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TikTok Filters Guide: How to Use Filters on TikTok

Last Updated: Oct. 23, 2020

Summary: This article guides you on how to use filters on TikTok, including how to use the simple filter and how to search and find more special filter effects, like anime filter and rellface filter.

TikTok, a popular video-creation app, offers various options to edit videos, add text, do green screen, and add filters & effects, etc. Among them, adding filters must be the most effective way to make your TikTok video far more appealing.

If you want to know how to use Tik Tok filters and find more filter effects for your video, this post is what you need.

Also Read: What is TikTok Pro | How to Get a TikTok Pro Account >

Part 1 How to Use Filters on TikTok

TikTok offers stunning filters for you to create a far more appealing video. You can use simple filters to give your video a new look or use special effects to filter your video. Check the two ways below:

1.1 How to Use Simple Filters on TikTok

Step 1 Open the TikTok app on your phone and click on the "+" icon in the center of the lower menu.

Get Started

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Step 2 Go to the Filters icon on the upper-right corner of your screen.

How to Add TikTok Filters 1

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Step 3 A variety of filters will appear along the bottom of the screen. Pick one filter you like and start exit out of the filters panel to start to film your TikTok video.

How to Add TikTok Filters 2

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Step 5 When you have done, click the Checkmark icon. You'll be brought to a Preview screen where you can make more edits to your TikTok video, add music, add captions, etc.

Forget to apply a filter effect before your start recording? Don't worry! You can also add a filter on the Preview screen to your clips.

Here you just need to go to the Filters directly and pick a filter effect for your video as we did before.

How to Add TikTok Filters after Recording or Uploading

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1.2 How to Use Effects to Filter Your Video on TikTok

Step 1 To start using the special filter on TikTok video, open up the camera by tapping the "+" icon.

Step 2 Click on the "Effects" tab located left of the "record" button, and then it will open up a collection of different TikTok filters.

How to Get the Special Filters

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Step 3 Once all of the TikTok effects are visible on the screen, you can pick the one you want to try out.

Step 4 When you tap on the selected filter effect, it will be applied to the frame. You can now exit out of the effects panel and film your TikTok.

Apply Filter Effect to Your Video

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You can also get some beautiful dynamic filter effects on your TikTok video after record or upload by turning to the Effects and then Visual.

How to Get More Filters

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Part 2 How to Find More TikTok Filter Effects

Looking for more filters to make you TikTok far more interesting and appealing? Here we’ll show you two ways - searching filters on TikTok from other videos and using another app for the special filter effect, like rellface filter, anime filter.

2.1 How to Search Filters on TikTok

In fact, the TikTok app has no option to or any feature to search for a filter effect from the Effects tab. But, you can search for some videos with the exact filter because mostly TikTok users always post videos using any filters and try to add the filters name and hashtags on the videos:

Step 1Launch TikTok and click the Discover icon located at the bottom left corner with a magnifying glass icon.

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Step 2Tap the search bar at the top and enter the filter effect name.

Search on TikTok

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Step 3Tap on a video in the search results, then click the filter effect button above the username with a yellow icon in the video once the video opened.

Step 4Then, the Effect Assistant screen appears, just click the red video button at the bottom to open your camera with the filter effect loaded.

Step 5Now, you can record your video with the filter effects as usual.

You may have noticed that some special filters can't be found in the TikTok filter effect library, like rellface filter, anime filter, etc. Why? Keep on reading to find out.

2.2 How to Use Rellface Filter, Anime Filter on TikTok

Rellface and Anime Filter Effect

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Can't find those filters in TikTok? Because these filters are not actually on TikTok, all of the three actually come from Snapchat. So you'll have to film your video with the exact filter effect on Snapchat and then upload it to TikTok.

All you need to do is open up Snapchat and find the relevant filter effect - Swap Face (for rellface), Anime Style (for anime filter).

Once you select the filter effect you need, just start recording your video with it. When you've done, save the video to your camera roll and then post it to TikTok.

Pro Tip:The Rellface filter video is showing that someone's face is replaced with the face of Terrel. So if you're going to use the rellface filter on your video, you need to prepare a photo of Terrell's face before turning to Snapchat using the Swap Face effect.

Bonus: Take the Video Next Level with Third-party TikTok Video Editor

Before you upload the video to TikTok, you may want to edit it to the next level. TikTok itself offers various editing tools to help you, like trim, add text, add music, and more. Not satisfied and want to make it more professional? Third-party TikTok video editor, FlexClip, is ready to help.

FlexClip is a video maker that consists of numerous video effects, including filters, transitions, and more. Besides, it also offers tons of royalty-free photos, video clips, and music tracks. What's more, FlexClip comes with stunning video templates that enable you with endless inspiration to customize your own Tik Tok video.

Come to check out the gorgeous video templates or directly start to edit your TikTok video now!

Step 1 Upload your video with the "+" icon > Add Local Media. Apply video clips or photos from the media library with the Add Stock Media option if necessary.

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Step 2 Turn to the Text option to add text to your video. You can also add overlays, logo, intro, or outro to your video here.

Add Text

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Step 3 Add music or sound effect to your video with the Music icon. If you like, you can also do a voice-over with the Record button.

Add Music & Audio

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Step 4 Add some special effects to your video, like funny animated elements, cool transitions, stunning filters, or adjusting the video speed.

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Step 5 When you've done, click on the Preview button to preview your video. If you're satisfied, download or save to Dropbox. Get your video to your phone via Dropbox and then share it to TikTok.

Final Words

Now that you know how to use filters on TikTok, just start your TikTok video production with cool filters now! Do not forget to use FlexClip video editor to level up your TikTok video with more filters and other stunning effects.

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