Need a Snapchat Geofilter for your event?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Why pay someone to design your Geofilter when you can create your very own using these quick and easy tips? If you’re not sure of how you want to design your filter or if you just need a little bit more inspiration, check back next week. I’ll be posting some templates for all different kinds of events that you can open in Photoshop and edit to your liking. But for those who want to do your own thing, I hope these tips come in handy!

To illustrated my tips, I’m going to be creating this simple Valentines Day filter:

Tis the season to show love!

When designing your filter it’s important to keep these 3 things in mind:

  • The filter must 1080 by 1920 pixels with a transparent background (.PNG)
  • It must be under 300KB in size
  • Snapchat suggests you only use the top or bottom 25% of the screen so Snapchatters can still see their original picture behind your filter

1. Create your image using the pixels (1080 by 1920) and transparent background

Once your Photoshop application is running, Select ‘File’ > ‘New’ to open the New Document modal:

Choose the Width and Height displayed above. Don’t forget to make your Background Contents Transparent. Once you have all the values matching what I have above (boxed in red), click ‘Create’!

Your screen should look something like this..

2. Choose a font that fits the occasion/event

The font you choose is highly important. You don’t want anything too basic, but you don’t want to go over the top either! If you’re creating the filter for a wedding or a classy event, I suggest choosing a cursive elegant font.

You can find so many free fonts online. https://www.1001freefonts.com/ is the most popular site; It’s safe and easy.

For my filter, I decided to use 2 different fonts, just to give it some variety. First I added “BE MY” to the bottom right side in black. I wanted to give it sort of a see through feel so I lowered the Opacity to 71%

Next, I added an outline to my text by clicking the ‘fx’ button on the text layer then clicking ‘Stroke’… In the Layer Style modal, I chose 2px as my size and white as my color.

After that effect was applied, I added my next text. I added the word “Valentine” in pink using a cursive font and the same Layer Style as the text before (Stroke in white, 2px).

Once you have the text that you want and you like the way it looks, you can leave it like this… but what’s the fun in that?!

3. Add some brushes

You’re going to want to add some type of design if you want a dope filter and the easiest way to do that is to use brushes. With brushes, you can place them pretty much anywhere on the image and your image will look cool. You can find free brushes here: https://www.brusheezy.com/ . Sure, you’ll need to sign up for an account but it’s free! There are brushes and stocks available that you can buy, but that’s not necessary. For my filter example, I’m going to search for heart brushes..

I decided to download this pack:

Once the file is downloaded, open the zip file:

Right click on the .abr file and click ‘Open With’ > ‘Adobe Photoshop CC’

Navigate back to Photoshop. Then, using the paint tool, you’ll be able to see that the brushes were successfully added to your application.

Now you can start using your brushes! I used Sampled Brush 26. I added one gray heart and one pink heart overlapping each other.

6. Add the final touch

The last thing to do is to add the final touch, which in my case was to add a few more brushes. Go to https://www.brusheezy.com/ and take a look around; Download brushes you think look cool and try them out. If you add a brush to your filter and you end up hating it, you can always delete it. You just have to experiment. Heres how mine came out:

It’s hard to see the change I did with this transparency background but it will look so much better when there’s a picture behind it, trust me!

I hope these tips were useful! 🙂

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