Now that you understand our pre-evangelization strategy, and are ready to begin a tactical approach to Instagram, it’s time to actually create content! This training video will orient you to the free design tool Canva, and will also offer some graphic design principles you can bring into your Instagram planning to make a good impression to new followers. 

The video introduces the tools of Canva and walks through an example of creating a graphic for a quote from Pope Benedict. We recommend watching the video straight through to take in the process, and then applying the insights to actually create a graphic post to share a quote on Instagram. The steps for creating a quote graphic on Canva are outlined below the video for you to return to; we created this workshop assuming you’ll be working with Canva on your desktop, but the steps are not that different for the mobile app.

Use a quote from your favorite saint, or if you need inspiration, you can just browse any of our #GrottoMoment graphics and re-use any of those quotes. And when you post your new graphic to Instagram, be sure to tag @GrottoNetwork and use the #GrottoMoment hashtag!

Practice creating a quote graphic on Canva:

  1. Create a free account on Canva with your email address.
  2. Click on “Create a design” in the upper right-hand corner of the app.
    1. Select “Instagram post” as the template.
    2. Note the templates and stock photo options on the left-side menu.
  3. On left-side menu, select “Text.”
    1. Type in your quote (feel free to borrow any quotes in our #GrottoMoment series!).
    2. In the upper toolbar, play with formatting elements.
  4. Add a background photo.
    1. On the left-side menu, select “Photo.”
    2. Stretch to fit your graphic, and play with effects and filters.
  5. Adjust the image and text for color/contrast.
  6. Publish!
    1. The easiest way to publish is to download the Canva mobile app to your mobile device — when you sign into your account, you’ll be able to access your design, and can publish to Instagram from there. You can also link your desktop Canva account to your Instagram account and publish through that connection. Another option is to save the image to your desktop and transfer it to your phone.
    2. Remember to use the #GrottoMoment hashtag, and tag @GrottoNetwork in your caption!

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