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Set your Instagram Stories apart by using Canva's stylish templates and easy design tools. Best of all, it’s free!

Stories with style

Go beyond the constraints of plain old video and still photos. Get gorgeous Instagram Stories that showcase your personal style.

Canva’s Instagram Story maker allows you to choose from thousands of templates to add color, flair and personality to your posts.

How to create an Instagram story

  1. Open a new page

    Sign up or log in to Canva on your desktop or mobile device. Find the “Instagram story” design type using the search tool. From there you can choose a template or start with a blank page.

  2. Find the perfect template

    Need some inspiration? Browse Instagram story templates until you find a layout that catches your eye. Many templates come with several pages. Apply as many as you like to your design.

  3. Enjoy a range of features

    Explore millions of photos, images, illustrations, icons and other graphics. Add frames and borders, stickers and shapes. Choose a unique color scheme and font style. Use the animate tool to add some movement.

  4. Personalize your story

    Add your own personal touch to the template you’ve chosen. Upload your own images, photos and artwork. Mix and match elements from different templates until you’re happy with the result.

  5. Download or share

    Save your story design as a PNG or JPEG. Upload it to Instagram and share right away. Go back into the editor and make changes to your design any time.

Create your Instagram Story

Add video to bring your stories to life

Create dynamic Instagram Stories by uploading and adding videos to your favorite templates. With Canva’s templates, even the most candid video can get the curated look. Use your iOS or Android device to film your story, then open the Canva app to take it from plain to polished.

On-brand Instagram Stories for your business

You don’t need a graphic designer to create cohesive, on-brand Instagram Stories. Add your logo and your brand’s colors and keep the same layout across a series of stories. Get the right aesthetic for your posts to attract the audience you deserve.

Get the influencer look

Ever wondered how influencers make their Stories look so professional? They’re not taking a photo and immediately uploading it to Instagram. They’re using templates. Borders, filters, texts and backgrounds—templates open up a whole new world of possibilities for your Stories.

Boost your engagement

Want more likes, comments and followers? Beautiful Instagram Stories should be a key part of your strategy. Use a template from Canva’s Instagram Story editor and the comments will start rolling in—from “How did you make that?!” to compliments on your design skills.

Collaborate in real-time

Creating Instagram stories in a team is easy with Canva. Simply select who you would like to design with, add them to your team, and start designing instantly. Whether you’re in a marketing team, or you simply want to create with friends, Canva is the collaboration tool that will help you get there.


Instagram stories should be 1080 pixels wide by 1920 pixels high, or a ratio aspect of 9:16. Following these sizes will ensure that your photo or video is the highest resolution possible, and that part of it won’t be cut off once you upload it as a story.

To add photos to your Instagram story, tap the camera icon on the top left of the screen or swipe right anywhere in the feed; tap the circle at the bottom center of the screen to take or select a photo; and hit “Your Story” when you’re ready to post.

Open your Instagram story and hit “Layout.” You can then choose from six different layout options, then add photos from your camera roll or take them in real time. You can change or delete a photo with the “Delete” button in the center of your screen.

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