Free Snapchat Geofilter Designs You Can Customize Yourself!

For those who need a little inspiration.

If you’re a Snapchat junkie like me, you can agree that SnapChat geofilters are probably the best thing that SnapChat ever invented. Not only are they fun but they make memories even more memorable. I’m here to help those who want to make their own filters but don’t know where to start. I’ve put together a couple a few templates that are simple that anyone can work with, even if you are a beginner. They open right into Photoshop as a .psd file so you can edit it however you like.

Before jumping in, let me first explain the most important thing you need to know before editing in Photoshop. One word: LAYERS! These images are just a series of Layers. If you’ve never worked with Photoshop before, you will see what I mean once you start editing using my steps.

It’s also important to note that all of these templates come with a black background layer that needs to be deleted before saving and uploading to Snapchat. The background is there just to give you a view of what your filter will look like on the darkest background and also make it easier for you to see what you are creating without working directly with the transparent background.

Templates.

Click the links below to jump to the template you’d like to use and:

  1. Wedding Template
  2. Graduation Template
  3. Birthday Template

Or click here for steps rto uploading your Snap filter to SnapChat.


Editing Wedding Template.

This template can be used to create a cute little simple wedding filter for your or a friend’s wedding.

Click here to download the template and open it in Photoshop.

This template consists of 9 layers:

  1. Transparent Layer – Main Layer
  2. Black background layer (To Be Deleted Later)
  3. Rings
  4. Blur Effect
  5. Text – “Sue”
  6. Text – “Chris
  7. Text – “and”
  8. Text – “Celebrating
  9. Hearts

For this template, I used a pinkest color but you can easily update the colors to anything your heart desires. It can be your favorite color or the wedding colors, your choice!. In this example, I’m going to update my colors to gold and white.

Updating the colors

To start updating the colors double click on the [T] icon to select the text in the “Chris” layer.

Your text will become highlighted. Next, click the top color in the color panel and choose the color you would like to update your text to. (See image below) After you’ve chosen your color, click ‘OK’.

Your text will be updated to the color that you chose. You should also update the colors of “and” and “Sue” to be the same color. Select “Sue” layer, click the top color again and click ‘OK’. Since you already have the color that you want set as your top color, no need to select the color again.

After changing the colors of my text, here’s how mine came out:

Now let’s update the color of the hearts. Select the ‘Hearts’ layer and then click the ‘fx’ button at the bottom of the layers display and select the Gradient Overlay option.

Selecting the ‘Hearts’ layer
Click the ‘fx’ button and select ‘Gradient Overlay…”

Click the Gradient color field to bring up the ‘Gradient Editor’ , Select the stop color (boxed in red below) and click ‘Color’ (also boxed in red below)

Select Gradient Color
Select Stops color by clicking the button just left of the word ‘Stops’
Select your color.

Use the eye dropper to select the color that we used for our text. To do that, simply click on your ‘Chris’ text. This will make it so much easier to choose the exact same color that you have as your text.

Click ‘OK’ until all the windows that were opened are closed.

Updating the text

Editing the text is the easiest part. Double tap on the [T] icon again of the text you would like to edit. Once text is selected, click within the field to edit the text. If your font is to big, use the text editor at the top of the screen to edit the size. Also if you need to reposition the text, select the text and click slightly right of the text.

I updated my text to 2 other random love birds:

Also, I noticed the rings were a bit hard to see, so I made them more visible my changing the Opacity. To do that, select the ‘Rings’ layer and slide the bar on the Opacity to make it higher. I set mine to 77%.

Check out the final product:


Editing Graduation Template.

This template can be used to create a filter to be used at your graduation party or the ceremony.

Click here to download the template and open it in Photoshop.

This template consists of 5 layers:

  1. Transparent Layer – Main Layer
  2. Black background layer (To Be Deleted Later)
  3. Grads!
  4. Year
  5. University Name

NOTE: I am using customized fonts that I paid for so the fonts that I’m using will not show up in your Photoshop when you open it. However, Adobe does a pretty good job with trying to match the fonts with whatever you have. If you’re not feeling the fonts, go to a free font download website and download some. There are so many free websites out there that will get you right.

Updating the colors to match your school

Similar to the template above, updating the colors is fairly easy! Let’s first update the color of the grads. For this example, I’m going to update it to my school which colors are Red, White and Black.

First, I’m going to select the ‘Grads!’ layer. Then select ‘fx’ at the bottom of the screen and select ‘Color overlay’.

In the Layer Style window, select the color you want to update your grads to. For this example, I’m going to select Red.


If you wanted to update the color of your outline, you can do so by selecting the ‘Stroke’ option. You can update the color and the px size of your outline. I’m going to leave this one as is. Let’s update the text.

Updating the year

Select the ‘2019’ layer and change the color to white.

Keep in mind that the blue outline is still there, so we need to update that as well to match our school colors. I’m updating mine to Red. To update your color, go back to the ‘fx’ button I keep telling you about. Select ‘Stroke’ and update the color to the color of your choice.

Here’s how my final filter came out:

UL!!!

You can play around with it, add more text if you like, etc.

Just make sure you delete that black layer before you save your new filter!


Editing Dirty 30 Template.

This template can be used to create a filter to be used for a birthday celebration, or just anything where there’s wine involved.

Click here to download the template and open it in Photoshop.

This template consists of 6 layers:

  1. Transparent Layer – Main Layer
  2. Black background layer (To Be Deleted Later)
  3. Wine and brush
  4. Text – Chelsey
  5. Text – “Dirty”
  6. Text – “30”

For this template, you can just update the text to whatever you’d like. I personally love this one because of the wine glass and paint splashes.

Updating the text

Update the name clicking the [T] of the ‘Chelsey’s’ text layer. This will highlight your text. Update the name to the name of your choice. I updated mine to ‘Patrick’s’.

I decided to switch it up a little. I updated my ‘Dirty’ text to ‘Happy’ and my ’30’ to ’21’. Next, I moved the texts around. I selected each text and dragged them to the position I wanted it to be. It came out like this:

Lastly, I want to add the ‘st’ to the end of 21. To add text, click the text option in the left toolbar. Click at the top of the image to create a new text tool. Select your font and size that you would like to add. I’m going with the same font I have as ‘Happy”. Position your text where you would like it.

As you can see, this created a new text layer.

And there you have it! You can update your texts and move them around however you see fit. Here’s how mine came out:


Posting your Snap filter to Snapchat

Once you finish editing your snap filter, DELETE THE BLACK BACKGROUND layer before saving. To do that, simply highlight the layer and click ‘Delete’. Save your new file as a .PNG. You can then upload it easy by following these steps:

  1. Go to https://www.snapchat.com/create/submit.html
  2. Select ‘Geofilter’
  3. Click ‘Upload’ to upload your .PNG filter image. Select your freezing cool filter.
  4. Select a date range you want your filter to span.
  5. Select the place and range in which you want your filter to be available for snappers.
  6. Enter in your payment information and wait for confirmation.

Filters are accepted or rejected in a reasonable amount of time; they will email you once approved. As long as you don’t have anything offensive or any personally information in the filter such as first name and last name or a social media screen names, you should be fine! More templates to come.


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Best FREE Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

It’s no secret; photo and graphic editing has become imperative in this generation. We use it for everything! Whether it’s to create a logo for our business, or to create snapchat filters for your event. It’s a necessity. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful applications today that’s being used by professional photographers and designers. It’s so heavily used that the word Photoshop can now be found in the dictionary listed as a verb.

To Photoshop or Not To Photoshop? That’s the obvious questions here.

With that being said, I’ll let you in on a little secret:

There’s a way to photoshop without spending any money.

I am a huge fan of Adobe Photoshop, however, I enjoyed the application more when I wasn’t paying a monthly fee for it. I dropped about $200 dollars for the application to have forever and could use it whenever I wanted. Now, no matter how much you use it, you are charged monthly to keep the application (Starting at about 29.99 depending on what plan you choose). As a working woman, I found myself paying for it without having time to use it. So I feel that free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop are a blessing.

Here are 5 graphic editing tools you can use for free. Take a moment to look through the tutorial videos I have posted under each one. That may help you decide which application you want to download if you are trying to go with only one from the list.

1. GIMP

GIMP is by far the best alternative for Photoshop. It is flexible and super easy to use. Not to mention it is free of charge, whether you are on a PC or a mac book. Its remarkable features allows users to create artwork from scratch and easily fine tune images. You will be surprised at how professional your photos come out looking after being edited in this application.

If you are a beginner in Photoshop and need a quick tutorial on how things work in this application, you should watch this video:

2. Canva

Canva is an online design solution that offers a plethora of powerful features, including a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a vast collection of over 1 million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It gives users a very simple design platform that enables them to create amazing and professional quality graphic designs.

Check out this video for a guide that simply explains Canva:

3. Pixlr

Pixlr is another web-based photo editing tool that is free and easy to use. This app is intended for non-professional editing, however, with the right skills, the advanced features can make your image look just as though it was edited in Photoshop.

There are several versions available, including web, desktop and mobile apps. Here we’re looking at the Pixlr Editor web app, which is the only one that supports layers.

Check out the tutorial:

4. Inkscape

Inkscape is a great free application for creating vectors (those scalable graphics that won’t get blurring when you resize them). It’s extremely adaptable and powerful, and an excellent tool for graphic designers. It’s so good, that it’s a serious alternative to premium tools like Adobe Illustrator. This application would be great for creating your own SnapChat filters. Check out the tutorial below:

5. SumoPaint

Sumo Paint is yet another application that is completely free. Its interface presents a comprehensive set of photo editing tools that you wouldn’t expect to get for free.  Its variety of brushes, brush effects, and brush styles make a good impression on any digital artists. Every simple feature provides tons of options. Sumo paint also features layering tools that help you create professional looking images. There are also plenty of image filters and adjustments that enable you to create beautiful images.

Check out this tutorial on Sumo Paint that gives a walk through for beginners:

Not free but worthy of being mentioned

6. Paint Shop Pro

If you are looking for an alternative that’s not free but also not TOO expensive, you should definitely try Paint Shop Pro. This is the first application that I used when I first started out with graphic design. It is a classic! Back in the day (I say that like I’m so old), Paint Shop Pro was the application to use, not Adobe Photoshop!

Check out the tutorial below:

I hope this post was helpful to those who don’t want to spend a fortune to have beautifully photoshopped images! Leave a comment if you know of any other alternatives better than the ones listed.