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How To Change a Board Cover on Pinterest

Posted by Jamie on July 17, 2019

Pinterest is one of the most colorful social networks around. It’s a bit of a handful on mobile but on desktop it’s a cacophony of colors and images that are very pleasing to the eye. As well as adding images to attract followers, you can also use board covers to add extra appeal. This tutorial is going to show you how to add or change a board cover on Pinterest.

Board covers are those images you see fronting boards on Pinterest. They usually show what to expect when you visit the board and may include some text. There are thousands of different types of board covers and you can add to that to make your own Pinterest boards more appealing, better organized or both.

Add a board cover on Pinterest

To make this work, you’ll need an image for the cover. This should be pertinent to the board’s subject. You can edit it in your favorite image editor or use Pinterest’s built-in image editor to crop and resize. I find it easier to edit using a dedicated image editor like Paint.net or GIMP but it’s entirely up to you how you do it.

The ideal image size for a Pinterest board cover is 2170 x 1460 pixels but you can use whatever size you want and it will be resized to suit. Some Pinners will add text to their image. It is usually their username, brand or website and a one or two word description of the board. I would suggest doing this as it gives a much better first impression and tells the visitor exactly what to expect before entering the board.

If you’re planning to use your own image or one you have edited, you will first need to add it to that board. You can then select it as your board image once uploaded.

  1. Log into Pinterest from your desktop browser. You can use mobile if you prefer but desktop is much easier for this.
  2. Sign in if you need to or select your username at the top.
  3. Select the Boards tab.
  4. Select the board you want to add a cover to.
  5. Upload the board cover image to your board.
  6. Select the pencil icon at the top to edit your board.
  7. Select Change where you see Cover.
  8. Add your image to the cover.
  9. Add a description above the cover to add interest.
  10. Select Save once done to commit your changes.

That’s it. Your board should now have an attractive cover image.

Change a board cover in Pinterest

Changing the board cover for a board in Pinterest is the same as adding one. This time you’re going to select another image instead of the existing one. Otherwise it’s exactly the same.

  1. Use GIMP or Paint.net to prepare your image. Add text to the image if you like and save as a JPEG.
  2. Select the Boards tab.
  3. Select the board you want to add a cover to.
  4. Upload your new board cover image to your board.
  5. Select the pencil icon at the top to edit your board.
  6. Select Change where you see Cover.
  7. Change the image for the cover.
  8. Select Save once done.

You have now changed your board cover in Pinterest.

You can do this on mobile if you prefer. I’ll show you how here.

Change a board cover using the Pinterest app

As adding and changing a board cover is essentially the same, I won’t bore you by describing it twice here. Suffice to say if you’re adding or changing, you follow the steps but choose the appropriate selection.

If you’re using your own image, you will need to upload it to your phone or to Pinterest before you try these steps.

  1. Open the Pinterest app on your phone.
  2. Select your profile on your boards page.
  3. Select Edit under the board you want to modify.
  4. Select Board Covers from the new menu on the left.
  5. Select the image you want to add or change.
  6. Select Done.

The process is just as straightforward on mobile as it is on desktop but I find the whole process easier on a larger screen. Whichever way you do it, the end result is the same. You now have a new board cover that relates to its contents and perhaps some text telling visitors exactly what to expect while promoting your name, brand or something else.

Have any tips for how to create a board cover? Tips on what text to add? Tell us about it below if you do!

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