Instagram introduces ‘Face Filters’, goes one step closer to being Snapchat

The Face Filters and other features can be accessed downloading Instagram 10.21 update on the App store and Google Play Store.

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Highlights

    • Instagram adds eight Face Filters
    • New update brings eraser tool
    • New hashtag sticker for photo and video

Instagram on Tuesday announced a new update that adds new filters to Instagram Stories. The eight initial ‘face filters’ simply replicate its rival Snapchat’s augmented reality selfie filters.

The filters let users add special effects to their selfies with nerd glasses, twitching bunny ears, features which are already seen in Snapchat. The Face Filters can be activated by clicking the camera interface and then tap the face icon at the bottom right of the screen. The filters can be used for both front and rear camera and it even works with the Instagram’s ephemeral looping Boomerang video clips.

Apart from the Face Filters, Instagram has also added a few other features to the app that include ‘Rewind’ mode for the videos. The mode lets users create video clips that will play it reverse as a ‘special effect’. Users will also be able to add a new hashtag sticker to the video and even a photo when posting it’s to their Instagram Story. While tapping on these stickers, the viewers will be taken to the Instagram hashtag page.

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The update also brings an eraser tool that will allow removing drawings that a user adds to an image. However, it won’t be able to ‘Photoshop’ the objects from the picture like Snapchat’s Magic eraser that select and remove the object from the Snaps.

There’s a lot of exciting work being done around augmented reality. We’ve heard from our community that they want more creative ways to share everyday moments and engage with friends. With face filters, they have more tools than ever at their fingertips, and all in one place,” an Instagram spokesperson (via TechCrunch) said.

Users can access to these new features by downloading Instagram 10.21 update on the App store and Google Play Store.

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