Seamless Instagram Grid Puzzle Feed – Using Photoshop with Free Template

Seamless Instagram Grid Puzzle Feed – Using Photoshop with Free Template

August 19, 2019 7 By Peter Engel


hi everyone, today I’m gonna show you
guys how to create am Instagram feed like mine. not exactly like mine, but that has all the post or the feeds connect together like what I have my instagram account. I know
that a lot of people are asking how I do this, because not only my feet
connects to the left and to the right but also once I have a new post that
pushes down it connects to top and bottom so it doesn’t breaks. I
mean it breaks on left to right but then you can see this notebook is connected
to that notebooks. Ok so here we go. I use Photoshop and the function that
I use to make these connected posts are art-boards, it’s not that new of a function
but I don’t remember which version they start to have artboards so if you have a really really old version of Photoshop you might not have it but I
think most people has to have that function and let me first explain the
logic of it. So because I want my fees, my posts to connect on all sides, so even
though in my head I’m thinking all those feed is on the top left corner I am
gonna try to change the way you think on how you post a feed. So you want to think
that the post that you are gonna post is the one in
the middle and then you want to make sure it
connects to all sides- all of its neighbors, so that’s why I drew this 3 by
3 diagram to show you. So the one in the middle is the post I will try to create and the one to the right is a previous and then the previous previous previous and then we want to keep in mind on the
future posts so when we do our layout we can have these objects
overlapping, like I have here- a camera that I use too much, it’s overlapping between the gridlines. Okay so how do you
create this Instagram grid. we can start by going to Photoshop and
create a new document, and I’m using 1080 by 1080. I’m not really worried about retina resolution. I think it looks fine when I just do 1080 by 1080. And
then it’s 72 dpi RGB color and you can do white background transparent
background depend on how you want your background of your Instagram feed to look. My feed looks like everything is on the white background that’s just the way I
choose. You can definitely have your whole feed on a black or
gray or pink background or a pattern, so I can I’m just gonna do
white here, and the more important thing is you want to click artboard so
you’re creating one art board that’s 1080 by 1080, and once you hit create
you’re gonna have this one artboard and if you use the Move tool by clicking on the name of the artboard you are operating in this
artboard world and you can create or duplicate the artboard however many
you need. So we’re gonna create 9 okay i’m gonna zoom now so you can see
what’s going on here so i have created three i’m just gonna do 1 underneath
and left left down i don’t like how it’s moving it’s making me dizzy, okay so
there we go we have nine artboards and you can see all the name is just one two
three four five.. to nine, that’s very very clear and so confusing at the
same time. And the first thing we’re gonna do is we’re gonna reposition it so
they’re all close together like how our instagram feed looks like. So you don’t want to have any gap between like what
we have here. So we’re gonna position the artboards. Well the first one we don’t
have to do anything but the second one, wait, if your photoshop, like
mine, right now it’s showing me inches you can just right click
on your ruler, well if you don’t have ruler you’re gonna do Command + R to get the ruler out and then you want to select Pixel so you can view this. Artboard one is 1080 by 1080 and artboard two, we want the X position to be 1080 so we’re just moving in over. and artboard three is 2160. And then artboard 6 we want
to do 1080 as the Y position and artboard five is 1080 and 1080. And
this one is 2160 and 1080 and this one is gonna be 2160 1080 2160 so if
this is very confusing just refer back to the diagram that I have on the blog
post. So these are the coordinate you wanna key-in. So as you know
it’s just multiplied 1080 okay so now we have the artboards we’re
gonna change these names so it will follow this diagram that I
provided. So I’m just gonna name them 0, +1, +2, +3, + 4 and then
-1, -2, -3, -4. So the minus ones are what happened yesterday. My post
yesterday and the previous days so those are gonna remain there so I can
see the layout but you’ll see why do we need them. This artboard 9 should be called -4, then -3 ok, so once again I changed the name and the position So you need to have this Property Panel open, Property Panel looks like this. If you don’t see it, go to Window –>Property and now the artboards are glued together it’s hard to tell who’s who, so we’re gonna create some guides We are gonna have guides on 1080 so click off any layer or artboard so you are not creating guides just for that layer So make sure you don’t have any layer or artboard selected, and then go view>create guide I use guide a lot so I even designated a shortcut key for it So these are the two numbers you want to remember- 1080 and 2160 okay now we have these
guys we can tell the nine grids So if what I just did is like “what in the world is goin on?” that’s alright I have a link for you
guys to have this Photoshop template so you don’t even have create your own you can just download it and bang! it’s
right there for you. Okay so now let me jump back to my grid that I’ve
been using so I have all these grid
just like the one we just created except that I already have content so
these are my previous post and for you guys if you’re just starting and you
will still you start placing your art in the middle but you would just not
have these previous posts first thing is to move everything one
block over to the right and then delete the last post so delete all the layers but keep the background layer if you want to have white backgound and then move artboard -3 to
-4 so things just scoop over and for these old post i usually merge the layers once it’s been posted this helps keeping the file size down cuz my poor computer has so much junk
in it. okay so now everybody scoop over one grid we
have a space for our new post I am gonna close the other artboard folders so it’s not as confusing. Remember we are gonna place our new artwork or design in the middle but you cannot have them bleed to the old
post so that means you cannot go to the right you cannot go to the bottom it’s impossible. I have this artwork
that I want to pose so I just select the group and then
do a duplicate group to the grid.psd since it’s a document that has multiple artboards, it will let me select which artboard to copy to so I am gonna do 0 which is the center one that we want to paste in. Okay so let’s jump back to this grid file, now I have
this artwork in the middle so the first thing I want to do is to
make it a smart object I don’t know it’s just a habit, I think it’s a good habit so you guys should do it too This one actually I’m gonna have it go pass to the next grid have like
you know extend to the tomorrow’s post or whenever I do the next post. For the sake of demonstration I am actually gonna move it to sew
it touches all three neighbors which is actually is not a good layout because it’s too much empty space here but just for the sake of showing you guys how to do this. Let’s say wanted
to have it here This one just so happened that it’s a easier post The other ones I have like coffee cup and clip board and what not, but this one is
just one frame, but it would still do the job sometimes you have to rearrange the
layers to make things look real if things like it’s gonna touch each other then you want to carefully mask out this
paperclip so they are not touching anything. So you can plan ahead to avoid having to mask out crazy curves
and shapes. Now we’re gonna copy and duplicate the same thing to the neighbor so we’re just gonna do right click and then duplicate layer duplicate to bored +1. and to fix the position we are just gonna move you know ten everything 1080 pixel to the right so it will match by doing free transform, keyboard shortcut Command + T, you can enter the coordinate the layer and you want to add 1080 to this number. Here is for 414 plus 1080 that gives you 1494 now the two layer are connected but it’s actually two different layers then copy the same steps to the other
neighbors– the upstairs neighbor so we want to copy this part to artboard +4, so let’s do right click duplicate the layer and do +4 move it down by 1080 px along the y-axis, so 489 + 1080=1569 px Now I am gonna do the same thing for artboard +3 and reposition it along the y-axis by 1080 px so now the 4 payers are connected. It looks like one image but it’s made-up by 4 then you can command select all four layers and link them. The reason for doing this is in case you want to adjust the placement they will be moving altogether do as many or as little overlap as you want you don’t need to have object exceeding all three sides try to make them look random we are almost done and we are ready to export this artboard simply by right click on artboard 0, select Export as. you can export multiple versions and different sizes but I don’t need any of those I just select Export All and name it however you want so now you have the image that’s ready to be posted on your Instagram So that’s how I make my puzzle Instagram feed I hope this has been helpful. Let me know if you have any questions, subscribe and let me know if you have other photoshop questions.