Social media 101: IG Stories hacks you're missing out on

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Let's talk about IG Stories. Don't deny, whether you're a lurker or an avid user, the feature has appealed to you. It's definitely a great way tell a story or promote something. I'm sure you've used it at least once, but most probably, stuck with the basics when posting your story. I'm telling you now, if you haven't yet, it's time you explore it.

It's actually filled with tons of features you can use to maximise your 24-hour post. Here are some you can try.


Did you know that you can turn your live photos into Boomerangs in Instagram Stories? Yeah, it's pretty neat. And it's so easy to do, too. All you have to do is select a live photo from your camera roll.

As you're selecting it, press firmly on the screen for a few seconds until you see the word "Boomerang" appear on the screen.


In case you didn't know, you can actually match the text colour to your photo. See that dropper on the leftmost when you're picking a font colour?

Click that, then drag it over to any part of your picture.Your text will then automatically copy the colour of that part you chose. It's a super helpful trick especially if you're a type A personality, and these details bug you.


This is another simple trick you can do that can make all the difference to make your story better. For a drop shadow effect, type a text and position it. Then do it a second time-the same text, the same font, but in another colour. Next step, layer it over the first one so it looks like a shadow. Ta-da!

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Okay this one's mind-boggling. Bet you didn't know you could have a gradient rainbow as a font colour. This one's pretty tricky, so pay attention. First, type your message, then highlight it by pressing for a few seconds then clicking "select all." Next, hold down on a colour button until the colour wheel pops up. While still holding down on the colour button and the last letter of the highlighted text, slowly swipe both to the left at the same time. This may take you took several tries, but don't give up. Once you do it, it's so amazing.


I'm pretty sure you're obsessed with stickers too…and maybe selfies. But did you know you could turn your selfie into stickers? If you've never paid attention to the camera icon when you choose stickers, then you don't know about this feature. Try it now! Just tap the stickers icon (the square smiley face), then click the camera option at the bottom left of the screen.You'll see it automatically lets you take a selfie. Tap it to see the border options then click when you've decided. Voila, you have the most amazing sticker feat. your face!


Yeah, I know you've abused the filter feature on your videos, but you might be ignoring this other filter feature by Instagram. It's a cool one so you shouldn't sleep on it. You can either do it before or after you've taken a photo. If before, all you have to do is press the smiley icon with the sparkles on the right of the shutter button. If after, just click the same icon, this time on the upper part of the screen, beside the download icon. Enjoy!


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 Here's the thing: There's no solid colour background under the "type" section of Instagram Stories, which honestly, I always found weird. But turns out, you can do it yourself. Just take or upload a photo, select a pen tool on the top of the screen, then choose a colour at the bottom of your screen. If you want a solid colour, then select the first pen (marker) or third pen (neon) tool. If you want a transparent overlay, select the second pen (the one with the chisel-tip). Finally, hold your finger down on the screen for a few seconds, and the colour will automatically fill your screen.


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 ​​​​​​​Here's another trick we bet you didn't know you could do. If you want to tease a product, or highlight something, it could come in handy. All you have to do is follow the steps I mentioned above to create a solid background. Next, click on the eraser tool to show a part of the photo. You're welcome.