What size are Pinterest pins?
Have you ever wondered if there’s an ideal size for a Pinterest pin, or which size image gets the most clicks?
The answer: longer, vertical pins work best – try it for yourself and note the pins that catch your attention in the feed.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn the best height and width for your Pinterest Pins and an easy way to create them the correct size, how to upload an image directly to Pinterest (without pinning from a website), and how to select which Pin to use as your Pinterest cover board.
Pinterest advises that the best ratio to use for your pins is either 2:3 or 1:3.5, with a minimum width of 600 pixels, wherever shown:
- Pinterest feed
- selected pins
- related pins
- board cover pins
Once uploaded, your pin automatically resizes to the correct aspect width/height ratio:
- Pinterest feed – each image automatically scales to
238 pixels wide
- selected image – each image automatically scales to
735 pixels wide
Pins are cropped if larger than 1:3.5, but can be viewed in full by clicking the “Expand Pin” button.
An easy way to make correctly sized Pinterest pins
The easiest way to create a correctly sized pin, is to use Canva:
- set up your Canva account – it’s free to use and provides everything you need to create an eye-catching image
- the dashboard shows lots of sample image templates including one for Pinterest Graphic
(735 x 1102 pixels). Select the required template, or use a custom image size by clicking the X by “use custom dimensions”
- use the Canva toolbar to create your pin. You can upload your own images or use Canva’s vast selection
- all your uploaded images and most of Canva’s images are free to use and edit, unless you’ve chosen a Canva image with a “$” symbol in the lower corner. If so, you’ll only be able to edit the image for 24 hours and it’ll cost a one-time fee of $1
- regularly click on “File”, “Save” to save your image
- click on the name of the template to rename it, otherwise it’ll be titled “Untitled design”. Click “Download” to choose the format you’d like to download (jpeg, png, pdf), and where you’d like to save it
- Each Canva design opens in a new tab. As long as you’ve saved your Canva design, you can close out of the tab, and then logout on the Home Page
Now that the image is downloaded to your computer, you’re ready to either:
- upload it to your website as an image, and add it to Pinterest using the “Pin It” button
- upload it direct to Pinterest
For this tutorial, I’ll show you how to upload it direct to Pinterest for the purpose of creating a Pinterest cover board.
How to upload a pin directly to Pinterest
- open your Pinterest home page and select the “+” symbol at the bottom right of the screen. Select “Upload a Pin”
- click “choose image” and browse to the required image to upload
- add a description for your pin and select the Pinterest board to pin it
- you’ll see the momentary confirmation of “Uploaded on to [board name]”, then the screen will revert to your home page
- refresh the home page and you’ll see your newly uploaded pin
Now you’ll need to reorder the pins on that board, so the correct pin becomes your permanent cover board pin.
Selecting a Pinterest cover board pin
A cover board should represent and be similar to your brand. It provides a quick, eye-catching way of seeing the kind of pins it contains and which topic it covers.
Here’s how to select which pin becomes a cover board pin:
- open your Pinterest home page
- click on “edit” at the bottom of the board you’ll be changing
- a pop-up called “Edit your board” will appear. Select “change”
- click the arrow to scroll through all the pins on your board and select the one you’d like to use as your cover board pin. Save changes
- click “save” on the “Edit your board” pop-up
Repeat the process for each of your Pinterest cover boards.
That’s it – your pins are the correct size and you’ve organised your Pinterest cover boards!
Leave me a comment if you found this post helpful or have any questions, as I’d love to hear from you.
Note: This article is intended to be a general resource only and is not intended to be professional advice.
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