Designing and Making Made For Pinterest Images and Photos (MFP's)

Marketing on Pinterest with beautifully designed "Made For Pinterest" images and photos. Great way for writers to drive traffic to their hubs, websites and blogs. Since I am a photographer, most of the images I use are my own.Otherwise I use CC Flick
Marketing on Pinterest with beautifully designed "Made For Pinterest" images and photos. Great way for writers to drive traffic to their hubs, websites and blogs. Since I am a photographer, most of the images I use are my own.Otherwise I use CC Flick | Source

What is Pinterest?

Many of us that spend time on the Internet have either heard of or are users of Pinterest, a somewhat new website that's concept is like that of a pin-board - you "pin" up things that you like. You pin images (photographs) to boards that you create, and your boards can be anything from dessert recipes that you want to try to art lessons for kids. The boards you create are up to you and what your tastes are.

Pinterest is an awesome way to bookmark sites that you want to remember for future reference. Pinterest is also becoming a writer/designer/marketers paradise as more people join and are "collecting" images they like.

Another hubbers great hub on MFP's (Made for Pinterest Images)

I recently read an awesome hub by hubber WryLilt, who explains how to use "Made for Pinterest" or MFP's. These are images that a writer/photographer/artist/designer/blogger can upload to an editing program, then add text to the image and then "pin it" to their board. The text can help a reader not only remember the photo they pin, but also, and more importantly, remember because of the information that is included on the image.

You have probably all seen them - they are images that have an interesting tag line added in text - something that makes you want to click on the photo. We could think of these as "virtual signs", which make the rounds on the Internet to end up anywhere in the world, depending on who is looking for them.

White lettering against a dark background makes this photo stand out. Made for my hub on :How to Make a Santa Claus from a Kids Hand-Print. I expect this to get alot of pins around Christmas time.
White lettering against a dark background makes this photo stand out. Made for my hub on :How to Make a Santa Claus from a Kids Hand-Print. I expect this to get a lot of pins around Christmas time. | Source

Making and designing Made for Pinterest images (MFP's)

As a writer and designer, making these MFP's has become a big past time of mine lately. Not only because I love working with image design, but also because I see these made for Pinterest images as serving an even higher purpose - they give me the ability to market my writing and my art in an even more visible way.

Because I owned a sign business for over 14 years and sign designing was my main role, making these images has been like putting a fish (me) back in the water again. I really enjoy making these images and I would highly recommend that all my writer friends start designing these images for their own hubs, blogs and websites.

From my designers standpoint, I am going to give you a few tips on designing these images using some simple editing programs and a few basic ideas on what makes a good MFP.

Poll about Pinterest and you

Are you more likely to save images and photos that have text on them?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I only save them if they are not tacky looking
  • I only save photos - I don't want any text on them
  • I don't use Pinterest
  • I hadn't heard of Pinterest until now
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This is a creative commons image that I added "Shabby Chic Ideas" to for my hub on decorating bedrooms in Shabby Chic style. I expect this image to get alot of pins. The font is light and matches the topic.
This is a creative commons image that I added "Shabby Chic Ideas" to for my hub on decorating bedrooms in Shabby Chic style. I expect this image to get a lot of pins. The font is light and matches the topic.

My rating of PicMonkey

5 stars for PicMonkey's editing website

Tips for Made For Pinterest images

In her hub, WryLilt suggested using an editing program called PicMonkey, which I tried and have found excellent. You can use the basic PicMonkey program for free but after using it for just a couple hours, I found my creative thirst wanting all the editing tools, so I signed up for the $4.95 a month program with PicMonkey.

It's very well worth the price and I have found this program much easier to use than other editing programs that I have used in the past. There is a wide variety of fonts, textures, effects and borders to use. It's a real nice program for designing, and also very good for beginners that want something simple to use to add text to their photos.

One thing that's very important to mention about photos is that you need to make sure the photo/image/picture you are using is one that you have the legal right to use. I am a photographer so most of my photos have been my own shots or photos from Flicker using Creative Commons (these are photos that the owner has given people the rights to use)

Once you have the photo you are going to use, you upload it too PicMonkey and start playing. And at first I do mean playing! Get to know the different editing tools, play around with the fonts and textures on your photo, and just get familiar with the program (unless you are familiar with editing in which case you will probably jump right into designing some MFP's)

Tips for designing text on your image:

  • If you are adding text to a photo to put with a hub or article, think about what could you put on the photo to bring readers to your hub. Think of it as the slogan or tag line for the image. What would make a reader click on the photo?
  • Make sure your text is big enough to make a statement without taking too much away from the photo. If you make the text too big it might just look tacky. Remember, a picture can be worth a thousand words so try to keep that lovely photo as the main thing readers remember.
  • Make sure your text is legible. Ditch those fancy fonts and go for something easy to read. You only have a brief moment to catch a reader/viewers attention. Think about what you would like to be able to read - something with flourishes that is hard to understand or something pleasing and easy on the eyes?
  • Borders can be nice if used in the right way. Borders tend to keep and capture a readers attention but for some photos they just don't work. There is no hard or fast rule on this so play around with the border tool and see if the photo even looks good with a border (most times they do, but not always)

A paper mache globe photo I took for my hub on "How to Make a Globe from Paper Mache". This is a cute kids font and very easy to read. So far I have had several pins of this image. I also added the cute dragonfly in PicMonkey.
A paper mache globe photo I took for my hub on "How to Make a Globe from Paper Mache". This is a cute kids font and very easy to read. So far I have had several pins of this image. I also added the cute dragonfly in PicMonkey. | Source

How to Use Pinterest for Business

Building traffic with MFP's (Made for Pinterest) images and photos

So those are just a few tips to get you started with making your made for Pinterest images, and I also have included in this hub many examples of my work that I have done so far. You don't have to be a designer like me to make beautiful MFP's, you just need to play around and learn how to use the editing programs - and then get comfortable with what looks good.

In just the short week that I have been making these images, I have already found a big boost in my Pinterest traffic and readers here at HubPages. With all the challenges we writers face, learning new ways to bring in traffic is very important, and Pinterest is definitely one of the new ways that people are using images to save and bookmark. And as an added bonus, when your images show up in Google images search results, guess which ones may get clicked on?

I haven't been able to determine yet how much of my new traffic is coming from Google images but I highly suspect it will be a driving factor in my traffic in the months and years to come.

Best of luck designing your made for Pinterest images and if you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment. I'm a newbie to MFP's but not to sign design, and that is basically what these are, little miniature signs for your online presence.

Samples of my design work. Most images are my own original photography.

This is a Creative Commons image that I just love for this hub on "Psycho Crazy Baby Mama Drama". I added special "Grunge" effects to the photo and creepy text to match the topic of the hub.
This is a Creative Commons image that I just love for this hub on "Psycho Crazy Baby Mama Drama". I added special "Grunge" effects to the photo and creepy text to match the topic of the hub. | Source
Not many pins on this one yet but this is a favorite photo of mine I took many years ago of our porch. I wrote a hub about porches and added a nice little victorian border to the script text. Love.
Not many pins on this one yet but this is a favorite photo of mine I took many years ago of our porch. I wrote a hub about porches and added a nice little victorian border to the script text. Love. | Source
Another great creepy image from Creative Commons used for a hub I wrote about Meth addiction. Perfect photo for the hub and the text matches the topic perfectfully and is still easy to read.
Another great creepy image from Creative Commons used for a hub I wrote about Meth addiction. Perfect photo for the hub and the text matches the topic perfectfully and is still easy to read. | Source
A photo that I took at a friends wedding then wrote a hub about "Ideas for Planning a Purple and Gold Wedding". I love the colors for this and expect alot of pins from it. White text keeps it elegant yet still easy tor read.
A photo that I took at a friends wedding then wrote a hub about "Ideas for Planning a Purple and Gold Wedding". I love the colors for this and expect a lot of pins from it. White text keeps it elegant yet still easy tor read. | Source
An art lesson that I wrote about: "How to Draw a 3D Hand-Print". I will also probably make another MFP like this for "How to Draw an Optical Illusion  Hand-Print" and then add the keywords to the hub.
An art lesson that I wrote about: "How to Draw a 3D Hand-Print". I will also probably make another MFP like this for "How to Draw an Optical Illusion Hand-Print" and then add the keywords to the hub. | Source
A really cute "How to Draw a Cute Dog Art Lesson" that I designed and designed into a Made for Pinterest image. This one is super cute with the little paper and clip attached at the top. I designed this in PicMonkey.
A really cute "How to Draw a Cute Dog Art Lesson" that I designed and designed into a Made for Pinterest image. This one is super cute with the little paper and clip attached at the top. I designed this in PicMonkey. | Source
Some red leaf lettuce from my garden that I took a photo of a few years ago. I added this fun and bright text to show people that it's about "How to Grow and Harvest Red Leaf Lettuce". In this photo it was OK to make the text really big.
Some red leaf lettuce from my garden that I took a photo of a few years ago. I added this fun and bright text to show people that it's about "How to Grow and Harvest Red Leaf Lettuce". In this photo it was OK to make the text really big. | Source
One of my favorite Made for Pinterest images that I designed. Original photo from Creative Commons with text, florals and border added by me. Super suave!
One of my favorite Made for Pinterest images that I designed. Original photo from Creative Commons with text, florals and border added by me. Super suave! | Source
I expect to get alot of pins from this photo that I took at a relatives baby shower. Women on Pinterest love to save ideas for decorating and parties.
I expect to get a lot of pins from this photo that I took at a relatives baby shower. Women on Pinterest love to save ideas for decorating and parties. | Source
I love Pit-Bulls - and write about them. This is one my sons puppies that I added text too for my hub about "Do PitBulls make Good Pets?"
I love Pit-Bulls - and write about them. This is one my sons puppies that I added text too for my hub about "Do PitBulls make Good Pets?" | Source
A craft project that I did with my Sunday School kids and wrote a step by step tutorial on. This is a nice clean and fun image and gets the message across beautifully.
A craft project that I did with my Sunday School kids and wrote a step by step tutorial on. This is a nice clean and fun image and gets the message across beautifully. | Source

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Connie Smith 3 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

I resisted the Pinterest craze, though I admit that I've saved a lot of recipes to a word file that sounded pretty good :) and that I couldn't resist. I never thought of using Pinterest for promotion. I am still working on learning my Adobe CS5 Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver, that I jumped into after reading one of your hubs! I have to admit, it has not only kept me busy, I changed my major from mass communications to graphic design...for several reasons, but still, you are getting all the blame! Great hub and as always, something else to think about. I am always way behind the trends these days. Just at the time I am getting into web design, everyone is moving to mobile devices, lol...voted up, up up!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This is such an important resource for any blogger or freelance writer who products content that is widely popular on Pinterest! Thanks for all of the great tips and advice.


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

Some very useful information here. Thanks, voted up and shared.


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Hikapo 3 years ago from California

I am going to use PicMonkey now. Thanks!


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Dorsi 3 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@ossmedia) Thank you oss.

@Connie Smith) Thanks Connie and one thing I can promise now - you will never ever be bored! Now to get out that camera out and start merging all of the above....and using Pinterest - you will LOVE it!! Nice to "see you" here Connie. I think of you and Lexi daily.

@randomcreative) I so agree Random. Us "artsy" types need to help one another promote our work!

@Sue Bailey) Thank you Sue.

@Hikapo) Have fun Hikapo!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I still remember when HP first started using Pinterest. The Forums were alive with comments! I love Pinteres, and I do get some traffic from them. After reading other Hubs on MFP photos, I began playing around with PicMonkey. I have Photoshop on my computer, thanks to a son in law, but I'm too dumb to use it! PicMonkey is so simple, even I can do it. I hesitate to use too much text on a photo because of HP's rule against covering too much of the photo. So I try to use text above or below the body of the photo, but I like the way you did yours. If HP is OK with that, I'll start using more text.

Voted UP and I will share.


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AMFredenburg 3 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

Very interesting, and your illustrations are really fun. I'm Pinning this Pinterest article!


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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

Hmmm, I don't have a pinterest account but your hub and wrylilt's hub (MFP) are getting me thinking! Great work. It takes a while to get me (and possibly some others) started on something new but reading these hubs is helping greatly. Thanks.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I've been meaning to go back through my posted photos and add Made for Pinterest Images to it. Great hub!


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Connie Smith 3 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

You are right about that, Dorsi! I haven't been bored since.


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Nicole S 3 years ago from Minnesota

Great idea! I see these pinned all the time on Pinterest.


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Dorsi 3 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@mary615) Isn't PicMonkey great mary? I love it and I think as long as you don't make the text too overbearing or "tacky" looking it should be fine!

@AMFredenburg) Thanks!

@DreamerMeg) Pinterest is just great. Sometimes when I want to relax I just browse pins and have fun looking at all the neat things!

@Careermommy) Thanks and it does take time to go through your photos but it is very worth it.

@Connie Smith) lol Connie glad you are enjoying the creative process my friend!

@Nicole S) Thanks for reading Nicole!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Not only are your suggestions helpful but your photos are amazing! If this is what Picmonkey can do I may just have to check it out.

Thank you for the great insight and help.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

I've been trying to work with Pinterest for the past month or so and am having some limited success in terms of getting views from it. WryLilt suggested using "teaser" wording on the pix, but I have a very hard time coming up with them. You don't seem to use many of them, but apparently Pinterest is working OK for you. I love playing with it , but it is VERY time consuming. I need more practice, that's for sure...but thanks for this info, I needed it!


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Dorsi 3 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@tillsontitan) Thanks and I am glad this was helpful. I really like PicMonkey. It's very easy to use.

@TIMETRAVELER2) I find that just putting what the reader was looking for works. Make it similar to your title with key words that people search for.


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rebekahELLE 3 years ago from Tampa Bay

Dorsi, this is such a helpful hub and I love the images you have shared. I haven't done much with Pinterest mostly because of time. I've played with PicMonkey with a few of my photos, but I've seen that most of the photos that are pinned on my hubs don't have text on them. I'll be back to read more of your helpful art related hubs. I work with young children and we do a lot of art projects, especially during the summer. Thanks!


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Goodpal 3 years ago

Thanks for enlightening about this new way of promoting articles and ideas. So far I have been only wondering why hubpages started sprinkling "Pinit" icon on hubs. Motivated by WryLilt and your hubs, I am planning to explore pinterest for promotion.

Thanks again.


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Dorsi 3 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Goodpal) You are welcome and I am seeing a lot of pins on my hubs that I have added text too. It's a great way to have more readers come check out your hubs.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Very nice, Dorsi. I discovered Wry Lilt's reference to her hub on MFP's (on a forum thread) and read her hub which led me to your hub. I thank you both for enlightening me. I will be trying out the PicMonkey program. Great hub and great photo-editing.

Voting up, awesome and sharing.


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

Most interesting. I think I also read the hub by WryLilt, and I'm a little confused. Some say to pin your own images from your own hubs to promote them; others say, 'no..that's like spamming.'

I'm brand-new to Pinterest, and have only "pinned" about 5 things so far; and I have no followers there, so I won't be making any gains soon based on that.

I've had a couple of people tell me that they pinned an article of mine, but on searching their Pinterest board, did not find it. So, time will tell, I guess.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

P.S. I use Photoshop to do any photo clean-up that needs doing, then I bring them into Print Shop, where I can add any text/borders, etc. that I want. The default 'save' is in a proprietary format unreadable without Print Shop installed, but there is an export utility, where it can be saved as a jpeg.


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Dorsi 2 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Hi Dzy and Pamela, I have been having great success with getting images pinned from HubPages and I have been using PicMonkey for all of them because for me PicMonkey works the best (in terms of ease) I have a lot of boards on Pinterest and just like any social place we belong to, I think the best source of traffic comes naturally (of course we need to share what we do) I am very active in Pinterest and although I pin a lot from here, I also pin a lot from other people on P so I don't consider it spamming. Friends will automatically want to pin your stuff when it's interesting and of relevance to them. Keep at it, stay involved and learn and I believe the rest comes pretty naturally....and thanks for coming by!


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Maggie.L 2 years ago from UK

Thanks for the great ideas. I'd never thought of using pinterest to promote articles so thanks for the wealth of information. I'm just back on hubpages after a two year break and so many things have changed when it comes to bringing traffic to your hubs so these ideas are really helpful. Thanks for sharing.


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Dorsi 2 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

You are welcome Maggie, glad to "see" you back!


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Nadine May 10 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Thanks for all these interesting ideas. I found you on aa lite in the comment sections where I found out that you also are on Zazzle. I've only been on Zazzle for just a year, but loving it.

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