Instagram continue their snapchat onslaught with the addition of face filters
Over the past few months, we have seen loads of new features being added to Instagram, many of which have a certain similarity to Snapchat.
Many people had predicted this latest addition, and yesterday it came- IG launched face filters to IG stories- very like those we love on Snapchat.
You can currently choose from eight live filters with the same features that Snapchat offer- such as twitching ears and noses. Here are the list of the current filters
- Golden crown
- Koala bear
- Pink butterfly crown
- Ice Queen
- The ‘magic touch’ filter that makes you look like a better you!
Please note these are my opinion on the names of the filters- not official names
How can I access these IG Story face filters?
Go to your story by clicking the camera icon in the top right hand corner of the home page
There is now a new face icon In the bottom right hand corner- click on that
This will bring up the selection of filters for you to choose from.
You can then add geo-location tags and write anything you like on the photo too.
You have the choice to save the photo- send to friends or add to your story.
They also work with the Boomerang video clips
They work on both back and forward facing cameras.
So far, I’d say they seem like a simlar version of the Snapchat filters- they don’t distort your face as much as some of the Snapchat- but these are the first few, so who knows what future launches will bring. IG have said they’d like these filters to be less wacky so they appear to a wider audience and not just the teenage group.
You’re going to have to excuse the wet hair on these pics- I got drenched on the school run (oh, the glamour!).
IG Rewind Mode
This new update also released the new rewind feature. This basically allows you to create clips, which you can then play backwards as a special effect.
There is a new hashtag sticker feature – much like the location stickers, allowing your viewers to click and go to all related content for that #. They can be added as text.
IG Eraser Feature
Another part of this update is the eraser feature allowing you to erase anything you may have drawn. A great way to use this is to cover your image with one block colour and erase parts of it with the eraser to reveal the picture below.
- Take a photo
- Choose a colour
- Hold your finger on the photo to make the whole screen your selected colour
- Then use the eraser feature to erase parts of the colour as shown
The features are currently available in IG 10.21 for both Android and iOS.
Are you a Snapchat user? Will this current update stop you from using Snapchat? Personally, I only ever used SnapChat for the filters and I’m a bigger fan of Instagram overall, so I think my use of Snapchat will decrease and I can see a lot of people doing the same thing. Insta will only continue to add to their filters and improve on them.