Wednesday, August 22, 2018


I'm sure all you Millennials need no help creating your Instagram highlight cover photos, but the 39-year youngster in me was intrigued yet oblivious how it was being done. So, I set out for the simplest instructions and figured others in my age group might find these helpful.
It’s pretty easy actually! In fact, there are quite a few ways you can go about creating them using either Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Spark, or my personal favorite, Canva.
I created a Canva tutorial so you can make your own highlight cover photos in just a few simple steps.
Step 1
First, create a Canva account if you don’t already have one. Next, click on the “Use custom dimensions” button in the top right corner. Enter your custom dimensions as 1080×1920.
how to create instagram cover photos for stories highlights

Step 2
Pick a background color. Some people like to use their branding color for all covers, while others like to make each one a different color. It’s your personal preference!
how to choose the background for a cover photo in canva

Step 3
Use the search bar to find a cute illustration for your cover. For example: camera, travel, house, book, baby, etc.
how to create graphics for instagram stories

Step 4
Once you find an icon that you like, click on it and it will be automatically placed on top of your background. From here, you can resize it and make it perfect for you. I like mine a little larger so I resized mine to about 620 x 620. Make sure to place your icon in the center and change its color to better suit your style.
creating graphics for story highlights

Step 5
Download your image and upload it to Instagram.


You have to upload all the content you want to feature in your Instagram Highlights to your Stories first! Including the cover photos!! They also have to run for a full 24 hour cycle in order to be able to be selected as cover photos. If you make an image your Highlight cover photo and then delete that image from your story, it will automatically be deleted as your cover photo as well.
And there you have it! Pretty easy, right?!

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