Anyone—and I mean everyone using Snapchat can now create customized filters and lenses. The ephemeral photo sharing app announced today that it was opening its Studio to allow you to make your specific face Lenses.
There are preloaded custom Lenses you can choose from, as well as series of pre-made templates that you can build your Lens on. Upon launch, Snapchat plans to roll out 150 Lenses. Better still, you can upload a face image to use, after which you can add text—and you are good to go—you can start using your Lens.
“Personalize your Filters and Lenses! Whether it’s a Filter that frames the moments at a friend’s wedding, or a Lens that makes birthdays even more hilarious, your custom creations will make any event more special,” Snapchat said on Thursday.
Snapchat’s new customizable Lens are best suited for events with set dates—and that is because they will disappear after a while. As a matter of fact, you will be expected to enter a time and place before the Lens can become active—it is all part of the process of creating your personalized Lens. The Lenses aren’t free—with the minimum price set at $9.99.
The feature is currently only available to iOS and desktop users in the US. However, Android and other users across the world will soon be able to create their personalized Lens.
Snapchat still feels it has chance to keep its user base happy, and recently added yet another way to help users customize their Bitmoji. Announcing Bitmoji Deluxe, Snapchat said the tool will offer users new ways to customize their Bitmoji.
Bitmoji Deluxe, according to Snapchat, is in response to various feedback it got from users who always wanted more options to personalize their creations. The company said Bitmoji Deluxe is just the beginning, and plans to add more options to enrich users’ experience of the functionality.
Here is how to update your Bitmoji: Go to Settings in the Bitmoji app, choose the “Change Avatar Style.” From there you can start customizing your creations to make them look and feel personal—just the way you want them. The option to leave things just as they are, is still available—and that is talking about the Bitmoji “Classic” and Bitstrips styles.
Snapchat recently updated its Stories feature to make it easier to share your stories even with people who don’t have or use the app. However, you can only share Search Stories, Our Stories, and Official Stories. In other words, not every story can be shared with none users of the app.
Snap announced that in tandem with a broader rollout of its redesigned mobile app, it will add a new share option to Story tiles in its Discover section. From there, users will be able to share a link via text or email outside of the main Snapchat app. To view these Stories on the web, Snap is launching a desktop web viewer accessible over at Snapchat.com. The company says users in Australia and Canada, both of which have broader access to the redesigned app, can start sharing on the web.