Instagram Story Tips & Tricks 2019
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Instagram Story Tips & Tricks 2019

The more engaging you
make your Instagram stories, the more people will watch. The more people watch,
the more the algorithm will show your Instagram stories
first in people’s list. Nothing beats great storytelling and being
personable, but these Instagram story tips and tricks will help you set your stories
apart from everyone else. Hey, it’s Sean McCabe with seanwes tv. Whenever I share Instagram story tips on my
story, people always message me and say, “I had no idea you can do that!” I figured I should make a video sharing everything
I know about Instagram stories. Be sure to watch to the very end so you don’t
miss some of the best tricks. If you learn something new or you just get
an idea, do me a favor: leave a like on the video. If you learn more than a few
things, consider subscribing. Tip #1: Fill the background with a solid color. If you’ve ever found yourself trying to fill
the background with a solid color by scribbling endlessly with the Pen tool,
just tap and hold to fill the background
with any color you want. Tip #2: Fill the background with a sheer color. Select the Highlighter tool and perform the
same tap and hold to fill the background with a sheer color. Tip #3: Erase to reveal. You may have only used the Eraser to fix mistakes
when drawing with the Pen tool, but you can also use it creatively in conjunction
with the background fill to reveal areas of your image. Tip #4: Get more colors. You’ve probably used the colors at the bottom,
but you may not have noticed you can slide this palette over to reveal a solid red, some
browns, and slide over once more to reveal: 50 shades of gray. Wait. No, nine. That’s nine shades. Tip #5: Use the Eyedropper. You’re not limited only to the
colors Instagram gives you. You can use the Eyedropper tool on the left
to select a color from any part of your image. This is a fun way to make your text feel
more like it’s a part of your image. Be sure to add your filter first before
you use the Eyedropper. But it doesn’t stop there. Are you ready for this next one? Tip #6: Get even more colors. There’s a secret hidden Color Picker you can
access by tapping and holding on any color. This will reveal a broad spectrum of
colors to choose from. Simply drag around until you find a color
you like, and release. You can also drag straight off of this color
spectrum to use the Eyedropper tool. Should you decide you’d rather grab a color
from your image. Later in the video, I have a super ninja trick:
I’m going to show you how to create gradient color text.
That’s coming up. Tip #7: Align text with a swipe. You may know when typing text you can tap
on the Alignment button at the top left to toggle between Left, Center,
and Right justification. However, a faster way to do this is to simply
swipe left or swipe right across your text to toggle between Left, Center,
and Right justification. Tip #8: Set multiple different
words to the same color. You can select a set of words
to give them a unique color. But when you select a different set of words
within the same text block and try to make them the same color, it won’t work. Nothing happens. Here’s the workaround: tap a different color
first, and then tap the desired color. Now it will work. Tip #9: Dictate your captions. A lot of people watch Instagram stories
with the sound off. So when you do a talking head video, many
people aren’t even hearing what you’re saying. So the way to combat this is to write a caption
with what you said in your video, so people without sound can actually
read what you’re saying. The thing is, it’s just time
consuming to do this. Don’t get me wrong,
I still think it’s worth it. But you record a video, then you have to listen
back, you have to type along and transcribe what you said… it just takes a long time. If only there was a faster way to do this. Of course, there’s a faster way,
that’s why I’m here! Use dictation. It’s so simple and obvious, you
probably didn’t even think about it. Record your video clip, listen back, create
a new text caption, tap the dictation button on your keyboard, speak what you just said
again, and watch the words appear. You may need to correct a word here or there,
but it’s so much faster than typing the whole thing. The only caveat, at least on iOS I’ve found,
when adding a caption and dictating the text: the video that you recorded stops looping
in the background and it freezes. You may panic like I did and think, “Oh, no…
the video is not going to work,” but don’t worry. I tested it out for you: if you post it, if
you post it anyway, even though the video in the background stops looping,
it will still work. It will still play. Just for some reason, dictation makes the
video stop looping in the background. Tip #10: Zoom your video. Tap and hold the capture
button to record video. While holding the capture button, drag up
to zoom the video in, and drag down to zoom the video back out for dramatic or
humorous effect, or simply to get a closer look at your subject. Tip #11: Add camera photos
on top of your image. Swipe up to reveal the tray and
search for the camera sticker. Tap on the camera sticker to add
camera photos on top of your image. You’ll see a feathered circle of yourself
at first because it defaults to the front facing camera. To use the rear facing camera, double tap
the photo to switch cameras. Tap the capture button to take a photo. Use two fingers to resize or rotate your photo
and place it anywhere on your image. Tap the photo once to toggle between
feathered or solid borders. Tip #12: Use layering to create depth. When you add multiple elements to your composition,
intentionally overlap different layers to create depth. I’ll purposefully place an emoji over a text
element to create a layered effect. There’s no Photoshop-style layer management,
so just know the most recent element you touch will be the one on top. Tip #13: Record continuous stories. Do you ever find you have something to say
that will take longer than 15 seconds? Me too! Well, don’t worry. You can just record multiple stories, right? Not so fast. Literally, it’s not so fast. What does that process look like? Well, if you’re like me, you record a 15 second
clip, then you have to make it look good. Throw on a filter, type a caption, add some
emojis, a sticker… next thing you know, it’s been a few minutes
since you recorded that. Now, you need to switch back to camera mode. It’s just time consuming. As much as possible, you want to minimize
the switching of modes. You want to stay in the recording mode to
get your message out, and then you want to switch to the editing mode
and edit everything together. How do you do that? Two ways: First, you could just record a long
form video using your phone’s camera and upload that later. But an even easier way to do it is simply
continue holding the capture button beyond the 15 seconds. This way, you can record back-to-back stories,
at least until you hit the 10 continuous story limit, at which point
your recording will stop. But here’s the cool part: once you’ve finished
recording your continuous story, you’re left with a bunch of connected clips. And the great part is. You can spend as much time as you want editing
all of them individually. They’re not going to post until you submit
them at the end. So you can take your time applying a filter,
adding text, adding emojis, to each story clip individually before
they all post at once. Tip #14: Add a space after
mentions and hashtags. There are dedicated options in the sticker
tray for mentions and hashtags, but I would recommend against using them
as they’re not very customizable. Instead, use the Text tool and
type your mention or hashtag there. At first, it will appear as though you cannot
customize the color since Instagram shows auto suggestions in the
place of the Color Picker. The workaround is to add a space
after the mention or hashtag. Now you get the color options,
and you can customize the tag. Afterward, simply remove the extra space. Tip #15: Create invisible tags. Want to tag a friend or simply use a hashtag
on your story so it will rank without cluttering up your picture? It’s as easy as pinching to size the element
down until it’s too small to see. Your friend will still get a notification
and your story will rank on the hashtag but without the visual distraction. Tip #16: Use emojis to create visual interest. If a picture is worth a thousand words,
an emoji is worth… well, it’s got to be worth
at least something. Text is good, but also enhance
your message by adding emojis. It’s a lot more fun to look at
than just plain text. So be creative, and it’s often as simple as
just looking at some of the key words in your message and finding related emojis. I’ve had people tell me they want to use some
of my stories as wallpapers. They were literally just my quote graphics
with some emojis. Tip #17: Flip Emojis with a tap. Normally, I like to use the Text tool instead
of stickers because you get more customizability, but there’s one exception: When adding emojis
to your composition, instead of using the Text tool, you can swipe up to reveal the
sticker tray and scroll down all the way until you see the emojis. Select the emoji want to add. Now, why would you add an emoji this way instead
of using the text tool? Here’s why: With the emoji stickers, you can
simply tap to mirror them. Just tap and it flips, which you can
use to create some compositions that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Tip #18: Pin stickers to videos. You can pin text, emojis, or stickers
to any part of a video. The items will move with whatever part of
the video you pin them to. To pin an item, simply tap and hold until
you see this screen with a slider. That’s the progress bar for your video. Scrub along the slider to find the point in
the video where you want to pin your item. Drag the item to the
desired spot and tap “Pin”. Tip #19: Record and download to edit later. Sometimes you’re in a pinch and you don’t
have time to edit and post your story because you have a lot going on in real life. Take your photo or video, and just tap
the Download icon in the upper left to save it to your camera roll. Then when you have time later, you can select
what you’ve saved and add all of your fancy filters, text, and stickers. Tip #20: Zoom or rotate pre-recorded videos. When you do upload a photo or video from your
camera roll, you can use two fingers to zoom or rotate the entire thing. Feel free to add any extra elements around
it for more visual interest. Tip #21: Create a lens flare effect with text. This is a super ninja trick. Start by typing a single letter, such as a
letter ‘O’ or ‘I’, and choose a color. Next, you’re going to use two fingers to carefully
zoom in until it’s super super large. By positioning the letter to where it’s just
slightly coming into the frame, you can get this blurry, out-of-focus lens flare effect,
or at least the impression that something is in the foreground. Tip #22: Use text as design elements. Learn to think of text as more than
just characters that make up words. They’re also shapes and glyphs you can use
to make some interesting designs. Experiment with the letter ‘O’ for instance,
and various symbols. You can also try different fonts by tapping
on the Font option at the top center. The tilde ‘~’ character could
make a cool squiggly design. A slash ‘/’ could make a nice hard edge you
could use to split up a photo or create an area to a distraction-free text. There’s a lot you can do here. Just make sure to play around with
size, font, and colors. Tip #23: Highlight standout words or phrases. When adding a text caption to my Instagram
story, this is just my style, but I like to highlight important parts of my caption by
changing the color of the text. This immediately draws the viewer’s eye to
the most standout parts of my message. It helps the key phrases stick in
the mind of the viewer and it also increases the visual interest. Tip #24: Create alternately colored text quickly. Let’s say you wanted to create
text with alternating colors. The slow way is to select one letter at a
time, adjust your selection, then change the color of another letter, and so on. The fast way is to select the
full text you want to change, keep your finger on the text selector,
and drag the selection as you use your other hand
to select different colors. Tip #25: Create gradient color text. Okay, I saved my favorite for last. This tip builds on the one we just did.
To get a gradient color effect, we’re going to use the same method
we just used in the previous tip to select the text we want to color. Except this time, we’ll tap and hold
on any one of the colors with our other hand to bring up
the full color spectrum. While you slide with the
first hand on your text selection, also slide with the other hand
along the color spectrum. The speed at which you move the hand
on the Color Picker will determine the intensity of the gradient. Sliding left and right will change hues while
sliding up and down will change brightness within a given hue. Instagram is a visual platform, right? So let’s take something that would be the
greatest challenge for a person to use Instagram. Who would that be? I feel like it would be someone like me:
Someone who is not only a writer… that’s just words, right? Words aren’t interesting… how do you turn
that into pictures and videos? Not only a writer, but someone
who is an introverted writer. Yet, I’m still able to use Instagram,
and Instagram stories specifically, to engage with people. When you follow me on Instagram @seanwes
you’ll see a lot of motivating messages from me. These are things that I’ve written myself. I’m a writer, and so I find ways to get my
message out there, whether it’s a quote graphic, or an Instagram story where I simply turn
the camera around on myself and say something as simple as, “Indecision is the enemy. Make a choice and go. Value speed.” It doesn’t matter what form
your message takes. You could type it in a template, you could
write it out with your own handwriting, or you could hand letter something, or you could
simply record yourself speaking it on video. One of the things I do in my Instagram stories
is share clips from my podcast, the seanwes podcast. “What are you good at?. What do you enjoy doing? Where do you contribute
the greatest value?” It’s all about creativity and business. And what I do is I turn on the camera and
record myself as I record the podcast. That way, I have video clips
that I can share on Instagram. Because normally podcasts just produce an
audio file, and you can’t do much with an audio file on Instagram. So wherever possible,
try to record yourself on video. Now, if you’re like me, and you’re an introvert,
you don’t really like putting yourself out there, you don’t like
recording yourself on video, I’ve got something that’s going
to help you in just a second. But before I share those two videos, I just
want to say follow me on Instagram @seanwes only if you want a positive message
in your life every single day, and you want to learn from
how I do my Instagram stories. Follow me @seanwes. Also, consider subscribing to the YouTube
channel if you learned anything new. I’ve got a lot of videos about helping you
be more creative, as well as grow your audience. With that said, subscribe to the channel if
you want more creative inspiration, and I’ve got two videos for you here: One on making
videos as an introvert, and then also… this is a funny one… you’ve got to
check this out: Overthinking. Go ahead, check one of them out. I mean, you can subscribe to the channel first,
and then check one of them out.

58 thoughts on “Instagram Story Tips & Tricks 2019

  1. Did you know all 25 tips? Which one was your favorite? Share any other tips you have below!

    ⭐️ Follow me on Instagram:

  2. Wow! Had no idea about tip 1, 9, 21, and 22. Looking forward to using all of them next time I post a story.

    The production value here is crazy. You've delivered the value and this is so worth sharing. I'm thinking of a few friends now that would love what you've shared.

  3. All hail the IG Story master! You nailed this Sean. Not only is this awesome info, it’s also super well produced and fun to watch. I’ve always loved watching your Stories — glad I know all your secrets now 😉

  4. I only realized that each title card has the IG Story progress bars above it half way through.

    Excellent work Sean!

  5. Hey Sean, loved this video man! I definitely didn't know some of these ninja tricks 🙂 Great setup as well you got there!

  6. Sean, I'd like to know if there is a way to put external link on the instagram stories. I dont have a huge account so that's why i'm asking.

  7. Wow. Thank you for this video! I tweeted you recently, but wanted to thank you again. It was your class that I took online in 2017 that really gave me incredible actionable points for my YouTube channel. I took MANY notes, but this may have been the most important:

    "Embrace the fact that you will be put in a box and define what that box is. You have an opportunity to shape the box others are already going to put you in."

    I defined my box and am thriving in my little corner of YT now at 100k subs thanks to your helpful advice – to be honest I didn't take anybody else's classes or follow any other professional advice – just yours! Really, really grateful Sean. So thanks again!!

  8. Excellent tips Sean! I learned a bunch of new tips, I hardly use stories (and my IG if I'm being honest), but these tips definitely gave me some ideas I'm excited to try out and play with. Thanks!

  9. Always been dropping knowledge ever since I've been listening to your podcasts for 4 years ago. Glad to touch with your value mindset as my focus becomes building my Instagram engagement and community.

  10. Video is so good thanks for all your hard work. Just a question about recording continuous stories, for some reason I can't get mine to go past 15 seconds?? Any advice?

  11. I've only listened to the first 3 tips (and implemented them). You are a rockstar!!!! I'm your new #1 fan!!!

  12. Hello,

    Nice Video.

    What other tips have you got?

    Currently I am looking at other methods


    Have a nice day

  13. I have to admit when I first clicked on this video I thought to myself, “I wont learn much I know most of the tricks.” Duuuuude how arrogant of me. The majority of these tips i didnt know. Esp that lens flare one! Ive got to try that out! I love lens flare. And ive been trying to figure out how to make a custom solid background color since like FOREVER. Thanks bro!

  14. REALLY SUPERB VIDEO👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  15. My Instagram stories only saves the first clip even when I record longer stories….I have 4 accounts and only one is having this issue….I have changed every setting possible….HELP!!

  16. Hey Sean, great tips you provided in the video. They really helped me accelerate my growth. What I would also recommend to everyone, who wants consistent growth, is to check out the service InstaRanger provides. They really do their job well, they bring you targeted people to your account and it really helped me boost my engagement overtime.

  17. Hi there,

    Super cool Video.

    What other tips have you got?

    Right now I am looking at other tip websites


    Have a great day

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