Smile if you like a golden crown or bunny ears on your head. Instagram rolled out more features Tuesday to further blur the line between its photo and video sharing platform and rival Snapchat.
New face filters allow users to add nerd glasses with swirling math equations, koala ears, a crystal crown, butterflies and more. “Whether you’re sitting on the couch at home or you’re out and about, you can use face filters to express yourself and have playful conversations with friends,” Instagram said in a blog post announcing the enhancements.
The filters can be accessed through Instagram’s camera and work on still images and video, as well as Boomerang, with the front- or back-facing camera. Completed images can be sent through Instagram Direct or added to an Instagram Story.
And that’s not all that’s new. Instagram added three more creative devices in the camera.
- Users can make videos that play in reverse with the “Rewind” feature. “Defy the laws of physics wherever you are,” the blog post read.
- More context can be added to stories with custom hashtag stickers.
- A new eraser brush in the drawing tools allows you to play with color and reveal certain parts of an image. “After you’ve taken a photo or video, select a drawing tool and tap and hold to fill the entire screen with color,” Instagram said. “Then, using the eraser brush, you can creatively reveal parts of your photo or video underneath.”