How to design a creative quote graphic for social media

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

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Add shapes to make your text stand out

Canva makes it easy to find elements and icons to use in your designs. Click the Elements tab on your sidebar. From there, you'll be provided with various different shapes, images, and grids 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.

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