Looking for Good Images? Use I’d Pin That

I’d Pin That is a cool new web application from my buddy Jesse.

One of the realities of freelancing online is the fact that you have to do a little bit of everything. Even though I don’t offer many services beyond writing to my clients, I’m aware that I still need to be aware of ways to add value to my efforts.

I may not be a social media expert, or an SEO marketer, but I still need to dabble in these things. Clients expect me to incorporate keywords into articles at times, and it adds value if I can promote writing I’ve done for others on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

One of the latest Social Media Things is Pinterest.

Even though I have a Pinterest account, and I occasionally add to various boards and share others’ pins, I don’t spend a lot of time on the site, and I rarely think in terms of “pinnable” images. But I understand that I need to make some effort in this area.

After reading about how to make images more pinnable, I’ve come to the conclusion that my first step in this grand new adventure is adding words to some of my images. (I’m not going to get too crazy right now.) However, I run into trouble when I start trying to figure out how to add effects and words and make it look even marginally professional.

This why I’m glad my buddy Jesse from Antinecktie came up with a cool web app called I’d Pin That.

Id Pin That

What is I’d Pin That?

I’d Pin That is very simple and straightforward: It lets you search public domain images, and then add effects. So far, all I’ve done is add frames and text. But I need to start slow with these sorts of creative things. (I write nonfiction because I’m not creative enough for fiction; I write in the style of journalism because I’m not creative enough for creative nonfiction.)

But it’s been very easy. There are several effects to choose from, as well as a variety of frames and fonts. It’s easy to change the size and color of any font, as well as move your text around by manipulating the text box. You can even choose to angle your text.

Once you’re done, you can download the result to your computer and then add it to your blog. You don’t have to worry about copyright because all the images are in the public domain. It’s fast, easy, and kind of fun. So far, I’ve used it only for my own blogs. I haven’t started using it for images added to other blogs I write for — mainly because I don’t often provide images for those blogs. (If I do add images, you can bet I’m charging a little bit more.)

If you’re looking for a way to add value for your blogging clients, or if you want to spice up your own words, I’d Pin That is a good place to start. It’s perfect for those of us who are a little graphically and creatively challenged — and even for those who aren’t.

0 thoughts on “Looking for Good Images? Use I’d Pin That”

  1. Thanks for sharing this Miranda! If you or your readers have any feedback for my little app, I’d love to hear how I can improve it.

  2. “I write nonfiction because I’m not creative enough for fiction; I write in the style of journalism because I’m not creative enough for creative nonfiction”

    I totally relate. This is why I probably will never end up writing a novel, and why I don’t have personal writing projects (aside from my blog).

    I’ve been playing around with Photoshop a bit lately, as I think some basic graphic design skills are great to have for my marketability, including working on graphics for my blog. I’m definitely a big fan of basic text on a background, but filled in with a picture or pattern (don’t know what you call that technique, but like the image on this: http://nzmuse.com/2014/01/2014-budget/ – especially for subjects that don’t really lend themselves well to any pictures)

    1. Miranda Marquit

      I like that image you showed. That’s pretty cool. I have basic abilities with PhotoShop and InDesign, since we had to learn the basics in J-school, but it takes me forever to get anything done. These kinds of tools that help you along are great, since they make the whole process easier.

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