Ahh, Snapchat. It’s hard to think of a time before this app came into my life and I just can’t get enough! It’s fun, it’s quick, it’s easy and is right up there with Instagram as my most used app. And it totally trumps Instastories… just saying! I mean, you just can’t beat those hilarious filters!! Snapchat geofilters (the filters that pop up when you’re in a certain geographic area) are still somewhat new but their popularity is on the rise. I have seen a few people use them for weddings so I thought my friend Logan should have one for her bachelorette party because… Why not?! So today, I’m sharing a tutorial on how to make your very own geofilter. Let’s get to it!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GEOFILTER: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
The first step is actually designing the filter. Make sure you start with a canvas size of 1080 x 1920 pixels as that is the size of the Snapchat screen.
Next you will create your design and there are SO many options. Since we were going to Miami, I thought a flamingo theme would be fun so I found the flamingo on this site and used clipart from PicMonkey for the rest. And just an FYI, you can’t use hashtags in your design (I tried and my design was rejected so all I had to do was remove it). And here was my finished product…
Once you are finished with the design, head back to the menu and make sure that your canvas is transparent (instead of white) so that it can be filled in with a photo. Save it as a PNG file and you’re ready for the next step!
Go to the Snapchat geofilter site and choose the “on-demand” option. Then you can either use one of their premade templates OR upload your own design.
After that, you’ll input your desired day and times for the filter to be live. There is no set price for the geofilters- it all depends on the day/time and the radius of where you want the filter to appear. Miami prices are quite a bit higher than Charlotte so we chose to do 2-hour slots for just the location of our hotel.
Once you have uploaded your design and picked the day/time and location, the hard part is done! You finish up and pay for your filter and then it gets submitted for approval. I think it only took mine 30 minutes or so but I’m sure the times vary. And rest assured, your card won’t be charged unless your design is approved. Snapchat will also email you to remind you when your geofilter is live.
So there you have it, how to make your very own geofilter. It’s easier than you thought, right?? I love how ours turned out and it was something fun and unique to have for a bachelorette weekend. Hope y’all liked this tutorial and if you have any other questions, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Friday!