Adding covers to Instagram Stories highlights helps you organize the stories pinned to your profile. In addition to giving a more beautiful look to highlights, custom icons are used to identify the content of each set of posts. You can find ready-made cover templates for stories on sites like Pinterest and Tumblr. Users who want to venture into creating fully customized templates can use free online tools like Canva or specialized applications to create highlight covers. Check out the following list of seven ways to find images to illustrate Instagram stories.
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The most practical way to find covers for stories is by searching for keywords like “story highlights” and “Instagram highlights” on Pinterest. The social network catalogs several packages that bring together icons with the same visual pattern, making life easier for those who want to standardize the style of the arts. With the platform application, you can download the models directly on your phone and import them on Instagram. If you are looking for exclusivity, however, Pinterest is not the best option: with the popularity of the social network, it is very likely that the icons available there will be used in many profiles on Instagram.
2. Use the Highlight Cover Maker app
Adding icons with the History Cover Maker – Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora
Highlight Cover Maker is an Android application that allows you to create custom highlight covers from editable templates. With a simple and intuitive interface, the app offers a wide variety of backgrounds, icons and text fonts to help users craft exclusive artwork. At the end of the process, the template can be saved in the cell phone photo library and imported into Instagram.
3. Follow design profiles on Tumblr
Tumblr pages dedicated to graphic arts provide covers for Instagram Stories – Photo: Filipe Garret / dnetc
Profiles dedicated to graphic arts and design on Tumblr can serve as a source of covers for stories. It is common for this type of account to disclose or even make icons available for use in Instagram highlights. If you are not a frequent user of Tumblr, it will be easier to search for keywords like «instagram highlights» in the search bar. Although it is a valid alternative to find new models, the social network is disappointing in terms of variety, especially when compared to Pinterest.
4. Create custom templates in Canva
Create personalized covers for stories with Canva – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
Considered one of the best online editors to create design pieces, Canva is another tool that can help make covers for personalized highlights. The process is simple: in the browser version of the service, just type «Instagram Story» in the search bar and select the first displayed result. A blank document of size 1080×1920 will open. From then on, everything is up to the user’s creativity: it is possible to define colors or background textures, add icons, emojis and insert stylized texts. Some elements, however, are only available in the version premium from Canva.
5. Customize templates in Adobe Spark
Adobe Sparks is an alternative to create covers for Instagram Stories highlights – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
Aimed at users who do not master advanced editing tools like Photoshop, Adobe Spark allows the creation of graphic pieces with simple steps and is another option for those looking for covers for highlights. The online platform, which also has an iPhone app, has templates ready for slideshows, invitations, brochures and posts for social networks, including Instagram – feed and stories.
The operation is similar to Canva: search for «Instagram stories» in the Adobe Spark search bar for your browser, choose a template and personalize it with the addition of icons, photos and text. Then, download the template in PNG format and send it to your cell phone. In its free version, Adobe Spark leaves a small watermark in the lower right corner of all the pieces, which is not necessarily a problem, since the image will be cropped in the highlights.
PicsArt provides editing tools for templates – Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc
Famous for providing professional editing tools, PicsArt also caters to users looking for affordable alternatives to create covers for stories. Available for Android and iPhone (iOS), the app features a library with thousands of icons, a factor that sets it apart from the rest. To create a new project, just choose a background from the application library, cut out the image in the «History» format and add stickers that represent the subject you want to highlight in the stories. Although the variety of background pattern options impress, most backgrounds are restricted to the premium version of PicsArt. Still, it is possible to import images from the mobile gallery.
7. Download icons from Flaticon
Download various icons at Flaticon – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
FlatIcon is a website that offers thousands of icons for free to download. The tool is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to create exclusive covers for highlights on Instagram Stories. It is important to search for keywords always in English, so that the search returns with as many results as possible. When you find the icon that best represents the subject of your highlight, just hover over it, click on the three dots and select «Download PNG».
To create the personalized art, it will be necessary to import the icon over an image of size 1080 x 1920 in editors such as Photoshop, in which it will be possible to make more advanced adjustments, or even in applications such as PicsArt, which allows you to make collages in the same document.
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