TikTok tips and tricks – how to add filters, make GIFs, get Coins and do a Duet
TIKTOK has taken the world by storm since it launched in 2016, with the app now boasting more than 1.5billion downloads worldwide.
As well as posting fun 15-second clips, users can pass the time with a host of fun features on the app – we explain some of the best below.
TikTok has more than 1.5billion downloads worldwide[/caption]
TikTok – How to create a GIF
Saving a TikTok video as a GIF can be a great way to share it with your mates or on social media.
To share a post as a GIF, tap the share button (it looks like a big arrow) and then tap “Share as GIF”.
You’ll then have the option to send it on WhatsApp, Messenger, or whatever social media site you prefer.
TikTok – How to add filters
Filters offer an easy way to jazz up your TikTok posts[/caption]
You can jazz up your TikTok posts by adding filters to your clips.
Filters allow you to invert (flip) the recording, add various colours to it or stick a fun augmented reality effect over the top of your video.
To access filters, open up the app and hit the “+” button at the bottom of your screen to create a post.
Filters can be found to the right, and are split into four categories: Portrait, Landscape, Food, and Vibe.
Each of these effectively changes the colour of your recording or photo. Tap on one to use it.
TikTok: Brief guide to the world’s most downloaded app
- TikTok lets users create and share short videos with music and camera effects
- The app is best known for creating short dance videos, lip-syncing clips, comedy sketches, and talent footage
- It is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, founded by the entrepreneur Zhang Yiming
- The $75 billion conglomerate acquired the Musical.ly app in 2017 and merged it with TikTok, bringing millions of new users
- By February 2019, TikTok and Douyin had been downloaded more than a billion times
- And it was the most-downloaded app on the App Store in 2018 and 2019
- Cyber experts have expressed concern over ByteDance’s alleged links to the Chinese government
- The Department of Defense has urged its employees to avoid using the app over national security concerns
- TikTok says it does not and would not share information with the Chinese government
To the left of the big red record button you’ll find effects. Tap on the effects button to access your effects library.
These are augmented reality filters, a bit like the filters you find on Snapchat or Instagram Stories.
They let you add fun graphics to your posts by turning you into an animal, sticking a graduation mortarboard on your head, and more.
Tap on an effect to try it out and hit the record button whenever you’re ready.
TikTok – How to get Coins
You can share TikTok’s as GIFs if you fancy[/caption]
TikTok coins are in-app currency that you can buy with real cash.
They can be used to buy Emojis or Diamonds that you can then send as gifts to your favourite creators, a bit like a tip.
To buy coins, open the TikTok app and tap on Me in the bottom right hand corner.
Hit the three dots in the top right corner and tap Balance > Recharge.
Select the number of coins you want to buy and plug in your card details to make the purchase.
TikTok – How to start a Duet
TikTok Duets allow you to riff off your favourite posts.
They let users create content featuring an initial video, with both videos appearing side by side on screen in a square format.
To start a Duet, hit the share button on the TikTok video you want to use.
Tap the Duet button in the bottom left, and create your half of the video.
Remember, it’ll have to be the same length as the original video with the same music played over the top.
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