INSTAGRAM STORIES TIPS, TRICKS AND HACKS

INSTAGRAM STORIES TIPS, TRICKS AND HACKS

A quick round of up Instagram stories tips and tricks for anyone wanting to jazz up their daily feed. Simple hacks to create more visually appealing stories and answers to those niggly little editing problems. I’ll keep updating this post as Instagram comes out with new versions or when I come across other tips, tricks and hacks. Let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed out or something you’d love to know how to create in Instagram stories.

Editing text in Instagram stories

A new feature which hasn’t yet rolled out to all accounts, while editing text you can tap to change fonts. Also, add quick highlights to your text in the new update!

Screenshot of Instagram stories edit font

Changing font size in Instagram stories

@tropicalpopical posted a story this week frustrated that they couldn’t fit their email address onto one line. I see stories every day of usernames also split over two lines. Here’s how to fix the problem, slide down at the left to change font size¬†while¬†typing/editing. Stretching after just zooms in.

Screenshot of Instagram stories change font size
Screenshot of Instagram stories change font size

Edit text colours in Instagram stories

The three photos below show how to select individual words to change if you don’t want everything the same colour, or how to create more consistent stories by matching the colour of your text to the photo.

Screenshot of Instagram stories change text colour
Screenshot of Instagram stories edit text colour
Screenshot of Instagram stories change text colour

Play with different text styles in Instagram stories

  • To create a shadow, type the same word(s) out twice, separately. Change the colour of one and layer them one on top of the other, with the second slightly off centre. They need to be pretty much the exact same size for this to work well
  • Spacing is simple, instead of try to stretch a word out (this will just make it bigger) tap the space bar in between each letter. Leave a double space between words
  • To create a box effect with your text, write the first word, hit done and then start again, typing each one individually. Now line them up by stretching some words and making others smaller until they’re all the same size and lined up neatly
Screenshot of Instagram stories shadow text hack
Screenshot of Instagram stories spacing text hack
Screenshot of Instagram stories text hack

Creating background colours

If you want a solid background colour or transparent overlay on a photo in your Instagram story, it’s easy peasy…

Screenshot of Instagram stories background colour hack
Screenshot of Instagram stories background colour hack

Adding old photos and video to your Instagram story

You used to have to hack your way around this one, but now it’s much more simple. You’re entire camera roll is available via swiping down when adding to your story. Images older than 24 hours will have a date stamp. Tap to change between white/black and make it smaller if you want to hide it within your photo

Create a text story over one individual image

If you have a few things to say about one single photo, maybe you want to add a few side notes, or have instructions, whatever the reason, you can easily add a text story to unfold over a few separate snaps. Edit the first as usual, save before posting, then re-upload and add your next edit. Continue these steps until you’re finished. You’ll see lots of fashion bloggers use this when asking followers to ‘swipe up’ to buy they’re shoes/hat/bag

Screenshot of Instagram stories text hack
Screenshot of Instagram stories text hack
Screenshot of Instagram stories text hack

Create videos from other sources

Use iPhone’s (sorry, I don’t know anything about Android!) screen record feature to add Instagram stories. The following example shows a music clip from Spotify, but it could be anything you want to record on your phone, such as step by step instructions, a YouTube video or even someone else’s story!

Play around with stickers

Lots of the in-app stickers can be editing simply by tapping to view other options. Add selfie stickers by clicking the camera icon nestled in among location, temp etc. Lit!

Any duh moments there? What did I miss? Let me know @nadia_dailyself

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2 Comments

  1. 13 January 2018 / 17:27

    This was so handy. That shadow text option is clever and I never knew about holding a screen block colour tomato it transparent. LOVE the joined writing font but its not on all android yet. Boo!

    • Nadia El Ferdaoussi
      15 January 2018 / 09:11

      My font update has disappeared haha! I spoke too soon, hopefully it’s rolled out again

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