Something that you will notice when you visit the profiles of the ,best Instagram fitness models, or influencers is their outstanding highlight covers for their Instagram stories. And we will give you tips on how to make Instagram highlight covers look amazing.

What Are Instagram Highlight Covers

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An Instagram story highlight cover is the first thing people see when they look at your collection of highlights of your stories. They are found right under your bio on your Instagram profile where you can have a collection of your stories and put them into different groups according to themes. Many influencers have them with titles such as “workout”, “travel”, “food” etc. as a way for their users to easily find their past stories for ideas or inspirations. Or it can just be a way to hold on to the stories for a lot longer.

Why Use Them

Social media is all about branding if you are using it for SEO and marketing purposes. Bloggers, marketers, and influencers know that first impressions are everything. That is where a good-looking, as well as the polished cover image for your Insta story highlights, come in. When one sees your highlights collection they should know what it is all about just by looking at it. Plus, it adds more professionalism to your Instagram account by having covers that look as if they are made by graphic design artists.

And, it can also tie your profile together in terms of theme. You can also ,draw attention to your best posts by putting them in groups with outstanding highlight icons. Much like ,bookmarking posts that you like except it is public and it is only the posts that were on your stories. This also includes posts that you shared from other users. Luckily, you can do it yourself regardless if you are on an Android or iPhone. And we will tell you everything you need to know to make great custom Instagram highlight covers. Without breaking the bank.

This can also be a great way to get your own graphic design practice, experience. Or, even just learn a new skill.

How To Make New Highlights on Instagram

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make Highlights if you have not done it before. First, you would have to log into your Instagram account and go to your profile. You can do this by tapping your profile picture in the bottom right corner of your screen. Then you are on your account and under your bio you will see a big plus sign in a circle. This is under the “Story Highlights” section. Where, as you guessed it, all your highlights will go. You press the circled plus sign. This will take you to all your Instagram posts that you made into stories, as well as just plain stories that were never on your feed.

Starting from your most recent Instagram story at the bottom of the screen, all the way up to the first one that you posted. It is here that you pick all the posts that you want to put into one group. Press “Next” in the top right corner, and you will be taken to a screen where you can name your collection. As well as “Edit Cover” aka change the cover photo of the highlight collection. If you have an image that suits your highlight group already in the group, then you can pick it. You can do this by pressing “Edit Cover” and then scrolling through your posts to find that image. All you have to do is then resize it to fit the circle, and you are good to go.

How To Edit Covers

While the Instagram app lets you choose your own cover, it is always better to make them yourself. This is because it can be more professional to your brand, by using your brand colors. As well as adding to the theme of your profile, as we have mentioned before. One of the most used apps when it comes to doing easy graphic design is the Canva app. Canva offers premade cover designs that you can tune to suit your brand’s style. Plus, it is free and easy to use.

You can create a free account on ,canva.com. This will take you to its homepage where you click on “Create a design” and then choose “+Custom dimensions” at the bottom. The dimension of your cover icons must be at a 9:16 ratio, aka 1080 pixels width by 1920 pixels height to be on the safe side. It is here that you can choose from their templates that you can change and edit to suit your own flow. You can also choose from their large collection of elements that you can resize. We would suggest that you start with the “Instagram Story Highlight Cover” since this is easier to work with and can be more accurate to the size you need for your cover.

And it is easy to change the background- color for your cover. You just press on it and go to the top left corner where there is a block of color. Press on it and you can change the color to the one you want/ need. Furthermore, if you want to change the text, double-click on the text, and type something else. Plus, you can change the font and color as well. However, to change the text color you would have to click on the “A” with a color line under it. When you are done with the design and are happy with it, you press “Download” in the top right corner and it will be saved as a PNG on your computer.

Upload Your Design

One of the best features of using Canvas is that you can upload your own image or design. As long as it is in a PNG format. You do this simply by clicking on “Upload Media” and choosing where your image is. The options are Instagram, Dropbox, Facebook, and Google Drive. However, your accounts have to be connected to the Canvas site. You can also opt for the option to upload from your PC/ Mac or to drag and drop the image you want to use. Designing your own image can be a bit of work but it can be done. Furthermore, there are many types of photo editing programs out there that you can use to create your branded image icon covers.

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There are plenty of tutorials online to show how it is done, even ,Photoshop would be a great option to use. However, make sure that you save your final image as a PNG, and that you use the dimensions 1080 pixels width by 1920 pixels height. There are also a variety of free icons you can use as your new covers. But, we would suggest making your own or using your own photos for the covers. You want to stand out while being true to your image. Once you have uploaded your design to Canvas you can then resize it, move it around, add text, etc. Then when you are happy with it you can download it to your PC.

Likewise, you can use Photoshop or any other photo/image editing software to make your own outside of Canvas. If you are working on your phone to make the cover images then you can save them to your gallery. However, if you are working on a computer, which we would suggest you do for Canvas and Photoshop since it is a touch easier, then you can send the image to your email. Or save it to your phone. Either way, make sure it is in your gallery on your phone.

How To Add Them

When you have the cover you want, emojis included if need be, you can add it to your highlights. To add a new Instagram highlight you would have to make the group first by picking the posts that will go in it. This is done through the Insta app. Then you press “Edit Cover” and instead of scrolling through your posts in the group, you press on the icon that looks like a vector of a landscape. This will take you to your photo gallery on your phone where you can pick the image you want to use. Press “Done” and it is ready.

To add a cover to an existing highlight, then you hold on to the highlight and a pop-up menu will rise. Choose “Edit Highlight” and it is here that you can change the name of your highlight group. As well as the cover picture. Press “Edit Cover” and then pick the landscape vector-looking icon. For both new and existing highlight covers, you can then choose where you put your design, between your gallery or camera roll, and press on it. You can play around with the sizing to make it fit better or to add more style like a border. However, it does not seem that you can add a filter to the cover image. Therefore, keep that in mind when choosing or creating your cover. When you are happy with the placement, press the “Done” word in the top right corner.

There you go, your cover image for your highlight has been updated. Just to let you know that you do not have to add your cover to your stories to make it a part of the highlight group. It can be separate.If you want to delete the group then you hold on to the group till the pop-up menu pops up. Then you choose the “Delete Highlight” tab and it is gone. However, your old posts that were in that group that you erased are still in your old posts. You can still find them there. However, you will not find your cover.

Advice For Making Instagram Highlight Covers

Here are a ,few tips to help make your covers stand out so that your followers and potential new ones can see what your brand is all about. The first is to make the covers suit your brand in terms of style and voice. This is something that we have mentioned throughout and it is very important. It is the whole reason that you are making or picking covers in the first place. Also, stick to a look, as well as be clear and precise with the image. For example, if you are making the cover and your highlight group is food, then make the design food-related, not a picture of a dog. This will mix up the messaging.

Therefore, make or choose the images that will get the message of the group across straight away. You can also make sure that each highlight group cover has a different color background to make them different from each other. Organize your highlight groups. This is so that you do not have too many at the top of your profile. Picking the relative groups, and more tailored to your brand can make the whole thing feel a lot less overwhelming. You would not want your followers to have too many posts that they get lost or bored with.

Another piece of advice would be to keep the design or image of the cover simple. You do not want too much going on since it can feel crowded. If it takes you a while to figure out what the image is, then it is not a very good cover. In this case, less is more. Make it simple so it gets across the point of the highlight group at first, short, glance.

Rounding Off

Adding an Instagram highlight cover is very easy to do. Just press the landscape vector icon and choose your image. Likewise, you can choose from the posts that are already in your highlight group. However, if you want to make your own cover, you can use and play around with Canvas as well as other types of sites such as ,shutterstock.com. But, make sure they are safe. As well as free. If you want to be more into the design of the covers then you should go for programs that let you create images from scratch. There are a lot of tutorials to show how it is done.

This can help make your covers more unique, personal as well as suit your branding a lot more. But, make sure that you stick to the dimensions of 1080 pixels width by 1920 pixels height. Plus, save it in PNG. Keep to the style of your brand, and have fun creating the covers. That is the best part, as well as learning a new skill.

Make sure that the covers are related to the highlight groups as well as stick to the voice of your brand.

Also, do not overdo it with the highlight groups. Create ones that are focused and related to your brand so as not to overwhelm your followers. Hopefully, this article has shed some light on the world of Instagram highlight covers. If you want to read more then check out how you can ,clear your Instagram search history to feel fresh.