If you have just one single image available for your post there are lots of options for creating a long pin and increasing your Pinterest traffic!
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So you’ve read the tutorial on making long pins and have decided to create long pins for your existing content…. but what can you do when you have only one image of the recipe?
Don’t worry, you can still create long pins even with just one image! I’ve included 3 options below for creating great pins with a single photo!
Note: I do use PicMonkey for all of my long pins. The collages are easy to make and you can use your own fonts. While there is a free option I do use the $4.99/month Royal plan and it’s worth every penny!
LONG PIN OPTION #1
Crop & Orientation
This is my favorite method and if possible, this is the best way to create a long pin with a single image.
By simply recropping and changing the orientation of a single photo it can look like two completely different images making for a great long pin!
- Following the same procedure you would for making a regular long pin, head over to PicMonkey and to create your collage importing your single photograph.
- Drag the photo to both of your photo spaces making them different sizes.
- On one of the photos, click the edit button and you can flip the orientation of the photograph (1.). Once you’ve changed the orientation, you can adjust the size to zoom in (2.) and focus on one of your favorite parts of the image.
Be aware of things in the photo that shouldn’t be reversed or flipped like watermarks or writing. They look funny if they’re backwards and even just zooming without flipping the photo looks great like in the example above. Here is another example of a long pin made with only one photo with different crops and angles on the same picture.
LONG PIN OPTION #2
Add an Ingredient Photo or Process Photo
This Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu is delicious… but it has only ONE photo! While I’ve made it a million times, I didn’t want to make it again on a Saturday morning at 9am while updating images on old post. Luckily I had chicken and ham in the fridge along with some of the other ingredients required for this recipe. I took the ingredients to my photo area and in less than 3 minutes I had a second photo to add to the long pin!
If you don’t have the ingredients, you can also add in an image of just a single main ingredient… and while you may not want to add a photo of a chicken, fresh vegetables that are a part of your dish are great and can also add a pop of color to your pin! If you collect a few stock images of ingredients you commonly use such as tomatoes, fresh spinach etc. you’ll have a few go to photos you can add to more than one collage.
LONG PIN OPTION #3
Create a Large Title or Add Text
Finally, if you don’t have ingredients or if your image has a lot of text and isn’t ideal for changing the orientation there is still hope! You can easily create a long pin by adding in an extra long title.
Your collage in PicMonkey won’t be as long as the collage with 2 photos but it can certainly be lengthened a little bit. First, zoom in and crop your photo in as long an orientation as possible while still keeping the integrity of the photo. Next you’re going to add a title but think big and bold… add color and extra wording relevant to the recipe.
This method doesn’t give a really long pin but it does increase the length by about 1.5x giving you a little bit of extra real estate!
Now that you have long pins ready for Pinning, what is the best way to get them onto Pinterest? You can manually upload them or you can hide them in your post so that anyone using the bookmarklet can pin them too!