How to Make Your Instagram Highlights Stand Out!

I’ve recently been loving the pretty Instagram highlights covers that a lot of people have on their profile pages now. I wanted to have a go at creating my own without downloading costly apps or paying for doodles! Here’s what I created!

I created these simple but pretty icons within half an hour and while feeding Harry in the middle of the night! That’s how easy they were to create!

I love how they pull my profile together and I can create different moods depending on the colours I use too!

I was so pleased with them that I wanted to share how easy they were to make for anyone else who, like me, loves the look but is a bit overwhelmed at the thought of creating them!

I created these using the PicMonkey app on my iPhone which you can download for free. I’ve used PicMonkey on my MacBook for years too. There’s a basic plan or you can pay to upgrade to Pro for more features. I’ve had both but created these using the basic plan which is free.

This is what the app looks like in the app store.

And once you’ve downloaded the app and opened it, this is what you should see.

The top section that says stickers here will swipe and change but the rest of it should look the same.

I had specific background colours I wanted to use and had screenshots of them so I worked with the edit a photo selection (click edit a photo and choose your photo). If you don’t have a photo background and want to start from fresh then click blank canvas and your screen will look like this. If you choose background it’ll bring up a huge selection of colours and the option to change to opacity too.

Which ever way you get to it, edit a photo or blank canvas, you’ll end up here, with the editing options to choose from at the bottom.

If you swipe through the editing options you’ll see ‘graphics’ and a little pac man ghost emoji near the end. Choose that.

You’ll get this screen where you can scroll across to choose a section and then swipe up and down each section for all the icons available.

The little circles I have are in BASIC. Scroll to that and press the one you want. You then get the option to resize. A bit of trial and error here to get the circle the right size for the highlight cover circle! When you’re happy press the tick and if you change your mind after you’ve pressed the tick then go back into graphics and press on the image you chose then scroll to the right and you’ll see the delete bin. If you delete then scroll back to the left side and click add with the ghost emoji. and you’re back to where you started.

So let’s say you’ve added a circle and now you want an icon in the centre. Press graphics again and add then scroll along the bottom again to choose an icon. The paw print I have for one of mine is in Social, insta story highlights. You can change the colours of most of the icons, the paw print for instance is made up of three colours, a green background, a white paw print with a black outline. I made the green background transparent and changed the black outlines to grey. You just have to press the icon you chose and the colours will pop up at the bottom.

Here’s my finished highlights cover!

Just press save, camera roll and then head on over to your instagram to upload it.

In Instagram press the highlight button you want to add a cover to, then in the bottom right of the screen press the three dots … with the word more underneath. up pops some options, choose edit highlight, then edit cover, choose your new icon from your camera roll and hit done!

Hey Presto!

I hope you love creating new highlights covers!

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