Earlier this year, I started including pinnable images on many of my posts in the hopes that they would be shared on Pinterest. I used picmonkey for creating these images. However, recently picmonkey began requiring a paid membership in order to save any edited photos created on their site, whether saved to your computer or to the site – they used to only require payment for use of their advanced features, and later only if you wanted to save to their hub. Because I love free programs, I searched for one that is like picmonkey but does not charge, and I found Ribbet. I would have to say it is not as advanced as picmonkey, but it does allow me to create my images for Pinterest the same way I did on picmonkey. Here’s how I do it:
Now you will find the photo you want to use as your background for your image. Many people suggest using a vertical photo for this purpose, but as long as you have a full version of a photo, it will be large enough to fill the space you need. You just may not be able to use the whole photo. At the bottom, choose Upload a photo and you will see it on the bottom toolbar.
You can change the color of the rectangle using the Properties square that comes up. I always click on the current color (black) which brings up an eyedropper tool. Then I choose a color from somewhere on the photo. This tool will match the rectangle to that color.
This image looks just like the images I was previously make using picmonkey. Ribbet does have a paid option, but I am thrilled that I don’t have to pay just to create a simple image like this one! What do you think?