Text posts have emerged in popularity on Instagram as a way to share funny tweets/written jokes, forge an aesthetic around fonts and words, or reveal a complex thought. Even though a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes you want to write out exactly what you mean.

In this article, I’ll show you 3 methods to create an Instagram text post with standard, cool, and fancy text. I describe three different approaches to making text posts for Instagram:

  1. Screenshot text
  2. Use Instagram Story tool
  3. Customize text post with Kapwing

Method 1: Screenshotting text

You can use any number of apps to write out text, including Notes, Tumblr, or Twitter and then screenshot them to create an image. Screenshots from Notes, iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter are popular on Instagram, especially for meme makers.

To screenshot your screen…

  • …on Android: press and hold power button and volume down at the same time
  • …on old iPhones: press the side button and the home button at the same time
  • …on new iPhones: press the side button and volume up button at the same time

Once you take a screenshot, it’s saved to your camera roll. You can then upload the image to Instagram from your phone and crop or filter the picture.

Method 2: Create Text Post in Instagram

You can use the story feature of Instagram to create text posts. Instagram has some good built in features for creating images. Click the camera in the top left corner of the screen to start and select text from the options.

Add your text by scrolling the bottom panel to the left and clicking. When you are happy with your text click the minimal arrow.

Play with the different setting options to get different background colors or stickers for your image. You can also add a photo/image as a background for your text post.

When you are happy with your post click Add to Story. You can then save your post from your story and delete it by clicking the three dots.

Method 3: Create Text Post using Kapwing

Kapwing is an online tool that allows you to create and customize images and videos. Follow this link and click Get Started. If you have a video/photo you want to use as a background, upload it. Otherwise click Start with a blank canvas.

Start with a blank canvas or upload a background image in Kapwing’s studio

Click add text in the bottom panel and add the text you want in your post. It’s customizable so you can use cool and fancy fonts!

You can select font, fill color, outline color, and paragraph style. Once your text is created you can edit the size.

Click background in the bottom panel to choose the dimensions of your post. Scroll over to pick your favorite colors!

You can add background shapes and images to emphasize your text. Check out the variety of shape options available. Click images to search through images, I recommend adding “png” to your search to get transparent images!

Decide if you want your text post to be an image or a video. If it’s just an image go to timeline and select image. If not, pick your length and time out your text. If your text post is a video you can add animations to your text! If you want your text post to be a video you can add audio using the audio tool in the bottom panel.

When you are happy with your text post, click Done. Your image will then be ready to download and post on Instagram. If you have an iPhone, follow these instructions to download.

Thanks for reading! If you make a cool text post, share it with us on social media @kapwingapp!