So you’ve started to realise Instagram stories are more than just a way to share your life’s blooper real. And now you’re ready to start using them for real things like growth and engagement. But how do you make yours stand out against all the others? Don’t worry girl, I’ve got you! Today we’re going to talk all about how to create beautiful Instagram stories using my favourite design tool, Canva!
First things first, if you’ve never used Canva before make sure you head there now and create your free account.
Ok, now let’s get into the good stuff….
How to create beautiful Instagram stories: Story Icons
You’ve seen all these Instagram accounts popping up with beautiful featured stories. And they all have branded cover photos with cute icons. But how on earth do they do it?
Start by opening up a new design on Canva and select ‘Instagram Story’ as the type you want to create.
Decide how many featured story icons you need (you can always come back and create more later. Think about the type of stories you already post and what kind of stories are going to be suited to further building your brand. Then simply start with a blank page and choose your brand colour for the background.
Go to Elements and Graphics. Then search for words relating to the story icon you want to feature and then add your desired image.
Keep the icons centred and quite small as when you upload to your featured story you can zoom to fit the space.
Once you’re happy with the first page, simply copy that page and change the icon. You can also change the background colour if you have a few brand colours you want to feature. Keep repeating this until you have all the icons you need. Then download the image files and send them to your phone.
If you already have featured stories you can go into the story and select ‘Edit Cover’ and upload the image straight to the cover without having to upload it to your story. If you haven’t got featured stories set up yet, then you will need to upload the images to your story first. Then you can click ‘New’ to create a new featured story and select the image you want to be the cover. Rinse and repeat until all your desired icons are set up.
To watch this process in action check out my YouTube video at the end of this post. Now let’s move into the content you actually share in your stories.
How to create beautiful Instagram stories: Story Templates
The best thing about Canva is their huge range of templates. So even if you haven’t got a designer’s bone in your body, you’ll be alright! Trust me, I am no designer, but thanks to Canva’s great range of templates I am able to create beautiful stories that are right on brand.
Simply choose the ‘Instagram Story’ design again. And then choose from the wide range of templates available.
You can edit any elements you want – images, text, colours, shapes etc. And you can also add and move things around so in the end you have a fresh design that’s completely yours.
To watch this process in action check out my YouTube video at the end of this post. Now let’s talk about animation.
How to create beautiful Instagram stories: Animated Stories
After all, Instagram is all about video these days. But let’s face it, sometimes video content isn’t as easy as snapping a pic and adding some text. So if you can at least animate your templates this is a great way to still add some fun to your stories.
And it’s so easy to do thanks to Canva 2.0’s cool new features. Simply create any template as per the previous step then when you go to download, select the animate option.
You can choose from different types of animation and preview before you download. Once downloaded you will have an mp4 file you can upload straight to Canva.
To see all of this in action check out my YouTube video below.
Want more tips on getting the most out of your Instagram account? Check out my 5 must have tools to improve your Insta-game – https://aussieadventuress.com/2018/10/02/5-must-have-tools-to-improve-your-business-instagram/
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