If you’ve ever shared a photo on Facebook and thought it was missing a giant mustache or a pithy caption, the social media platform’s latest update is the solution to your problems.
Facebook’s most recent iOS app update lets users edit their photos by adding filters, stickers, and colourful lines of text directly to the images.
The new features are noticeably similar to the editing options available on the photo-sharing app Snapchat. Not surprising, given that Facebook reportedly tried and failed to buy Snapchat in 2014 for $US3 billion dollars.
There are a few differences between the two platforms’ editing options, Cosmopolitan explained.
Facebook lets users add multiple different-coloured lines of text and stickers anywhere on their images, while Snapchat users are more limited. It’s currently not possible to separate lines of text or emojis within Snapchat.
But Facebook doesn’t give users a doodling option. Snapchat is still your best bet if you feel the need to draw freehand directly on your pictures.
The Facebook update is currently only available for iPhone users. Android users will have to wait a bit longer before they can start dressing up their photos, the Verge reports.
Until that happens, you can also edit your pictures using the Facebook desktop site, though filters are only available on the mobile app.
Here’s how to edit your pictures using the Facebook app.
First, open the Facebook app and tap the “Photo” button at the top of your phone screen.
Next, select the image (or images) you want to edit and share. Tap “Done” in the upper right-hand corner once you’ve made your selection.
Add a filter by swiping your finger left across the image. You’ll see a vertical white line pass over the image for each of the seven different filters: Auto, Vintage, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Snow. I used the “Auto” filter which sharpened the lines and colours in my picture.
Touch anywhere on the image to add text. You’ll see “Text” icon appear on the bottom of your screen. Tap this icon once.
Next, tap this “T” icon to add text.
Tap the screen and type your chosen text. To change the colour of your text, drag your finger up and down the rainbow on the right side of your screen. You can also change the size and angle of your text by dragging the words using two fingers.
You can add as many captions as you like by repeating this process. Each one can be a different colour and size.
To add a sticker, tap the “Stickers” icon at the bottom of your screen and follow the same steps you used to add text.
Position and re-size the sticker by dragging it across the screen using two fingers.
When you’re done editing, tap “Save” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then you’ll be able to post your photo to Facebook and show your creation to all of your friends.