Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Create a custom Instagram profile grid, part of Mobile Photography Weekly.
- Hi, I'm Shawn Duggan and this week we're going to take a look at how to make a custom photo grid for your Instagram profile page. And you probably run across these before in your Instagram wanderings where when you go to the profile page of a photographer or a business, instead of a grid of individual pictures you'll see a single scene, a single photograph or an illustration that is divided up almost into a mosaic where each individual square tile creates a part of the whole scene.
So kind of like this shot here which I made for my own page. So if you tap on an individual picture, you'll see that but then if you view the profile page, you'll see the grid of the nine pictures showing the full scene. And obviously you can choose to add text there if you want to. So this is a really creative way to present your images, to present yourself. It's really good if you want to have a static Instagram profile page in place for a while, perhaps marketing an event or a particular product.
Not so good for photographers who are posting every single day because of course then, this is going to go down below the fold and people are not going to see it. But I've seen some really creative uses of this format. So for instance, one use that I really like is by the Netflix series, The OA, and you can see here that they have this kind of endlessly scrolling grid here to promote the TV series and you know, this type of a grid here was created in Photoshop. This wasn't made on the phone but it's very, very well done.
Some of these link to videos, some to photos and it's just a really useful and creative way to implement that technique. So let's dive into the app we're going to use and see how to put this together. The app I'm going to use is called, Instagrids. It's available for both iOS and Android. And when you go into the app, the first thing you do is you choose a photo. So I'm going to go and choose a reflection shot here that I took at Red Rocks in Sedona, and initially, it's going to show it as a row of three images.
So down at the bottom here, you can choose different grid formats whether you have three or six. So there's many different ways to do the grids. You can even have grids where there are color squares overlayed on some of the pictures. So if you want to have a more illustrative effect you can do that. I'm just going to choose a basic nine photo grid. And I'm going to say, Okay to that. And next, you can choose to add stickers if you want.
You can add text. You can choose to even add another photo here. So for instance, I'll just use this one of the water. And I can add this photo on top of the other photos. So you can get pretty creative in how you structure the grid that you're building. I'm just going to actually get rid of that one. I don't want that. I just wanted to show you what was possible there. And I'm not going to add any text but if you wanted to, you could add text blocks in various parts of the photo. I'm just going to do say Okay to that.
And then it gives you an interface where you can post the images directly to your Instagram feed. It shows you the order in which they need to be posted in order for them to show up and display properly in your profile page. Now, typically what I do is I don't like to post them all at once. Right from this app, I'll post them a little bit later so I'll save these to my camera roll but what I'll do is I'll take a screen grab of this and that way, I have a reference for the order that they need to be posted in because if you're just looking at your camera roll and they're all separated out it can be a little bit mystifying which way they need to be posted.
But if look at this here, they post from the bottom up. So this is the bottom of the picture, the middle of the picture and then this is top of the picture. So I'm just going to save this to my camera roll and now, those are saved to my camera roll and I'm ready to be able to post those to Instagram whenever it's convenient for me. So if you want to try something a little bit different in terms of how you display your profile page on Instagram. Give customer photo grids a try. They're pretty cool.