How to make Instagram Highlight covers in your own style

Julia Moore
When you promote your business on Instagram, the profile’s appearance is what makes a first impression about your company. That's why it's very important to adhere to a style and don’t make your profile a hodgepodge. You need a serious approach and creativity to design the page. In the article, we will tell you how to make Instagram Highlight covers and give some good examples.
Reading time — 11 minutes

Why you need Highlight covers

Many people are used to sharing moments of their lives, impressions and emotions in Instagram Stories. Unfortunately, Stories disappear in 24 hours. But you probably want more people to see them. Here is where Instagram Highlights help. 

Highlights are a part of an account where you save Stories that have already been published. They help to arrange saved Stories in groups in the order you need. Such collections are shown under an account bio.

Arranged and ordered Highlights are good for navigation around profile content. To make it clear for users what the collections are about, create Instagram Highlights covers. 

You should think about a style for your IG page before you make Instagram Highlight covers. A good design of a profile not only attracts attention, but also makes the page look more ordered and professional. 

How to make covers for Instagram

Use Canva to create Instagram Highlight covers. The service is a leader among tools for creating the icons for a profile. There you can find a collection of vivid designs for posters, presentations, Stories and other types of content for social media. 

Canva provides all necessary tools to make Instagram Highlight covers. That’s why it’s so easy to create appealing icons for your saved Stories in the service. 

You don’t have to sign up on the website, but if you do, you can save your projects and templates. 

There are both free and paid plans. Free has enough tool for creating a good cover. Paid plans vary in different countries. For example, in the US the price starts from 119.99 USD a year.

Create a template

Let’s make an example and create an Insta Highlight cover for a sale. You can do it both in the Canva app or on its website. 

First, we need to create a template with the 1080*1920 pixels size. 

  1. Choose Social media.
  2. Scroll to the right to see more options and choose Instagram Story or Highlight Cover.
  3. Tap Create blank.

You will see templates and tools to make a custom cover. 

Make your design

After you choose a canvas' size, you are offered pictures with these parameters. You can choose a ready template if you have no time.

You can also make Instagram Highlight covers with your own design. Start with choosing a background, then add an icon. 

  1. Go to Backgrounds. Tap More if you can't see it.
  2. Choose a background.
  3. Tap the plus to add elements. 
  4. Choose Elements.
  5. Choose an element

We searched an icon for cover by the word "shopping". You can type any word related to your Highlights. But you don't have to use the search, you can just choose from offered categories.

Navigate around the element categories by scrolling them down. Scroll to the left in each category to see more icons. 

When you decide on your icon, place it in the center of the background and change its size if needed. Or you can do it later on Instagram. 

You can add text if you want.

  1. Tap the plus again. 
  2. Choose Text.
  3. Choose a style.
  4. Type your text in the text frame.
  5. Save your work by tapping the share button.  

If you didn’t find an icon you like in Elements, you can choose a picture from the Photo section. Or you can upload your own image from a phone or computer, go to Uploads to do it. 

Where to get Highlight icons

There are a lot of resources on the Internet where you can get free icons to make Instagram Highlight covers on Canva or upload them right in your Instagram profile. You can look for them yourself or use a website from the list below.

On all these websites, you can use images for personal and commercial use. But before you take one for your business, make sure you can use it for commerce. You can know that from reading the terms of use or under a pic you choose. 
  • IconFinder. The website contains more than 2.5 million icons. You can download them in different file formats and use for free. 
  • Noun Project. The resource offers icons for any case. There are more than 3 million of them on the website. 
  • Behance. The service is one of the most popular in the design community, it is known for its immense variety of quality icons. Use filters to search an icon you need. 
  • FreePik. You can find lots of free vector images, PSD, icons, and photos. 
  • IconMonstr. Go to IconMonstr to find the icon from your dreams. The website doesn’t have an impressive variety of choices, but the presented designs are definitely worth your attention.

Examples of a good cover

Here are some examples that you can take as an idea to start and change. They may also inspire you to create something cool for your profile. 


The brand uses Highlights to tell users about the most important: Racing, Historic, Store, Forest. It uses its brand logo as the covers, which are created in different colors. 


Highlights in this profile are perfect for navigating around the profile content. They added the most important information here. Look how usable and nice it looks. You can make Instagram Highlight covers the same in your profile.


This business profile is a good example of branding. Here we see two designs for Highlights of different topics. They go well with each other. Users can learn about the brands' specialists and services.


The brand uses covers as the collections' names to let users know what these saved Stories are about. The covers are made in one style, same colors, and they fit the profile photo. Everything looks organized and well-designed. 


Here is an example of Highlights covers in a personal blog. The Stories are divided by interest and users can see what each collection is about. The covers are made in one style. The names are duplicated in the pictures. 

How to add a Highlight cover

After you’ve made a good Highlight cover, you need to add it. You need to upload the image to Instagram Stories. 

  1. Tap the plus from your account.
  2. Choose Story.
  3. Tap Camera roll.
  4. Choose a cover.
  5. Tap the arrow
  6. Tap Share near Your Story.
  7. Tap Add to Highlights.
  8. Choose a collection.
  9. Tap Done.
  1. Now you open the Highlights where you just added your cover. 
  2. Tap the three dots
  3. Choose Edit Highlights.
  4. Tap Edit Cover
  5. Choose your cover image in a row below. 
  6. Tap Done.
  7. On the editing menu, you also tap Done.

If you don’t want people to see your new cover among Stories, you can do Steps 4-7, then tap the image icon to download a cover from your phone. Continue with 6-7 steps. The picture won’t appear in your Stories and in the Highlight collection. It will be visible only from your profile page as a Highlight cover. 

The bottom line

Instagram is a way to express yourself or your business. Highlight covers tell about you or your company. Now you will never run out of the ideas for Highlight covers. 

Experiment with your photo, collages, and icons. Make Instagram Highlight covers in one style and use dominant colors of your account. Good covers make your profile look better, which is good for your Instagram account promotion. 

How many Instagram Highlights collections do you have, and what are they? Write in the comments!