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How to use instagram’s new face filters

Just when you think you’ve finally figured out how to add a flower crown to your selfie in Snapchat or turn yourself into an adorable puppy, along comes another silly yet addictive social media enhancement: Instagram Stories’s new face filters. The feature launched last month, and I’ve got to admit that I’m having almost as […]

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Just when you think you’ve finally figured out how to add a flower crown to your selfie in Snapchat or turn yourself into an adorable puppy, along comes another silly yet addictive social media enhancement: Instagram Stories’s new face filters.

The feature launched last month, and I’ve got to admit that I’m having almost as much fun with it as I do with Snapchat. Because, it works kind of exactly like Snapchat’s face filters do. Facebook has been chided in the media for ripping off Snapchat’s features one by one, and this copycat is no different. But hey, alls fair in love and social media, I guess.

Granted, there are only 10 filters currently (Snapchat has a lot more), but in addition to baby animals, the virtual options include a variety of crowns, a peacock, nerd glasses and more. The animations are artful, and dare I say it, more sophisticated — well, as sophisticated as adding fuzzy koala ears to your face can be!

Unlike Snapchat, which is always confusing to me (and most of, AHEM, a certain age), Instagram’s face filters are super easy to use. Here’s a quick guide to get you started:

How to use instagram’s new face filters

How to Use Instagram Stories’s New Face Filters

  1. Open the Instagram app, make sure you’re on the “home” page, and tap on the tiny camera icon in the top left corner.
  2. Select the selfie camera by tapping the circle of arrows to switch cameras.
  3. Tap on the “Smiley” button or press on your face to pull up a tray of filters. Select one (Current favorite: Monocle and top hat).
  4. Take a photo, a video, or even a Boomerang.
  5. Tap “Save” to save it to your camera roll, tap “Your Story” to add it to your Instagram Story, or tap “Next” to select a friend to send it to directly.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to decide whether I look better with a butterfly crown or bunny ears.

(Bunny ears, obvi! Right?)

How to use instagram’s new face filters


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Below your business’s photo in the Instagram viewer is a row of filters. Each filter includes a thumbnail image so you can see the filter’s effect on your photo.

Swipe from right to left in the row of thumbnail images to view all 23 filters, from Clarendon to Nashville. (Normal is the default image, without a filter.) Tap a filter thumbnail image, and the photo in the viewer changes to show you the photo with that filter applied.

To return to the original photo, tap the Normal thumbnail. To continue processing the photo with a filter, either tap Edit at the bottom-right corner of the screen to edit your photo further, or tap Next in the upper-right corner of the screen to add a description to your photo.

What happens when a filter is not quite to your liking and you’d like to tweak it? You can change the intensity of any filter (except Normal) by tapping the filter thumbnail image again. A slider appears; move it to the left and right to change the intensity. The photo in the viewer changes to reflect the selected intensity. The default intensity for each filter is 100. When you’ve set the intensity to just the right amount, tap Done. If you’re still not satisfied and want to return the photo to its original intensity, tap Cancel.

Keep in mind that any filter settings will revert to the default after you leave this screen.

If you want to see how the photo with a filter compares to the original photo, tap and hold down on the viewer to view the original photo. Release your finger to see the photo with the applied filter.

Changing the order of filters

Too many filters or your favorite ones are too far down in the list? No problem. Swipe to the end of the filter list, and you’ll see a Manage icon. Tap the icon to open the Manage Filters screen, where you can perform three tasks: change the order of filters in the row, add filters, and disable filters.

The filters on the Manage Filters screen appear in the same order as they do in the Filter screen. You can change the order of filters as follows:

  1. Tap and hold down on a filter name in the list. The filter name gets larger after you hold down on the name for about a second.
  2. Move the name in the list. As you move the filter name, other filter names helpfully move out of the way so you can see where your selected filter will appear in the list.
  3. When the filter is where you want it, release your finger. The filter name appears in your desired location in the list.

That’s all there is to it! To return to the Filter screen, tap Done.

Adding an Instagram filter

When you swipe up and down in the list of filters on the Manage Filters screen, you’ll see several filter names that appear dimmed. These filters are disabled, but it’s easy to add any of them to the Filter screen.

Simply tap a dimmed filter name. The name turns black, which means the filter is active, and you see a check mark to the right of your newly activated filter name. Tap Done, and you return to the Filter screen, where you see your new filter in the row of filters.

Disabling an Instagram filter

If you decide that you don’t want to include one or more filters in the Filter screen, you can disable it by tapping the filter name in the list on the Manage Filters screen. The check mark to the right of the name disappears and the filter name is gray. (To add it back, just tap the disabled filter name again.)

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Brenda Cardenas, an augmented reality effects creator, remembers the filter that ignited the recent Instagram craze.

“The Beauty3000 filter,” she says. “[It] just made everything explode. Like all of a sudden, all of our [filter usage] numbers started going up.”

A phosphorescent mask wraps around the face of anyone using the Beauty3000 filter, making it look like they just walked out of the shimmer in Annihilation. It’s eerie, intriguing, and makes everyone look good. It also isn’t made by Instagram, but rather by one of a cadre of designers whose offbeat tastes are changing the reigning aesthetic of face filters.

Beauty3000 comes from Johanna Jaskowska, a designer who participates in an Instagram beta program that allows people to create custom face filters and spread them to their followers. Instagram announced the program last May and expanded the closed beta in October, but the effects only recently seem to have taken hold.

Influencers have been posing with them in Stories, like the model Teddy Quinlivan and musicians iLoveMakonnen and Rosalía, and filter creators say their followings are growing because of it. Snapchat’s puppy dog filter may have started the face filter trend and become a meme unto itself, but now Instagram’s creators are moving filter design forward with a less cutesy look and more of a futuristic art kid vibe, often covered in gloss.

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Most of these filters don’t perpetuate Kardashian-esque beauty standards, like contoured faces and manicured eyebrows. Instead, they’re more experimental. One filter, by, creates a halo made out of golden hot dogs. Another, by @fvckrender, blocks a person’s face with crystal hands. Another, by the creator @exitsimulation, creates shimmering masks of a user’s face that orbit around their real face. The common vibe isn’t accidental: the creators talk to one another in a Facebook Group to share future ideas and crowdsource feedback or advice.

Mate Steinforth, who makes more cyborg-esque filters, says he avoids making filters with traditional looks, like bunny ears and glossy faces. “I’m not specifically interested in making Instagram influencers more beautiful,” he says.

Instagram has a unique way to unlock new filters: you have to follow their creator. If you want access to Beauty3000, for example, you’ll have to follow Jaskowska’s account, @johwska, before it’ll appear in your in-app Instagram camera. Every time it’s used, the filter name and its creator are listed at the top. Instagram doesn’t pay creators to make these masks, but the viral nature of how they spread means that designers whose work strikes a chord can see their followings grow exponentially.

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Cardenas says she went from from 120 followers to 25,000 followers in about a month and a half. Another creator, Tomas Posse, or @tokyyto, had 1,000 followers when he started publishing filters in December. After his filters were posted around the app on various accounts, he reached 162,000 followers.

Posse doesn’t attribute his growth to one influencer in particular, although musician Rosalía, who has more than 1 million followers, used a filter of his named Woop on her makeup stylist’s account. Woop, which combines a number of effects including the one pictured above, is one of his two most popular filters, with the other being TK2, which offers a Beauty3000-esque purple-hued glow. Posse says “a lot” of people started posing with his filters, which caused other people to want to try them, too.

Filter makers are still figuring out what works best on the platform and what type of effect will become the next Beauty3000. The Facebook-owned creation software to make these effects, Spark AR Studio, also includes pointers to get people started. Don’t make people completely unrecognizable to themselves, the company suggests. Allow the recognizable parts of an environment to stay in frame. Consider adding support for multiple faces. All the best practices are suggested in the name of making photos and videos “more shareable.”

Instagram Stories now have face filters. Here’s how to use them.

Last year, Instagram rolled out a Stories feature to compete with the likes of Snapchat and has been playing catch-up with features ever since, rolling out things like Boomerang, hands-free video, filters, stickers, selfie stickers and more.

Today, Instagram is adding one of Snapchat users’ favorite features: face filters. Here’s how to use them.

How to add face filters to your Instagram Stories

To use face filters, you will first need to update your Instagram app to version 10.21. Next, open Instagram and tap the home icon in the lower left corner of the app to view your feed. Swipe right or tap the camera icon in the top left to open the Stories camera.

How to use instagram’s new face filters

These new filters can place wacky effects on your face.

Look for the new face icon in the bottom right corner, to the right of the camera select button. This will reveal eight filters which will be superimposed on your face, including various crowns, koala ears and black rimmed glasses with swirling math equations.

If you don’t see the face icon, try force closing the application and re-opening it. If it still doesn’t appear, you may just have to wait, as Instagram says the feature will roll out globally in the coming weeks.

Once you select a filter, you can tap the face icon once more to collapse the menu and use the filter with other camera modes, like Boomerang or hands-free video. And after you’re finished taking a photo or video, you can apply filters and stickers as you normally would.

Other new features

In addition to face filters, Instagram has added a few new features with this update. For instance, instead of plain text hashtags, you can now add a hashtag sticker to your story so viewers can click the hashtag to see related posts.

You can also record videos in reverse with Rewind. From the Stories camera, swipe over to Rewind, shoot a short video and it will play back in reverse.

Finally, there is a new eraser brush at your disposal. Fill the entire screen with color and use the eraser tool to only reveal parts of your video or image.

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Spicing up your Instagram Story with filters is all the rage right now, especially because there are so many cool options to try out. Whether it’s the the 2020 Prediction filter or the Disney filter, you won’t want to miss out on the viral effects available. Here’s how to search filters on Instagram Story so you can get in on all the AR fun.

There are plenty of popular filters to try out, and you’ve probably seen them all over your friends’ Stories. When you want to partake in the fun yourself, though, it can get a little tricky. You can’t simply search the name of the filter on Instagram and have it pop up. Thankfully, there are some pretty simple ways you can get the AR filters and have some fun of your own.

First things first, make sure your Instagram app is updated to the latest version, otherwise the filters won’t work. The easiest way to search for an effect is by heading to the filter creator’s Instagram account. Of course, to do that, you’ll have to know who created each of the filters, so here are some of the most popular ones going around:

Once you know which filter you want, you can use your mobile Instagram app to get started.

Find a filter through the creator.

  1. Search the creator of the filter you want to use to get to their IG profile.
  2. Tap the smiley face icon above their grid to see all their currently available Story filters.
  3. Tap on the filter you want to try, and then tap the “Try it” button in the lower left hand corner.
  4. To use the filter, press and hold down the record button in the Instagram Camera, which you can then save and send to all your followers.
  5. To save the filter for yourself, tap the name of the filter at the bottom of your screen and select “Save Effect.”

Find a filter through your friends.

If you want to check out a filter not listed above, you can always access it from people you follow on Instagram.

  1. When you come across someone using an AR filter in their Story, it’ll have the name of the filter and the name of the creator listed at the top. You can tap on that to try it yourself, and you can also save the filter to your Instagram Camera.
  2. Also, if a friend has a filter saved on their camera, they can send it to you by opening the filter in their Instagram Camera, tapping on the filter name at the bottom, and then choosing “Send to”

Search for filters in the Effects Gallery.

When AR filters first became popular at the beginning of 2020, there was no way to search for specific filters by name. Thankfully, Instagram eventually made it possible to search for filters you’ve seen by typing in the name of the filter in a search bar in the Effects Gallery.

To get there, go to your Instagram Camera, and scroll to the end of all the filters to where it says “Browse Effects.” Tap on the Browse Effects button, and then go to the upper right-hand corner in the Effects Gallery to tap on the magnifying glass that’ll bring you to the search bar. You can also browse all the filters in the Effects Gallery to see what’s new and trending at the moment.

It doesn’t look like the AR filter trend is going away anytime soon, so it’s time to start searching and posting them to your Stories.

Editor’s note: This article was updated on April 2 to include the new search capability in the Instagram Effects Gallery.

This article was originally published on Jan. 15, 2020

I’m sure you’re wondering how in the world face filters on Instagram could get any better now that the social media giant has rolled them out — and now, I have a reason: Face filters can not only be used in photos and videos in your Instagram story, but they can also be used with boomerangs! That’s right, you can use Instagram face filters in a Boomerang to satisfy all of your face filter and Boomerang needs all at once.

If you aren’t familiar yet, Instagram has released a ton of new amazing features for the app as of May 16. The Instagram face filters are one of the top new features released — now allowing users to add cute little koala ears or swirling math equations above their head. These eight filters work perfectly with Boomerang, as well as another new Instagram feature called Rewind. Rewind lets users put a video in reverse, making your Instagram videos and stories (as well as your new face filters) even more creative.

To use with a Boomerang, all you do is turn on the face filters as you normally would, choose the one you want, and set your story to Boomerang — then hit record. Simple!

Along with face filters and Rewind, you can add hashtag stickers to your posts that will link out to that trending hashtag on Instagram! You no longer have to follow someone to see Instagram stories, but can discover great Instagram stories through hashtags on the app! Cue Instagram story stars that are about to have sky-high analytics thanks to this new feature.

And last, but certainly not least, Instagram stories now has an eraser brush. You can finally erase all of your mistakes from your drawing tools instead of having to “undo” all of it. It can even allow you to cover your image with a single color (pick a color in the drawing tool and hold it down on the screen to cover your image with a color) and erase what the color in places where you want your video to be seen.

Now with Instagram face filters, rewind, the eraser tool, and hashtag stickers, your Instagram story game is about to be even stronger.

We live in a world of rapidly-changing technology, that’s nothing new. But sometimes, it’s hard to keep track of what app, filter, or acronym is cool at the moment. And as the death of Vine proved, it doesn’t take much for an app to become obsolete. Instagram definitely knows that, and it’s doing everything in its power to avoid a similar fate. First, the photo-sharing app created its own version of the Snapchat Story. And as of Tuesday, Instagram has released new face filters, which, yes, are also reminiscent of Snapchat’s versions. But, there are some differences, which is why you should know how to get more Instagram face filters, because they’re about to become the next cool trend.

In a statement this week, Instagram announced that its face filters would be “an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining.”

“Whether you’re sitting on the couch at home or you’re out and about,” the company wrote, “you can use face filters to express yourself and have playful conversations with friends.” Options include turning your selfie into a cuddly koala, a flower-crowned goddess, or simply enhancing your face with a smoothing feature. The update is already accessible for Instagram users (if not, make sure you manually update the app), and the original eight filters are ready to go.

The current face filters that are available are: a golden, leaf-like crown, a koala face, a peacock/flapper (depending on how you look at it), an ice crown, a blooming butterfly/flower crown, a bunny face, nerd glasses, and the enhanced option that basically improves the appearance of the selfie. To try out the new feature, the company explains,

Simply open the camera and tap the new face icon in the bottom right corner. Tap a filter to try it on, and keep an eye out for ones that work with a friend. Take a photo or video using the front or back-facing camera — they even work with Boomerang, so you can easily add an unexpected twist to what you share! When you’re done recording, you can send it to your best friends through Instagram Direct or add it to your story.

Unfortunately, as the new update just launched, Instagram has no additional download packs with more filters. However, the app will be changing the available face filters on a semi-regular basis, in the same way that Snapchat does. And if you’re really wanting more variety, you can always use an outside app to add a filter of your own or a pre-made custom filter, and then enhance it in Instagram. In other words, for more official Insta-filters, you’ll just have to be patient.

Of course, the face filters aren’t the only new features Instagram released today. The ability to use hashtags in your story and the ability to play videos in reverse with a new rewind option are taking Instagram to Snapchat-level sharing abilities. So, get on it and start experimenting with Instagram’s new face filters, because you’re about to start seeing them all over your feed.

How to use instagram’s new face filters

Instagram face filters how to use and features – Instagram on Tuesday 16 of May 2017 announced a feature called “face filters,” the latest effort to steal the thunder from upstart Snapchat and this is in due course to make ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining.

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Instagram face filters allow users to add graphics to a selfie much like Snapchat’s Lenses. Users open the camera on their phone and tap a new filter icon. Instagram users can then add the filter to a photo or video and send it to friends through Instagram Direct or add it to a story.

Instagram added a few other creative tools , including a “rewind” mode that plays videos in reverse. The app will also add hashtag stickers and a new eraser brush. With the eraser brush users can erase things they’ve drawn and replace it with something else, or play around with color.

Instagram wouldn’t share whether the available filters will expand, rotate or come and go, but they did say “we’ll be bringing more Face Filters to the community on a regular basis.”

Features of Instagram face filters

These are the features of the new Instagram Face Filters overview:

Gold Crown – A Caesar-style golden wreath around you head, this filter is subtle and universal enough to be a good introduction to filters.

Koala – This cute filter adds a Koala nose and ears that raise in surprise when you open your mouth, though it falls short of being as adorable as Snapchat’s iconic puppy filter.

Nerd Glasses – This one swirls math equations around your head, can appear on two people at once and features glasses that slip down your nose if you tilt forward.

Bunny – Another attempt at beating Snapchat’s puppy filter, these ears raise in surprise when you open your mouth, and react to gravity by folding over if you learn side to side.

Butterfly Crown – Instagram’s attempt at Snapchat’s Coachella-favorite flower crown puts a wreathe of butterflies on your head that flitter off as you move.
Ice Crown – You exhale steam as snowflakes flurry around with this ice crown.

Peacock – Giant purple feathers in the foreground shield you from view until they’re pulled aside to reveal you, when you lean forward, looking like a 1930s flapper.

Makeup – Instagram’s final face filter washes a golden hue over you, smoothing your wrinkles so you look more “beautiful.”

How to use Instagram face filters

The following steps below is a guide on how to use Instagram face filters.

  • First all you have to do is to open the camera on your smartphone.
  • Then tap on face filters icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • Right from there you can filter to a photo or video and send it to friends through Instagram Direct or add it to a story.

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Instagram has taken another step to incorporate a feature of Snapchat into the Instagram mobile app. On May 17th, 2017 Instagram released a new feature called Face Filters. Instagram users across the untied states got this message through an Instagram story posted by Instagram:How to use instagram’s new face filters

The message included a short video tutorial that described how to use the new Instagram Face filters. Below you will find some thorough instructions on how to use the new Instagram Face filters.

How to Use The New Instagram Face Filters

Instagram Face filters are the newest feature to be added to Instagram. Although Snapchat has provided the feature for quite some time now, Instagram has been working on adding the technology to their mobile app for almost a year, now the Instagram Face filter has become a reality. Below you will find some in depth directions on how to use the new Instagram Face filter.

  1. Open the Instagram app and swipe left to open the camera.
  2. Switch to the front facing camera so that your face is on the screen.
  3. To open the Instagram Face filters you simply tap the white face button in the lower right hand corner of the screen. The button looks like this: Once you do this you will be presented with a slider with a number of different Face filters you can use.
  4. To select an Instagram Face filter you will tap the one you want to use and it will apply to your face.

One common mistake is to not have the front facing camera open. Make sure that your face is on the screen. Once your front facing camera is open you will see the button to press that will open up the Instagram Face filters. There are currently only eight Instagram Face Filters available for Instagram users to use. Once users have exhausted the eight Instagram Face filters they will begin asking the question “how do I get more Instagram Face Filters?”

How to Get More Instagram Face Filters?

There are currently only eight Instagram Face filters available to Instagram users. Compared to Snapchat, this is a very limited collection. Snapchat has offered its users hundreds of different face filters. Instagram only has eight filters right now but they will be updating the feature to offer more filters as time goes on. Snapchat started out with a few different filters but gradually increased their collection to consist of many different filters that they constantly switch out.
Another cool thing about the face filters is that sports teams and businesses can sponsor filters to offer users of social media a new type of advertising that is very interactive. Sponsored filters give users a unique face filter that is different than the same old filters they have been using for months. So if you are wondering how you can get new Instagram face filters, the answer is patients. You will not be able to use new Instagram face filters until Instagram either creates them and releases them, or a business sponsors a new lens. If Instagram face filters are anything like snapchat face filters, there should be new face filters added every week. There is no way to tell when new Instagram Face filters will be available, however, you can check regularly to look for new Instagram Face Filters.

The First Eight Instagram Face Filters

Below you will find a list of the first eight Instagram Face Filters that were released for Instagram users to use. In the future there will be many more Instagram Face Filters available to Instagram users.

  1. Gold Crown Instagram Face FilterHow to use instagram’s new face filters
  2. Koala Bear Instagram Face FilterHow to use instagram’s new face filters
  3. Nerdy Glasses With Math Problems Instagram Face FilterHow to use instagram’s new face filters
  4. White Bunny Rabbit Instagram Face FilterHow to use instagram’s new face filters
  5. Rainbow Flower Crown Instagram Face FilterHow to use instagram’s new face filters
  6. Ice Crystal Crown Instagram Face FilterHow to use instagram’s new face filters
  7. Black Crown with Purple Feathers Instagram Face FilterHow to use instagram’s new face filters
  8. Sparkles Instagram Face FilterHow to use instagram’s new face filters

Comment below which Instagram Face Filters you want to see in the future!