How to make Beautiful featured stories covers for Instagram

A few days back, I wanted to make some featured stories covers on Instagram, and I didn’t know how to. And I came across this advert on Facebook, where someone was selling the featured stories cover templates for about 20 dollars and I thought to myself “Wow! This person is selling these templates for 20 dollars, how much time did these take?” and going by minimum wage rates, seems like they spent 1-2 hours on it, depending on which country they are in.

Then I told myself, let’s give these a try, they shouldn’t be that difficult to make, and if someone else can make them, so can I, even if it takes me a little longer.

But guess how much time it took me?

5 minutes.

I am not kidding.

All it takes is 5 minutes, so if you are looking for story covers, follow the steps below.

STEP 1: Create a free account on Canva.com and loginto your account.

STEP 2: Once you log-in, the home page of your canva account looks something like below. Select Pinterest cover from Designs, the second one that you see in the picture below.

Step 3: Once you select the pinterest graphic, the window as displayed below opens up. From the menu on left, select elements.

In elements, type square in the search bar and select the second square that you see.

Now drag and extend this square to complete the entire pinterest cover that you are making.

Click on the grey box that you see to select which color you want the box to be.

Once you have selected the color, go back to elements and search for a circle. Choose whichever circle you like and position it in the centre.

Now, again, from the elements, select whatever element you want to make the cover for. Lets say I want to make a highlight cover for “Travel”, then search for travel in the search bar in elements and selct whatever element you like. There are a number of free elements that you can add and also a number of premium paid ones if you want one of them. Select the element and position it in the centre.

You can also play around with the size and color of all these elements. I selected an airplane and I wanted it to be a little smaller and black in color, so I changed it to exactly how I wanted it to be.

I will now go ahead and add text to the cover, by selecting text from the column on the left and selecting a style of text from the options displayed.Again play around with the fonts and font size and positioning of the text and once you are happy with the design, download it in PNG to your desktop. It is that Simple.

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