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20 Snapchat tips and tricks for newbies and power users

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Snapchat can really do it all these days – take a quick pic, send a text chat, Shazam a song, or even locate your friends on a map. Some of these features are pretty intuitive, but others are hidden away, waiting for true Snap aficionados to find them.

Maybe you’re new to the app, or maybe you’re just a power user looking to learn a new trick or two. In any case, this guide will show you Snapchat tips, tricks, and secrets to turn your basic Snaps into Snapsterpieces.


9 ways to create Snapsterpieces

1. Draw with secret color palettes

The secret  Snapchat color palettes are just a few taps away. Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

Hate on the redesign all you want, but it did make finding secret colors easier.

Previously, users had to drag the rainbow slider in a very specific ways to access secret colors. Now, all it takes is a few taps. Tap on the pen tool, and tap the Venn diagram icon under the rainbow slider to access greyscale and pastel sliders, as well as a second version of rainbow slider.

2. Draw with emoji brushes

Turn a banana…

Credit: Screenshot / Haidee Chu

… into a happy banana

Credit: Screenshot / Haidee Chu

You can draw with emoji the same way you draw with the pen tool. Tap on the heart-eyed emoji under the Venn diagram icon, and you’ll find a range of emoji paintbrushes at your disposal.

3. Make Snapchat stickers

Some eyebrows, maybe? Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

Some shots are sooo good that you want to use them over and over again. So when life gives you a good shot, make stickers.

Tap the scissor icon, and trace the object you want to clone. Snapchat will automatically smooth out the edges for you and save your object as a sticker. Tap the memo icon to access your custom sticker, and place and scale it however you want.

4. Use grids, focus, and timer

3…2…1…smile, Appa!

Credit: screenshot: snapchat / jennimai nguyen

Appa perfectly centered on the grid.

Credit: screenshot: snapchat/jennimai nguyen

These three features are simple but helpful.

Grids will help you stick with the rules of third.

Focus will blur out everything but faces.

And timer will help you take selfies.

To access these tools, all you have to do is hit the small arrow bubble under the flash icon when you enter camera mode.

5. Attach emoji and stickers to a moving object

This hidden feature will come in handy if you’re making a reveal video or a video with a moving object.

Once you record the video, hit the memo icon to access your stickers. Choose one of them, scale it to your desired size, and hold down the sticker — your video should freeze now. Attach the sticker to the moving object, and voila!

You can use this trick for text, too!

6. Make 3D paintings

Snapchat has some pretty cool augmented reality features, and one of them lets you create AR paintings.

Tap the search icon, and type in “3D Paint.” Select the lens of the same name, press and hold on your screen where you want to paint, and have at it!

You can choose between matte, metallic, rainbow, neon, and iridescent brushes. You get to change the paint color and brush size, too.

7. Add text effects

Why use static text when you can make it move?

To use Snapchat’s AR text feature, tap the search icon, and type in “3D Caption.” Select the lens with that name.

You can pick from a couple effects — round, spooky, bubble, wavy, layers, and script. This feature will not only animate text, but also add filters to your entire image or video.

8. Add filters

So! Many! Options! Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

There are two ways to add filters on Snapchat.

There’s the old way — swiping left or right when you take a photo or video — then there’s the new way. Tap the smiley face next to the recording button before taking a photo and video, and you’ll find an abundance of options under “browse” and “create.”

You can even adjust the intensity and colors of “create” filters by tapping either the icon with the three dots or with the Venn diagram.

9. Attach website to snaps

It’s an easy way to share your favorite stories. Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

Maybe you’re sending a story to a friend; maybe you’re sharing your latest SoundCloud finds. In any case, the link button can come in handy. Once you take a photo or video, you’ll see a paperclip icon on the toolbar to your right. Tap on it, paste or type in a URL, and hit “attach to Snap.”

Whoever you’re sending your Snap to will now be able to open up the link by swiping up.

10. Add in some background music

The list of songs to choose from.

Credit: screenshot: snapchat

You can adjust size and position of the song title once you take the Snap.

Credit: screenshot: snapchat

Similar to Instagram stories, you can pick your favorite jam to play in the background of your Snaps, whether you’re sending them directly to a friend or posting to your story.

Just tap on the music note icon labeled “Sounds” before taking the Snap, choose from the list of songs available, and take your shot. A little icon showing the title of the song will appear on your Snap, which you can move around and place wherever you want.


4 ways to use Bitmoji and emoji on Snapchat

1. Snap Map status

Make your bitmoji look alive! Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

You probably already know how to use Snap Map to keep tab of your friends. But did you know you can update your friends on what you’re doing by setting a Snap Map status with Bitmoji?

Tap on your Bitmoji icon on the top left corner of the camera screen, then scroll to the bottom. Pick “set a status” under Snap Maps, then hit “choose a Bitmoji.” Your friends will now see your Bitmoji in action when they’re looking for you on Snap Map.

2. Bitmoji selfie

Don’t be boring! Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

Yes, you can make your Bitmoji look however you’d like — even the little one on the top left corner of your screen. Tap your Bitmoji icon, then hit the settings button on the top right corner. Go to “Bitmoji,” and pick “choose a selfie.” There, you can look angry, surprised, sad — and really, whatever else you’re feeling like.

3. Set a default emoji skin tone

Lego yellow hands? No, thank you! Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

No one actually has Lego yellow skin — so save yourself some time and set your default emoji skin tone to match yours. You can do that under “manage” in your settings, in “emoji skin tone.”

4. Get yourself some Bitmoji swag

Rep your bitmoji loud and proud. Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

Love your Bitmoji? You can rep it if you fancy. Snapchat offers custom Bitmoji merch at the Snap Store: stickers, mugs, t-shirts, sweatpants, phone cases.

Tap the Bitmoji on the top left corner of the camera screen, then scroll down to “shop Bitmoji merch.” It will take you to a page where you can customize different items. You get to choose different images of your Bitmoji, too.


4 other things you can do with the Snapchat camera

1. Find a product

See something you like? Scan it! Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

Imagine this: You’re shopping, you see a shirt that you love, but you’re thinking you can get a similar one somewhere else for a much cheaper price. Snapchat’s product finder will come in handy in that situation.

Tap the smily face on your camera screen, and tap the “scan” icon at the bottom. Scroll to the left, and tap the shopping bag icon. Press and hold the screen to scan the item, and boom — Snapchat will show you a list similar products.

The catch? It only shows results that are available on Amazon.

2. Cheat on your math homework (just kidding…?)

We’re not telling you to cheat, but… Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

Math is hard. Sometimes you’ll spend an hour on just one question to no avail. Snapchat’s Math Solver is there to help. You’ll find it just next to the Product Finder. Hold and press the screen to scan the problem, and Snapchat will show you a result via Photomath.

(Yes, it works with calculus problems, too.)

3. Find a song

Never miss a song again. Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

Not sure what a song is called? Good thing Shazam is built into Snapchat. You can access the Song Finder next to the Product Finder and Math Solver. When you hear a song, just hold the screen, and you have yourself a new song to add to your playlist.

4. Play games with friends

Why send photos when you can play games? Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

Snapchat has evolved. The apps isn’t just for sending photos and videos anymore, it’s for playing game with friends, too. Tap the smiley face on your camera screen and go to “browse.” Swipe left, and you can choose from games like tic-tac-toe, pool, “what’s that movie” and more.


2 ways to keep things on the low

1. Keep your snaps private

Shhhhh… Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

If you have something to hide on Snapchat, hide them under the “your eyes only” feature.

Swipe up while you’re on the camera screen to access the memories tab. Tap the checkmark on the top right corner, and select the photos you want to hide. Tap “more,” then “hide snap (my eyes only)” at the bottom toolbar to set up a password to enable the feature.

Once you have it set up, you’ll see a “hide” button at the bottom toolbar. You can use it to hide photos from your camera roll outside of Snapchat, too.

2. Ghost people on Snap map

Ha — they can’t see you now! Credit: Screenshots / Mashable composite

If you find it creepy that your friends can see where you are on Snap Map, this feature is for you. You will still see your friends’ locations; but they won’t be able to see yours.

Tap on the bitmoji icon on the camera screen, then scroll to the bottom, where you see “Snap Map.” Click on “Sharing Location” and turn on “Ghost mode.” You have the option to go off-grid for three hours, 24 hours, or until you choose to disable the feature yourself. You can also choose to share your location with just a select few friends under “who can see my location.”

This story was originally published in March 2020 and updated in July 2021.

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Epic Games Acquires Sketchfab, the Massive 3D Object Library Compatible with AR/VR Headsets

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Sketchfab, the platform that lets you view, share, and download 3D models via traditional monitors and AR/VR headsets, today announced its been acquired by Unreal Engine creators Epic Games.

Founded in 2012, Sketchfab plays host to over 4 million 3D assets, all of which are accessible through its web-based platform across PC, mobile, and immersive headsets. In a blogpost announcing the acquisition, Sketchfab says it aims to make 3D, AR and VR content more accessible and grow its creator ecosystem, something it says is “critical to an open and interconnected Metaverse.”

Details of the acquisition are still thin on the ground, however Sketchfab says it will remain independently branded moving forward and will be working closely with Epic Games. Sketchfab says it will continue to support other game engines, Unity included.

The acquisition no doubt comes as a direct result of Epic securing a $1 billion financing round back in April, $200 million of which came from Sony Group Corporation. Epic still hasn’t tipped its hand on what that Metaverse will look like, however the company says it’s looking to build connected social experiences starting with its most successful properties FortniteRocket League and Fall Guys.

“Joining Epic will enable us to accelerate the development of Sketchfab and our powerful online toolset, all while providing an even greater experience for creators,” said Alban Denoyel, CEO and co-founder of Sketchfab. “We are proud to work alongside Epic to build the Metaverse and enable creators to take their work even further.”

Sketchfab has partnered with Epic Games in the past as a recipient of an Epic MegaGrant. Unreal Engine, one of the two largest game development platforms alongside Unity, officially supports the 3D model platform via a plugin, as well as Epic’s RealityCapture and ArtStation.

“We will maintain and expand our integration efforts with all creation tools and 3D/VR/AR platforms, so you can easily upload to and import from Sketchfab everywhere,” the company says.

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Source: https://www.roadtovr.com/epic-games-acquires-sketchfab-massive-3d-object-library-compatible-ar-vr-headsets/

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Epic Games Acquires Sketchfab, the Massive 3D Object Library Compatible with AR/VR Headsets

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Sketchfab, the platform that lets you view, share, and download 3D models via traditional monitors and AR/VR headsets, today announced its been acquired by Unreal Engine creators Epic Games.

Founded in 2012, Sketchfab plays host to over 4 million 3D assets, all of which are accessible through its web-based platform across PC, mobile, and immersive headsets. In a blogpost announcing the acquisition, Sketchfab says it aims to make 3D, AR and VR content more accessible and grow its creator ecosystem, something it says is “critical to an open and interconnected Metaverse.”

Details of the acquisition are still thin on the ground, however Sketchfab says it will remain independently branded moving forward and will be working closely with Epic Games. Sketchfab says it will continue to support other game engines, Unity included.

The acquisition no doubt comes as a direct result of Epic securing a $1 billion financing round back in April, $200 million of which came from Sony Group Corporation. Epic still hasn’t tipped its hand on what that Metaverse will look like, however the company says it’s looking to build connected social experiences starting with its most successful properties FortniteRocket League and Fall Guys.

“Joining Epic will enable us to accelerate the development of Sketchfab and our powerful online toolset, all while providing an even greater experience for creators,” said Alban Denoyel, CEO and co-founder of Sketchfab. “We are proud to work alongside Epic to build the Metaverse and enable creators to take their work even further.”

Sketchfab has partnered with Epic Games in the past as a recipient of an Epic MegaGrant. Unreal Engine, one of the two largest game development platforms alongside Unity, officially supports the 3D model platform via a plugin, as well as Epic’s RealityCapture and ArtStation.

“We will maintain and expand our integration efforts with all creation tools and 3D/VR/AR platforms, so you can easily upload to and import from Sketchfab everywhere,” the company says.

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Source: https://www.roadtovr.com/epic-games-acquires-sketchfab-massive-3d-object-library-compatible-ar-vr-headsets/

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Epic Games Acquires Sketchfab, the Massive 3D Object Library Compatible with AR/VR Headsets

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Sketchfab, the platform that lets you view, share, and download 3D models via traditional monitors and AR/VR headsets, today announced its been acquired by Unreal Engine creators Epic Games.

Founded in 2012, Sketchfab plays host to over 4 million 3D assets, all of which are accessible through its web-based platform across PC, mobile, and immersive headsets. In a blogpost announcing the acquisition, Sketchfab says it aims to make 3D, AR and VR content more accessible and grow its creator ecosystem, something it says is “critical to an open and interconnected Metaverse.”

Details of the acquisition are still thin on the ground, however Sketchfab says it will remain independently branded moving forward and will be working closely with Epic Games. Sketchfab says it will continue to support other game engines, Unity included.

The acquisition no doubt comes as a direct result of Epic securing a $1 billion financing round back in April, $200 million of which came from Sony Group Corporation. Epic still hasn’t tipped its hand on what that Metaverse will look like, however the company says it’s looking to build connected social experiences starting with its most successful properties FortniteRocket League and Fall Guys.

“Joining Epic will enable us to accelerate the development of Sketchfab and our powerful online toolset, all while providing an even greater experience for creators,” said Alban Denoyel, CEO and co-founder of Sketchfab. “We are proud to work alongside Epic to build the Metaverse and enable creators to take their work even further.”

Sketchfab has partnered with Epic Games in the past as a recipient of an Epic MegaGrant. Unreal Engine, one of the two largest game development platforms alongside Unity, officially supports the 3D model platform via a plugin, as well as Epic’s RealityCapture and ArtStation.

“We will maintain and expand our integration efforts with all creation tools and 3D/VR/AR platforms, so you can easily upload to and import from Sketchfab everywhere,” the company says.

PlatoAi. Web3 Reimagined. Data Intelligence Amplified.

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Source: https://www.roadtovr.com/epic-games-acquires-sketchfab-massive-3d-object-library-compatible-ar-vr-headsets/

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The Number of VR Users on Steam Dropped Sharply Last Month, But Valve Isn’t Saying Why

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Valve’s monthly Steam Hardware & Software Survey, which we’ve been carefully tracking for years now, has been a useful way to gauge how many VR headsets are being used on the platform each month. The latest data shows an odd, sharp drop in the number of VR users on Steam, but Valve isn’t saying why.

Each month Valve collects info from Steam users to determine some baseline statistics about what kind of hardware and software is used by the platform’s population, and to see how things are changing over time, including the use of VR headsets.

The data shared in the survey represents the number of headsets connected to Steam over a given month, so we call the resulting figure ‘monthly-connected headsets’ for clarity; it’s the closest official figure there is to ‘monthly active VR users’ on Steam, with the caveat that it only tells us how many VR headsets were connected, not how many were actually used.

While Valve’s data is a useful way see which headsets are most popular on Steam, the trend of monthly-connected headsets is obfuscated because the data is given exclusively as percentages relative to Steam’s population—which itself is an unstated and constantly fluctuating figure.

To demystify the data Road to VR maintains a model, based on the historical survey data along with official data points directly from Valve and Steam, which aims to correct for Steam’s changing population and estimate the actual count—not the percent—of headsets being used on Steam.

Monthly-Connected VR Headsets on Steam

We’ve been tracking the data on VR headsets published in the Steam Hardware & Software survey ever since first-gen VR headsets hit the market. The number of monthly-connected VR headsets on Steam has always seen ups and downs, but last month was different.

In the latest data we saw a surprisingly sharp drop in headsets used on Steam. In fact, it’s the single largest drop we’ve ever seen in the data set—from 2.31% to 1.86%—which is why it stood out as perciular.

While it’s easy to look at the data and see that there have been upswings that are nearly, or as large, as the drop, the major upswings have had fairly clear explanations: the big jump from March 2020 to April 2020 was largely due to the launch of Half-Life: Alyx, while the jump from December 2020 to January 2021 was likely due to the holiday season (with Quest 2 having just recently launched). As for this big drop in the last month, we haven’t been able to come up with any clear explanation.

Road to VR has reached out to three separate people at Valve, on multiple occasions, for comment on the data, but we’ve received no response. Until then, we can only really wait to see if next month’s data brings any answers.

We have seen the Steam Hardware & Software Survey report some funky VR numbers here and there over the years, but usually a correction comes within a week or so. Here we are, three weeks into the month, and nothing appears to be changing. So at this point we can’t say for certain which of the following is true:

  • The data is correct, but the explanation for the drop is unknown
  • The data is correct, due to some kind of statistical adjustment made by Valve
  • The data is in error

Share of VR Headsets on Steam

Looking at the breakdown of individual headsets in use on Steam, we don’t see any strange jostling that we might expect to come with the odd drop in overall headset use.

Despite somewhat notable losses from Rift S (–0.69%), original Rift (–0.54%), and Quest (–0.08%), Quest 2’s gains (+1.74%) managed to grow Facebook’s share of headsets on the platform overall, pushing it to more than 60% for the first time.

Even with the strong growth of Quest 2, other headsets found some room to grow too, like Valve Index now at 16.68% (+0.19%), Vive Cosmos at 1.75% (+0.56%), and even the original HTC Vive at 11.24% (+0.13%).

Windows Mixed Reality dropped slightly to 5.48% (–0.17%), though this marks a three month loss-streak, down from 6.50% share back in March.

HTC’s Vive Cosmos Elite took a larger hit down to just 0.14% (–0.68%), making for a five month loss-streak. Combined, all of HTC’s headsets on Steam now account for 15.22%, less than Valve’s Index headset.

This month’s data also reflected the debut of two new headsets, HTC’s Vive Pro 2 at 0.08% and Pico Neo 3 at 0.27%.

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Source: https://www.roadtovr.com/steam-survey-vr-headsets-june-2021-sharp-drop/

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