Canva Tutorial How To Create Quote Cards For Instagram
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Hi, I’m Jeanne Willson. And believe it or not many moons ago I went to college for marketing. It was even before social media, if I can dig myself just a little bit and I’m still working in marketing because I love it so much. I so enjoyed teaching and helping our clients learn how to use amazing tools that are out there, including Canva and including Instagram, and you can even use this video if you’d like to use it to train your VA on how to create Amazing Instagram quotes in Canva.
If you’re ready to become a rock star on Instagram, let’s get started.
Okay, so here we are in Canva. If you don’t already have a Canva account, just go to canva.com. And
you can sign up for a free account. There are some really nice features on the pro account the paid version, which I’ll show you as we go along. But it’s not necessary for what I’m going to show you today.
So the first thing we’re going to do is go up here and click on Create a design. And if it didn’t already come up, you know, you could just type in, we’re going to do an insert, if I can spell it properly, Instagram post. So those are all the different things that you can do that come up.
We’re going to click on an Instagram post and the beauty of this is that it automatically sizes it to the correct size that we want for an Instagram post. So that’s really nice.
Now up here is where you can name this And you can see up here on the left says all changes saved. So obviously on the right hand side, this is our canvas that we’re going to use to create what we want to create. And then up here on the left hand side, this is great. This is, you’re in the templates tab. And this just gives you a ton of different options for different types of posts that you can create.
So they’ve already got these templates in here. And if you put your cursor over them and you see free, that means they’re absolutely free. And then you can see this little triangle in the corner. Some of them are actually animated, which I’ll show you how to do in just a minute. If you had a particular topic that you wanted to see if they already had some pre-made ones, you could just type that in up here in the search. But otherwise, you know, if
you find one, it’s probably best to find one that was.
You know how to kind of a layout that you liked. Because you know, then you’ve already got a few elements started and but we can change all the elements, I’m going to show you how to do that. So we’re going to pick a really, really simple one, because it’s gonna be for a quote card. So this is the one that I’ve selected. And if I click on this, because I want to make some changes here, you can see there’s a dotted line around the square. And what that means is that there are a bunch of different elements that are grouped together. So I want you to think about this template as a bunch of different elements that are layered. They’re all on top of each other. So if I click on this, and then I g
o up here to the three dots, and I hit ungroup. Now you can see the quote is an element.
The white background is an element. The two texts are different elements. So I’m going to click away. And now I can click on each element separately. So This element I know, these colors are not our branded colors. So I want to change that first of all. So I’m going to go up here and click color. And one of the nice things about the upgraded version is that it has this section you can see here with a little crown and it automatically pulls up our brand colors because there’s a section in here we set that up in. So that is a nice feature for the upgraded version, but you know, not necessary. So I’m going to change this to a dark purple.
Now I’m going to go ahead and change one of the backgrounds. So when I click here, this is this background I can see because if I just select, you know, left click my mouse and I drag it around, I can move it where I want to. And I can also drag the corners and make it smaller. We’re going to not change it too much.
But what I do want to change on this one is I want to change the color. So I’m going to click here and go to one of our lighter colors. And then I’m going to click the background because the background is actually just slightly tinted and change that to one of our other colors. So now this is, is a little bit more, make that a little bit bigger again, it’s a little more branded to our business and I like that.
The next thing I want to do here is I click on the text, and I’ve created a document that has some nice quotes that I want to use. So we’re going to do this first one, inaction breeds doubt and fear action breeds confidence and courage. So I’m gonna copy that. And then I’m gonna highlight the text, and I’m gonna paste it in there.
Now, I can see here that first of all, it’s not the font that we normally use for our brand, some highlighted again, I’m gonna change the font up here. Now another nice thing that Canva does, the upgraded version of Canva does is that it puts your branded fonts at the top. Otherwise you either have to type in the name or you scroll, it’s all alphabetical. So that’s a really nice feature. Now I’m also going to change the size. I think it can be bigger than that and still fit nicely. Now if I wanted to change the size, you can just grab the sides and then if you want to move the box you have to go over and get the crosshairs and then you can move the whole box. So like in that you can click out of it so it looks like I could even make that a little bit bigger but I’m okay with that.
And now I’m going to put the author who is Dale Carnegie and paste that there. Then I’m going to change the color of the text because this is brown, which went with the colors that were used on here. But now we’ve changed the color. So I want to make that fit even better. I’m gonna make that a little bit bigger too. So it can, it’s more legible. Now, if I wanted to change this, which I do, I want to change the font. If I wanted to use this font, which is as you can see a little bit scripty, I would call it there’s probably not a word but it’s a you know, it’s very design heavy. So first of all, I can see that it’s very difficult to read because it’s all capitals. So I’m gonna retype it. I wonder if it’s set up to all caps. So if I go up here, it was already set to all caps. So I go up here, and I click here. Which allows me to go from capitals to, you know, small and large Letters.
That’s right, it’s car and eg IE. And so because it’s that scripty font, I want to make it bigger so it’s easier to read. And one of the other things that you can do if it were spaced too close together, you can make it larger. You can spread it out a little bit. And when you’re using one of these fancy fonts, that’s usually a good good idea car and e.g. ieca are in each year. So, so yeah, so I like how that looks. So the next thing I would do if I’m happy with this, and I’m done, I can click download. And you’re going to want to download this as a PNG that’s a really nice, small file size. But it gives you all the color that you’d like. One of the nice things with the upgraded version is you also have this option to do a transparent background. So if you were creating an image that was maybe a circle, and you didn’t want the white background, you just wanted it to show the circle. You could click on that and it wouldn’t, the background would be transparent. And that’s a really nice feature with the upgraded version.
So then all you need to do is click download, save it where you want to save it and upload it to Instagram and add your hashtags and your copy and you’re good to go. Now I’m going to show you something else that you can do with this that’s really kind of fun. You can click on animate, and you can click on block or fade or tumble. You can take a graphic like this And make it really fun and interesting and kind of crazy.
So if we wanted to do that, we can go ahead and click download, and it automatically selects that you want to download it as a video. Now, if you didn’t want the animation but you still wanted the image, you can just change that PNG. But we could go ahead and download that as an mp4 video file and upload that toInstagram, which is really, really fun. And you can use that anytime you can use that in Instagram stories as well. So let’s go ahead and create a new design. And we’re going to create an Instagram post. So we’ll do one more together just so you can see a few different things. So I’m going to click on this one now this one’s already animated, which is kind of fun. So you can click there and just see how you knew the hearts kind of disappear and reappear and the faces move and stuff. So that’s really, really fun. So we’re going to change this text into one of our quotes. So I’m going to click on this and you can see that it has the dotted lines around it. So we’re going to go up here and hit ungroup. And then the background color on this, I’m gonna see if I change this to our purple. Yeah, that still works. And then I’m going to get rid of this text box just so I can show you how to do your own text box from scratch.
But here you can see that this is actually text on top of a box. So you can just delete those individually. So now we just have our text. So I’m gonna go over here to quotes again, or do Eleanor Roosevelt. With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. And then we’re going to put it in there. I want to move that down a little bit, because I’m also going to change it to our font or branded fonts. And then we change the size. Make it bigger, and then drag the side out. So I wanted to stretch out a little bit more return here. So if you’re feeling good and feeling like this is something that you can do I want you to type in the comments below the word Yes, because I’m excited for you that you’ve learned this and you can also go up here to effects and you can change You know, you can add some shadow or some that’s probably a little hard to see. You can make the text hollow or spliceit or echo.
So you know, don’t be afraid to click on some of these buttons at the top to try some new things out because you can always hit undo up here and it will undo whatever you’ve just done. So now we want to add another element, which is going to be text. And we’re going to add, we’ll just add a regular sans source Pro, but we’re going to need to make this bigger and we’re going to need to move it down and we’ll go over here and copy on a Roosevelt’s name. So I’ll just spell it again. Paste that there. And then I think I might make this a script font.
But again, you can see See, it looks, it’s so much smaller when it’s that fancy font, and it also is very smushed together. So we’re going to click on it and go up here and make the letter spacing bigger. And if you had two different lines and you wanted to give that a little space as well, you could use the line height here, but since this is the only online we’ll just need that and then maybe we’ll make that just a little bit bigger. So then we can play it. See how that looks? Yep, I think that’s cool.
Okay, so again, download as an mp4, download, save it to your computer, to your laptop to your desktop to your phone, and then go ahead and upload that to Instagram. Again, there’s lots of different elements over here on the left hand side that you can add to any of your designs. You want some ice cream in there, you can type in something that you were specifically looking for a shape. There’s some really fun stickers here that you can go through and add them and especially an Instagram, you know we add all those fun things.
So feel free to play around and get creative and start creating some fantastic Instagram quote cards in Canva. My business really took off when I started outsourcing and we have some fantastic people who work for us. I even have a virtual assistant who handles a lot of my social media.
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