How to use Instagram Stories



Have you started using Instagram Stories? I wasn’t sure about it at first and wondered if it was simply another platform to keep updated but I quickly realised it was way more fun than that. But before we get into why, I guess we should say what it is for those of you who haven’t heard of it.

Instagram Stories is rather like SnapChat in that it allows you to put up a photo, which will disappear after 24 hours.  As well as photos, you can add videos too in several different ways. You can simply upload a video (which lasts no more than 15 seconds) or you can upload videos using Boomerang and Hyperlapse. You can see other people’s Stories by simply clicking on their Instagram Profile picture; these also appear at the top of your account with the most recent story appearing first. To add a picture to your Story simply click on the camera icon in the top left corner and either take a photo or swipe down from the top to access photos you took in the last 24 hours.

What I love about Instagram Stories is that you don’t have to worry too much about what your photo looks like because not only does it disappear (and you can delete afterwards if you really don’t like it) but the general vibe is that it’s all about showing more fun behind the scenes pictures rather than less heavily curated photos, so you can totally have fun with it!

Here are five fun tips for making the most of it:

  • When adding text to your photo, you can change the colour of the words by holding down on one of the colours. A whole range of colours will appear and you can drag the icon around to choose your favourite, so you’re not just limited to those colours given at the bottom of your screen.
  • If you’ve got a lot of text to add you can simply change the size of your font by clicking on the ‘AA’ button next to the colours at the bottom of your screen and move the arrow up and down according to how big or small you would like your text.
  • By selecting the pen icon you can also draw or write on your photo using your fingers but did you know that by clicking on the three bubbles at the bottom of the screen you can change the size of your nib too.
  • Next to the pen is a chunky nib. Select this and then choose a colour at the bottom of your screen. Now press and hold down on your photo to cover your picture in that colour. If you’re unhappy with this colour choice, either select another one or click on the reverse arrow to un-do it. To add another layer of fun to this, click on the eraser tool and write over the colour you have just added. This will erase wherever you write on that colour but it won’t affect your original photo.
  • To jazz up a selfie, click on the little smiley face icon at the bottom of your screen and it will give you some super fun accessories to add to your photo such as bunny ears, a crown, glasses and more. You can also record yourself while wearing say the bunny ears, which is great for making your followers laugh.

I hope you’ve found these fun tips helpful!

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