Are you using Instagram Stories yet? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Some statistics from TechJury:

  • There are over 500 million active daily Instagram Stories users
  • 70% of Instagram users watch stories daily
  • 86.6% of Instagram users post Stories
  • Instagram Stories are used by 36% of businesses to promote their products
  • 25% of Gen Z and Millennials use stories to find products and services

What are Instagram Stories? They are photos or videos that disappear after 24 hours.

With stories, you can design them in a way that is fun and engaging, so here are some hacks to make your stories stand out.

#1: Customize Font Colors

After taking or uploading a photo, you can add text to your Instagram Stories. All you have to do is tap the Aa icon at the top-right of your screen. Once the keyboard opens, you can select different colors by scrolling to the right.

Instagram Stories Hacks

Instagram Stories Hacks

What if the color you want isn’t there?

First, you can tap and hold any of the color options and a color bar will pop-up. This allows you to pick the perfect color from anywhere on the color bar.

Second, you can tap the dropper icon on the left-hand side. This will make the keyboard disappear and you will notice a dropper in the center of the image. Tap anywhere on your image to select the perfect color that you want. Once you select your color, you’re taken back to the keyboard to add your text in the color you chose.

Instagram Stories Hacks

Once you have your text, you can add a background to it. All you have to do is hit the A icon on the top left. It will make the background the color you chose and your font white.

Instagram Stories Hacks

When you are done adding your text and background, click on Done. Now you can move the text to where ever you want it to appear on your image.

#2: Changing the Font or Pen Size

When you add text or use the pen features, they default to a mid-range size and thickness. It’s easy to go with what Instagram gives you, but sometimes you may want to shrink the text to fit better on the image or change the pen size so you can get the look you are going for.

To adjust both, just adjust the slider on the left side of the screen. Slide the circle up to make it bigger or down to make it smaller.

Instagram Stories Hacks

#3: Create a solid background color

You may not always want a picture for your story and just want a color. Click on Create at the bottom, and click on the Aa icon. Click on the Pen icon at the top right, click on a color that you want for your background and then tap and hold anywhere on the screen and the background will change to the color your selected. Tap the checkmark to save the color selection and then continue with your editing by adding text, stickers, etc.

Instagram Stories Hacks

#4: Adding GIFs to your Instagram Stories

Sometimes you want to add some fun to your Instagram Stories and GIFs is the way to do that. You can add them to an image or a plain background story. Add your image or background and click on the Face Sticker icon at the top of the screen.

Instagram Stories Hacks

Then click on GIF and search for what you are looking for or use the ones that are trending.

Instagram Stories Hacks

Instagram Stories Hacks

You can then move the GIF to where ever you want it in your post and resize it with your fingers.

#5: Creating a Layout

What if you have more than one image you want to put in a story? Now you can!!!! Create a Layout – When you start to create a story move your finger towards the right on the bottom until you see Layout. Then choose your layout by moving your finger to the right (4 options, 2 options up & down, 3 options, 2 options side-by-side, or 6 options). You can either take pictures or upload pictures in the four slots. When you are done, click on the checkmark. Now you can add your text and stickers and add to your Instagram Stories.

Instagram Stories Hacks

Instagram Stories Hacks

#6: Have portions of an image behind a colored background

The eraser tool offers a fun way to combine a photo and a solid background. To get this look, start a new story with an image you want to use. Then use the pen tool to create a solid background color as I described above.

Activate the pen feature again and select the eraser tool. Then draw anywhere on the screen where you want to remove the background color to reveal the image behind it. Click the checkmark when you are done, add any text or stickers if you want, and send to your stories.

Instagram Stories Hacks

What Instagram Stories Hacks do you know? Comment below so I can add them to this blog post and I will credit you!

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6 Instagram Stories Hacks

by Michelle Arbore time to read 4 min