Snapchat has added a new creative option, with 3D effects that will simulate depth within your captured images.
As explained by Snap:
"Today we’re excited to introduce a 3D Camera Mode that adds depth to your Snaps. Use it to create Snaps that capture spatial detail, changing in perspective and appearance based on how you move your phone when you view them. These new Snaps look different, act different, and feel different."
The process utilizes the same capacity as Facebook's 3D photos - by using the dual camera set-up, available on most modern smartphones, the system can simulate another level to your captured image.
Initially, the option will only be available to users on iPhone X and above, though Snapchatters using any device (Android or iPhone) will be able to receive and interact with Snaps created in the new 3D Camera Mode.
And to maximize your 3D images, Snapchat is also adding in a range of new 3D Effects that users can swipe on in the Filter Carousel.
For those who are able to post them, here's how you can create and decorate a 3D snap:
- Update the Snapchat app
- Open to the Snapchat camera
- Select the dropdown menu on the right
- Select “3D” and take a selfie
- From there, swipe to add 3D Lenses and Filters for another layer of interactivity.
- You can share to your Stories, Chat, or even save to your Camera Roll to share anywhere.
It's a good-looking option, which will no doubt prove popular among Snapchat's user base - and worth noting, Facebook says that millions of 3D and 360 photos have already been added by its users, underlining the potential.
Snap's younger, more affluent user base will no doubt welcome the new addition, while for brands, it may be another way to make your Snaps stand out, particularly in the early stages, when they're not yet commonplace.