How to Use TikTok Filters

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Yours and other people’s videos on TikTok won’t be the same without filters!

TikTok has a wide variety of cool filters that you can use when you edit videos, making them look way cooler.

New filters are added all the time due to the viral nature of the platform, which means that it’s easy to get lost while using this feature.

If you want to customize your video with awesome filters on TikTok, then you must know that it’s actually pretty easy to do so.

That’s why in today’s blog post, we will be talking about filters and the following topics:

  • How to use TikTok filters;
  • TikTok video filter, effect, and other features that you must know;
  • Step-by-step guidance to use a filter in your TikTok video.

What Are TikTok Filters?

A TikTok filter is a digital effect that modifies the balance, color, and most aesthetic/visual components of a video or photography.

After you make a new video or take a new photo, you simply check out available filters, and add TikTok filters to it.

Filters are available to all TikTok users, and there’s a whole range of options that you can have access to directly from your editing settings.

But there seems to be a confusion between filters and effects on TikTok.

They are two different categories of elements, and that’s clearly expressed on TikTok’s official website.

Filters and Effects: the Differences

TikTok effects are not the same thing as video filters. Special effects and filters have been around on TikTok since the app started.

In most cases, users combine filters with other effects, meaning that you can create and record unique content.

  • Effects are mainly interactive. Interactive effects can modify the whole outcome of a video you just recorded;
  • On the other hand, a filter will mainly affect the way in how the video clips are shown regarding to color and overall visual settings;
  • You can add filters and add effects to yours and other TikTok videos at the same time;
  • Video effects are often confused with filters, as it happens with the Red Filter on TikTok, which you can remove;
  • There’s a set menu for filters, while available effects change all the time depending on what you search for or the current trends of the moment.

Pro Tip: Are you trying to search for all the effects you have seen on your feed, but TikTok Effects Are Not Showing?

Perhaps there’s something wrong with the app. Check out our related article so you can know what to do in this case.

Other Elements and Tools for Your TikTok Videos

Besides a filter or an effect, there are various features that you can use depending on the category you choose.

Yes, the filters and effects tab is great enough, but you are not limited to them.

For instance, you can modify the speed of a video, set a timer for your camera before recording, add text to a video, and even use a virtual green screen (learn more about TikTok Green Screen here).

Therefore, don’t just tap “Effects” and that’s it - use the search bar to look for the various categories and features that TikTok has for you!

How to Use TikTok Filters

Now that you know the difference between filter, effect, and any other category, it’s time to create a TikTok video using a filter on the menu.

So, get your camera ready, and let’s learn how to use filters on TikTok!

Read Also: Are you looking for the option to add Text-to-Speech to TikTok? You should not add TikTok filters to a video in order to achieve this.

Instead, you need to go to a different category and tap “Text.” If you don’t know how to do it, read our related post to get step-by-step guidance.

Step 1: Open the TikTok App

First of all, access TikTok as you would normally do. At the lower menu on the screen, some options will appear. Proceed with the next TikTok step.

Step 2: Tap on the “Plus” Icon

Tap on the little plus icon, and you will be redirected to the record screen.

Long-press the record button to start creating a video, or look for the video you want to add filters to.

It is up to you to start recording new content right away, so the choice is yours.

Step 3: Select the Filters Icon on the Right Side of the Screen

Now, in the upper right corner of the screen, you will see a little list of icons. The filter icon is represented as three circles. Tap “Filters,” and all filters on the app will appear.

Step 4: Tap “Management” and Choose the Filter Effect!

From this screen, you can see all the filters available when you decide to create a video.

If you want to see more filters, swipe left and right until you find the ones that suit your needs.

You can also scroll down and up to look for a special filter for your video.

We recommend you go to “Management,” so you can see a comprehensive list of each filter available.

Filters do not work like effects on TikTok, which you need to drag to your videos.

Instead, the filter will be applied to the whole clip or image.

Check out the final outcome on the preview screen, and if you wish, remove filters by going back to the filter menu.

That’s all you need to know about filters on TikTok! It is really easy to use them, so don’t skip them. Check out the latest TikTok news and guides here, at GrowFollowing.


Are there Interactive Filters on TikTok?

Yes, but these are not filters, we are talking about a TikTok effect instead. Remember that a filter only adjusts the overlay appearance of a TikTok video.

On the other hand, effects are interactive and can change the entire outcome of your content.

About the author

Karen is a senior technical writer and copywriter here at GrowFollowing. Her area of expertize are social media apps and new media.