I’ve received a quite few DM’s asking me where and how I got the highlight covers for my Instagram Stories recently.
I actually designed and created them on my own, very simply and for free!
When it comes to branding, even the smallest details count!
So, maintaining the same flashy pink colour I use in my Pins and on the blog was a definite must for my Instagram profile as well.
Let’s get started and brand your Instagram profile according to your business image with this super easy tutorial.
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Creating Instagram Highlight Covers With Canva
First things first!
Let’s go to the App Store or Google Play Store and download Canva if you haven’t already downloaded it to your phone.
This is an incredibly versatile and powerful little app that I use to design my Pins and Instagram Stories as well! You are definitely going to want to download and keep it somewhere for quick access.
Once you’ve downloaded Canva, Launch the app.
When the app opens, you’ll automatically enter the (+) Create a design screen.
Where you see the Category Instagram Post, click on See all just to the right-hand side.
Click on the square the reads Blank.
Tap on the plus sign in the bottom right-hand corner.
Tap on Graphics and search or scroll down through the options for most popular design elements. As an example, I’ll search for a camera icon!
Once you’ve found one you like, centre it and choose from a set of popular colours in the Defaults or set your own by clicking on the rainbow square.
If you know your brand colour, type it in here by tapping on the bottom right-hand square above Done.
Enlarge your icon of choice to get a better idea of how you want it too look.
If you want to do the reverse, and use a colour for your background instead of for your element, you can do so by tapping directly on the blank space of your working area.
Again, choose from a Default colour or select the rainbow square to enter your colour of choice. Be sure to change your icon colour so that it is visible!
Keep in mind that Instagram Highlight Covers look best when they are kept simple! You want your highlights to add to your profile rather than taking away from it by clashing or being too distracting.
In my personal experience, I’ve found that two to three colours work best and ideally, choosing at least one that is dominant within your Instagram image posts (in my case, white) is most aesthetically pleasing.
Highlight names should also be kept simple. Think, one or two words max!
And in my personal opinion, text should be avoided in your highlight covers.
Consider the fact that the vast majority of those viewing your profile are probably doing so on a mobile device. So, how legible, if at all, will your highlight cover really be?
Plus, you have the option to use a title just below it!
To create a new Highlight, click the + Highlight icon just underneath your Instagram bio.
Choose an image to add to your new highlight and click next at the top right corner.
Name your new Highlights section and click Edit Cover when you’ve done so.
Click on the Mountain Range image icon to the left and choose your newly created Canva image.
Move the icon so it’s perfectly centred and you are happy with it! This is exactly how it will appear on your profile.
Click Done when you are satisfied. Now, click Add at the top right corner.
Within seconds, you’ll see your newly created Highlights reel.
To add additional stories to your Highlights, simply click on the Clock icon for your archives at the top left of your profile screen.
You’ll see all of your past Stories displayed in reverse chronological order 🙂
Choose one you like and click Highlight.
Click on your new Highlight or any others you’ve already created to start adding more past Stories you’d like shown on your Instagram profile.
And there you have it! You’re now an expert in Instagram Story Highlights & Highlight Covers 🙂 Nice work!
What type of stories do you highlight on your profile? What are you favourite Instagram stories to share with your audience? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!