Planning Your Instagram Feed For Free

Planning your Instagram feed for free can be done! When it comes to Instagram, a pretty feed attracts all the right people. The best way to make sure that your Instagram feed stays on brand and looks appealing to your viewers is to plan for it.

Planning your Instagram feed for free can be done! When it comes to Instagram, a pretty feed attracts all the right people. The best way to make sure that your Instagram feed stays on brand and looks appealing to your viewers is to plan for it.

Planning Your Instagram Feed For Free

I am a frugal person. I’ve tried the paid versions of schedulers and planners and frankly they aren’t all that they are cracked up to be. Just because someone is pushing one doesn’t mean it’s right for you. To save money, I wanted to find a way to better plan my Instagram in a way that is more than just scheduling on Buffer. I wanted my feed to look appealing and stay on brand.

Photoshop Mockup Planner for Your Instagram Feed

Saving money, I knew that I could put my graphic design skills to the test and build a Photoshop file where I could see how each photo would look on my feed for up to 15 posts. If I could do better at building my Instagram feed in a pretty way without it costing me a dime, I’m gonna do it.

  • I’ve included this set of Photoshop files for you to download. Just fill out the form at the bottom and it’s yours!
  • This file is set up to have Smart Objects.
  • Open up each layer Smart Object and drag your photo to it.
  • When you’re happy with the layout, rename your photos on your computer for the date you wish to publish.
  • Use an app like Buffer to schedule your Instagram photos and descriptions.

Planning your Instagram feed for free can be done! When it comes to Instagram, a pretty feed attracts all the right people. The best way to make sure that your Instagram feed stays on brand and looks appealing to your viewers is to plan for it. Get a free Photoshop Mockup file!

Download Free Instagram feed planner files

Get access to the two, free Photoshop files we showcase in the video by entering your details below.

Watch How We Plan Our Instagram Feed with Photoshop

Preview App For Planning Your Instagram Feed

Preview App | with this app you can do everything for free. The only thing I don’t like is that I can’t easily move images where I want them without it swapping out with another image. From their website:

  • Super easy to use.
  • Get unlimited grid space and photo upload in the app.
  • Drag & drop images to visually plan your grid.
  • Create beautiful themes.
  • 12 filter packs, and +70 unique filters (presets).
  • Everything you need into one app: Instagram post scheduler, repost, whitening tool, blemish remover, stickers, color editing tools and more.
  • Instagram Photo Album Planner & Scheduler
  • Insta Stories scheduler
  • In-Built Instagram Hashtag Generator

There are some paid things like filters, analytics and the Repost option. But, most people aren’t using those unless they are serious Instagrammers. And, then it will run you $6.99 a month. When you’re ready to budget money after you make money that could be a good investment.

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If you use styled stock, just text the photos to yourself from your computer if you can (Apple users). Or email them to yourself or put them on Dropbox so you can grab them on your phone.

The only thing I don’t like about planning my feed on my phone is that I’m 40 something and it’s a pain in my butt. I wish I could use it on the computer. Writing out descriptions is much easier for me if I can do it on my computer. I still can, but texting them to myself is a pain to copy and paste. I do it anyway. But alas, it’s something that I’m sure the young folks love!

Save Time Planning Your Instagram Feed

You’re going to save a lot of time by pre-planning your feed in advance. Right now we’re planning about 15 days of Instagram posts at a time. But, you can plan a month or more depending on how much time you want to dedicate to it.

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Planning your Instagram feed is going to help you maintain a consistent and appealing feed. If you like whites or blacks, you’re going to find that you’re going to stay on top of it better this way. Your feed will be more successful. With the Preview App they do offer popular filters that help you achieve those looks. We happen to use our stock images which are all edited with Photoshop so we don’t do any further filtering with ours in an effort to retain our integrity with our high resolution library of images for our members.

Save Your Hashtags!

If you’re not saving your hashtag groups and using the entire allocated amount of hashtags you’re missing out! Did you know that you can have 30 hashtags per post? There are a couple of ways you can save your hashtag groups to easily paste them into your photo descriptions every time.

  • Create a shortcut on your phone with all of them so you can type it one time and be done!
  • Use the Preview App to create hashtag groups to instantly post.
  • Create a note and type out your groups of hashtags and then copy and paste them all to your photo description.

I personally prefer to keep my hashtags hidden so I have set up my hashtag groups to have 5 bullet points with returns after each and then start my group of hashtags. If you open one of our photos and look at the first comment you can see what I mean. I do this in a note on my iPhone. I add it to the first comment and voila, hidden! But effective!

Get Great Stock Photos

If you don’t have the time to shoot great images for your Instagram, consider filtering in some stock images, like the ones in our styled stock library. Or, shoot your own!

Download Free Instagram feed planner files

Get access to the two, free Photoshop files we showcase in the video by entering your details below.

About Holly McCaig

Holly is a graphic artist and photographer from Denver, Colorado.

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