For some time now you have been looking for original solutions to customize your posts on Instagram and make them more imaginative: you’ve heard your friends talk a lot about Canva , a simple and intuitive app that allows you to design and publish various kinds of graphic projects online, and you think it can answer perfectly to your needs.
Not being very familiar with these things, however, before publishing the next Instagram story on the famous social network for sharing photos and videos, you would like to be sure that you have made it properly by taking full advantage of the features made available by this powerful tool. Well, today is your lucky day! This tutorial, in fact, is specifically designed to show you how to use Canva for Instagram , focusing your attention on post and story editing procedures and on how to publish them in your profile.
How do you say? Does this intrigue you a lot and you can’t wait to propose your content through this tool? Perfect! Just take a few minutes to read the next few paragraphs and you will soon be able to draw on different creative and fun models that will stimulate your imagination even more. At this point, all I have to do is wish you good reading and have fun!
How to use Canva for Instagram from the app
If you want to use Canva for your posts or stories on Instagram, you should know that there is a very handy mobile version that will allow you to access to a wide range of content and features, but also to upload images already present in the gallery of your smartphone.
You will also be pleased to know that the platform allows you to subscribe free to your services and thus access numerous models pre-set graphics and simple and intuitive editing functions. However, you can also consider the possibility of upgrading to Canva Pro at a cost of 11.99 euros per month or 107.99 euros per year (also taking advantage of a two-week free trial ) to take advantage of exclusive content and advanced features dedicated to premium subscribers.
Before showing you how to use Canva for Instagram from the app , I suggest you proceed with its download : it is available for both Android devices (check also on alternative stores if you do not have Google services on your device) and iOS / iPadOS.
To install Canva, simply connect to the links mentioned above and do tap on the Install / Get item (if you have an iPhone / iPad you may be asked to verify your identity via Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password ) e wait for your device to do the rest. When finished, press the relevant icon on your display to start the app, then, from the home screen, choose whether to sign up with the Google , Facebook or Apple services (only on iPhone / iPad), by pressing the relevant buttons (you will be sent back to the relevant authentication form), or register with your email .
In the latter case, you have to press on the first field at the top, type in your e-mail address and then press the button below: Sign up with email address. On the next screen, you just need to enter the password in the field of the same name and press the Start now button, it’s free . You will be sent a code to the email address indicated that you must enter in the appropriate field proposed in the next step, thus confirming the operation using the Done item.
You are now in the app’s Home screen. To start the first project you have to press the (+) symbol, at the bottom right: you will be offered different formats, including some dedicated to Instagram and easily recognizable by the presence of its famous logo. For example, choose the Instagram Post or Instagram Story mode by clicking on the relevant wording.
In the following screen you can choose the type of item to be included in the post or story by acting on the various items in the menu below. The first section shown is that relating to Models and allows you to immediately view preset tracks, divided by theme, easily selectable. You can also use the search form , at the top, to find content associated with a keyword and press the See all button to expand the choice of a specific topic .
If, instead of using a template, you want to upload multimedia content from your smartphone, click on Upload , again from the bottom menu, then press the Load multimedia content button: you will be redirected to a screen where you can browse the different types of files on your mobile phone.
Once the content to be loaded has been identified, press it twice to import it: in this way you will be returned to the previous screen which will show the preview of the same cataloged for type (images, audio, video).
With a further tap on the aforementioned element, therefore, you can add it to the editing screen and take advantage of different editing tools that vary according to the genre of content: to change the size of a photograph, for example, you will notice the presence of some anchor points that delimit the image itself and that allow, by touching them, to zoom in or out the content within the frame.
You can also add effects , apply a filter , flip or cut an image, insert an animation , adjust
I showed you how to insert multimedia contents, but you should know that for photos you can also use the Gallery feature: in this case you will be asked for permission to access your multimedia contents and you will have to press Allow to continue, then choose the image to import.
Whenever you want to add content to the post from the editing screen, you will have to press the (+) button, at the bottom left, and press the item you are interested in: in the Elements , for example, you can choose from many graphics , backgrounds , lines , shapes, photos , video , frames and so on, which you can insert in the same way as for the previous contents.
If you also want to post a phrase or a thought , instead, presses the Text item: in the following screen, enter a header , a subtitle or the body of the text by pressing the relative buttons, or choose from the predefined templates proposed in the section below.
In all cases, the new element text will be inserted in the center of the project and you can easily position it with a movement of the finger. By double-tapping the text, on the other hand, you can edit it thanks to the keypad functionality, or change its font , size or color using the tools below.
Not satisfied and want to apply other types of content? By swiping your finger to the left in the bottom menu, you can discover new items, for example to tap into a rich gallery of Wallpapers . The last menu item, called Other , finally allows you to interact with other applications such as Google Maps , Google Drive , Dropbox , YouTube , just to cite a few examples and thus connect to the relevant profiles to access any content therein.
If you want to see a preview of your post or story, just press the ▶ ︎ button, at the top right, while for publication on Instagram you will have to press the last button (it has the symbol of an arrow coming out of a box) and select the item Instagram post or Personal Instagram / Instagram Business , depending on your preference.
In the following screen, click on Continue , then wait for the project to be processed, which will be exported directly to the Instagram app: from here you can then proceed with its publication using the features made available by famous social network.
How to use Canva for Instagram from PC
Canva also offers a handy application for computers , compatible with computers with an operating system Windows and macOS, through which you can compose your own graphic projects using advanced editing features.
Also in this case it is a software that, in the basic version, allows you to access 250,000 templates , 100 types of projects , a vast catalog of photos and graphics and 5 GB of space cloud for archiving. If, however, you feel you have more professional needs for use, you can subscribe to a Pro subscription at a cost of 109.99 euros per person per year , which greatly expands the offer: with this version you can get, for example, 75 million images , 420,000 models , 100 GB of cloud storage space and possibility to plan contents on 8 social platforms . The Impresa package, on the other hand, created specifically for brands, costs 27 euros per month per person and provides advanced features for work teams and for a greater graphic customization.
If, therefore, you want to learn how to use Canva for Instagram from PC , first you need to install the program: to do it, connect to this page and press the Download the app item from the bottom menu, under the Products item, then, in the next window, press the Start download
Once the download is complete, if you have a computer with Windows , double-click on .exe file obtained and wait for the installation procedure to complete. If you have a Mac , on the other hand, open the .dmg file obtained and, from the window that opens, drag the Canva icon into the Applications folder.
Once the program has started, choose whether to register by pressing the Google buttons > or Facebook , which will redirect you to the relevant authentication form (at the end you will have to click on the Open Canva button from the appropriate browser pop-up), or create a new account with an email address , by clicking on the first field at the top and typing in your email address, then completing the operation using the button below: Sign up with your email address .
In the latter case, in the following screen you only need to enter the password in the homonymous field and press the
You are now in the Home screen of the program: to start press the button Create a project , top right, and choose the Instagram post or Instagram story option. You will be sent back to the content composition screen, in which you will find (on the left) the function bar and on its right the content library, while on the central part you will see the frame of 1080 x 1080 pixel , within which you can compose your post.
The left bar allows you to select various types of elements: if, for example, you want to refer to a preset template, press the Templates button and, from the panel to its right, choose the one that inspires you the most.
You can also search for a specific theme by typing the keyword on the search form above and clicking on the results proposed in the menu that appears below to load the associated contents. To view all the templates related to a specific topic, just click on the See all button.
To import automatically the content in the compose screen on the right, simply click on it. In the same way you can apply the Elements (frames, graphics, lines or preset shapes, for example), or a Background or a Style , by pressing the appropriate buttons in the aforementioned vertical bar on the left.
If, on the other hand, you want to upload a file from your computer (image, audio or video), press the Upload button and, in the side panel, press the
As regards any writings, however, there is also the Text function: pressing on it will open a window that allows you to add a header , a subtitle or body text , or choose a preset character set. Once the text has been added you can easily edit it by double clicking inside the box.
All elements added in the post are selectable and further editable through the functions proposed in the toolbar at the top, which varies according to the type of content loaded. For images, for example, you will find features such as Effects , Filter , Adjust , Trim , Flip , Animation . If, for example, you want to add an animation to a text, press on the textual element within the post or story, then press the Animation item at the top and choose the one you think is most suitable from the appropriate left panel: contextually applied to the content.
If you wish to add a page, click on the button below Add page and another frame will be created at the bottom that you can compose in the same way as described above.
As soon as you are satisfied with the result, click on the three dots at the top right and choose whether to download the content to your computer using the Download button or, for example, use the personal Instagram mode. The latter allows, by framing a QR code, to install the app version on your mobile device and synchronize all the projects created, which you can then publish on your Instagram profile (see previous chapter for mobile publishing instructions).
How to use Canva for Instagram online
If you prefer not to install anything on your computer or mobile device, you should know that Canva offers the same features and resources illustrated in the previous chapters also on a special Web platform that can be easily reached by connecting to this link.
To register and start creating your graphic projects, then, all you have to do is press the Create an account button and choose your preferred registration method. From this point on, the operations to be performed are the same as for the PC version: the user interface, in fact, is completely identical to that for computers, therefore, if you want to understand how to use Canva for Instagram online , you can easily refer to the instructions provided in this chapter.
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