So, perhaps this is common knowledge but it took me WAY too long to figure out how to create Instagram highlights cover photos. So, I decided to create a little tutorial on how to create your own Instagram highlights cover photos. If you don’t know what the Instagram highlights are, it’s basically a way to create collections of your past Instagram story upload. For example, you can see that mine above are currently categorized by “travel”, “style”, “food”, and “before & afters”. It looks so much more neat and clean to use cover photos. I first saw a highlight cover photo weeks ago and I have been trying and failing to create them how I wanted them until today.
Without further babbling, here it goes.
Log In To Canva (or create a free account)
If you don’t already use Canva, you should be! It’s such a seamlessly simple way to create blog graphics, Pinterest images, business cards etc. It’s a free service but you can of course pay to upgrade for extra fonts, content and capabilities.
Click “Blog Graphic” under “Create A Design”
It will open up into a new window with your shiny new blank canvas.
Choose A Background Color
Click on “background” from the left hand side tabs and choose a color. This color will be the main color for your Instagram highlights buttons. So, pick a color you like! Click on the “+” to choose a custom color.
Create Your Title
This title will only be visible IN the actual highlight, not on the button portion that appears on your main page. So click on “text” from the tabs and then choose “add heading”. Type in the title of your specific highlight page and place it near the top of your image. Canva has automatic alignment tools that will help you center text or images! Make sure to choose a font you like!
Choose Your Highlight Image
Click on the “search” tab and type in the kind of image you’re looking for. For this example I chose “hanger”. Use the auto-alignment to perfectly center it in your photo. Make sure your image isn’t too small or too big. I’d say a safe size is about 450 x 275 pixel (pixels will pop up in the corner of the image when resizing). Then in the upper left hand corner choose the icon color, it works best if this matches the font color you chose for your title.
Download and Save!
Click the “download” button at the top of the page and save it to your device.
Swap out Image and Title
After saving, you can alter the current image and replace it with your next story highlight. For example, change the title from “lifestyle” to “travel” and replace the image with one that matches your new title. Download, save and repeat as much as needed!
Lastly, Upload to Instagram
Just upload it to your current story. Head on over to your profile page, click “add highlight” and then choose your new image from your current story and add any archived photos or videos that you would like to add into this highlight.