Creating covers for Instagram stories and highlights

For ages I’ve been massively admiring other peoples’ instagram pages, especially those with consistent covers on their story highlights, so this week I did some investigation to find out how to do it – so that’s what I’m sharing today.

Let’s start with the results because that’s the fun bit! Here are my two accounts:

Now let’s look at how we get this.

Step 1 – Make the covers

I made these in the most simple way possible – in Photoshop.

  • Create a portrait rectangle in Photoshop (1080x1920px)
  • Fill it with a solid colour
  • Grab an icon from an icon library (I used Noun Project)
  • Centre it
  • Save out as a jpeg

Step 2 – Add to Instagram

I’m assuming you’ve already created some stories and saved them to your page as highlights.

Next, tap into one of the highlights. And choose “more” from the bottom right.

Next we want to edit the existing highlight

Now open the cover editor

And finally, choose a new image from your photos and adjust the image so it looks how you want.
Then save!

If you do this for all your highlights, your page should end up looking something like this: