Instagram adds face filters, more creative tools

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Face filters are supported in photos and videos, and you can use them with Instagram Stories, Instagram Direct, and Boomerang.

It's no secret that Facebook-owned Instagram has been coping many of its newest features from rival app Snapchat.

"From math equations swirling around your head to furry koala ears that move and twitch, you can transform into a variety of characters that make you smile or laugh", the company wrote on its blog. Instagram has just released a bunch of new features, including the new Instagram face filters!

Once users have updated to the new app, it's possible to tap on the face icon in the bottom right corner.

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Snapchat, watch your back because Zuckerberg is coming for you. TechCrunch spotted a test that Instagram is doing around place-based stories, so when you tap a location tag that someone has added to their Story, you can see other Stories added to that location. It lets you link your story post to a hashtag on the social network.

Lastly, Instagram has also added an eraser brush when using the drawing tools. You can erase other things you've drawn and play around with removing color.

Instagram Stories have already eclipsed Snapchat's userbase (200m vs 166m) and you can feel it as the majority of people begin moving away from Snap.

Like Snapchat, Instagram has also launched face filters that work with a friend.

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Snapchat is focused on its 166 million users and their deep engagement with the app, spending on average more than 30 minutes there. Instagram's Stories feature is used by 200 million people every month.

These new features should offer creative, inspiring new ways for Instagram storytellers to share their adventures.

The hands-free timer does what it says on the tin. Videos captured on Rewind mode will only play backwards. Elsewhere, the selfie sticker feature was created to utilise the front-facing camera. All of these exciting features are part of v10.21 for Android and iOS. Earlier this year, Instagram additionally added the option to like and reply to individual comments.

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