How to make Reels on Instagram with effects

In order to make an Instagram Reel with effects, you need to go to the Story creation page and then find an effect to add.


Users on Instagram can make Reels, which are different from regular content on the platform, because you can add various effects to them.

There are only a few steps you need to take in the Story creation page to add effects to your Instagram Reels.

What makes Instagram Reels different?

Instagram Reels offer an alternative content format whereby you can create short videos that are engaging and interesting, but these videos can be posted on your Feed and your Stories and will not disappear after 24 hours like stories do.

Because of this, you can put more time and effort into making these Reels truly and most accurately representative of your brand and what you want to communicate with your audience, as these Reels can be viewed by your followers many times and can even be featured on the Explore pages of users that may be interested in your profile and your content.

How to make Reels on Instagram with effects

When you are creating an Instagram Reel, there are many features that can help you create unique and interesting content, such as adding effects to your Reels.

There are just a few steps to follow to make a Reel with effects on Instagram, and they are:

Step 1: Open and sign into your Instagram mobile application

Step 2: Open the Story creation window by tapping your profile picture, the plus icon, and the camera icon, or swipe right

Step 3: Tap on the “Reels” tab

Step 4: Add a video by pressing to record button on the bottom of the screen or by selecting the “+” symbol to select a video clip from your gallery

Step 5: To add effects, click on the stars or smile symbol on the left-hand side of your screen labelled “Effects”

Step 6: Scroll through the circled options at the bottom of the screen to find the effect you are looking for or select the search icon to open the effect gallery where you can search for other effects

Step 7: Tap on the circle or tap on the effect in the gallery and then select “Use effect” to choose your desired effect

AR effects for Instagram Reels

You can also select various Augmented Reality (AR) filters or effects in your Reels. These are computer generated effects that are placed over videos and can be very interactive and creative.

You can use these effects by following the same steps for adding regular effects to your Instagram Reels and by selecting an AR filter from the gallery or saving an AR filter that you liked from someone else’s reel.

However, you can also build your own filters using Spark AR and upload them onto Instagram. Your followers will be able to access these effects and use them for their own reels or other content by selecting the effects icon on your profile.

AR effects are a very popular approach for brands that want to encourage user-generated content on the platform.

How to find effects for Instagram Reels

Visiting the Effect Gallery from the story creation page is one of the ways that you can find effects for your Instagram Reels.

Other ways to find and save effects include:

How to find effects Description
Browsing Instagram profiles You can select the smile or “Effect” button on users’ profiles to view the effects that they have  created.
Viewing Instagram Stories and Reels The names of effects used in Stories and Reels are displayed at the bottom of the story with a “Swipe-up” option if the effect is used by its creator.

Other tools to use for Instagram Reels

Besides these effects, there are also other tools which Instagram offers users, which can help you make creative, unique content.

Some of these are:

Tool Description
Text Add descriptive text to your reels
Draw The draw tool can help you customise your content
Stickers This includes features that show captions, GIFs, the time, and your location in the Reel
Filters This is an overlay that can be placed over your Reel
Audio Adding trendy sound bites can make your Reels stand out

Final thoughts

Using Instagram Reels allows you to take advantage of effects and post this content on your feed and to your stories.

Adding these effects can be done easily in the story creation page and you can even add other features such as AR effects and saved effects from there.