Instagram Stories is most probably your go-to if you want to document small but memorable moments of your day (or if you simply want to rant about traffic). What you probably don't realize, though that's there's definitely more to this tool, and if you really want to tell a story, there are a lot of things you can utilize to make your posts more interesting. 


Want to level up your IG Story game? Here are easy hacks you need to master. A video by Sam Sheffer lists five simple tricks:

1. Rainbow text

Wrap any text you like in rainbow hues simply by dragging the color picker across the highlighted text.

2. Collage right on the app

Instagram makes collaging photos so easy now—you don't need to leave the app anymore! To do this, simply copy any photo from your camera roll and go back into the app. The photo will automatically pop up as a sticker on the IG app which you can add on the same story you're working on.

3. Boomerang with a live photo

Upload any live photo you've taken on your iPhone and directly upload it as an Instagram story and just before you publish it, hold down on the image to make the live photo run on loop, just like a boomerang.


4. Avoid uploading low-res photos

Instagram stories post photos on a different scale and when you upload photos that don't fit the size, it renders the photo to look a wee bit crappy. Here's the workaround for that: using the camera roll's own mark up settings, crop the image to the 9:16 setting before uploading to IG where the said app won't have to compress your image to upload it.

5. Magic eraser photo

Here's a trick that will bring back some childhood nostalgia. Reveal your hidden photo by using the erase tool. Achieve this by coloring over your image—take the brush tool, choose a color overlay, hold down the screen to color entire area—and then switch to the eraser to write or doodle over it, eventually revealing the photo underneath. 

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