Pinterest lets me bookmark all types of inspiration, from color palettes, to free font finds, to typography design. But one thing that I’ve been unable to do successfully is to pin a web design.
Because Pinterest only lets you pin photos on a page, you can never capture the look of a full website page. I’ve tried some tools in the past which were a bit inefficient, time-consuming and didn’t really grab exactly the items I wanted to pin. Today I found a new tool, ShotPin, a Chrome plugin that lets you take a screenshot of any webpage, or any portion of a webpage to share on Pinterest. And it’s about as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Step 1: Get the Plugin
First go to the ShotPin website and click the GIANT pin at the top of the page. This will open the Chome web store, where you can download the plugin for FREE!
Step 2: Make your Selection
Once you’ve added ShotPin to Chrome, pop over to your desired website and click the pushpin icon that should now be appearing in the top right of your browser window (You might need to refresh your browser for the pin to appear). This launches the plugin and also causes the page to dim slightly. From there, click and drag to select the area of the page you want to pin. Once you’ve created your section, another pin icon will appear at the bottom right of your selection box.
Step 3: Post your Pin
When you click the pushpin icon, your normal Pinterest pop up box will appear with a description area and the list of all of your boards. Fill out the description—I’d suggest including the name of the website and what exactly it is you’re pinning (Homepage, work, services, etc). Then click or create a board to pin the image. From there, your screen grab will appear on your Pinterest account with a link directly back to the site. Easy Peasy. It might be a few more steps than your normal pin, but you get to choose exactly what you want to show.
I did have some minor issues with the plugin. Sometimes the “Shot Pin” button did not want to appear after I clicked the pushpin plugin icon. If this happened, I refreshed the page, clicked it again, and had no issues.
Anyone else have any handy tools they are using to capture items from the web? We’d love to hear about it!
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