The first thing you need to do is sign up for a Canva account or sign in to your account.
Canva Home Page
Sign Up using Google, Facebook, or an email address.
I recommend using your business email or business Facebook because you can save your pins for your business in one account.
If you have several sites or plan to have several sites, don’t want to have different sign-ups for each business, and/or you are going to pay for Pro, then sign up with either a personal email address or google, or Facebook. This way you only pay for Pro on one account.
Note: Doing it this way will save you from paying for multiple accounts but this means graphics from all sites will be on one account and might be slightly confusing if you need to find a specific graphic.
Follow The Sign Up Directions on Canva
Email Sign Up Form Example
Now that you are signed in to you account, Click “Create a design”
A dropdown box will appear. Type in “pinterest pin”
Click On “pinterst pin” in the dropbox.
For these next examples, I will be creating a pin for this post.
Now you will need to decide if you want to use a template or design a pin from scratch. For the purposes of this tutorial I will create one from scratch.
The first thing I like to do is create the text.
Click “TEXT” on the left side menu. It’s the 5th icon down.
You can simply choose to add a heading or you can use the predesigned text. I am choosing a predesigned text because it is one I use often.
If you are adding a heading drag and pull to the pin canvas and rearrange to the position that suits you. Don’t worry as this all be changed.
Once you have made your choice, click on the example, and a text box will formulate on the pin canvas.
At this point you can add your text. Double click in the text box to change the text.
Drag and pull to resize.
I don’t typically resize anything at this point. The goal for me is just to see the text on the layout. This gives me some idea of what I am working with text wise.
I am going to resize and move this text because there are alot of words and it looks weird.
I could have kept it the other way and moved the text the side but for this pin I want the text at the top.
Now you need to decide what image you are going to use. If you already have an image you will need to upload it to Canva.
Otherwise choose Photos, Elements, or Backgrounds.
For this pin I am choosing “Photos”.
I type “graphics” in to the search bar.
It brings up graphs. Not what I wanted. So I try “Graphic Design”. Aha! The results are much better.
Now Choose a Photo from the menu. Click on an image and it will populate in the pin editor.
And there you have it, the basics of your pin.
Note: You can right click on the image and choose “set as back ground” so that the image will fill the entire pin.
Now I am not going to leave it this way. Right now the Pin is boring so I am going to add some “Elements” to the pin.
Click on “Elements” in the menu. I am going to add a shape. I added a square shape and resized to fit my text. Then I right clicked on the square and choose the option to “send to back” so that the shape would be behind the text.
It looks better, but it is still not done. I am going to add a few more elements.
Hopefully, by now you are starting to get the hang of this! Keep playing with the editor until you get the desired result!