Finally, Add Colors
I find it best to wait until the end to add colors because it’s easy to get distracted by them before the layout of the design is finished. You may choose to use your brand colors in your text and if so, it’s perfectly fine to use tints or shades of your brand colors if necessary to help them contrast against the background.
I usually like to make the URL lighter than the rest so that it doesn’t detract from the rest of the design.
Step 6: Save Your Template
Perhaps the most important piece of this tutorial is to save your template as a project so that you can edit it again for your next blog post!
- At the top of the screen, click Save, then select Save as Project. (You will need to be logged in to do this).
- Give your project a name.
- Select BeFunky as the location, instead of My Computer, to keep an editable file.
- Click Save and you’ll see your new project appear in the Project Manager to the left.
Step 7: Resize Your Image
Never upload an image to your blog that is larger than your needs. To resize your new image:
- Click Save at the top again, then select BeFunky.
- Give it a name and click Save.
- Now click on the BeFunky logo in the top left and select Photo Editor.
- In the Photo Editor, click Upload at the top, then select BeFunky to select the image you just saved.
- Now click the Edit button to the left, then Resize.
- Change the width of the image to the width of your blog post column. The height will automatically resize to keep it the image’s proportions.
- Click Save at the top again, then select My Computer this time.
- You’ll be presented with saving options here. To learn which options are best for page speed and quality, you must read this post on image performance.
Step 8: Reuse Your Template
The next time you want to create a new graphic from your template…
- Open up BeFunky and click on Designer again.
- Click on the Project Manager folder icon in the left menu.
- Click on BeFunky.
- Click on Get BeFunky Projects.
- Click on the project you’d like to open.
Now you can add a new background by clicking on the background image then clicking Replace Image in the dialog box that opens up. Select an image from your computer to upload and it will replace the current background.
Align the image to your liking, edit the text and/or graphic elements to match your new post title and voila!
So that’s it! You’ve created a new template for your blog graphics that you can use again and again to save yourself some time.
What kinds of projects could you see yourself using BeFunky for? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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