This tech tutorial is one that has been requested a ton: how to create custom, branded Pinterest board covers! It’s worth spending a little time to create custom Pinboard covers – it’s easy to do, they make your page on Pinterest look cohesive and organized, and they create a fun and effective extension of your brand. Scroll down for the full how-to, and (because I love ya), a free Pinterest cover template for making your own covers in Adobe Illustrator!

Tech Tutorial: Creating Custom Pinterest Board Covers – via Lindsay Goldner Creative


1. Go to the individual board whose cover you want to customize. 

Click on “add a pin,” then “pin from your device.” Click on the red “Choose Image” button to select the file from your computer.

Customize Your Pinterest Covers via Lindsay Goldner Creative

2. Don’t forget the details!

Make sure to add your description (with your business name) and then in the search box, type in the board name where you’re adding this.

Customize Your Pinterest Covers via Lindsay Goldner Creative

3. Edit Your Board Cover

Once your pin is uploaded and saved, you’ll be taken back to the main page for that board. Click on the “edit board” in the upper right corner, and then in the window that pops up, click “change.” You should see the most recent pin uploaded to the board, ie your custom cover image! You can click and drag the image to recenter it in the crop window, if needed.

Customize Your Pinterest Covers via Lindsay Goldner Creative

Customize Your Pinterest Covers via Lindsay Goldner Creative


That’s all you have to do! It’s a little roundabout, but it’s just a couple easy steps and it makes such a huge difference in how your Pinterest page – even if it’s just on your first couple rows of boards –will look at first glance.

You can make your own covers with a program like Photoshop, Illustrator, or even Canva (or, if worst comes to worst, Powerpoint!). The official size for board cover images is 217×146 pixels, but I’d create the images at 2-3x that size, since Pinterest will automatically downsize your image for you. Save your images as a png (or png-24 if you have the option) and you’re on your way.

And if you’re an Illustrator fan like me. you’re in luck – I created a free template for Illustrator to help you out!  Just fill out your information below to unlock your free Illustrator template download.


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