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Let's get right into it, shall we?
First off, What the hell is a puzzle feed?
A puzzle feed is the latest trend in Instagram feed layouts. It's super tricky at first, but once you nail it you'll get amazing results. It's hard to put into words so here is my puzzle feed all layed out in Preview App.
As you can see it's basically a series of images and patterns that fit like a puzzle. The feed won't look right if you take any of these posts away.
Most of the techniques out there require photoshop. I know not everyone has photoshop, and I know not everyone is super tech savy. So at first i tried using like 3 different apps to create what was something close enough to a puzzle feed. I'll leave a picture below.
While there is literally nothing wrong with this feed, it wasn't really what i had pictured when i thought of puzzle feeds. My other post about how to make a puzzle feed without photoshop literally became my most viewed post OF ALL TIME. So i figured I'd tell you all the updated process, and include some goodies along the way for those of you interested in taking all this a bit further into your own feeds.
This is a tutorial on how to make your puzzle feed in an app/website called Canva.
The apps you'll need:
Grid Maker (or photosplit on iphone)
(Optional) Preview App
Making your feed in Canva
(Some instructions like button presses are for the mobile app! If you're doing it on the computer the button locations will be a little different)
First, you'll want to start by making a new design with custom dimensions. You'll be making a 3240 X 3240 px canvas. This will be big enough for 9 squares of your Instagram feed.
Next, it's all about the creativity. For me personally i went with a more simple look. Colored background, simple geometric shapes, and focusing on negative space. Not every square needs a picture. Remember that you can use textures, designs, words, etc. I picked 3 main colors and went with simple black and white accents. Canva has a ton of free images, graphics, and fonts that you can use to start off. Just press the plus button in the bottom right corner to get started. I get a lot of my images now from the styled stock society. You can use my link to check them out.
As you practice you'll learn how to eyeball each "box" of your feed so you know exactly where to put the images, text, etc. For now get a rough layout, save it with the button on the top right, and put it into grid maker so you can see exactly how it will cut up the squares.
I personally started with the background first, then images, then smaller details like dots or textures. Here are a few more feeds for inspiration.
This is the easiest part. After you get your feed all set up in canva, just save the image by pressing the box in the top right corner, and upload it to the grid maker app. USE. GRID. MAKER. it will NOT distort your image quality like other grid apps!!!!!! TRUST ME. i made this mistake already. (Again, or photosplit on iphone)
It should automatically put you on the 3x3 option but if it doesn't just scroll over and select that. Make sure your selection fits the entire image and boom. Save it. It should make its own little folder with your images.
For added feed planning, put your images into preview app. This super helpful app will let you schedule reminders to post, pre plan your captions, and will help you see what your feed will look like before you upload. It also has a hashtag library.
I know reading a tutorial can be confusing, and just incase you STILL think this whole creation thing is kinda hard without some help, I'm selling my first EVER product for the most affordable price I've ever seen it. I want to help you make the feed you've always wanted with minimal effort on your end. Maintaining a puzzle feed is tricky enough. Why struggle with creation?
I've made a 3 template bundle for the price of one at $9.99 !
When you buy you'll get 3 different templates: bold boss, neutral minimalist, and beach vibes. Each one you can COMPLETELY customize. From fonts, to colors, image placement, background changes, and literally anything else.
Hate the blue i used for Beach Vibes? Change it. Don't like a frame? Delete it. Font not for you? Pick a new one.
I've included a mobile version and a computer version of each template since some drag and drop features are available only to laptop users, and i wanted everyone to have the convenience of designing their feed where they want.
No clue how to use canva ? I've included a basic video tutorial as part of the $15 bundle, as well as what to do once you have the templates! Be sure to read the instructions carefully.
If you've always wanted to have a puzzle feed, now is your chance! It's literally never been easier to get started. This fast growing Instagram trend is not one you wanna miss out on. If you want your feed to stand out without the hassle of taking hours upon hours to learn, click the button below.
Also just a quick thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my journey. It's my greatest pride and joy to be able to inspire and help so many people daily.