Christmas Snowman & Snowfall Effect — Instagram Filter Review

Published on Nov 10, 2019 | Filter name: "Christmas Snowman"

Filter creator: WOW! Filters (@wowfilterscom)

'Chrismas Snowman' is an Instagram filter I've created especially for Christmas 2019. I knew I wanted to make a snowman filter but I didn't how I want it to look. Eventually, I went with something that resembles a real snowman, like a puppet, which is controlled by the user's head movement and facial expressions. 

So for example, the hands move automatically and the main body doesn't move. However, when you rotate your head, the snowman's head is rotated as well, the same goes to the mouth and eyes (open/close).

Christmas Snowman Instagram filter

To make things more interesting and because users won't see themselves, I wanted to give this filter a more atmospheric presentation. Make it like the Snowman is in a cold and snowy area and make it feel like winter Christmas.

The first thing I did was to add a falling snow effect using Spark AR Studio's particle system. Snowfall is a great visual effects that I used in several of my winter Xmas filters. I want it to feel like winter and snowfall is the best way to realize that atmosphere. You can see snow falling both in front and behind the snowman. This gives more depth to the effect. Secondly, I've I added a real image background of a snowy area with trees and positioned the snowman in the middle. I've added shadows so it appears like the snowman sits in the snow, rather than floating.

Thirdly, I added a soft whistling winter sound effect (can be turned off by tapping on the screen) and dynamic fog effect. This made the entire experience feel more climatic and enchanting. The last thing was to add a "Merry Christmas" text to the hat (it wasn't there by default) so people will enjoy sharing this message in the upcoming Christmas holiday.

It's a simple filter Christmas filter yet enjoyable one to use. If you are searching for an Instagram camera effect for Christmas, this is the first one I've developed for it and I do hope that you'll enjoy using it. This is among my first IG camera effects that I've created for Xmas and of course, you cannot skip having such a filter without one of the most symbolic figures of the upcoming winter holiday season.

There is a second version I am submitting, that also animates the body of the snowman. Once it's approved I'll share it with you.

How can I get the Christmas Snowman Instagram filter?

Check out my Instagram profile @wowfilterscom on Instagram by using your Instagram app (Android or iPhone). Then visit my filters' list and search for 'Christmas Snowman'. Once you found it, just tap on it and start using it.

Merry Christmas to you all!

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