Gone are the days when we had to hire a graphic designer to create flyers, banners or beautiful logos. With software solutions like Canva, Adobe Spark, and Desygner, you can create eye-catching social media posts on the go. Among them, Canva tops the popularity charts with thousands of templates designed for specific needs. For example, you can create stunning Instagram posts in Canva to woo your followers using the built-in Instagram templates. Here’s how to do it.
Over the years, Canva has made a name for itself in the design community. This is largely due to the number of templates available in the software. The experience of models is at the heart of Canva software and we strongly recommend that you start with them to create beautiful Instagram posts.
Choose a model
First, we will choose a relevant model to start the design process. Canva offers over 100,000 templates. It can be overwhelming for new users. Fortunately, the company has carefully divided the models into relevant categories to make it easier for the end user.
Step 1: Open Canva on the desktop.
2nd step: Sign in using your account credentials and browse Canva Home.
Step 3: Hover over the Templates section at the top and you’ll find some social media templates.
Step 4: Select Instagram Posts under the Social Media heading.
As you can see from the screenshot below, there are over 38,000 Instagram templates to choose from in Canva. Fortunately, the company has carefully divided them into different categories.
For this article, we’re going to create a sale banner to use on Instagram.
Step 5: Select Sale.
Step 6: You will see hundreds of sales templates to make changes in Canva.
Based on your brand or product, you can select a relevant Instagram template. For example, Instagram posts related to selling beauty products can select a pink themed template. One can also choose from various fashion sale models.
Hover your mouse pointer over a template and you’ll see which templates are free and which templates require a Canva Pro subscription.
Step 7: Select your preferred model and you will see all the relevant details like original creator, customization options, mobile compatibility, etc.
Step 8: Select Customize this template and Canva will take you to the editing interface.
One can also create an Instagram post from scratch. But that defeats the purpose of using software like Canva. It is time consuming and requires knowledge of color, contrast, fonts, image selection, etc.
Normal users may find it difficult to create amazing Instagram posts in Canva. So it is better to stick to the models.
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Edit Instagram template
Now that you’ve selected a relevant template to edit in Canva, it’s time to edit it with the relevant options in Canva.
Everything in the template is customizable. For example, if you’re not interested in the default color theme, change it to a different one using the color wheel at the top.
You can also change the default image in the template. Click on the background of the image and select Remove. You can either upload your custom image from the computer or select from the thousands of built-in images.
While you’re at it, try using different filters and effects to add some sparkle to the images in the Instagram post.
Implement the logo
Did you know that Canva is also great for creating brand logos? Yes, professional looking logos can easily be created in Canva in a matter of minutes.
If you have already created one, I strongly suggest that you add it to the Instagram post. This will create and further enhance the value of your brand.
You would like to remove the default Instagram template text and add your own. First, click on the text and delete it. Then add a new text style in the left sidebar. When it comes to customizing the text, you can change the color, style, size, etc. of text.
Play with animation
This is our favorite of the group. Canva allows you to implement different styles of animations in your Instagram posts. It lives up to all the appeal of your Instagram post. Add your favorite animation effect and your item is good to go.
Export Instagram post
Have you finished making edits to your Instagram post in Canva? It is now ready to be exported. Click the Download button at the top and select the export option.
If you have added animation, Canva will offer to export the post to MP4 format. You can export the Instagram post as GIF or use normal PNG or JPG image formats.
Create beautiful Instagram posts in Canva
You can also use the Canva mobile apps to create Instagram posts, but the whole experience is best served on the web. The mobile app is great for making small changes.
Have you created Instagram posts in Canva? Show us your creativity in the comments below.
Last updated on August 6, 2021
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