I love watching people’s Insta Stories! Whether it’s a little glimpse of “behind-the-scenes,” a real life moment or a cute tutorial, I find them more personal. Having said that, I also like sharing an Insta Story and making it look pretty! So, in this post, I am going to show you how to make pretty Insta stories (both on your phone and computer), my favourite apps and I’ve got a few cute graphics that you can use!
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You might be wondering “why bother going to the extra effort with an Insta Story?” Well, let’s say you upload a plain photo, visitors are more likely to skip through or tap off your Story completely. So by going that extra mile to make your Story more visually appealing means more views, more engagement and more followers!
There are two ways you can make pretty Insta Stories: on your phone or on your computer. Personally, I go between the two. If I have time to spare, I’ll use an editing program on my MacBook Air but if I’m out and about, I’ll use my iPhone (and I’ve got some fabulous apps to show you how!)COPY CODE SNIPPET
How to make Insta Stories on your phone
There’s loads of amazing apps you can use yo make cute Insta Stories! Some of my favourites that I use are:
So, let’s take a look at each app…
A really amazing app for creating cute Insta Stories! It comes with a ton of features including, graphics, brush and pen tools and filters. I really love this app because you can really let your creative side go wild! They offer templates that you can use or you can start with a blank canvas. I’ve done a few tutorials using this app which you can watch on my Instagram Story Highlights under Insta Hacks.
StoryLuxe offers different layouts with a cute polaroid frame however, some layouts require a monthly subscription. You can add backgrounds or change the colour of the boarders. It’s a great app if you want to make a collage or a lookbook type post. My favourite is templates are Film F4 and F5.
This is a really cute film editing app that comes with a few free filters however, there are other filters but these require a small purchase. I like this app because it has simple to use editing tools and adds a little timer like the ones you get on the old VHS camcorders.
Jane is a recent discovery of mine. It offers lots of wonderful girly templates. You can add text and choose from different fonts, there’s filters (such as the back and white one I made above) and you can add videos.
Storyart is similar to Unfold where you upload your photos to a template and you can add test with a few different fonts to choose from however, the premium templates require a small purchase. There’s a few free pretty samples that I would highly recommend checking out.
Want to know how to get that pretty sparkly effect in your videos? Then this is the app you need! There’s different sparkle effects that you can choose from and you can alter the size of the sparkles.
Unfold has a great selection of layouts for you to use. You can also add text and they offer different fonts. They have other layouts too such as, polaroid, torn paper and reel film templates however, these require you to purchase them.
Over is another great app for creating eye-catching Insta Stories.
This app adds an extra keyboard function on your phone which allows you to get different fonts. This is great as Instagram only has a few fonts for you to choose from. Simply choose the Fonts keyboard, then select which font you’d like and start typing!
How to make Insta Stories on your computer
You don’t need a fancy editing program like Photoshop to make cute Insta Stories. There are plenty of free editing websites that are easy to use, have a ton of cute graphics and fonts for you to use. My favourite editing websites are:
My personal favourite is Canva because it is so easy to use. They also have some pre-made templates too! When creating your own Insta Story, make sure you select “custom dimensions” and then set it to 1080px by 1920px size. As you can see from the example above, I created 3 different Stories using only Canva. Although Canva has a ton of fonts for you to use, you cannot upload your own however, Pixlr Editor and PicMonkey allow you to upload your own fonts.
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Where to find pretty graphics
There’s lots of places where you can find pretty graphics such as the apps I have mentioned and websites including, PicMonkey and Canva. However, I have made a few cute graphics and they are free for you to use! Simply save them to your phone or computer and then copy and paste them into your Insta Story!
I hope you have found this post useful! Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.