These FREE Instagram post templates can be used for marketing campaigns or personal posts, giving your social content an instant dose of summer style. The designs are super easy to customize with your own image and text content.
So, scroll down to download your freebie and discover a how-to tutorial for editing your social media templates in Create.
This FREE downloadable template bundle contains five unique template designs for both Instagram posts and Instagram/Pinterest Stories.
Each design comes with a summer-themed background and Polaroid-style frames, ready for placing your own images or photos from the Shutterstock library.
Each template is provided in JPEG, AI (Adobe Illustrator), and EPS format, making them easy to adapt with your own text and images.
Each template uses a unique and stylish summer-themed background, from crashing waves to heat-baked terracotta, giving your designs seasonal atmosphere and character.
Need some styling inspiration? Below are demos of the designs that use photos taken from the Shutterstock library, each of which help to give the design a unique mood.
Template #1: Summer Mood
This Mediterranean-inspired Instagram template is perfect for evoking a relaxed, summer vibe.
Scroll down for tips on how to do this using Create.
Template #2: Summer Escape
We’re all dreaming of far-flung vacations this summer. But, even if you’re limited to a staycation this year, you can conjure up the spirit of days spent on the beach with this template.
Template #3: Summer Dreams
Share your hopes and aspirations for the summer ahead with this ethereal template design. All you need is an abstract, kooky image—such as this lemon balloon—to achieve a dreamlike mood.
Give your social posts a kooky edge with an abstract image like this one by contributor Zamurovic Brothers.
Template #4: Summer Beauty
As with the first design, try overlaying a delicate botanical shadow for an ethereal, summery effect.
Template #5: Summer Memories
Summer vacations are the time for family bonding, school holidays, and making enduring memories. Share your best summer moments using this nostalgic template.
Simply click the button below to download your freebie pack. Double-click the ZIP file to unpackage its contents.
Inside the ZIP file, you’ll find two folders. One contains templates for Instagram or Pinterest Stories, sized to 1080 x 1920 px, and one holds templates for Instagram Posts, sized to 1080 x 1080 px.
Each folder contains JPEG, AI (Adobe Illustrator), and EPS files.
By downloading this FREE pack, you agree not to resell or redistribute these assets.
How to Edit Your Summer Templates Using Shutterstock Create
You can add images to your social media templates using Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop, but it’s also super easy to edit and share them online using Create, as well.
Below, we’ll look at how you can quickly add your own text and images to one of the FREE templates and share or download your finished social media image using Create.
Instagram Template: Step 1
In Create, click File > Create new > Blank canvas. Scroll or search (CTRL or Command + F) “Instagram” for the Instagram Story (1080 x 1920) preset.
Click to open.
Then, click Images > Upload from the left toolbar.
Navigate to the download folder and select one of the templates from the JPEG folders.
Here, we’ll add text and images to the Summer Mood design. So, I’ll select Summer Mood.jpg and click Open.
Instagram Template: Step 2
Click on the Images icon at the top of the left-hand toolbar. From here, you can search for an image from the Shutterstock library. Or, if you have a specific image in mind, paste the image ID into the search bar.
Drag the image onto the canvas and rotate to match the angle of the Polaroid frame. For more sensitive rotation, hold down Shift while you rotate.
Note: You’ll have to license the image before use. Once you do, you can edit straight from Create.
From the top control bar, click Crop layer. Drag the blue highlighted lines within the white picture frame. Click Apply.
Instagram Template: Step 3
Time to rotate! Simply click the picture, then drag the tall blue handle to drag counter-clockwise. Release to set.
This way, the image angle matches the frame.
You can apply Instagram-style effects to your image using the Effects option in the top control bar. Applying the Tuscon filter gives the image a suitably sun-bleached effect.
Instagram Template: Step 4
Click Text > Add text, then customize your font or Create’s various text layouts. Move the text frame to the top-center of the layout, and adjust the Font Size to 125.
Type in your chosen text, then set the Font to Forum from the search bar. Scroll or search it. Use the alignment lines, as well as the alignment properties available on the top toolbar.
Align the text to center from the Alignment options on the control bar.
Instagram Template: Step 5
From the top toolbar, you’ll find an underlined “T” with an arrow next to it. Hover over it to see it says, “Text Spacing.” Click to adjust the Letter spacing to 2.0, then adjust font size and placement accordingly.
Highlight the text box, then find the Text color option. Choose a standard color from the Solids tab, or choose a Gradient instead.
Here, I’ve applied #CE794F to give the text an earthy feel. You can insert that hex code next to the Eyedropper tool.
Select the text box, then right-click > Duplicate layer and drag the text to the bottom. Adjust the color to white.
Instagram Template: Step 6
We can add a shadow overlay to the design to emphasize the summery mood. From the Graphics menu, search for “Shadow” and select your favorite option. I chose Shadow Ivy.
Drag across onto the page, then drag the blue circles to extend it to the rest of the canvas.
Highlight the Shadow Ivy layer, then click the Fade & blend option from the top toolbar. Click Blend mode > Overlay.
Instagram Template: Step 7
When you’re happy with your finished design, click Download, select your preferred file type, then Download again.
Now, you’re ready to upload your design to your Instagram feed and share with your followers!
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