Adding a text message bubble to your Reel is a great hook for the video. It provides immediate context and something to react to. If you’ve ever wondered how to do it you’re in the right place because I’m going to teach you!

Here are two ways to add this effect to your Reel with the help of our go-to graphic design platform, Canva.

Let’s get started:

Option 1

  1. Head to Canva.com. In the Elements section, search “Message”
  2. Add a text box and type in your message. Tip: Use the font Arimo for text-like font
  3. Download the image with a transparent background (Available to Canva Pro users) and save the image to your phone
  4. On Instagram record your Reel and save it to your phone
  5. Upload the Reel as an Instagram Story. Add the text box image. (Click the smiley face sticker to add the image)
  6. Download the Story and re-upload it as a Reel

Option 2

  1. Record your Reel in Instagram
  2. Save the Reel to your phone
  3. Upload the Reel into Canva.com then add the Reel into Canva’s Instagram Story Design template
  4. Add a text message element by searching “message” in the Elements section
  5. Add a text box and type in your message. Tip: Use the font Arimo for text-like font
  6. Animate the font – we recommend using the pop animation
  7. Download the file as a video (.mp4) and upload it to Reels

There you have it; Two ways to add a text message bubble to your next Reel!

Here’s a video tutorial of it as well!

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