How To Create Instagram Custom Images with Text Using Canva

How To Create Instagram Custom Images with Text Using Canva

Creating a post on Instagram that asks a question is a great way to increase engagement. There are a few APP’s out there that offer text overlay that I use,  but today I wanted to focus on Canva. This is a fast and simple way to create Instagram custom images with text using Canva

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You can go simple & quick and use a colored background with text over or use a travel photo and add text over the photo. Think of one question your ideal fan would love to answer!


Step 1: Sign up for Canva Canva is a great way to create custom graphics from your IPad or Desktop. Canva has a lot of  FREE options as well as some higher end low cost graphics.

Step 2 Once you have signed up use the Free Instagram option which creates your image at the perfect Instagram size.

Step 3 Create a post in X Many Steps. Use the search, layouts, text, background & upload options to create a post.


Step 4: Choose either a background or image. Or you can upload your own photo to use. In this example I clicked on the ‘search’ icon in the upper left directly under the Canva logo. I then clicked on the green ‘photos’ icon and chose a free photo. When you click on the image it will automatically populate in the blank canvas box.


Step 5: Add Text! Just click on the Text icon on the left and choose one of the “add text” or graphic text options. The text will automatically pop onto your canvas. Double click on it to customize what you want to say. Click down on any part of the canvas; text or photo and you can move each element to place it where you want on the canvas.


Step 6: Click once and a box should open around the entire text section and you change color, font, size and even rotate the text.


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Step 7: Download and save your photo on your computer or IPad. 


Step 8: Post Your Canva Pic to Instagram. I use Dropbox for this. After I save my photo to my computer I upload it to Dropbox, which I have an APP for on my phone. I download the photo on my phone and it’s ready to upload to Instagram.

The really cool thing about Canva is that is saves your files. So, next time you login to Canva you can duplicate the image you already created, replace text only or start a new Instagram post. Also, Canva can be used for a lot more than just Instagram!

Here are a few other ‘caption photo’s’ I’ve created for @writetotravel

If someone offered you a ticket anywhere in the world, where would you go? Share the #1 destination you want to visit!

A photo posted by Alexa Meisler ✈️ Travel Writer (@writetotravel) on

Where in the world are you this weekend? What are you up to? Anyone traveling or on a road trip?

A photo posted by Alexa Meisler ✈️ Travel Writer (@writetotravel) on

Share is the first place you traveled? Was this the trip that turned you into a traveler?

A photo posted by Alexa Meisler ✈️ Travel Writer (@writetotravel) on

What is on the top of your travel ‘to do’ list?? Share the #1 place you’d like to visit!

A photo posted by Alexa Meisler ✈️ Travel Writer (@writetotravel) on

Hope this was helpful!

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  1. justine June 22, 2015 at 10:50 am - Reply

    how did you find out about canva?

    • alexa williams-meisler June 22, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

      I’ve been using it for quite a bit. Honestly, don’t remember how I heard about it. Do you use it?

  2. Emma Hart June 22, 2015 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Really useful guide to Canva although I’ve always found it painfully slow to use, which is a shame because it could be a handy tool for blog post images!

  3. Dannielle Lily June 22, 2015 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Canva is such a great tool, and I like that there are both free and paid options. I use it a lot in my day job as a digital marketer (haven’t quite got to grips with photoshop haha), and have just started using it for my own blog too. Great guide!


  4. Connie Reed June 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the quick Canva lesson. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I’m going to try it out.

  5. Alouise July 3, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I’ve just started playing around with Canva. I love how easy it is. An instagram image is my next project.

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