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Instagram Stories allows you to post media that lasts 24 hours. Despite disappearing quickly, the user can make his photos more interesting with the use of resources available on the social network itself. The application offers complete functionality to make images with a «professional» touch, before sharing with friends.

The new focus function allows you to add a «blur» to the background of the photo to highlight the selfies. In addition, the app offers filters, stickers and even fun 3D masks. Check out the Instagram Stories tricks in the following tutorial.

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Instagram offers a new possibility to register photos with a special focus, highlighting the face in selfies. The tool leaves the background «out of focus», simulating the effects of professional camera lenses. The resource is accessed by the categories at the bottom of the screen, below the capture button. In «Normal», the image appears with a wide focus. When selecting the «Focus» tool, dragging it to the side, note that the background will appear with «blur». Now, just register your selfie in Stories.

1 of 6 Activate the Special Focus for most prominent selfies on Instagram Stories – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

Activate the Special Focus for more prominent selfies on Instagram Stories – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

Instagram also offers filters to customize the color of the photos registered in Stories. When taking a new image, just drag the screen to the right and left to modify the filters. Note that each item has a name and contains its own colors and characteristics. You can switch the effects as many times as you want between the 11 different possibilities (available in the Android app).

2 of 6 Add color filters to your Instagram Stories photos – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

Add color filters to your Instagram Stories photos – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

Augmented reality masks allow you to add dog ears, kitten, crowns and more personalized effects. These 3D masks are applied to the selfie before registering the photo and even contain fun animations to record a video. To activate, click on the button with a «face» in the bottom right corner of the screen. Then, note that a tab will appear at the bottom of the display with several 3D mask options. Just choose one of them and position your face in front of the camera to apply.

3 of 6 Wear creative masks on Instagram Stories – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

Wear creative masks on Instagram Stories – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

4. Enable / disable the flash

Step 1. Is the lighting in the room dim? If your phone has a flash, the Stories camera allows you to turn this lighting on or off in a practical way. The button with a «lightning bolt» in the bottom left corner of the screen is responsible for this feature. If it is filled with white, the flash is activated, as shown in the second image.

4 of 6 Leave the flash off (left) or on (right) on Instagram Stories – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

Leave the flash off (left) or on (right) in Instagram Stories – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

5. Use fun stickers

Have you taken your selfie yet and want to personalize it? Instagram has a wide variety of creative stickers. There, you can find sunglasses, crowns, hats and dozens more colorful items.

Step 1. To find the stickers, register the photo or open one already saved in the gallery in Stories. Then, tap the «Stickers» button at the top right of the screen;

5 of 6 Access the stickers tab on Instagram Stories – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

Access the stickers tab on Instagram Stories – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

Step 2. Drag the tab to the sides to find more items, in addition to emojis and hashtags. Now just apply as many stickers as you like on the photo.

6 of 6 Add fun stickers to your Stories – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara

Add fun stickers to your Stories – Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara