It's no secret that Snapchat has been improving its AR game lately. They compete head-on-head with people like Instagram to see who can overtake the other. Snap Inc's latest venture, 3D Paint, aims to steal the AR headlamp once more, giving you the opportunity to draw across the real world.
"But Jake," they say. "You can already draw on your snapshots, that's nothing new." On the contrary. The Snapchat 3D painting feature is completely different – what you draw stays in place. If you move, your drawing will not do it. You can approach your drawing and continue to move away. As you can see below, AR is a very good application.
First, open Snapchat for any camera, and then tap the screen to bring up the lens explorer. Tap "Create" in the lower left corner of the display. 3D Paint is loading. By default, Snapchat starts with blue color, but there are many areas where you can customize your doodle tool.
Tap the leftmost icon to select from five coloring materials. Matt, Metallic, Rainbow, Neon and Iridescent. Tap the arrow to return to the other options. Touch the middle icon to select the desired color from the slider. Tap the arrow again to return to the other options. When finished, tap the third icon to select 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 handle different colors, sizes and materials very carefully. Regardless of what you draw, you can display your creation in 3D by moving the camera (see middle GIF). If you make mistakes, you can tap the undo button that appears above the toolbar to fix the problem.
This feature is currently available only for iOS, but we're sure Snapchat will not be able to keep up with its Android update. It's 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.