Have you ever seen those amazingly beautiful Instagram puzzle feeds and felt like you just didn’t know how to do it or you’d have to use Photoshop to do it? Below, I walk you through the steps of creating this type of puzzle feed without needing Photoshop knowledge.
start with a instagram puzzle feed template (or make your own)
To take the guesswork out, I suggest using a template for your puzzle feed.
You know I love creating Canva social media templates, so I created a puzzle feed template you can use and easily edit to match your branding.
The best part – this one graphic makes 24 Instagram posts!
Grab your copy of it here.
With this template, you can open it in Canva (my favorite and free graphic designing tool) and begin dragging and dropping images, fonts, colors, quotes, etc. that fit your brand. The beauty of using a template is that you already have the structure you need, but you can make it totally your own.
If you choose to create your own, my biggest tip is to make sure you start with a graphic that is 3000 px by 8000 px. This will allow you to slice up the image into even 1000 px by 1000 px blocks to upload into Instagram.
how to split the one image into multiple “puzzle” pieces
Once you have a completed parent graphic, you will want to download it from Canva as either a .PNG or .JPEG.
Then use pinetools.com/split-image to split the image into smaller graphics to upload into your favorite Instagram planning tool.
In PineTools, you will want to split the image into a grid (vertically and horizontally) and then make each grid piece 1000 px by 1000 px- you will need to specify this in both the height and width blocks.
Please note, if your original graphic isn’t 3000 px by 8000 px, then you will need to adjust accordingly to make your output graphics 1000 px by 1000 px.
download the “puzzle” pieces and using your graphics on instagram
Once you’ve specified how large you want these images to be, you will click ‘split image’ and it will create your 24 small graphics.
From here, you can download each graphic and then use it in your planning tool for Instagram. My favorite planning tool is Planoly (you can grab a free trial here), and I use it to upload and schedule out the graphics and captions for my puzzle feed.
We know that the final step to scheduling and creating content for Instagram is having those hashtags that will increase our reach.
Click here for my free list of 30 hashtags that aren’t being overused by every other online business owner.
Go through the list and pick the ones that make the most sense with your content and voila- you’re ready to go with unique (and hashtags!
Is your social media of choice Facebook? I also have some really awesome tools to build a beautiful brand and stand out on Facebook. Click here, and I’ll tell you more…