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How to Create an Instagram Story Cover: Photoshop in 60 Seconds

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What You'll Be Creating

Organize your stories with beautiful Instagram highlight icons! Check out this video below!

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And you can find out much more about what to put in your Instagram Stories and how to make them compelling to your followers by reading the Instagram Stories Guide. Like all the lessons at the School of Instagram, it's built using direct advice from successful Instagrammers who've figured out what works and what doesn't. So you can feel confident following the advice, knowing that it's tried and tested. Also be sure to check out our guide to the very latest Instagram trends for 2020.

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Instagram Story Cover

Making a creative Instagram profile is a really easy way to get more followers. Now you can organize your favorite stories with clever covers on your profile. This video will show you how to create three easy covers using awesome gradient backgrounds and fine-line icons.

Watch the steps unfold and get all the details you need in the process below. Check out more amazing backgrounds and resources on Envato Elements.

How to Create an Instagram Highlight Icons Story Cover

First set up your document. Open a New Document at 1080 x 1920 pixels, the perfect size for Instagram.

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Now decide which color or graphic you want to use for the Instagram story highlight icons background. For an easy result, simply Fill a New Layer with any color using the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

But for a more creative route, I'll use one of these beautiful Gradient Backgrounds from Envato Elements. Copy and Paste the background onto a New Layer and position it in place using the Move Tool (V).

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Now add the categories. Download a Fineline Icon Pack and use the icons to define each category. Here I'll add the Instagram logo for Instagram templates, a music icon for my favorite music, and the sun icon for lifestyle posts.

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Position each icon in the center of the graphic and upload the result to Instagram.  Then go to your profile's Instagram highlights and create new covers for your Instagram stories.

Here is the final result.

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Recommended Highlight Icons for Instagram

Don't have the time to make these Instagram highlight cover icons yourself? We understand! Here are a few of our best valuable resources from Envato Elements.

Highlights Instagram Icons

Celebrate your new business with a few professional icons! These Instagram story highlights feature stunning pink and gold colors with a lovely handwritten script. Download 40 total covers you can use for many IG accounts.

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Highlight Icons for Instagram

Ever wonder how to make Instagram highlight icons? Just download this great pack! This premium set of textured icons includes 32 ready to edit Photoshop files. You'll also get additional PNG versions you can upload right to Instagram.

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Instagram Highlight Icons Travel

There are 32 wonderful marble templates we know you'll just love in this next awesome pack. Highlight your best travel memories or exciting new pictures. Enjoy two sets of Instagram highlight marble icons available in both PSD and PNG formats. 

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Highlight Icons for Instagram

Get the right Instagram story highlight icon size. This next pack has exactly what you need with 32 elegant templates. Set up your highlights for new YouTube series, fitness routines or your favorite memories. Check it out!

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Highlights Instagram Icons

Need help with your Instagram? Enjoy this next amazing pack of highlight icons for Instagram. These floral templates feature simplistic flower designs that are pretty and unique. Use them to highlight your interests from YouTube videos to glamour!

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Learn More With Our Tutorials!

Inspired to learn more cool tips for Instagram? Start with one of our Photoshop tutorials! Create fun and inspiring graphics to post on all your social media profiles.

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