First things first: begin by saving a picture from the first board on your Pinterest page (I worked one board at a time to keep things organized). My first board is for my blog projects, so I chose one of my favorite pictures that I had pinned to this board, and opened it up in Picmonkey. Tip: you want to use a picture that is not too busy, and that easily represents what that board is at a glance. For my blog board, I chose a picture of my gallery wall.
1. Save your favorite picture from your Pinterest board.
2. Open it in Picmonkey.
3. Click on the Overlays button (which is represented by a butterfly).
4. Click on the "Geometric" tab, and select the square option.
5. Click and drag the square over the entire photo. At this point, the square should still be black. Drag and enlarge the square so that you no longer see the photo.
6. Drag the color tab all the way up to white. The photo should change from black to white.
7. Change the fade of the photo. You want to fade the white square enough to see the photo in the background, but keep it dark enough so that it's easy to read text over top. I set the fade to 50%.
8. Once you've achieved your desired opacity, click the layer button at the top to mesh the white square with the photo. This is important for the next step!
9. Click the add text button, and desired text to the photo. I wanted to label these photos with the name of my board, so I chose "Blog". You want to center the text over the part of the picture you want to see most.
10. I left the color of the text black, but I changed the fade to 35% so that it wasn't so harsh against the white background.
That's all you need to do to edit the photo! Continue on by saving a picture from each board as you go along. Next up, uploading them to Pinterest!
1. Click on your desired board. I chose the board "Burlap and Lace" (which I later just renamed to "Blog"). Click on the "Add Pin" plus sign.
2. These are the options that pop up. Choose to upload from your computer.
3. This familiar Pin It box will pop up with a preview of the photo with the text over it. Add a description and pin it!
4. Exit out to your boards, and hover the mouse over the board that you just added a pin to. A "Change Cover" button will appear- click it.
5. Because you just uploaded a photo to this board, it should be the first thing that pops up in this box. Click and drag the photo to center it in the little box.
6. aaaaaaand.....REPEAT! Over, and over, and over, and over...
It may seem tedious, but it really is simple! And I'm sure I've just insulted your intelligence with my obvious instructions if you pin or use Picmonkey on a regular basis. So sorry. Sometimes a sister needs detailed instructions, amiright?
The opacity layer of the photos really makes your whole Pinterest page feel really unified, so to speak. And yes...this is completely unnecessary. But isn't it pretty (and isn't it neat? Not neat like swell, but neat like CLEAN)?
Just a tip: try to do this late at night so as not to spam your friends and followers with 100 pins of photos with words on them. Ha! If any of you saw me doing this, I deeply apologize. You probably were like, "Duh, those are shoes, Shannon", or "Oh, you're supposed to EAT things on this board? I thought you were supposed to wear pizza". I get you. It's annoying. But it's all in the name of clarity, my friend. ;)
You can check out my Pinterest boards here (which, by the way, are still a work in progress...I have 60), should you feel so inclined. Oh, and if you don't follow me, you should. I promise I won't spam your Pinterest feed in the future. Maybe.