Mashable: TikTok beauty filters can be super realistic—unless you’re a person of color

Mashable: TikTok beauty filters can be super realistic—unless you’re a person of color . “When I first came across the Glow Look filter on TikTok, I dragged my self-absorbed ass into the video maker to try it on. I was expecting to be wowed by my own hotness, just like all the other girls on my For You Page. Instead, I tapped the filter on, and immediately guffawed. It looked ridiculous, to say the least. The enlarged, bright blue eyes, flushed cheeks, and noticeably thinner nose looked extremely out of place on my Vietnamese face.”

CNET: How to make your own AR face filter

CNET: How to make your own AR face filter. “We’ve already spent years contorting our faces, surrounding them with butterflies or pinning stuff to our heads to find out which Disney villain best represents us. However, it wasn’t until I got my hands on the new iPad Pro and played around with the Face Paint feature in Procreate that I realized how easy it is to make your own face filter. So I made a video about it, which you can watch above.”

MakeUseOf: How to Use Zoom Video Filters

MakeUseOf: How to Use Zoom Video Filters. “Zoom has become a popular pick for video conferencing. It may be for meetings, webinars, classes, or even catching up with friends. However, if we’re honest, facing a screen full of poker-faced people can be pretty boring if not their still photos or their names. In this article, we guide you on how to use built-in and third-party Zoom filters that you can show off at your next Zoom meeting.”

Engadget: Google Arts & Culture app lets you turn yourself into a Van Gogh painting

Engadget: Google Arts & Culture app lets you turn yourself into a Van Gogh painting. “If you’ve ever wondered what your portrait would look like if Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo were to paint it, Google can help you find out. The company’s latest Arts & Culture app update is a set of augmented reality Art Filters you can apply to your face to transform yourself into a famous painting or try on a priceless historical artifact.”

TechCrunch: Snapchat Cameos edit your face into videos

TechCrunch: Snapchat Cameos edit your face into videos. “Snapchat is preparing to launch a big new feature that uses your selfies to replace the faces of people in videos you can then share. It’s essentially a simplified way to Deepfake you into GIFs. Snapchat Cameos are an alternative to Bitmoji for quickly conveying an emotion, reaction, or silly situation in Snapchat messages.”

Hongkiat: How to Apply Instagram Filters on Web Images

Hongkiat: How to Apply Instagram Filters on Web Images . “Many love using Instagram and the filters that come with the app, to make their photos more interesting and beautiful. So far though, the use of these filters are restricted to use inside the app. What if you want to use Instagram filters on web images, outside of the app, like photos you want to put up in your personal blog or website?”

The Next Web: Instagram will remove filters promoting cosmetic surgery amid mental health concerns

The Next Web: Instagram will remove filters promoting cosmetic surgery amid mental health concerns. “Over the past few months, filters like ‘Plastica’ — an effect that gives you extreme plastic surgery — have become increasingly popular, even viral. But with their rapid popularity comes growing concerns over the impact they may have on young people’s body image.”

Popular Science: Make your own Instagram filter

Popular Science: Make your own Instagram filter. “For years, Instagram filters were only made by the platform itself or by a handful of studios and creators with access to Spark AR Studio, a tool Facebook designed specifically to create filters for their platforms. But that changed in early August, when Spark AR’s closed beta version ended and the software became available to anyone dreaming of making their own filters. So, as the Instagram addict I am, I volunteered as tribute and set about learning how to make my own filters—and then write about it so you can do it, too.”

CNN: Snapchat creators earn serious money from making AR filters

CNN: Snapchat creators earn serious money from making AR filters. “[Ana] Casciello is part of a community of about 100 ‘official lens creators’ who make custom augmented reality lenses for Snapchat. Many creators find ways to earn tens of thousands of dollars creating sponsored AR lenses for brands, including Nike (NKE) and Fanta, and selling merchandise such as t-shirts.”

The Verge: Snapchat has become a content creation tool for Instagram and Twitter users

The Verge: Snapchat has become a content creation tool for Instagram and Twitter users. “Instagram Stories has pulled a lot of people away from Snapchat, but there is something that Snapchat continues to do that draws people back: offer particularly creative filters. Snapchat is best as a content creation platform, and people are appropriately using it like a tool to make engaging photos that they can share elsewhere. The same thing happened recently with Snapchat’s baby filter, when people posted pictures using the filter all over Twitter.”

Refinery29: The Snapchat Gender Swap Filter Is Taking Over The Internet — But Is It Problematic?

Refinery29: The Snapchat Gender Swap Filter Is Taking Over The Internet — But Is It Problematic?. “The filters (of which there are only two) reinforce long-held traditional gender norms. With the woman filter, I had a softer look: airbrushed skin, an angular face, long hair, and doe eyes. And as a man, I was gifted a strong jaw and some admirable scruff. But while this was all in good fun, and I now know what I’d look like with a beard, some are calling on Snapchat users to check their privilege when using the gender-swapping filters so frivolously.”

Tubefilter: Instagram Launches Moody Camera Effects For Coachella, Billie Eilish

Tubefilter: Instagram Launches Moody Camera Effects For Coachella, Billie Eilish. “Instagram has released new filters to fete two of the biggest happenings in music right now: Coachella, which kicks off today in the California desert, as well as the debut album of breakout artist Billie Eilish, which is titled When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (which bowed on March 29).”

MakeUseOf: How to Use Filters on Snapchat Quickly and Easily

MakeUseOf: How to Use Filters on Snapchat Quickly and Easily. “Snapchat filters have grown increasingly popular since their introduction in 2015. But if you’re new to Snapchat, you may be confused about how to use filters on Snapchat. However, once you start, filters can prove addictive. So, how do you use filters on Snapchat? And what’s the difference between filters, geofilters, and lenses? In this article, We explain everything you need to know about using Snapchat filters.”

The Verge: Online porn filters will never work

The Verge: Online porn filters will never work. “The Digital Economy Act was intended to be a more effective method of blocking adult sites that puts the onus on pornographers, who must comply with the policy or risk getting banned by major payment processors. Yet as simple and appealing as that proposal may have once sounded, it’s proven significantly more thorny than the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the agency responsible for enforcing the policy, originally anticipated.”