How to Create a Snapchat Geofilter

November 9th, 2016

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Erin Littlepage

You know those cute little filters on snapchat that tell you your location? They’re called geofilters. Whether you’re an event planner, a photographer, a calligrapher, or even a dj, anyone can utilize this great feature.

Everyone is using snapchat these days and if you’re not, stop right now and go create an account. The geofilter feature is quickly becoming very popular for events.  Creating florals for an upcoming party? Make a fun geotag for the event while also promoting your business. Surprise your brides with a geofilter on their big day! It is more simple than you’d expect.

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How to create a Geofilter

1. Create a 1080 x 1920 PNG. It’s as simple as that. You can make it on photoshop or illustrator–just make sure to export it as a PNG optimized for web.

A few things to keep in mind:

– Keep it small and simple. If the geofilter covers too much of the screen, people won’t use it. People tend to like filters across the bottom of their screen better.

– Use transparencies. If you need some contrast behind your graphic, try laying a transparent shape under it. This way your graphic stands out and the photo can still show through.

– Lastly, snapchat does not allow the use of hashtags or social media handles in a geofilter so before you go start designing, keep that in mind.  Additionally they suggest you stay away from borders around the whole screen.

2. Go to the Snapchat website and log-in to your snapchat account. Upload your graphic. Choose the exact area by finding the address and drawing a fence around the location you’d like it to appear. Set the time you’d like your geofilter to be available.

Pay attention to the time zone! I have made this mistake. Geofilters can quickly become expensive. You can adjust your fence and times to bring the price down.  

3. Click Submit and wait for approval! Snapchat has always gotten back to me rather quickly!

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I just created a custom geofilter for my sisters graduation party and it was a huge hit! I’m thinking of making them for our couples now!

That’s awsome! This will work great for high school seniors as well!!

I love Snap Chat and geofilters! Thanks for these tips, will definitely implement for my next event!!

This post is amazing, Erin! You are incredible.

I’m so pumped to see this! My business partner and I are working on opening a studio share and this is exactly the sort of thing I want to do during evening events. So freaking pumped!

This is a great article! I do wonder though, to get the real branding out of it, should you add your business name or logo to the filter? Or will people already know who created the filter without it?

Yass! Thank you for this blog post! Simple and to the point. I will create my own Snapchat geofilters this weekend for my business workshops. I have a lof of things poppin’ for Q1 od next year.


Thanks for this tip. I would also recommend if you want to have unique designs

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