Do you want to make your Instagram feed look interesting and professional? Try making an Instagram Puzzle Feed!
What is an Instagram Puzzle Feed?
This is an Instagram layout that is broken up into different posts. Overall, the individual post creates a full image when you go on an Instagram account (it’s quite pleasant seeing it in full).
It creates a story, “dripping information” (for marketing purposes) and creates an incoming announcement for your business.
Why should I create an Instagram Puzzle Feed?
- It’s an awesome way to brand out your Instagram feed and make it look professional.
- It saves time! Yes, you can batch these and add them to an Instagram scheduler. A great way to automate and grow your business.
- Bring engagement to your Instagram account.
In this post, I’ll share with you a tutorial on how to create an Instagram Puzzle Feed.
What do I need to create an Instagram Puzzle Feed?
- You will need Canva (or a graphic design tool to create your Instagram puzzle).
- Your creative brain. Yes, you will need to have ideas ready!
- PineTool (for splitting up your Instagram posts).
- (Only needed if creating puzzle feed on desktop) Airdrop or drive to transfer your files to your phone. I recommend Google Drive or DropBox.
- (Not really recommended) an unzipping tool on your phone. This is needed if you need to transfer the files to the photo album.
- (Important!) An Instagram scheduler app. This allows you to schedule and organises your Instagram Puzzle. There are many Instagram planners out there but I use Preview.
Anyways, let’s get right into the tutorial!
If you already got your Instagram Puzzle ready, you can skip the creation part. If not, I’ll show you how to create one on Canva.
First off, you need a Canva account. It’s totally free to make! If you haven’t gotten it yet, click here to get started!
You will need to create a custom size of 3240 (width) x 4320 (heights) pixels. This size makes 12 individual Instagram posts (size 1080 x 1080 pixels). You can adjust the height if you want more than 12 posts.
I’m going to using an example from my Instagram Puzzle Feed (Easter Edition) template.
You can save this as PNG or JPG (it wouldn’t really matter because we’re going to be saving it as JPEG later on).
Link to it here. This tool is helpful for splitting up your Instagram posts. At this stage, we’re going to be splitting them up into 12 individual Instagram posts.
It can split it up more depending on your canvas size and increasing the “Vertically” and “Horizontally” settings.
Now make sure you follow these steps!
- Add your Instagram puzzle in “Input Image”
- Now follow this guide (or what is shown in the image):
Options > “How to split the image”: Both (grid)
Output format > JPG
Vertically > “Split by…” (leave this as it is): Quantity of blocks (equal height) > Quantity of blocks: 4
Horizontally > “Split by…” (leave this as it is): Quantity of blocks (equal width) > Quantity of blocks: 3
Once you’ve done that, click on “Split Image!”
You should receive 12 pieces. Download them manually to your desktop or phone by clicking the buttons under “Download pieces”.
Note: make sure to make a NEW folder and do not modify the file names!
Transfer & Unzipping
Now skip the unzipping step if you did this on your phone.
If you’re using Apple products, you can simply AIRDROP the folder to your phone.
Let me remind you again, you may need the unzipping tool but you absolutely NEED an Instagram scheduler tool. Here are some apps I recommend:
- iZip (Apple) or WinZip (Windows, Android, Apple). Any unzip software on your phone will do. But I will show it through iZip because I’m using an iPhone (and the app is free).
- Preview app (or any Instagram feed scheduler that you use. But I use Preview so I’m going to show the tutorial through there).
Once you transfer the files on your desktop to your phone, open the iZip app. If you transferred through Airdrop, it should automatically open iZip.
Tap on “All” on the far bottom left and then tap on “Save” (far bottom right). You MUST save these Instagram posts to your photo album.
Uploading to Instagram Scheduler
Once you’ve done that, open your Instagram schedule app (for this tutorial, I’ll be using Preview).
Tap on the “plus icon” on the far top right and then tap on “library”.
Select all the Instagram split images and it will automatically upload them for you.
As I mentioned earlier, don’t change the file name. But if you have or the app uploads randomly, you can simply tap + hold the image and re-arrange it (the Preview app can do that so I’m not sure about other Instagram scheduler apps).
Conclusion (What now?)
There you have it! You can now tap on the individual posts, add your captions and date to post live/schedule it!
Check out my first post on this site on how you can create gold text on Canva.
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