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How to Design a Gorgeous Puzzle Feed for Instagram

teacher avatar Peg Fitzpatrick, Social media strategist and author

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9 Lessons (1h 10m)
    • 1. How to Create a Gorgeous Puzzle Feed for Instagram new

      2:11
    • 2. How to Use Canva for Design

      16:27
    • 3. How to Use Easil to Design your Puzzle Feed

      15:23
    • 4. How to Split Images on Desktop

      7:26
    • 5. How to Split your Images on your Phone

      3:16
    • 6. How to Find Templates on Creative Market and Pinterest

      5:55
    • 7. Where to Find Images

      5:52
    • 8. Get Organized with Trello on Desktop for Planning

      10:37
    • 9. You're Ready to Create your Class Project! new

      3:10
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Calling all creatives! If you’ve been seeing all the cool Instagram puzzle feeds haven’t figured out how to do it - this course is for you! Join this fun class to learn how to design your own puzzle feed for Instagram!

We'll cover:

  •  How to plan and execute a gorgeous puzzle feed for Instagram

  •  How to tell a story with your puzzle feed

  • The best tools to design your puzzle feed

  • How to find images for your design

  • Crafting the context and content for your Instagram posts

  • How to post your puzzle feed to Instagram

This course is perfect for entrepreneurs, bloggers, creatives, small businesses, or anyone wanting to improve their Instagram feed.

Students of my courses have said that no matter their skill levels they've picked up some new ideas to rock their social media. 

Are you ready to enroll? Can't wait to see you in the community!

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Peg Fitzpatrick

Social media strategist and author

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Peg Fitzpatrick is the co-author of The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaki the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, Tumbling, and much, much more. Guy teamed up with Peg as he believes she “is the best social-media person he’s ever met.”



Ms. Fitzpatrick is known for her brand management, social media marketing strategy, and innovating the world of social media marketing. She is the Director of Marketing and Social Media Manager for Kreussler Inc. covering online brand management as well as traditional marketing.

She has spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been... See full profile

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1. How to Create a Gorgeous Puzzle Feed for Instagram new: Hi, I'm Peg, That's Patrick and I am here to teach you how to create a gorgeous puzzle feed for Instagram. Maybe you've seen them on Instagram. They're really cool, is the images that are like all one connected image that have the same colors. It's coordinated. Maybe you've thought to yourself that is way too complicated. I could never do that, but I can tell you that you will know how to do it. By the end of this class, I'm going to teach you how to plan and execute your puzzle feed. And we're gonna show you tools that you can use online to create your puzzle feed, how to execute it, how to create context, and most importantly, how to tell a story with your puzzle feed to keep your Instagram audience waiting for your next post to appear. Who am I? I'm pegged Fitzpatrick and bestselling author of The Art of social media that I co-wrote with Guy Kawasaki. I've been in the digital space for over a decade. I have worked with all different kinds of brands and all different kinds of aspects. I've consulted. I've been a brand ambassador for companies like Google and Audi and TJ, Maxx, and Nestle. I've also worked directly with the teams at Pinterest and Instagram and LinkedIn, learning how to do things on their back. And I've built an engaged following for myself and my clients. And LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, all over the place. Google Plus, of course doesn't exist anymore, but I still like it. It's not there, but it's got I still like it. And so anyway, back to what we were talking about, which is Puzzle feeds for Instagram. So I've been around, I worked with Canvas when they first started, I worked in their marketing department. And I have just used different tools everyday that I work creating visual. So I'm going to share some tips and tricks with you as long as where you can find images that you can legally use, meaning photos that you can legally use. You can't just grab anything and use it on your Instagram. So let's get started and really dig in to how to create a gorges puzzled feed from Instagram. 2. How to Use Canva for Design: So up first here we have canvas. We're going to look at Canvas in ISA, which is another app that I use. Campy has tons of templates in here, but they do not have puzzle feeds specifically. So like I mentioned earlier, I am going to share one with you, which is this one. I'm going to pull on a pull up this 1 first. This is a little teeny puzzle grid that I created, which will actually be split up into six images. So this will take up two rows on Instagram. I'm gonna pretend this is from a trip to Italy, which I love visiting Italy. So I just created this one, and this is the one that I'm going to share with you, but I'm going to show you how you can customize this. So basically, I knew I wanted to do like a little vacation grid. So I thought that photos would be fine. I'm going to explain a little bit how a created the context. So you can think about that and then I'll explain to you how I would write each individual post within this 66 images because you wouldn't write the same text on each one. So say for example, I came back from a trip or I wanted to talk about a trip that I had been on. And I wanted to write about Italy. I decided to pull on these little snapshot. These are frames in Canada, I have Canva Pro, which allows you to use all the elements in photos for free. I think it's around $10 a month for the pro version. And honestly it's really worth it to use all the free elements, all the free images they have. I don't even know how many images they have now, but it's probably like a million. So I created this using a background in three different frames. So I will walk into this again with this. This is just a blank template. I created it in 30 to 40 by 2160 pixels. And I will list all these in the notes so you can, you can create different sizes. But basically, I created this as a custom size. And then I went into the background and I just looked for patterns. So just to make this one different, let's pretend that instead we went to where will a little vacation B. Well, we could do the ocean. You can just test different backgrounds to see what you like. The one that I chose was just a different colors that gave it just a beautiful wash. This is a really interesting one. If you had a blue theme, I could look for something that's pink. I could pull in my own image. If I had an image in here that I wanted to use. But I'm gonna go back here. And we'll just pretend that we're going to do in New York City. So we'll go into the backgrounds. And we'll pretend that we're going to New York City or we went to New York City. So we could choose a background. This one is really pretty. And it just snaps in there and it has like a nice pink on there. But even better would be something like this because it's pink and that would match my brand. So then I would go into elements and I could go into, so you can see all your different elements in here. And I would choose these little frames. Because when you use these frames, when it has that little, it looks like the hold Microsoft background. That means you can drag any image into here, so then you can just click it like that. So then I'm just going to create my little grid. I'm gonna do it different than my other one just for the sake of showing you how I did it from scratch. And then I'm going to search in elements for Polaroid frame, which I used, which is fun. These are fun with the little Tate background. So it looks like you taped it like a little background, but I'm going to go into these magic recommendations. I don't like those little things. So basically this is what I do is I go, I go through and I click, and I choose things and you can do this too. And then you want to think about where this is going to split up. So this is kind of an interesting one that doesn't have the frame and the images. So let's go into these are film. I'm going to go back into elements again. And I'm going to turn that off and go back into my recently used to see if it has my little Polaroid assist. You see this one has the little frame on it. So when I drag in my image, it will be right in there. So then we could drag in a New York City emit these, of course, would be from your own images. Unless you wanted to talk about planning for a future trip. You could also use stock images for that. But just say for example, we're doing, we're going to use these images. They make recommendations for you because they see we're we're posting about New York City. I don't know. That looks like LA 38, But okay. And so we could choose, we could change our background. That one's really cool, but I'm just gonna go back. If you, if you do something you don't really like it, you can just hit that and go back. Let's see. So we're going to add another element, and that is going to be just a regular little, I don't want that little background on there, but I do want a little frame. So I'm gonna go back into my elements and I'm going to search for Photo Frame. And then I'm going to look for one that has that little blue so I can pull my image in. Let's see if this pulls in image and if I do it, that one does not. If I chose one of those and it didn't pull the images and I could just resize this little image to fit that if it didn't have the grid. So there's different ways you can go about doing the same thing. So that's just a different way to do the same thing. And then you can just pull on all your different images. Now, what's going to happen when this is split up? Is this going to be six images? So sometimes people, when they do a puzzle feet, if they do a smaller one, they'll post all of them at one time. So it immediately fills in all the grid. Then it doesn't matter as much about your six lines. But I'm gonna go back up to this one that I did because I love those little photos which I did find in Canvas. If I if I liked that, I could just go up here and I could duplicate that and I can pull it down into a different one. So I'm gonna pull this one in here and I'm gonna change that to a New York City photo. Will it kinda center that one? So it'll go into the middle grid there and part of that. So the nice thing about a puzzle VDD is it can kinda pull in some elements from a different one. Will do this one. And then let's see. Let's see. We'll just pull a park in there. So that's just an example. Okay? Or if you see people, you can just pretend that that we'll pretend those are our photos. And, you know, you can have a little series of photos that you took there. And then you could use this to tell your story. Like I went to New York City, I fulfilled my lifelong dream of going over the Brooklyn Bridge for a run. So we'll just change that a little. And then we can pull in like an image of that, of people walking. It's very popular in New York City for people to go on the bridge and do photos and people that live there run and walk over there every day. But if you didn't, then you just saw this on Instagram, That would be cool. And now this one is not that balanced like my other one that I really like this one up here. I would pose this as six images all one time and tell my story. So I think that gives you a good idea of how to tell the story with the images and to think about it. Now this is a more simple design, but I do really, I love this one for Italy. This is Venice. This is one of the chickens Hara, and then a little bus Bob, because those are everywhere. So if I loved this the way it is, I can download it as a PNG. And then I'm just gonna do the one page that I wanted to do. And I'm going to download this image. And then I have to go and split it. So I would need to save this. So first I'm going to download it and then I'll show you. And later where we can, I'll just call this speedily IPO puzzle v_1. And I'll show you later where we can split it. There's a couple of different ways that you can split your image. I'm going to show you two different ways because it's nice to have actions. So this is basically Canva. That's a very quick overview of Canvas and how you can use it to create a puzzle for you. You can also pull in different elements if you don't want just a photo frame, like and let's see what kind of would we want to use net charts, maybe some simple drawing objects that would go with running. I don't think these particularly match. We'll look for maybe some swirls. So if you wanted to add more of like a design behind your images, you can choose all different kinds of things and then I could put that behind the image. So that would give you kind of a little frame in within your frame. So if I wanted to do that, maybe I would put this in two different corners, then I could drag this. I'm going to flip it like that and then I can put it down in this corner. And I'm going to put that behind the other one so you can see how you can bring elements behind that kind of tied in there. You can do all different kinds of you'll wanna make it too busy like I talked about before. But it is possible to put different elements behind your images. And it kind of just brings the idea of the puzzle feed more when people see it. This one's kind of big. So I'm just gonna put it up here. So you can look at doing the, ANY different kinds of themes that would fit. You know, I wouldn't necessarily really use this when I just use those, for example, to show you how to add some different things. If you didn't like this one. You can say, I don't like that, but I love this little circle to go around. Maybe this you could make that a little bigger. And then you could change that to a different color. You could also change that to a color that's in the image. If you're in, if you have camera for proud, you can have your brand right in here, which is my brand. And then there's colors that are in the photo. So if you wanted to change it all to match one of the photos in there, you could also do that. So there's a lot of different ways that you can customize these. And, but this one in particular we've already downloaded and we will learn how to split this later. So like I said, in Canada, there's not a lot theres nat puzzle feed, tablets. It's one of the only things that doesn't have templates, but I will show you a different way that you can find some and data is to purchase some templates that people have created in Kant for Canvas. They also haven't for Photoshop. But I'm assuming, you know, if you're taking this class, maybe you're not a huge Photoshop user, but if you are, if your Photoshop and Canada, you can also get them sometimes there for Photoshop and Canada. But this just gives you an idea of how to use this little, this'll be a little six spread. And you can get, you can use this template. You can make your own weight. Before we leave Canada, I will show you a bigger puzzle feed that I did. This is just a pink grid that I would do in this has 15 different Instagram post and you can kind of see how this one will go into the Instagram post because you can see that these are a little bit more separate and there's a lot of whitespace and different spaces which I like. But what I did was I chose photos that all we're coordinating so I can tell a story with this. I did this like. I was pretending to do my Instagram grid for this actually course. So like to promote this course. So I'm going to create this grid. I might actually just use the squared because I did create it. And then I put different photos in here like Hi, this is me. I'm gonna do a little intro post. I'm working on a new class for skill share. Then I have a quote and that I have this wreck and right. Talk about something. I have another so I try to work in some photos of me so people can kind of tell when they go to my grid getting a golden retriever puppies, I put a little picture in there. So this is a template and I'll show you what it looked like ahead of time. So this has all those different little frames that we talked about. So you can get these on Creative Market or Etsy or different places. If you search on Pinterest for puzzle feeds, you'll find a whole bunch of different ones. So the cool thing about this, as I'm gonna make a copy of this quickly, you always want to make a copy before you start working on something. So now you can see I have two of these. The nice thing is that you can always, I'll make this a little bigger. Is that you can go right in here and customize this to your brand. Say for example, I didn't want to use my brand. I was gonna do this for my book club, which is the different brand. I could change that color. I see how that changes that so much. Then I can go in and change this. I can change all the pink to that grayish brown and then it's a totally different feel already. I'll do those. Wait, just to get a little thing. And that totally changed at 100% different look. And then I could fill this out for four booklet looks. I would have photos of my own in here, but just for example, you know, you could pull these. Now with these little, this little design, for example, has that little frame over it. It makes a little harder for the images to go in. But you can see how you can take these and customize them. You can change the fonts to anything that's in Canva, or you can upload your own. And you could do a tons of different things with it. So that just as like a 2 second change from this pink, which would match my brand to a different for my book club. And it just gives you a great idea for how easy it is to customize things that doesn't look good, and also just to change it. So you can work in things when you're changing it. You could make this about whole bunch different things, books for the month and take that out. So anyway, that gives you an idea of how quick it is to change the template when you purchase that. Once I stopped us in a later video, I will show you what it's like when you go to Creative Market, which is a really great place to get photos, fonts, all different kinds of things. But you can see how easy it is to take a template and make it your own. The main thing is that she would have to figure out in here how to make all of these add value to your puzzle feed. 3. How to Use Easil to Design your Puzzle Feed: Now I'm going to show you how to use easel, the easel APP AS I l.com. And this is another tool that I like. A lot of people have tried Canva. Maybe you haven't tried easel before, but it's very easy to use as kind of a combination. It has some elements of Photoshop and some elements of Canva. So this is another tool that I love and they actually do have some puzzle feeds in here that you can use as a template. And you could just type in. So there's different areas in here. So this is my workspace. Literally it's called My Workspace, and this is what my designs looked, looked like in here. And then there's templates just like in Canada of all different sizes. But you can type in puzzle. I don't know if there's this called PESTLE grid or puzzle feed. And then they have, they do have more than just this one, but they do have them in here and they have all the aspects inherit looks a little bit different than Canada. But one of the main things that I love in here is in the layers you can turn on this little grid tool and it shows you, let me zoom in a little bit. It shows you exactly where the break is in your designs. So you can see that little tit termini former time. So you can see, you see the little lines that pop up that has the three across. This is exactly what you're puzzled feed will look like. So you can see you have like a nice little overlap if that leaf and a little bit of that color. So it gives you a great idea exactly what it will look like before you split the tool up. Unfortunately, in Canvas and an easel, there isn't a way to split this one image into the image sizes that you need for Instagram. But like I told you, I do have two different tools that I'm going to show you. There's more, but I'm going to show you two different ways that you can achieve that. And so I'm gonna go back into my workspace. And there's a couple different ones. This is a little six grid that they had. If you go back in here, I have my layers on right now. So you can, whoops. So you can see the little puzzle feed in here, the little grid, I love that and here I turned it on and off as I'm designing. So this is one that they created for little recipes. And you can just make six SX squared like we did for our design with Italy. One that I created from this is I took that their design and then I customize it to make a puzzle field like pretending that I was going to use this, just do six grid. And for my puzzle feed. So I did some flowers. I did a little picture that's my homepage on my website. And then I would, of course, you know, I would probably do these all at once unless I had different story that I could tell with it. But you can see how that would split up. So there would be, the first one would be this little flower in the corner, then this one, then a leaf. And that has some texts and some information, then there's my website. So I could do this as a combination of leg. I'm gonna teach you how to use a puzzle PHP. Here's some tips on how to do it. And then if you go to my website, you can find this class that I've created this now unskilled share. And to, so you're kind of seeing how I can use the different posts to create the story. So it would be, this is just like a learn how to make a puzzle feed. So this is an example of easel, and then they do have, I'll show you one. So this is, this is my Instagram and this is one that I created. This as a puzzle feed I created in Instagram. And they believe it had like 20, it was like three weeks. So it was a long one. And I chose all things, work together. It was just kinda like blush and it had some carrots and some glitter aspects in there that I like gold glitter. I added in some photos, some that I took, and then I just worked with all of it. So this one is the first one that went in, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth. So you can see when I was planning in here, I actually did these. This is actually a took this photo. This is for less Mother's Day in 2018. And it was makeup and I did it. So I did links to the things that people wanted to buy. These, these are actually by makeup brushes, my makeup, so that is a photo that I took. And then I worked in, in this little corner to this image was iStockphoto. And then there's just so I kind of worked with different things to make it what I wanted it to be. So I put a quote, it fits with the rest of my Instagram. It has the flowers that I have on my website. I put a quote, my logo on that one. That one is some products. This one and then everyone has different tack, different texts, collect moments, not things that one had the little text in there. And then I wrote, you know, are you spending your time enjoying small moments. So I did a regular thing and then I said, What was one tiny moment in the weekend that you love, let's chat. And then people wrote things that they loved about that. So it's important to still treat each one like a regular post when you write the text. And this one I did pit it for later and I did a social media to bind. There are used and calls to action like Pinot for later on your social media posts. And I put some hashtags and talked a little bit more about CTAs calls to action because a lot of people get confused about what those are. So try to, if you're trying to come up with ideas for each individual post, Think about things that people have asked you questions about, or maybe that you have asked that you've answered for people. This one is just a little note. Do you want to paint like a pro? This one is about Pinterest and actually my, my Pinterest class, um, and skill shares. So that was just an example and I put a link to my Pinterest and to talk about it. So that's just like so you can see how they work together when they're in the puzzle feed does so that's what they break up to be in your posting. Each one of these grids on their own. So each one works together to tell the story for these three weeks that I opposed to this. And I believe I have another one a little further and let me just scroll up. I want Instagram posts, but it'll be helpful to see. Ok, so here's another one I did that starts right here. I'll start from the top and go down. And this one is a little bit different, but it's similar. You know, it has my colors and it has gold and it has the same fonts. I put some hash tags in there for different aspects. This one is, what is my backyard. I just wanted to show a picture because the sunset was so pretty and it was foggy, misty morning. This is my living room and I had some I was taking photos and they're my desk, my face. So you can see kind of how I worked things in there. This one was in spring that was in March of 20-25. Think back to March 2020. Flowers were coming, spring was coming. So this is just the start of it. This is the start of it. And then when you scroll through, you can see what the whole grid looks like and how each little section stands on its own as opposed. And then it also has maybe a little aspect of something else in there. So, so use this as an example and you can go to my Instagram peg Fitzpatrick to get ideas to C. You can also look at Instagram for other people's, but we'll go back here into easel and I will show you. This is the one that I just showed you that has the farm in the, in New York City. You can see what it looks like is one big image. I'll zoom in a teeny bit so you can see when you're working on it, you can zoom in just to see at 430% zoomed in, you can see each post. You can go into layers and you can turn on your grid so you can see where it's going to break up. I do like a little overlap. The little overlap tells you that there's more coming and people love that. So when this first one came, you know, you can see part of it and you can see that little row. I'll looks good together. So think about how you can tell a story and you can see this story has my colours in it, but it also kind of has green as kinda a little backup color that looks good with my brand. And the reason for me that I did that is because I live in New England. It's very gray and there's just lots of snow in the winter. So we don't see grass, we see evergreen trees, but not a lot of green. So spring is like exciting because there's green plants. So for me I was looking towards green and actually have some of these, these sands of area plants in my living room because I love them. So I always put things that I love. I'm Instagram, it's really just about that. So this is just, just gives you an idea of what the whole thing looks like together. Now if you wanted to, you could start a design and just go with a blank slate, but it's very hard to make your first couple puzzle feeds. So I would really recommend that you try a template. And I will put a link to the one that I created for Canva. And then I will share a post from the easel blog that has some templates that they linked to. So you can try one of their templates. And theirs is basically going to be the same idea. I'm going to go into a Go back here into one that I haven't actually used yet, which is this one. This is a different template that they had in here that's passed style, brushstroke, puzzled template, and then show you how you can change the images in here so you can upload your images. These are images that I've uploaded already, or you can search for images up here which some of them are free and suddenly have to pay for. But you can get all of your images ahead of time. And I'll show you great places to get images in the next video. So these are some that I've loaded already and we'll pretend this is my story for the month, is these flowers and then it's going to be my puppy story. So I'm going to drag the puppy. I'll drag the puppy in there, and then I'll add some other images in there. You can see how the green from the flower photo works was agreed for the puppy image. And then I'm gonna change this image. And you can see how it kind of changes the whole thing. These background m elements are, I don't think I can change the color of that because that's a, that's a graphic that they created. So you can't change some of the elements colors, but some of them you can like this one. So this one is an image in the background, but this little tape, this little line I could change to match my brand. So this is where you can customize and get your own colors in there. This one you can't customize this one. You can change the color. So just kinda highlight over things. I don't like that as much. Money to put that back to weight. Can undo that one, not undoing for me. Okay, there we go. And so that just gives you an idea of how you can change and customize. You can change the text, you can change the font. They also have tons of great fonts. This is, these are my brand fonts or things that I've used before you could use, you could change to something more bold. And of course you can change what the text is. And then you could move it and you could change that to be your brand color. Or you could change it to be that. I'm going to go back back that change, not what I wanted it to. Okay. So that one's even a little bold MID even change that just to my lighter one. And then when you want to see what it looks like overall, you can just zoom out a little bit and see, okay, you can see how the tap is already starting to look like my brand. The puppy went in there twice. So we'll zoom in. So this just gives you an idea of how to use these different things. Let's go back into my images and we'll pull in some different things. That one does not work that well there. So you can just kind of test things and see what works. For some reason this image is net going where I want it to. But you do kind of have to play with things. So I'm gonna highlight that and then I'm gonna go there. Can you please go their image? Okay, that little parts not working for me at the moment. But you can get the idea that you just kinda play with and move things around. It could be sometimes there's layers over other things and that kind of causes an issue. But then sometimes that works perfect like that. That is still there. Let me see if I can drag something in there. I think this one is kind of superseding that one. So you can see, you can just drag different pieces in and change them. You can change all the little colors. So like I said before, it's great to use a template to kinda play with it and get ideas for how you want to do it. And I do love using easel for this because of this little grid makes it so easy. So this one right now is kind of a mask because we just kind of played around things. I'm gonna go back in and I'm going to download my, my one that I already posted just so I can show you how it splits up. So I'm going to go to this one and I'm going to download it as a PNG. And then I'm going to just hit download. And then I'm going to show you my two different ways in the next video. I will show you the two different ways that you can split up your images. So stay with me. We're getting, we're moving along here. So far we've looked at two different ways that you can design them. Of course, you can use Photoshop. And this is just one way easel. I love their templates. They're really easy to customize and make them your own. And they have multiple templates for a puzzle feeds. I used Canvas everyday too, but I do like this a lot for creating my puzzle feed. So there's a little insight into easel. I'm going to show you in the next video how to split these images up. And then I'll show you some more tools after that. 4. How to Split Images on Desktop: So here we are at postprandial.com in their image splitter. And so what we're gonna do is we're going to upload our images that we've created as I'll show you how to do two different sizes. One is the italy puzzle feed, and of course, this one was going to be six different images. So first you have to drag and drop to make sure that you have all of that space covered. And this one has three columns and three rows. So you can see those little green dotted lines are showing you how this is going to split up. Maybe you can tell from this design we couldn't check the grid in Canvas. But in here, you can see that this does have some overlap and this one designed to kinda post them all at one time. So there's not gonna be a big deal with on, you know, if if things match up, if they're broken up, if, if this was going to be three separate designs, this bottom grid has really nothing in it. In this middle one has like, you know, that this one would be fine, this one will be fine, but the other ones would look a little odd, so I would want to edit those. So they stood together better alone. So we have 33 columns and three rows and we're going to hit split image. And then we download this image. And this is going to actually download a zip file with all the images. So we're going to open that. And we're going to view as icons. And you can see that it has all the images in there. So then the question is, Oh, it's not showing that to you because that's a pop-up. So basically what it did was it's a zip file and that popped up as six images. I'm gonna go over to plan early and then you're going to see what happens with these six images. I'm going to add to my plan along a grid. This is the tool that I use to plan my Instagram posts out. I'm gonna hit Add to grid from my computer. And I'm gonna go into that and we're gonna add all six of these at one time. That was in the zip file that we just downloaded. And then it's going to pull those images and it's gonna ask me if I want them to be in a carousel post or six posts. We're going to choose six posts. And then we're going to, Okay, so now what happened is these went in as in backwards order. These didn't that go in the order of the images that we hads, We're going to unscheduled. And we're going to move them around so you can just drag and drop and fix that. So basically, you're going to do a puzzle here and make your image, where's my, the rest of my little spot. So you can actually pull, pull your image up and look at it. But usually these will come in, write an order. I'm not sure. I'm going to delete the other ones that are in the middle of here for now to see if that will help. Okay, now we're gonna do our six, This one's here and next to that. So basically you can just drag and drop them around and fix your image. Looks like we're missing this one up here. This one needs, right, that one of the great, okay, so you can see how you can kind of move them around and fix them. If this does happen to you, it's super easy to fix them and drag and drop them around. I've actually never had this much problem getting them in there, but I'm glad that I can show you what that looks like. So now you can see what those little six grid images would be in there. Then you can click on there. And this is where you actually write the text for your post and you can schedule it from there. So this is where you would go and write each individual, schedule, each post with the text. So now you can see them in order. If you wanted to do them all in one day, you could do that or you could schedule them to go out six different days. Like I said, this one isn't really perfect for that because you can see that the images might not look that good on their own. But we can go back into the image splitter and do a different one which will look good. We're gonna go back into the top. I'm going to download the bigger one and upload it in split a bigger image. So in the download, This is the past style grid that I already posted before. So this one, I am going to do three columns and seven rows. Two, do all three weeks that I created. Sorry about these little ads. This is a free tool and it's just going to show that whether we want it to or not, going to go down a little bit, I need to scroll up to make my this little data line cover everything we went every single bit of this to post. Once this is all good, then we can, you can see the little lines. These are what you move to make sure it's covered. Split the image. We're gonna make the new one. This is going to be a bigger one. And I am going to download that. Then I have a new zip file for that. This one did not went to split for me. Okay. So once you have that, you can go back into your grid. Let me see if that one is in here. I already did this once. I'll do this one, this is a different one that I had created. I'll just load all these n this is a different pink puzzle feed because that one didn't work at this exact second, but I'm gonna show you a different way to do this too. So this is a larger image if you post it in here. So this is a bigger image that's gonna go into Philip 15 days. So I can either upload as carousel, but I'm going to upload this as 15 posts. And hopefully these will go in order for us. There we go. So this one, you can tell the individual posts look much better on their own. I think this is actually reversed and I can go through and move them if I wanted to. But honestly, the way that this design works, it kind of has a lot of whitespace and they kind of all match. So it's not that big of a deal if I move them around or not. So this just gives you an idea of how to do this on desktop. It is a little bit awkward because you have to create the image in one thing and split it in a different tool. But I'm going to show you on my phone how to actually split your images using the app on your phone. And then they go right into plan allele, which is super helpful. So in our next video, I will show you how to do that on mobile. 5. How to Split your Images on your Phone: So here we are in the Canvas app and I'm going to show you how to get your image. So if we already created our image in Canvas, we can just go through and I'll download both of these so we can show you how to do that. I'm going to download the pink grid, which we just showed, which did go in reverse order when I use the other tool, but it will not do it when I do it this way. So using Canvas, you can actually just save the image to your phone to use with Plan Ali to split your image versus having to do it on desktop, which is easy either way is fine. So whatever you're most comfortable with, now we're gonna go back and save that little puppy image that we did at the puppy, sorry, Italy. We're gonna go into our italy six grid. We're gonna go in here and we're going to download this one. And then next we're gonna go into plan early and I'm gonna show you how to split your image in plants as soon as this downloads. Also, you can just download on your desktop and you can AirDrop it to yourself, which is also super easy. So now that we're in there, we're gonna go, we've got our images on our farm. We're gonna go into plan Ali and he's just getting to my rain account for the And I am going to theirs are one that we just did. I'm gonna go in here and I'm going to choose a photo first. We'll do the one from Italy just so they're split up. We'll choose that one and then we'll add that. We're going to upload this. You click this little thing on the side, and that lets you choose how many to split it into. That's going to let me split that into six images. And now I'm going to upload this S6 posts. And you can see that went exactly in order and now they went right into plan Ali. And just like on desktop, we can click on that and add our text and anything that we want in schedule it. So it's really easy to do to upload them. You can't, let me just pick my big one to see I think that you can't do a big, huge one. We tried this one. I don't think it, uh, let me split the bigger one. I don't think it lets you yet only let's you do nine grids on there, but you could do that in two pieces. So you could do one piece and then 2pi. So let's try that. We'll split that. And then we could upload that has nine parts. So you can split it that way, just a few if you like doing things on your phone better. It's super easy to do this. And the next video, I will show you a little bit more in Italy. And then I'm going to show you how to get templates in Creative Market. So I hope that this is helping so far. The great thing about the skill share classes is that you can go back and rewatch this. Why you're doing the different sections. You can see there's a lot of pieces to the puzzle to create your puzzle feed, and I hope this is helping so fire. So next we're going to look at plan early and desktop again. And then I'm going to show you Creative Market. See you there. 6. How to Find Templates on Creative Market and Pinterest: I just wanted to show you a few places where you can get templates that you can customize for your PESTLE VDD. And this is Creative Market. You can just type in puzzle feed or a puzzle grid there called a bunch of different things in here. So basically there's tons of them and you can just look, make sure they're for Canva or Photoshop depending on what different tool you want to use. There's all different prices. You can just, if you don't have auto money, which is fine, you can just choose a really low dollar amount. And honestly like, well, let's look at this one that $16, $16 to get a tablet that's gonna save you hours of time creating your own is honestly to me, a really good way to get a good deal on something and it'll save you a lot of time. So this one is a beauty Instagram puzzle feed and you can see what it looks like and you customize any of those Were they have photos, so those are all u, this one's so cute, very cute. 18 posts. So one nice thing that you can do is sometimes they have to sit, says this pack is available and our beauty boost bundle is 60% off. So you could buy this one for $16 or I'm just gonna show you, go in here. Sometimes they have coordinating things so you can get a whole bunch of different things. So this ones, if it was personal, this has 550 items. So you can get Instagram post templates, story templates, quote graphics, puzzle feed, icons and stickers that you can do in camp, but they're all different things. So for thirty-five dollars, you could go in here and get one of these really easy to use templates that would have highlights and everything. So you would have a really custom feed if you weren't sure how to do all these design elements yourself. This is a great way to learn how to do it, but you don't have to get the whole thing. Like I said before, if you can just look for a puzzle seed, I love this one. Honestly, I would probably try that one. Will just try to puzzle for Instagram suit we find so that he could they have them for different styles. There's, there's podcasts, there's this one doesn't look like a, really are gonna give us the grid that we went. So we're gonna go back to puzzle feed. So this gives you an idea of how you can get your own template. So this is a template that maybe other people are going to have. But honestly, they're probably not going to have the same exact thing. And by the time you customize it, it's not going to be the same at all. So let's look at one other one. This one is in neutrals, but it doesn't matter because you can change every single color in there to match your brand. You can see each individual posts when it will look like. You can see what it looks like as those are little post mock-ups. So this one also looks like it would be really easy to use. It's 18 grid. You can customize each one, upload, each one separately. And they're easy to use. So then they also have matching templates if you want, if you wanted more. So those are just some examples of where you can get ideas. You can also look on Pinterest and search for puzzle feed for Instagram. These lead to Etsy or creative market. So if there's one in here that you like, this one happens to be an easel, That's an easel template because I just looked at that one. So some of these are gonna be Canvas, some are going to be Photoshop. It looks like a lot that are in Pinterest are Canva templates. So this is just a way where you're using a template, but you're going to a 100% customize it so it matches your brand. Lots of different color options, different styles to give you ideas. So that one is a F31. So there's just a 100 million different ways that you can customize these. You can even reuse the same one and just keep connecting it to make your whole feed match and be connected. So I hope this gives you a couple ideas. If you don't want to start from scratch, which like I said earlier, starting from scratch for your first one, unless you're really an experienced designer, would be hard. But you could get a template and that would help you a lot where you would just be able to customize the little individual things. So that gives you an idea in Pinterest and in creative market where you can use it. This is Trello. I'm going to show you this in our next video. I just clicked on that quickly, but that's just where I'm going to show you one other way to organize your posts because even though it seems like this is the hard part of which you're creating. Honestly, creating your texts for and making sure that you tell a story with your, with your Instagram captions is just as important. So we're going to finish this video up here. And I'm sure you'll find tons of inspiration on Pinterest and in Creative Market, as well as the template I'm gonna give you. And then easel has some templates which you can use as well. So don't get too caught up in choosing one right away, but just pick. You can play with them a little bit and then you can work on things together when you get there. So I'm going to stop here. And I will show you quickly Trello, which is another tool I use for organizing my Instagram posts. I do love plan only the best for this, but you can use any tool that you like Bass. I'm just giving you the things that I loved the most. But if you have another way to organize your things, you can do that as well. So next I'm going to show you Trello. 7. Where to Find Images: Here we are looking at some places where you can get free images that you can legally use for your Instagram account. And it's so important to make sure that you can legally use images. You can't just grab images from Google or Pinterest or wherever you want because those are someone else's intellectual property. So what you wanna do is take your own photos for Instagram if you can, of course, and edit them and put them into your present v. But if you are going to use some stock photos for some things, this is an idea of a couple of places where you can get them legally. This is Pixabay and this is a great what look how beautiful these photos are. So say for example, you wanted to post something that if you were posting out front or something that you are making, you would be taking those photos. But if you needed to find something that was maybe a little bit more clear, you could look in there. Again. If you are planning your trip like we were talking about before. If you're going to plan a trip to New York City and you haven't been there yet to take the photos. You can get images in here and then you could load them into Canvas or easel when you're creating your apps like this, this photo is a great photo of the Brooklyn Bridge. That's so much better than was in the app where I was looking. So this one, you can download and use that for free and upload that into your design tool. Another one that you can use is an splash. Love photos. And here too, this is also C right here. Free usable images. You definitely want to make sure that you use free images, will tie, will do cupcakes, because we're going to look for cupcakes pointer, we're in New York City. So these actually look exactly like the vanilla, vanilla cupcakes from magnolia Bakery. So I would use this a 100%. So you can see there's related photos as well. So this is a really easy way to find photos that you can legally use. You could post about a party, this person Brooklyn Park. You can click on one person's thing and you can find photos that they've done. Look at her gorgeous photos. So you could get a series of photos that are all kind of the same. She's posted really beautiful photos. So sometimes I really just like one person sings, look at bat. She's, she's posting in actually unsparing. So that's just an idea of a two places where you can get photos. Also, if you have Canva Pro, I just clicked back over into Canada with the Pro version of Canvas. You do get all their profile photos free. So if you were just gonna do one Instagram post, and this is just one. And then you can upload your own media. You can create folders. In here. I uploaded all my photos for the puzzle feet ahead of time in case I wanted to drag and drop them into the puzzle VDD, which is super organized. Or you can use the images that are already in Canada and the pro, pro plans. So then you would search and photos, will just look to see what they haven't cupcakes. Just to stick with their little cupcake theme. They have a lot of cute stuff in here too. So these, you can see that's in the Pro version, so that is free and there, if it otherwise, I think they sometimes are like a dollar. But you there are free photos in here as well, and there are an easel. You can get photos as well. Let's see what they have for cupcakes. There's are a little different. They're gonna go down here, see they have a lot of images to lots of images and both of them. So sometimes you can just grab them right in, right in the app, or you can upload them. You can see in here, I also loaded those puzzle feed pictures. So it's easy to just add your photo. So if you're if you're working on finding your photos, you can grab them all. You know, you can look. I'm going to click back into Canva quickly. Say I am looking at my puzzle grid. I can go into my template and know that I need 123456789101112 images if I'm going to use this template. So I could choose to do 1234, that are gonna be me. And then I could get the other photos from stock photos or look through photos that I've already taken of things. So that gives you a couple places where you can get your images. Always make sure that you legally have the right to use the images, or that you are taking the images yourself because it is your Instagram. Would people do love to see that? But there's no shame in the game of using some great stock photos to boost what you've done if you're creating something. And I've never had anybody say, I can't believe you use iStockphoto and that as a matter of fact, people are usually looking at my grids and they think I took all the photos even though I didn't it's not you're not trying to be deceptive. Its photos and you're creating your own original graphics. It's creating your brand in your feed to look amazing. So I hope that gives you some ideas on where you can get free images. There's tons of other places you can just Google search for where you can legally get free images to use without copyright. But those are some places picks up a and unclass. I find a lot of really great things. So, good luck hunting for your own, just for your puzzle VDD. 8. Get Organized with Trello on Desktop for Planning: Hi friends, here we are in Trello. And this is an organizational tool that I absolutely love. And there's a Mac app for it. This is just the desktop version right now. And then also you can use this on your smartphone, which is awesome. I'm going to show you quickly that really quickly because I'm going to give you a little Trello overboard. So basically how Trello works is there's boards, there's different boards. So this is a board. These are different cards. So basically you would upload each image that you wanted to add as a separate in your grid. So we'll just, we'll choose nine of them. So we're going to add another card. And the title for the card is going to be imaged number one. Just for the heck of it. When we go into image number one, this is going to be the first post that we're gonna do. We're gonna add an attachment in that is going to be an image from our puzzle feed. This is the italy puzzle feed. So that goes in. And then we would just keep adding them in. There. You can see that this is a little bit more complicated. And I'm just showing you this in case you don't use plan allele or something specific or for Instagram. But if you don't want to use a separate tool, you can use something like Trello to upload your images. And then you just have to be organized and remember that you need to post that. So that's one of the reasons I like to use a scheduling tool. You can also use things like a Gora poles or buffer or other tools that post. So basically you can see you pull each image in here. And I'll do number 32. So this is how, if you were gonna kinda manually do it, you can add your images this way into Trello. And I have used this for different projects. I'll show you one that I used it for, for, for Instagram's specifically. But so there's the first three images. So this one goes first, second, third, and that's the bottom row of your Instagram puzzle feet. You can't see what they look like in the grid. That's why I'm just gonna click back over. That's why using something like plan only when you can see them all in there is much more helpful. And then when they're scheduled, they still go in the order. I don't know if it'll go back. It doesn't scroll back to my older ones, but that's why I like to use something like plan only. So you can see all of the pieces. But some people like to use different tools. I'm just going to show you quickly how just in case you use Trello out, This is how you could use it. So if you had them all in here, you just put your Instagram caption in here. So you can write your text done. You can edit your text. Obviously. You can put your hashtags in here. You can do all your things. You want to add something for engagement. And then you can save that. So from here, you can use the app and you can post this directly from Trello. You can download it, copy the text, and load it from your phone to Instagram. Or you can alternatively, you know, air dropped a photo to yourself and then just cut and paste the text over so there's different ways that you can do it. But the thing with Instagram is you either need to be posting in the app on your phone or you need to be using a planning tool like plan a, or plan or any of the other later there's a bunch of different tools. Plan only just happens to be my bass, my favorite that I've used for years. And also, I love the splitter tool that you can use to load all the images. I feel like that's like a really great way to go. I'm going to quickly show you. This is an example of campaigns. So each photo is in and then the text. So actually I think I put them into instant, I put them into planning. And you can have different accounts in here to excuse me. So this is just, you know, a great tool for seeing what you're going to post in planning it and making it easy for yourself. And you should. All I did do a recently did a puzzle. It's right now. It's not an order. But I can go in here and show you did one for a brand that I manage. Oops. Where the type run, let me go back there. I'm not sure we're worth this images going. Okay, there we go. So this is an image of one that I did for six. So I did all those images. I created that and then I actually split this one into plan early and put all the images in there. And then I added all the text for this one. Because these images you can see don't look great on their own. They're sort of interesting but not great. I posted all three of these at one time. And then I did the same message because this is more of like a marketing thing. Let me see if I can pull up an older puzzle fee that I did on here. So very popular and they look great. There's just three polis, even three images across is very striking. And that's a great way to split up seasons or when you're going to change colors. And let me just scroll back a little bit to have more puzzle feeds on this one in particular. Let me see, going back, there we go. This is one. It's not exactly lined up for the beginning, but it still looks great. So this is one that I did an easel and all the things on here, there's products, there's things about the brand. So it really kinda tells a story. And then one before that, this one is for a product that's for wet cleaning, which is water. So I use the light blue background and they wrote things about the product. Just to give you an idea of how you can use different puzzle feeds. And like I said, you can use Trello. If you want to use it to organize your posts. But my favorite is personally because of the visual aspect. And literally being able to see all your images go in like this. And then you can just write out your texts in and schedule it. It's great to plan them ahead of time this far. So once you have all your images in there, you're going to plan the texts out. You can use something like a Google doc and just write post one, post to post three plus four. And write out the texture you're telling the story. But you do need to remember that posts one is not this champagne, but it is this one right here. This is one of nine. So when, when I uploaded this in the end, it actually added that, which is awesome. It adds that little one of six. And this one says 66 plan only did that automatically. So you can just go in and for this one, I would write the text for all those posts at once. And then these, I would write the taxed individually. Another great thing is that you can add your hashtags in here, which is really super helpful. And you can put your, if you use this little tool right there, which is a little bubble with a plus, you can put your hashtags into this first comment, or you can just write the first comment in there if you wanted to. So this is why I use plan early just because it makes it so much easier to upload those grid photos versus Trello where you'd have to do it kind of more semi-annually. And it's so hard to get these in. I think it looks easier right now, like the first time I was doing this, I thought this is no big deal, but if you tried to manage manually posies, it's very confusing. So this is why I use plainly, sometimes I will use Trello if I have a brand campaign that I need to create. I don't know if I have any other ones quickly. Sometimes I take them out after I've done it, but sometimes there's brands, things in their qualcomm was one that was opposed. So this is an, this is an example of this is mercedes quot I think I used it again for Qualcomm and copy that. But this was for Mercedes and I had to have specific information. So I did the Instagram posts here, I did the images here. And then I could put the type in or I could just grab them to post. So while I was working on it, I had it in here. I had a little hashtag research in their editing and graphics. This was something I had to use this exact thing. So I pulled that up bow periscope that shows how all of that is. That's awesome. But anyway, there's purposes so you can use it at a bunch of different ways. There's no right or wrong way, but this is just how I used it for our brand campaign that I was working with. So Trello is a really great tool. If you're looking something to organize, you can create individual posts. You can just create them and save them in here and then grab them when you want to put them in to plan only. Or you can just create things in plan Ali and we have them in here, scheduled like these. And just know that at some point, you know, I want to post this Martha Stewart cookbook. So there's different ways to use it. That's how I recommend it. I love using the splitter tool specifically, that's the easiest way to get them in. There hasn't been order. It tells you the number of them. So I hope that gives you an idea of how to use two different tools, planners and Trello, to organize your posts for Instagram. And the next tool. On the next video, I'm gonna show you a couple of places where you can get images that you can use for your Instagram posts. See you there. 9. You're Ready to Create your Class Project! new: So here we are. We're almost at the end of the class. I've taught you what a puzzle piece is. I taught you how to use Canvas and easel to two different tools to create your puzzle feed. You can find templates for them that you can purchase and customize, which even though it's a tablet, is still going to be very custom because you can design your own things. You're going to create context with each individual posts that you have. You're gonna go into plan early and you're going to upload your images. Or if you want to use Trello, but if you use Planner, you can go in there. You can update each image, pull the image up, right, your text for each one and save it and share it. If you don't want to use plan only you can use any tool that you use for Instagram to plan. Just make sure that you can get that grid in the order that it needs to be. Remember that the very bottom corner is actually going to be the first one that you post and make sure that you have them going in order. So whatever tool you use, just remember that that's not a tool you are the thing that's going to actually plan everything and craft everything and just make sure when you're creating your Instagram puzzle fee that you're thinking about each post and telling a story through all those different pieces to make sure that you're adding value and interests and people are going to be so excited to see what you post-tax once you start. And so that is basically the overview of what we've done so far. The next thing that you're going to do is create your own puzzle feed using the template that I gave you or you can create your own. You don't have to follow my tablet, but for your project and want you to create a puzzle feed that is six posts big. If you're really feeling overwhelmed, you could do and that's just three across. That's totally fine if you want to do and that's custom. You can just make it 1000003 thousand pixels. And then you can split that into three different images using the tool that I showed you to split it up. So that is basically going to be your project is just to create that grid of three. I'm going to give you the template for the one that I designed, that is the was the italy trip. And you can customize all of that. You can make the background different, you can make the photos different. When you click on it to get that template, you're just going to make a copy of that and use your copy to create your own image. And you can even do that and free Canva, there might be some elements that you would need to change, but it's totally customizable. There's no, you know, you don't have to create something in particular. I just want you to try to make it a grid of three and share that in the class so everybody can see what you made. I can't wait to see what you made. If you have any questions about this class, please let me know. And when you poster, start posting on Instagram, I'm at Peg, That's paycheck. Please tap on tag me so I can see the great puzzle fee that you've created. Like I said, if you have any questions, please leave them below so I can help you out. And I hope that you have fun making your first puzzle feed for Instagram. I'm Peg Fitzpatrick. Happy creating.