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How to Change Background Color on Instagram Story

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Changing the background color to your Instagram story can really cause your photo or text to pop, drawing lots of attention from your followers. This can help promote your niche and/or help your business.

Depending on your purpose of changing your background color, there are a few different ways to do this. If you want just a plain color block, it is quite simple, but if you are wanting to showcase a photo, it can get a bit tedious. 

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Changing your Instagram Story Background Color

You can change the background to your Instagram story in its entirety quite simply. After changing the backgrounds, you can add whatever texts or emojis you like to decorate your story. Changing your background color can draw attention to your story and make things pop. To change your background color completely, do the following steps:

  1. Step 1

    Enter your Instagram story by going to your profile, tapping the + icon next to your username, and tapping “story.”

  2. Step 2

    Take a random photo.

  3. Step 3

    Tap the scribble icon on the top right of the screen.

  4. Step 4

    Tap the first icon which should resemble the tip of a marker or pen.

  5. Step 5

    Choose your preferred color on the bottom of the screen.

  6. Step 6

    Tap and hold onto your screen for a few seconds to fill in the entire screen.

  7. Step 7

    Tap the checkmark on the top right of the screen.

  8. Step 8

    Add any text and/or emojis.

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Changing your Instagram Story Background Color with a Photo Visible

There are a few different options to change your background color while still having your photo or parts of your photo visible. Unfortunately, each way is a bit tedious. The benefit of this though is you can really bring out a particular part of your photo if you are wanting to draw attention to it.

You can do it by one of the following methods:

Change by using pen

You can change your Instagram background by coloring around your photo with the pen icon.

  1. Step 1

    Enter your Instagram story by going to your profile, tapping the + icon next to your username, and tapping “story.”

  2. Step 2

    Take a photo with your phone or upload a photo from your gallery.

  3. Step 3

    Adjust the photo how you want it by zooming in and/or out. (Place your thumb and forefinger on the photo and bring them closer together to zoom out. To zoom in, do the same, only move your thumb and forefinger further apart).

  4. Step 4

    Tap the scribble icon on the top right of the screen.

  5. Step 5

    Tap the first icon which should resemble the tip of a marker or pen.

  6. Step 6

    Choose your preferred color on the bottom of the screen.

  7. Step 7

    Adjust the width of the pen stroke by moving the left scale up or down to your desired preference.

  8. Step 8

    Move your finger around the border of the photo, filling in all the empty space. If you do short strokes, it’s easy to tap the undo button on the top left of the screen if you make a mistake without losing all of your work. It is definitely a lot easier with a stylus.

  9. Step 9

    When finished, tap the checkmark on the top right of your screen.

Change by Erasing

You can change your background color with your photo intact by changing the entire color block to your preferred color and then erasing the color off of your photo. Again this can be a bit tedious if you want your full photo shown; however, this can be a really good way to show just a particular part of your photo if you don’t want to show the whole thing. 

  1. Step 1

    Enter your Instagram story by going to your profile, tapping the + icon next to your username, and tapping “story.”

  2. Step 2

    Take a photo with your phone or upload a photo from your gallery.

  3. Step 3

    Adjust the photo how you want it by zooming in and/or out. (Place your thumb and forefinger on the photo and bring them closer together to zoom out. To zoom in, do the same, only move your thumb and forefinger further apart.)

  4. Step 4

    Tap the scribble icon on the top right of the screen.

  5. Step 5

    Tap the first icon which should resemble the tip of a marker or pen.

  6. Step 6

    Choose your preferred color on the bottom of the screen.

  7. Step 7

    Tap and hold onto your screen for a few seconds to fill in the entire screen.

  8. Step 8

    Tap the eraser icon which is the second from the right.

  9. Step 9

    Adjust the width of the eraser by moving the left scale up or down to your desired preference.

  10. Step 10

    Move your finger around where the photo should be and it will erase the color from the photograph. If you do short strokes, it’s easy to tap the undo button on the top left of the screen if you make a mistake without losing all of your work. It is definitely a lot easier with a stylus.

  11. Step 11

    When finished, tap the checkmark icon on the top right of the screen.

Change By Highlighting

If you use the highlighter to change your background color, it will keep your photo slightly visible which can make the erasing process much easier. It also adds another interesting layer if you are wanting to reveal just a portion of your photo. 

  1. Step 1

    Enter your Instagram story by going to your profile, tapping the + icon next to your username, and tapping “story.”

  2. Step 2

    Take a photo with your phone or upload a photo from your gallery.

  3. Step 3

    Adjust the photo how you want it by zooming in and/or out. (Place your thumb and forefinger on the photo and bring them closer together to zoom out. To zoom in, do the same, only move your thumb and forefinger further apart.)

  4. Step 4

    Tap the scribble icon on the top right of the screen.

  5. Step 5

    Tap the highlighter icon which is the third from the left at the top of the screen.

  6. Step 6

    Select your preferred color on the bottom of the screen.

  7. Step 7

    Tap and hold onto your screen for a few seconds to fill in the entire screen. Here you will notice you can still barely see your photo.

  8. Step 8

    Tap the eraser icon which is the second from the right.

  9. Step 9

    Adjust the width of the eraser by moving the left scale up or down to your desired preference.

  10. Step 10

    Move your finger around the photo where you would like to erase off any color. If you do short strokes, it’s easy to tap the undo button on the top left of the screen if you make a mistake without losing all of your work. It is definitely a lot easier with a stylus.

  11. Step 11

    When finished, tap the check mark icon on the top right of the screen.

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How to Pick a Good Color for Instagram

Choosing the correct background color for your Instagram story can really help draw your followers’ attention. You will want something that is pleasing to look at and makes sense to your viewers. When you pick out a color for your Instagram story, keep these things in mind:

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    Brand Colors

    Does it go along with the color of your brand? Your followers may associate your brand with your color. If you use the same color often, it will be easy for them to associate your story with your brand and take the time to look at it knowing it’s you.

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    Niche Colors

    Does it match the colors of your niche? For example, if you are promoting gardening, you could use different shades of green, or different colors to match particular flowers, etc. 

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    Successful Influencers

    What are other successful influencers doing? Take a look around at other people’s stories. It may trigger some ideas for you

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    STory Colors

    Are the colors too dark? Too bright? Too muted? Too busy? You want a color that works well with your story and gathers the attention needed without being too bright or distracting that your viewers can’t be bothered to look through your story. 

Conclusion

Picking the correct background colors for your Instagram stories can really help your stories pop and draw attention from your followers, increasing your views. Think carefully about what colors will work best with your stories, enhancing your niche.