How do you make a horizontal photo a Pinterest-friendly vertical photo (this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)? Using PicMonkey for free!
If you are a blogger, chances are that Pinterest rules your world. Rocks your world! Translation: brings traffic to your site. And, because it is probably driving quite a bit of traffic to your site, you’ve been reviewing your Pinterest strategy, i.e., how to use Pinterest to bring even more traffic to your site!
One of the things about Pinterest that you have probably already discovered is that Pinterest works best with vertical photos. And, vertical photos are pinned by pinners more often than horizontal photos – no matter the subject matter.
So, making your photos vertical for Pinterest is probably part of your blogging-with-Pinterest-in-mind strategy.
But, if you are a blogger like me, your time is limited because of all the various jobs that compromise the art of blogging. So, going back into your old posts to reshoot horizontal photos vertically just ain’t gonna happen!
Depending on what kind of blog you have, this post on How to Make a Horizontal Photo a Pinterest-friendly Vertical Photo Using PicMonkey is just what you need! You can, indeed, use PicMonkey for free. It is a photo editing website and while many of their features are free, you can upgrade for a small fee and have access to everything!
By choosing one or more photos already in your post, uploading them to PicMonkey for free and then cropping them vertically, you will have a pin-worthy photo without too much additional effort!
Here’s what you do:
Look through your old posts’ photos and choose a few select ones that could be cropped vertically.
Open PicMonkey for free and choose edit.
Upload your chosen photo in PicMonkey.
Choose “crop” and the cropping graph will appear over your photo.
Drag the cropping window over the photo until you find the perfect area to crop. Resize the photo to vertical by dragging the edges of the graph; the window’s edges let you choose how long and wide you want the photo cropped.
Once you are satisfied with your final photo, click on the “Apply” button.
If “proportions” aren’t critical to your subject matter, if you uncheck the “Keep proportions” box, you can type in a length into the “Change size to” box. In this example, I’ve made the photo 560 x 1000 pixels. Click “Apply” once you are happy with the finished product.
Here’s the finished photo of this beautiful Kangaroo Paw plant in my garden! Be sure to save the final photo to a file to upload to your post. Upload it to your post, save it and then pin away on Pinterest!
Here are some examples for different types of bloggers and how they could use this technique to gain tractor on old posts in Pinterest. I’ve included the “Before” horizontal photo and the “After” vertical photo!
“Before” photo of butterflies cut from old sheet music for a craft project.
“After” photo ready to upload to the blog post and then share on Pinterest.
“Before” photo of Cake Batter Truffles.
“After” photo of Cake Batter Truffles. I did uncheck the “Keep proportions” box and made this photo longer. But, how many people on Pinterest would notice this slight distortion? Don’t go looking for this recipe on our site! I had limited success with my two attempts at creating Cake Batter Truffles, so have yet to post it! I’ll work on version 3.0 sometime in the near future!
“Before” photo of Creamy Petite Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews in Tomato Cups.
“After” photo of Creamy Petite Peas Salad with Bacon and Cashews in Tomato Cups ready for my post and then shared on Pinterest.
“Before” photo of an empty Sangria Punch that I forgot to photo before it was consumed by party guests! This recipe isn’t on our site either (yet!). It’s hard to post a recipe without photos and tell readers “you’ll just have to trust me on this,” you think?
“After” photo of Sangria ready for upload to blog post and shared on Pinterest.
“Before” photo of single sunflower reaching for an endless blue sky.
“After” photo of sunflower and bee. Can you tell that I unchecked the “Keep proportions” box and made it slightly longer?
“Before” photo of Gerbera Daisies.
“After” photo of Gerbera Daisy. This photo, too, I unchecked the “Keep proportions” box and made it longer.
“Before” of sunflowers with a purple Jacaranda tree blurred in the background.
“After” photo of sunflowers against a purple backdrop.
“Before” horizontal photo of butterfly on a butterfly bush.
“After” photo of the butterfly plus an upside-down friend that was hardly noticeable before!
“Before” photo of glorious sunset sky in my valley.
“After” photo of glorious sunset sky made more Pinteresting in PicMonkey for free.
Other Types of Bloggers
“Before” photo of an American flag and a California State flag blowing in the breeze in a cloudy, but very blue, sky.
“After” photo of flags cropped vertically for Pinterest.
See how easy this is? You, too, can make your old posts more pin-worthy by just selecting a few photos from the old post and cropping them in PicMonkey for free!
Well, I’ve got my work cut out for me! We have over 750 posts on this blog! And, more than half do not have a pin-worthy photo to their name (we are a bit “Late to the Party“!).
(other posts that include these photos in them)
- Creamy Petite Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews in Tomato Cups
- Freedom and Hope
- Saving Mr. Lincoln’s Retirement
- The Magic of Fairy Days
- Toot Sweet 4 Two Turns One: Blog-o-versary Party Recap