Instagram Takes On Snapchat With New Face Filters

The latest Instagram app update is giving users even more creative control over how they want to tell and share their memories through photos and videos with the launch of new face filters, creative modes and stickers. Face filters, as the name implies, allows you to add creative objects to your face, and the feature works in a similar way to Snap's Snapchat lenses. At launch, Instagram provides users with a set of eight different face filters, allowing you to add an element of augmented reality to your selfies. To use the filters, you'll need to launch the camera from within the Instagram app, select the face icon located in the bottom right corner and choose one of the many objects you can place on your selfie, including glasses, a headband, a tiara, bunny ears and nose, and more. Instagram's new face filters work with photos, videos and Instagram's Boomerang mode with either the front- or rear-facing camera.

In addition to the new augmented reality face filters, Instagram also debuted new tools to help you share your story. A new camera mode called Rewind will replay videos in reverse sequence. For instance, using this mode, you'll see water from a water fall flowing upwards. There's also a new sticker feature exclusively for hashtags that will allow social-ready photographers to share their photos or discover new photos utilizing a hashtag. Like the hashtag used inside captions and descriptions of a photo, when shared, the sticker hashtags are searchable on Instagram simply by tapping on the sticker.

Photographers looking to get really creative with text and photos can utilize a new drawing tool that allows parts of your photograph to show through under bold text. This new drawing tool works by using layers. Essentially, you'll start by capturing a photograph. Next, you'll select a drawing tool, and fill the frame with a color of your choice. This color layer will cover your captured photograph. Then, by using the eraser tool, you can erase parts of your color layer with a word, phrase or image, letting parts of your original photograph show through underneath. The tool allows typography and photography enthusiasts to combine both of their passions. To utilize any of these new Instagram features, you will need to be running the latest version of the app, now available from the Google Play Store.

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