Step by Step Guide : Instagram Puzzle Feed

I recently overhauled my Instagram feed and since you all seem to be loving it; i wanted to share the process with you! Here are my exact steps to create a gorgeous puzzle feed on instagram + a FREE template! 

Step 1: Create blank grid in AI

Set up your blank grid in Adobe Illustrator 

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  • File -> New 
  • Height 1080 pixels - width 1080 pixels ( insta square size)
  • Number of artboards 36 (or any multiple of 3 but I like to get a good visual)
  • Arrange your artboards in rows of 3 to simulate your Instagram feed

Step 2: Start Layering

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Start with different colored squares of various sizes. Then go in and add "background photos". Let them spill into and share different squares, keep them simpler. i get a lot of my background photos from 


Step 3:Add main photos


Add your main photos or whatever should take up the majority of the post. Then add fun graphics, your favorite typography, or your logo to make each square unique. 

step 4: perfecting

Go through each individual square and make sure they're all visually appealing. Then zoom out and examine the entire feed for cohesion. 

Step 5: Export Files

After your designs are finished click each artboard then file -> export -> save for web.

If you have any questions just holler! If you try out the puzzle feed tag me in your creations , I can't wait to see your spin on it!  

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