Snapchat is known for its quirky and unique features. Whether you want to make silly face morphs, or spice up your selfie just the way you want it, you know it’s the app to choose. One of the most popular features of Snapchat are Snapchat filters. In today’s article, we’ll introduce you to Snapchat filters, explain how to use them, and show you how you can add new filters to your Snapchat account! Let’s get started.
What Are Snapchat Filters?
Snapchat filters are a tool used to apply various modifications to your picture. If you’ve ever used Snapchat, you’ve likely experimented with some of these. Even if not, you’ve surely seen some of your friends’ posts on social media where they have a dog nose or a rainbow coming out their mouth. Such effects were likely done with Snapchat filters.
There are two types of Snapchat filters, and it is very important to know the difference. The two types are:
- Snapchat filters, also known as Snapchat lenses
- Snapchat geofilters
Snapchat filters, as previously stated, modify your images, usually thanks to facial recognition. Once Snapchat recognizes a face, you can choose any filter that you want to be applied to it. Some filters will also keep looking for special triggers, such as opening your mouth, and upon recognizing those, they will create an additional effect.
What Are Some of the Best Known Snapchat Filters?
Even if you didn’t know what Snapchat filters were before looking up this article, you’ve surely seen them at work. One of, if not the most recognizable filters of all time, is the Snapchat’s puppy filter. At this point, just about every mainstream celebrity has shown themselves with a dog snout and ears, looking all cute. This filter was extremely popular with girls, so you can see many female singers, actresses, and celebs taking selfies with it.
Another famous filter is the rainbow puke filter. This one made you blush and made your eyes huge. And upon opening your mouth, you’d get a rainbow coming out of them as if you were puking it. This one was so popular that it became a fun style of makeup.
The face swap. Ah, yes. The staple of Snapchat filters has to be the face swap because it is so ridiculously fun to do. Swapping your face with a friend that’s next to you is guaranteed to make you both laugh while making crazy expressions. You can also swap your face with someone from your gallery, leading to particularly hilarious results.
How To Use Snapchat Filters?
Using Snapchat filters a.k.a Snapchat lenses is very simple. All you need to do is point the camera toward a face, and hold your finger on it. You wait for a few seconds as the app maps the face out, and you’ll be offered a bunch of filters that you can try on the bottom. Scroll through them until you find the one you want. From that point on, you can just tap the capture button to take a photo, or press and hold it to take a video with the filter applied.
There are some filters that will provide you with special instructions, such as “Open your mouth” or “Tap!”. Doing so will make something special happen, like the rainbow puking effect that we’ve already mentioned.
How To Add Snapchat Filters To Your Account
At any given time, you have at your disposal the basic Snapchat filters that are always active. But if you want more, there are a few ways to add additional Snapchat filters to your account.
Firstly, Snapchat will add and remove filters with each update of the app, so be sure that you’re up to date to get all the newest filters.
Secondly, you can tap the little icon just right of the ‘X’ button when you’re viewing filters. This will take you to the most popular community filters that you can download and use.
The third way is the best one. You can look up Snapchat lenses online. Here at LensesForSnap, we have a huge variety of lenses (filters) from you to choose from. We have a large catalog of lenses, together with descriptions and examples for all of them, so you’re sure to find some that you’ll enjoy.
When you find a one that interests you, all you need to do is point your camera toward its Snapcode, and it will give you the option to unlock it for 24 hours. After that, you can repeat the process again to unlock it for another 24 hours. If you really like a filter, in particular, you can download its Snapcode and you’ll be able to unlock it from your gallery in the future.
If visiting our site from a mobile device that has Snapchat installed, you can also click the special link that’s under every Snapcode which will do the job as well.
About Snapchat Geofilters and How To Use Them
We’ve mentioned Snapchat geofilters, which are different from lenses. Geofilters will offer you a bunch of cool filters related to your current location. Mainly, these are cartoonish icons of recognizable landmarks of your location. So for example, if you are in Paris, expect to see a few renditions of the Eiffel tower that you can add to your photo, to let all of your friends know where you are.
These filters work with your phone’s GPS. To use them, be sure to turn on your Location, and allow Snapchat to use it. After that, you’re ready to start using geofilters. Geofilters are applied after taking a photo, unlike lenses. After you take a photo or a video, swipe left to see the geofilters that you can use at the time.
Snapchat Filters – Conclusion
You now know what are Snapchat lenses, and how to use them. If you want to find some cool lenses for you to experiment with, be sure to look around the site, you definitely won’t be disappointed. We have a huge variety of lenses that are fun, cool, unique and downright ridiculous sometimes. Enjoy and make sure to share your favorites with us!