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How to Create Amazing Instagram Posts in Canva

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Gone are the days when we needed to hire a graphic designer to create a beautiful flyer, banner or logo. With software solutions like Canva, Adobe Spark, and Desygner, one can create engaging social media posts on the go. Among them, Canva leads the popularity charts with thousands of templates tailored to your needs. For example, you can create great Instagram posts in Canva to woo followers using the built-in Instagram templates. Here’s how to do it.

Over the years, Canva has been well-known in the design community. That’s largely thanks to the number of templates available in the software. The template experience is at the heart of the Canva software and we highly recommend that you start using it to create beautiful Instagram posts.

Choose a Template

First, we will select the relevant template to start the design process. Canva has over 100k+ templates. This can be overwhelming for new users out there. Fortunately, the company has neatly divided the templates into relevant categories for the convenience of end users.

Step 1: Open Canva on the desktop.

Step 2: Sign in using your account credentials and browse the Canva homepage.

Step 3: Hover over the Templates section at the top and you’ll find Social Media templates.

Step 4: Select Instagram Posts under the Social Media header.

As you can see from the screenshot below, there are over 38k+ Instagram templates to choose from in Canva. Luckily, the company has neatly divided them into different categories.

For this post, we will be creating a Sales banner to use on Instagram.

Step 5: Select Sale.

Step 6: You’ll see hundreds of Sales templates for making changes in Canva.

Based on your brand or product, you can choose a relevant Instagram template. For example, Instagram posts related to selling beauty products can choose a template with a pink theme. You can also choose from a variety of fashion sale templates.

Hover your mouse cursor over a template and you’ll see which templates are free to use and which ones require a Canva Pro subscription.

Step 7: Select the template of your choice and you will see all the relevant details such as the original builder, customization options, mobile compatibility and much more.

Step 8: Select Customize this template and Canva will take you to the editing interface.

One can also create Instagram posts from scratch. But that defeats the purpose of using software like Canva. This is time consuming and requires knowledge of color, contrast, fonts, image selection, and more.

Normal users might find it quite difficult to create stunning Instagram posts in Canva. So it’s better to stick with templates.

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Edit Template Instagram

Now that you’ve selected the relevant template to edit in Canva, it’s time to edit it with Canva’s better option relays.

Change Color

Everything in the template is customizable. For example, if the default color theme doesn’t interest you, change to a different one using the color wheel at the top.

Change Image

One can modify the default image in the template as well. Click on the background of the image, and select Delete. You can upload a custom image from your computer or choose from thousands of built-in images.

While you’re at it, try using different filters and effects to add a spark to your Instagram post images.

Implement Logo

Did you know Canva is also ideal for creating brand logos? Yes, one can easily create a professional-looking logo in Canva in minutes.

If you’ve already created one, I highly recommend adding it to an Instagram post. This will create and further enhance your brand value.

Change the Text

You want to remove the default captions from the Instagram template and add your own. First, click on the text and delete it. Then, add a new text style from the left sidebar. For text customization, one can change text color, style, size and more.

Play with Animation

This is one of our favorites of the bunch. Canva lets you apply different animation styles to your Instagram posts. It matches the whole appeal of your Instagram post. Add an animation effect of your choice, and your post is ready to go.

Export Instagram Posts

Finished making changes to your Instagram post in Canva? It’s ready for export now. Click the Download button at the top and select an export option.

If you’ve added animations, Canva will suggest exporting your post in MP4 format. You can export Instagram posts as GIFs or use the normal PNG or JPG image formats.

Create Beautiful Instagram Posts in Canva

You can also use the Canva mobile app to create Instagram posts, but the whole experience is best served on the web. Mobile apps are great for making minor edits.

Have you created an Instagram post on Canva? Show your creativity in the comments below.

Last updated on August 6, 2021
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