Create an Instagram Story In Under 60 Seconds

Snappa’s free Instagram story maker is loaded with stunning templates, high-res images, and everything else you need to make professional looking stories for your Instagram profile.

Instagram story

Making an Instagram story shouldn't be a hassle...

...yet here you are, looking for a new way to whip up professional looking Instagram stories in record time. That’s because most alternatives come with major shortcomings.


Photoshop makes story design a chore.

First, you need to figure out what image dimensions to use since Instagram loves to change things on the regular. Then you need to spend hours learning the software and navigating through a maze of features you don’t even need!


Graphic designers are expensive and slow.

Instagram stories should be added regularly. But when you're dealing with graphic designers, you need to wait for your request to reach the top of their to-do list, and that’s if you can even afford a designer.


Most web-based design tools are clunky and difficult to use.

Plus, the best photos and graphics in their libraries, the ones you would actually want people to see, cost extra.


Create an Instagram story on the fly with Snappa

  • Save time by starting with the best Instagram story size & dimensions
  • Start with one of many professionally designed Instagram story templates to throw together eye-catching Instagram images in seconds
  • Customize templates, graphics, and text to create promo stories, life updates, brand BTS, and much more!
  • Access 5,000,000+ of high-res, totally not cheesy, 100% royalty-free stock photos from our library
  • Add the polish typically reserved for professional graphic designers with customizable graphics, shapes, and text
  • Download your story as a web optimized JPG, high-res PNG, Retina JPG, or Retina PNG
  • Repurpose your Instagram story photos for your other social media profiles and vice versa in a couple of clicks

Pump out your next Instagram story in seconds with Snappa.

Examples of Instagram stories created in under 60 seconds

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Sujan Patel Quote

Snappa is the best tool I've used to create images for blog posts & Facebook ads. In 5 minutes I can do what used to take me hours to do or pay designers to do.

Sujan Patel,
Co-founder of Webprofits

Make an Instagram story in 4 steps with Snappa



Click on ‘Instagram story’ to start with the perfect image dimensions.

Instagram story sizes


Choose from a bunch of easily customizable Instagram story templates to save time and look like a pro. Or, start from scratch to unleash your inner creative.

Instagram story templates


Swap background images with stock photos that are high resolution, 100% free, and just a click away inside of Snappa. Then add, subtract, and modify text, graphics, and shapes until your graphic is exactly what you envisioned.

Graphic editor


Download your new story image and upload it to Instagram. It will fit perfectly and customers will think you hired a professional graphic designer.

Download your Instagram story

See why 100,000+ Instagram users choose Snappa to create cool Instagram stories.

What’s to love about Snappa’s Instagram story maker?


Never worry about Instagram story dimensions again

Instagram story dimensions are available as a preset. A single click creates a canvas suited for Instagram story designs. Of course, if you want to create graphics for other platforms, we include dimension presets for profile pictures, offline screens, social media posts, and display ads. And image resizing makes it dead simple to repurpose an image for all other platforms.

Magically resize your Instagram story

In a couple of clicks, you can turn Instagram story images into social media posts, header images, and other graphic sizes.

Easy access to our library for royalty-free photos

You can find the perfect background image for your panel without searching through a handful of stock photo sites, worrying about image rights, and paying extra for the best images. It’s all inside of Snappa, and it’s free. Of course, you can also upload your own images.

Use templates to create pro Instagram stories in seconds

You don’t always have time to dream up a 100% original Instagram story. With Snappa, you have access to professionally designed Instagram story templates. Now you can be confident that your visual elements are well-proportioned, that your text elements are balanced, and that your colors complement one another. And you can customize everything about a template to make it match your vision and brand.

Snappa is fast, easy to use, and everything's included


Designed for speed

Spend less time making Instagram stories and more time taking photos, creating content, and growing your audience.

Magic wand

No learning curve

Use Snappa like a pro without watching long video tutorials, reading how-to posts, or being a graphic designer.

Image collection

Everything included

All photos and graphics included in Snappa are 100% royalty-free and licensed for commercial use. No extra fees.

Create Instagram stories to share your updates, link new posts, and to promote your other social media pages.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does Snappa’s free trial last?

You can use Snappa for as long as you like without paying a dime. You have access to thousands of photos and graphics, professionally designed templates for Instagram and all other major social media platforms, and 3 downloads per month. Even our most powerful time-saving features such as automatic image resizing are yours on the free plan. We only want you to consider a paid account when Snappa becomes an important tool that saves you a ton of time and headache each month.

Is Snappa only for Instagram story design?

No. In addition to creating Instagram stories, you can create graphics for:

Are your photos licensed for commercial use?

They sure are! All photos and graphics included in Snappa are 100% royalty-free. They can be used for both commercial and non-commercial purposes and you are not required to provide attribution.

Does Snappa offer customer support?

All members have access to video tutorials, detailed help docs categorized by topic, answers to FAQs, and email support.

Olga Andrienko Quote

Snappa is a must have tool for the non-designers who publish content online. It's super easy to use and has a nice set of templates, and despite its simplicity offers unlimited possibilities for creative minds.

Olga Andrienko,
Communications & Social Media Lead @ SEMrush

Ready to create your next Instagram story?