How to make your own Snapchat filter with free design tools

Using Photopea and Vectary to create a Snapchat geofilter is easy and free!

Create 3D Snapchat geofilter art

Marketers love to use custom Snapchat geofilters for pop-up stores, concerts or any other live events to create brand awareness and engage their audiences. People can also use them to capture memories and share unique moments with their friends and family, whether it's at a wedding or a birthday party. 

Despite what you might think, creating Snapchat geofilters does not require any advanced design skills. You can do it online, using free design tools like Photopea and Vectary, and then upload it to Snapchat. Adding trendy 3D graphics with colored gradients can really make your filter stand out. 

Snapchat filters created with free design tools

Create 3D geofilters for Snapchat with free design tools 

You don't need any professional 3D software to create simple and fun 3D geofilters. Vectary is a free online 3D design tool that lets you create by drag and drop and has a large library of objects and materials that you can use. It also features a built-in renderer, so you don't need to worry about doing that in another tool. Just render and export your 3D visual as a PNG file and finish it off in Photopea

How to create a Snapchat geofilter with Vectary and Photopea:

  1. Open Vectary .  
  2. Create your 3D shape.
  3. Render and export it as PNG.
  4. Import the image to Photopea and finish your design.
  5. Import png to the Snapchat On-Demand Geofilters service.

Step by step: 

1. Open Vectary


2. Create your 3D shape. You can start from scratch with a blank scene, or use one of the thousands of 3D assets from repositories available right from the editor. We decided to show you how to make a Snapchat filter with 3D typography. It is really easy! 


3. Once done, render and export your design as a PNG file.


4. Import to Photopea or another free, online image editor and finish off your visual.


5. Import to the Snapchat On-Demand GeoFilters service, select your location and wait for approval. 


Now that everything is set, you're ready to snap away!



Where can I get 3D objects for creating Snapchat geofilters?

If you want to add 3D objects to your Snapchat geofilter design and make it more eye-catching, you can easily get them from our library. Seach by keywords whatever 3D objects you want, and then drag and drop them to the scene. You can also connect the Google Poly library to Vectary (click Connected Accounts in the corner on the right and add Google Poly) or buy any pre-made model from Sketchfab or Turbosquid.  

If you're looking for some inspiration...

You can also create your own custom Snapchat lens with 3D objects. We wanted to make our own version of the much-loved crown lens with donuts, so we simply dragged and dropped the 3D donut from the Vectary library. The library has hundreds of objects and materials. You can create lenses with real objects or abstract shapes. See the final result here.

We also used geofilters to make our presence felt at last year's World Maker Faire. Read more about the geofilters we made for the Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science.  

Creating 3D models in Vectary with drag and drop is really easy and, once you get the hang of it, you are not going to want to stop! Ready to give it a try? 

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