You may be thinking, "less than a minute? No way!" And you would be right, it took me about a minute and a half, from start to finish, so I'll take that as a win. ;) Plus, less than a minute just has a ring to it. So if you're pressed for time and need to create some Instagram collateral or even whip up some fun Instagram stories, this how-to is perfect for you.
Download one of my favorite business apps, WordSwag. I use WordSwag almost every week. Between creating Instagram stories and Instagram graphics for my feed, it's perfect. I shared about how I use WordSwag for Instagram Stories here, but it's just as great for your Instagram feed too. It does cost $4.99, but if you're in need of Instagram graphics and creating beautiful Instagram stories, it will be completely worth it. I can create Instagram stories on the fly no matter where I am.
Download your favorite image. What makes this process so quick is having access to everything you need. When I need to create Instagram stories or Instagram graphics in a pinch, I simply log-in to the Elah Tree Member Library and download my favorite image. It's as easy as scrolling through a collection of images and saving an image to my camera roll.
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You've downloaded WordSwag, you've got your hands on your FREE stock photos, and now it's time to start creating. Open WordSwag, click the picture icon at the bottom right and upload an image of your choosing. WordSwag works a lot like Instagram. Uploading and choosing photos to work with is just as easy.
Pro Tip: Keep Google Drive on your phone. All of our free stock photos can be accessed through Google Drive. This way you can have access to free photos while you're on the go.
Once you've uploaded your image you can choose a template size for cropping. You can easily crop the image for square format or story format. It's just as easy to zoom in too. This is a perfect time to utilize your stock photos and make them unique to your brand. You'll see above that I zoomed in on the original photo (left) and focused on the flowers (right.) That's one of the great things about the photos in the Member Library, there are plenty of options for cropping photos to make them unique.
Once you have chosen and cropped your photo WordSwag automatically opens with a text box ready for you to personalize your photo. You can add a quote (which WordSwag already has built-in #winning) or you can customize it to promote a blog post, new product, or new offering. What makes WordSwag so quick and easy to use is that you can scroll through font options and customize colors with just a tap of your screen.
As a new user it may take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the app, but once you're comfortable, you'll be whipping up Instagram graphics in less than a minute in no time.
Now that you've created your Instagram graphic, you're ready to share it on your feed! Wondering how your new Instagram graphics will look in your feed? Hop over to mine and scroll through to see how easy they are at adding a little something extra to your feed. xoxo! Samantha
P.S. Have you downloaded your FREE stock photos yet? Click here or sign up below to grab yours.