The Instagram Stories fonts you choose to use is a big part of your brand and who you are on Instagram. In this article, we’ll dive into three ways to update it.
First, we’ll show you how to update your Instagram Stories fonts in the Instagram app itself. Then, we’ll take a look at how to choose from a collection of 40 fonts in Animoto and the Animoto: Social Video iOS app. Finally, we’ll explain a quick hack for creating Instagram Stories with your own font, if your brand uses a more unusual typeface.
To update the font of an Instagram Story within the Instagram app, the first thing you’ll have to do is create a new Story. If you need help, get started by learning about the 3 types of Instagram Stories that any business can post today (no writing or scripting needed!).
Once you’ve started your Story, it’s time to add text. You can do this by tapping the "Aa" text icon in the top right corner of your screen. Then, use the keypad to type in the text that you’d like to appear on screen. A default font will be selected, but you’ll be able to change it in the next step.
Next, simply scroll through the different font options available just above the keyboard. Instagram currently offers 9 fonts that you can customize with text backgrounds or different colors.
Once you’ve selected a font you like, you can use your fingers to resize your text and position it on screen. You can also tap to change the text colors and add backgrounds or drop shadows to your text. And that’s all there is to it!
If you’re looking to use different fonts on your Instagram Story, outside of those available in the native Instagram app, we’ve got you covered. Animoto features up to 40 fonts, including handwritten fonts, elegant scripts, serifs, sans serifs, bold fonts, thin fonts, and more.
Don’t have Animoto yet? It’s free! And once you’re signed up and logged in, you can get started with the instructions below.
Click the Create button at the top of your screen. You’ll have the option to start with a template or you can start from scratch by clicking the button in the upper right corner.
The templates are professionally designed videos you can easily update with your own images or video clips and text. You can also change the font and colors to match your brand and add your logo.
Pro tip: If you like a template, but it isn’t vertical, choose it anyway! You can change the aspect ratio of any video template you select.
Want to start from scratch instead? Choose a visual theme that works well for your brand, then select the vertical asset ratio, and you’re ready to go. But for this section, we customized the Album Preview template shown below.
Add your media in the Media Library on the right side of your screen. Then drag and drop into your blocks. You can adjust the positioning of your images and video clips to ensure they look how you want them to.
You can also search our library of Getty Images stock to find images and video clips to use in your Stories. Using one of our templates? Each one comes with stock art that you can keep for your video, too.
Next, add some text. If you started from scratch or if a block doesn’t have text, click on the block you want to change. Then click on the T icon to add a Text block. Write in the text you’d like to display on your Story.
If you’re starting with a template, tap on a block with text to delete the placeholder text and add your own.
To change up the look of your text, click the Design button at the top of the page. You’ll see a Text Settings tab with a drop down menu of fonts. Choose the font that fits your story and that’s it!
You can also switch up the look and feel of the text by changing the text styles. Text styles are preset animations and visual treatments, and they can add extra flair to your font choice. They’re also found under the Text Settings tab. When you select a text style, you’ll see an instant preview for the new look of your text.
If you want to create Stories with extra fonts while you’re on the go, you can try the Animoto: Social Video Editor iOS app. But first, you’ll need to install the app. The Animoto: Social Video Editor app can be used with an iPhone 6s and up.
Get in the app and start making your Story. When you get started, you’ll notice that you can either start from a Template or select Start from Scratch.
Templates are pre-built Story videos that can be easily updated with your own images or video clips and text. You can change the font and colors to match your brand and add your logo.
If you select Start from Scratch instead of a template, you’ll tap to add your own media, text, logo, or layout blocks.
Next, add some text. If you started from scratch, tap the T icon to add a Text block and write in the text you’d like to display on your Story. You can also add text to any other type of block by tapping the Text icon.
If you’re starting with a template, tap on a block with text to delete the placeholder text and add your own. For the purposes of this guide, we’re using the Happy Birthday template.
Once you’ve got your text written, it’s time to choose a font. To do so, tap on the “A” icon on the very left. This’ll open up a slider with all of the 36 fonts available to you. Tap a font to preview and hit the check mark in the upper right corner when you’re done.
You can also change the color of your font, including background color, and use your fingers to position the text on the screen. To learn more, check out our guide to using our Instagram video editor.
Last but not least, if your brand has an unusual font that isn’t similar to anything available through Instagram or in our app, we thought we’d share a quick tip. You can get your own font into your Story by uploading photos that already have your text on them. You can use whatever design program you use to create your other marketing collateral, and simply add text on top of a photo before you upload it!
What’s your go-to font for Instagram Stories? Join our private Facebook group, the Animoto Social Video Marketing Community, and let us know!