How to Create a Snapchat GeoFilter

How to Create a Snapchat GeoFilter

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If you are a Snapchat user, you know how fun and useful can GeoFilters be. Any occasion is a good excuse to use one — but how much more impressive is it when people have custom filters? It you want to add more value to your personal or company posts, GeoFilters are a great tool. Today, I will show you how easily you can create one in Photoshop from scratch in minutes, and once finished submit it to Snapchat so you can use it.

But before we begin, and if you want to follow this tutorial exactly as described, please download the following resources that you will find here at Medialoot:

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new file with the dimensions set to 1080 px (width) x 1920 px (height).

Step 2

To mark the buffer area of our filter (so we know where it will be at design time) we will place 2 horizontal guides. Go to View > New Guide. Set the Orientation to Horizontal, the Position to 149 and click OK.

Step 3

Again, go to View > New Guide. Set the Orientation to Horizontal, the Position to 1771 and click OK.

Step 4

Go to Layer > New > Layer. Name this layer as ‘Overlay’ and click OK.

Step 5

Be sure to have your Foreground Color set to black. Select the Gradient Tool (G) and in the top bar, select ‘Foreground to Transparent’.

Step 6

Click and drag from the bottom of the canvas to have an approximately 600px (in height) gradient.

Step 7

Lower the Opacity of the ‘Overlay’ layer to 80%.

Step 8

Go to Layer > New > Layer. Name this layer as ‘Brush’ and click OK.

Step 9

Select the Brush Tool (B). In the top bar, select the ‘Paint Brush 12’ of the Set 1 from the ‘200 Acrylic Paint Photoshop Brushes’ and decrease the size to 980px. Be sure to have the Opacity and Flow set to 100%.

Step 10

Click once over the canvas and position the brush in the lower part of the document.

Step 11

Go to File > Place. Locate the ‘Gold Foil 11’ texture from the ‘Gold & Silver Foil Textures’ and click on Place.

Step 12

Move the texture to the bottom part of the document while still covers the brush layer. Hit Enter on your keyboard to commit the changes.

Step 13

Go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

Step 14

Select the Text Tool (T) and type anything you want using a white color. In this case, I will simply put ‘Medialoot’ using the ‘Lilly Belle’ font and a secondary text using Montserrat. Note: Be sure to not put any important text in the buffer zone.

Step 15

Finally add a rectangle around the text and any other decorations you want.

Step 16

Once you finish creating your GeoFilter turn off the ‘Background’ layer by clicking on the eye icon next to the layer’s name, save the file as .PNG anywhere on your computer and close Photoshop.

Step 17

Go to Snapchat and get ready to create a new GeoFilter. Click ‘Continue’ on the first screen.

Step 18

In the Design tab, click on Upload. Locate the file we just made and click OK.

Step 19

When you see the GeoFilter in the sample screen, click ‘Continue’.

Step 20

Select the location for the GeoFilter and click ‘Continue’.

Step 21

Fill the form with your email, name and description and click ‘Submit’.

Step 22

Now you simply have to wait for the Snapchat GeoFilter approval.


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