A guide to Snapchat: Part 2
Have you guys been exploring the app a little more since our first Snapchat guide? I’m starting to get the hang of it but I learnt there are so many more functions and ways to inject creativity into your snaps, and just some all around fun.. Here are 5 more tips that you may not have known about. You’re quickly on your way to becoming a Snapchat pro!
After you’ve taken a snap or a video, tap the letter ‘T’ on the top right corner to bring out the text function, and type away! Tap the ‘T’ again if you’d like to choose from the 3 different styles of text: small white letters on grey background, giant white letters aligned to the left, or that but aligned centre. If you’re using the giant white letters, you can change the colour your text simply by scrolling up and down the colour slider.
Tap the pencil icon on the top right to bring out the colour slider. Just select your colour and get creative! Draw the sun if you’re taking a snap of the blue sky, add a moustache to the funny selfie you’re taking, or even use it to write your caption in your own handwriting, just for that personal touch..
Now, where’s the white and black colour option? Here’s a little secret for you guys! When you’re scrolling up and down the slider, continue to drag your finger to the 4 corners of the screen and through the different points in between, without lifting your finger. See how many more colour options and shades you can choose from? Hooray for blush tones!
If you love your emojis then you have to check this function out. Tap the third button on the top right, which kind of looks like a little post-it, and you’ll be able to access all of them. Select your favourite one and place them wherever! Pinch it to make it smaller, and drag it outwards with two fingers to make it larger.. Here’s where you can get really animated, so feel free to add as many as you’d like. Or even try creating a whole imaginary scenario with just emojis! If you’re having second thoughts about any of the emojis you’ve selected, then just hold and drag them to the trash icon which will automatically appear at the top.
4) Swiping left and right
Once you’re done editing your snap, swipe left to unlock a whole list of fun things. Filters, timestamps, speed, temperature.. and even slow-mo, fast-forward and rewind for videos! When rewind function first came out, some of my friends got really creative and made “magic tricks” out of them. It was a real puzzling time..
If you’ve enabled location services on your Snapchat, then you’ll sometimes get event-based and location-based stickers when you continue swiping left. For instance, during Chinese New Year they came up with a handful of beautiful festival-themed frames! Singapore also has her very own stickers. Travelling from city to city? Check out the various stickers and frames each place offers.
5) Special filters
This is a new one! Snapchat came up with a bunch of interactive filters that fits and moves with the face. Just tap and hold the face of your subject and you’ll get the option of scrolling through the various filters which vary from day to day. For this, we’re not going to spoil the fun for you, you just have to explore them yourself! But we’ll tell you this.. You’ll be surprised how imaginative Snapchat can get, and how absolutely hilarious these special filters can be! Kids love them to bits.
And we have to admit, we do too. If you haven’t already, add us on @bloesemblog! Would love to join you guys on this platform..