Got a couple minutes? That's all this will take!
In Canva, hover your mouse over "Templates," then choose "Instagram Story" under "Social Media." Choosing an Instagram story template will give you the dimensions you need for a reel cover.
Click your new document to select it, then click the color wheel to change the background color.
On the left side of your screen, choose "Uploads," then "Upload Media," to add an image for your cover.
Drag your image to your document.
Adjust the size of your photo by dragging on any of the corners.
Center your image. Pink lines will pop up to help guide you. Note: You are only going to see the center square of your cover on your Instagram feed, so put the focal point of your image in the center!
Add text by clicking the "Text" icon to the left of your screen, and choosing an option from the menu.
Edit the font, color, size, and other aspects of your text with the tool bar at the top of your screen.
Place your text where you want it to go, keeping it inside the pink border lines that pop up.
Add any graphics you might want by clicking "Graphics" on the left side of your screen, searching what you want, and then dragging them to your document.
When you're done and ready to save, click "Share" in the top right of your screen, and then choose "Download."
And now you have a cover for your reel!
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