How to increase your engagement on social media with eye-catching quote graphics

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Let's be honest, the worldwide web loves a quote tile—especially on Instagram. Whether it's a desktop wallpaper, Instagram post, or your Instagram story, in this article, we’ll walk you through a few simple steps to design a creative quote graphicfor social media using Canva. Hint: It's easier than you think.

How to customize your quote graphic

Start with a template

Whether you're working on a digital marketing campaign or simply want to share your art and passion for words online, Canva makes it easy to create stunning quote graphics to share your ideas, beliefs and inspirations. With thousands of free, customizable and designer-made templates at your disposal, you can create quote graphics to match your brand aesthetic. Take advantage of the free stock images, illustrations and the color palette generator to elevate the look of your graphics. Canva helps you craft beautiful typography that will make your quotes stand out.

Choose your quote

In this exercise, we’ll use shapes and transparency to add some interest to our quote. The first step is to pick your quote. Shorter quotes work best, as you’ll have more room for your text to breathe.

For this example, we’ll take a quote from the artist, Andy Warhol:

The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will.

Our first step is to add the words of the quote into a Canva template. In this case, we have chosen the Instagram Post template with a black background to begin the design.

Increase letter spacing

Next, we want to increase the letter spacing. This gives our text more room to breathe. Increase the author’s name more than the rest of the text to create some contrast.

To do this, simply tap on the text within your design. From there, at the top of the editor, you will see the Spacing button. Once clicked, a drop-down menu will appear. Here, you can edit the letter spacing, line spacing, and paragraph spacing.

Add shapes to make your text stand out

Canva makes it easy to find elements and icons(opens in a new tab or window) or you can even use an emoji generator(opens in a new tab or window)to use in your designs. Click the Elements tab on your sidebar. From there, you'll be provided with various different shapes, blobs(opens in a new tab or window), images, and grids(opens in a new tab or window) that you can drag and drop into your quote design. To highlight the author, we've simply added a line and placed it behind the author's name.

To do this, you simply need to press the Position button at the top of the editor and click Behind.

Choose a font that is easy to read

When it comes to graphic design(opens in a new tab or window), fonts play a major role in creating the right visual impact. With Canva, you have access to over a hundred font types(opens in a new tab or window) to choose from. To create the perfect look for your quote card, you can either pair two or three contrasting weights and styles or stick to one font(opens in a new tab or window) that best represents the mood of your design.

Choose high quality images

With Canva, you can access a library of over a million stock images, illustrations and graphics. From beautiful landscapes to mouthwatering food photography, you can find the perfect image to go with your quote. You can also upload your own photography and drag and drop them into your chosen design template. Creative options are endless with Canva's filter enhancements, and basic edits like brightness, contrast and vibrance are easy to apply.

Templates to inspire

One of the best ways to stay motivated and inspired is by reading quotes from people who have faced their own struggles and come out on top.

Here are a few of our favorite quotes to inspire your social followers in 2023:

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

– Helen Keller

“If you’re looking for the next big thing, and you’re looking where everyone else is, you’re looking in the wrong place.” - Mark Cuban

“Build it, and they will come” only works in the movies. Social Media is a “build it, nurture it, engage them, and they may come and stay.” - Seth Godin

“I don’t know the word ‘quit’. Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” – Susan Butcher

“Forget past mistakes. Also, forget failures. And forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – William Durant

“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” - Vidal Sassoon

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

“There are no magic wands, no hidden tracks, and no secret handshakes that can bring you immediate success, but with time, energy and determination you can get there.” - Darren Rowse

“All one needs is a computer, a network connection, and a bright spark of initiative and creativity to join the economy.” - Don Tapscott

“The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” — Rob Kalin

“The only way around is through.” – Robert Frost

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