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Can I Make Pinterest Pins Larger? The Pin It Button Could Help

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Social Networking, Using The Internet

Lynn from Annapolis writes:

I do a lot of pinning on Pinterest and many of the pics I find on the Internet are small so I want to enlarge them.  I’ve been able to enlarge many of them with Microsoft Paint without any problems, but some of the ones that I enlarge shrink back to their small size when I pin them and I don’t know why or how to keep it from happening. Am I doing something wrong or is there a different program that would work better? I don’t know a lot about this so I’d appreciate any help you can give me.


 For those of you unfamiliar with Pinterest, it’s a fun social media site where you can share images of things you think are kind of neat. It’s often used for things like planning a wedding. It’s called Pinterest, because the action is similar to pinning an image to an idea board.

  You’ll find  inspiration for decorating.


 Or sharing fashion and recipes.


I even used  Pinterest to work with a graphic designer to plan a book cover.


You can add a Pin-It Button to your browser and whenever you come across something interesting online, you can click the Pin-It Button to share the image along with a link back to the item.


This is my favorite way to share pins because you are also sharing information and you get decent size images. When I select the Pin It option, I can choose from images on the page and also see what size those images are.


  You can also add a Pin by uploading from your computer by choosing Add a Pin on your Pinterest board.


If you are downloading the images and then enlarging them in Paint, you’re going to have a problem. When you blow up an image, you lose resolution.  You may make it larger, but it won’t be clearer. Pinterest automatically resizes all images down to a 192 pixel thumbnail to be viewed on the boards. Every pin will look the same size. 


  If you have downloaded a smaller image, resized it and re-uploaded, the clarity could be terrible depending on how much you’ve enlarged the image. The best solution is to make sure to pin larger images from websites.

Here, I’m selecting a page featuring some fashions and clicking the Pin-It button that I’ve added. I’ve given a choice of pinnable images along with their sizes to choose from.


When I click on to my board, you’ll notice that this image is pretty good-sized compared to some of the others on the board.


If you double-click on the image it will display full-size.


When selecting images look for the largest ones you can find that will work with Pinterest. There’s a 736 pixel width maximum. 

Unless you are uploading original photos, I would advise against uploading photos, it’s much easier to just find the images and pin them from the web. As for downloading and enlarging photos, making a tiny photo larger probably won’t make the image any easier to see.  Do make sure that if you resize the image that you aren’t leaving white space around it when you save the photo and upload it again.


Make sure to hit the crop button in paint to take any of that out before saving.


I hope these tips makes your pinning a little easier.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Can I Make Pinterest Pins Larger? The Pin It Button Could Help”

  1. Shanker says:

    Thank you Lyne & Cynthia!

    This is a common problem. What’s your take on free resizing software like Irfan or GIMP where resizing to some extent without appreciable loss of quality?

  2. oceansky says:

    I am trying to upload my own pix but don’t want them to appear as thumbnail size on Pinterest. Everytime I try to enlarge the images, Pinterest then refuses to take them, saying simply oops, that didn’t work. How do I successfully get a pic that is originally small to upload as a larger image on Pinterest?

  3. Katerina Kirax says:

    What I want to know, is how do I scroll thru all the original large size images on a board without having to click into and back out of a picture.

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