Snapchat just launched a super easy way to jazz up your photos – here’s how to do it

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Snapchat rolled out a new tool on Tuesday that lets you change the colors of objects in your photos.

OK, that sounds like a minor feature update, primarily of interest to people who like to geek out on photo editing. But it’s actually an important update that’s already starting to change what you see in Snapchat: Using the new tint brush, you can turn your friends into colorful aliens, and gray skies purple.

You can also use the tool on photos saved in your memories, so your old pictures can get a fun update.

The tool is super user friendly and requires no artistic skill at all. Here’s a step by step guide to using the tint brush:


The tint brush lives with the magic eraser and background features. Tap the scissors to get to the tool.

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Next, pick something to color and hit the paintbrush.

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Use the slider to select your color. You can color multiple objects in the same color, so don’t get too stuck on picking what color to use.

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Outline the part of your picture you want to change. I wanted a pink sky, so I simply dragged my finger around the sky. The line doesn’t need to be exact.

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The stars tell you the tool is working its magic. You’ll see the color gradually start to change.

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Voila! The sky is now pink. Just hit send like you would a normal snap to share with your friends.

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You can also use the tool to turn your friends into green faced monsters. Just circle their face like a normal object.

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Your once normal friend will (maybe) love the new Elphaba-esque version of themselves!

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