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How to make good looking Instagram graphics with Canva

1:38 pm on Jul 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Iíve started experimenting with making Instagram posts and I basically have:

a) pics of women (free stock photo)

b) Then I select something called a frame and put it on the blank canvas. This can be like a circle or a square with rounded edges, or some other shape like this:


Then a picture ďclick into thisĒ and I need to finish the design by changing the color of the background and in the last case also this orange frame.

The thing is that I donít understand the rules of this and it does not come out good. On the top of that if I make them in different colors (pretty much randomly, checking what looks good and making it this way, and this is not that easy to accomplish too, meaning it would rather look bad, hard to find a good combination of colors) they donít look good as a part of the overall Instagram feed. The feed becomes like a mess, like I would mix 20 colors together in a bucket and I get a bad looking brown, type of thing.

So I would be trying to find out what rules I could follow in order to accomplish good results, also how to plan a good looking feed, meaning one that looks good as a whole.

I am working on this (the last two are mine and as you can see this is on a path to disaster as far as the look of the feed; also one before the last one looked good but when I added the last one it became worse).

So these type of issues, and trying to figure it out.

1:53 pm on July 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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To find harmonious colors combination , search for "color theory".

An example of a good article on the subject : [colormatters.com...]

[edited by: not2easy at 7:49 pm (utc) on Jul 17, 2019]
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8:04 pm on July 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Instagram's proprietary image sharing platform may or may not work as expected with every image tool out there. If you are using tools or processes from another site such as Canva, their own help resources would be the place to look for specific answers to specific questions.

As explained in our Site Graphics and Multimedia Design Charter [webmasterworld.com]
One thing to remember, is that this is not a software support forum - it is a design forum. If you have problems with software, it is probably best to take it up with the developer.
We do not review either personal image efforts or sites in this forum so the link to examples was removed.