It's no secret that Snapchat has improved its AR game lately. They compete neck to neck with Instagram, to see who can beat the other. Snap Inc's latest attempt, 3D Paint, aims to re-steal the AR spotlight by giving you the opportunity to draw over the real world.
"But Jake," you say. "You can already draw on your snapshots. This is nothing new." On the contrary. Snapchat & # 39; s 3D Paint function is completely different – what you draw remains in place. If you move, your drawing will not. You can come closer to your drawing and move farther away. It is a very neat application of AR, as you can see below.
To start, open Snapchat for any camera you want, and then tap the screen to open the lens explorer. Tap "Create" in the lower left corner of the screen and 3D Paint will load. Snapchat starts your standard with blue paint, but there are many areas to customize your doodle tool.
Tap the leftmost icon to choose from five paint materials; Matt, metallic, rainbow, neon and iridescent. Tap the arrow to return to the other options. Tap the center icon to choose the desired color in the slider. Tap the arrow again to return to the other options. Finally, tap the third icon to choose the size of your doodle tool. Tap the arrow when you're done.
Now all you have to do is draw! If you are a better artist than me, you can be pretty accurate in using different colors, sizes and materials. But whatever you draw, you can view your creation in 3D by moving the camera (see middle GIF). If you make mistakes, you know that you can tap the Undo button that appears above the toolbar to make things right.
This feature is currently only available on iOS, but we are sure that Snapchat is waving away with the Android update because we are talking. It is hard to imagine that the Android version deviates too much from this feature, but we will keep this article up to date as we learn more.