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Snapchat Filters are overlays that you can add to your photos on Snapchat; these are available after you have taken a photo using the Snapchat camera. Lenses are special face effects that you use with your photos and videos; these are available by long pressing on the center of your Snapchat selfie camera screen.
These are all the Snapchat Filters and Lenses that are currently available. This list is constantly updated to keep up with all the new Snapchat updates. While there are no specific Snapchat Filters names given; we have come up with names of lenses and filters to easily identify them. (This is an old post reposted to a new update).
Default Snapchat Filters
By default, you will have access to the following Snapchat filters. To use these filters, take a picture, then swipe left or right across the picture. The more you swipe, the more filters you will see.
This is a list of all default Snapchat filters. The names of these filters are generic terms we have come up with.
Color Effects: You will have the option to choose from sepia, black and white and neon color tones.
Record Filter: Displays a frame and rec icon on top your snap.
Speed Filter: Displays the speed at which you’re travelling. You can change it to MPH or KMPH
Temperature Filter: Displays the current temperature of your location.
Location Filter: Displays your current location on your snap.
Time Filter: Displays the time the photo is taken. You can change the format of the time.
Besides these default filters, there are a host of custom filters (Geofilters) that you can use. Scroll down further to know more.
There are currently 20 lenses available on Snapchat. These lenses can be used both on photos and videos. To use lenses, open your Snapchat camera. Switch to the front camera. Then tap on the center of the camera screen until you see small circles (lenses) appear.
With each Snapchat update, new lenses are added and old ones retired. The following is a list of all Snapchat lenses currently available. Snapchat does not give names to its lenses and filters, the names that we give are simply for identification purposes.
|Flower Crown, commonly referred to as Flower Filter is one of the most popular Snapchat lenses. This lens is widely used by girls, and has been one of the longest running lenses on Snapchat.|
|The Dog/Puppy Filter is also among the most popular Snapchat lenses. Upon showing your tongue, this lens will display the dog’s tongue seemingly licking your phone screen. The dog filter is also widely popular among celebrities.|
|Flower Crown Filter: This is a newer and slightly darker version of the famous Flower Crown filter. This lens does not increase the brightness of your skin tone as much as the original flower crown does.|
|Face Swap: This is a new and improved version of the original (no longer available) Face Swap lens. It lets you swap your face with anyone whose photo there is in your phone’s camera roll or gallery. Snapchat automatically detects faces from your gallery.|
|Bee Filter: Snapchat’s bee filter is relatively new, but has gained quite the popularity. Using this lens makes your eyes pop and gives you bee-like antenna and bumblebee (yellow and black) stripes.|
Geofilters – Custom Snapchat Filters
Geofilters are special overlays created by users from and for a specific geographical location. Geofilters are accessible only within a specified radius of the geographic location for which it is built.
There are thousands of Geofilters all over the world; but all of these are specific to the particular location they are made for. For instance, you will have access to a ‘London’ Geofilter when you’re in London, but the same filter will not be available to you if you’re in Sydney.
Also, Geofilters can be made for festivals. If you’re anywhere in the US, you’d probably get access to the 4th of July Snapchat filter during that weekend; however this filter will not be accessible by someone living in Australia.
The most common Geofilters include City name, Site name, School, Festivals, Landmarks, etc.
There are two types of Geofilters — Community Geofilters and On-Demand Geofilters.
Community Geofilters are custom filters created by artists and designers for use in and around landmarks, festivals, schools, neighborhoods and cities.
Community Geofilters are free to create (they need to be approved by Snapchat) and free to use. To access Community Geofilters, simply take a picture on your Snapchat camera and swipe left or right. Swipe more to access more filters.
On-Demand Geofilters are custom filters that are created for a specific purpose or event, including birthdays, weddings, etc. These filters are time-bound, location-bound and cost upwards of $5 to create.
On-Demand Snapchat Geofilters can be personal (those created for personal events and occasions) and business (created by brands for identity and advertisement).
These filters also need to be approved by Snapchat before they can be used.