Get your swiping fingers ready
There’s a brand new way to post pictures, videos, and Loops you make with the Tumblr camera. We made some tweaks to the existing camera features and even added a few new creative tools. The best part? It’s easier than ever to get there. All you have to do is swipe right on your dashboard while you’re in the app. We’ve conferred with the leading experts in science, math, and fingers and they all agreed this makes it 1250% times faster to get to the camera. Nearly unbelievable.
Upon swiping right, you’ll see a familiar button at the top of your screen that says “Normal.” There are three different modes to nab your content, and you can switch between them by tapping that button. “Normal” takes pictures and videos, “Stitch” allows you to take and string together a series of pictures or videos in one video file, and “Loop” creates a moving image that plays backward and forward in a, well, you know…a loop.
Some of the fun stuff that already existed just got a little facelift, some of it is brand new, and all of it is in your app right now (as long as you’re running version 15.4 or later of the Tumblr app).
- Editing from your camera roll! Up until now, you could only use our newer filters on pictures and videos you took in the app. Now you can throw those puppies on photos and videos you’ve already saved to your phone.
- You can draw! Tap that squiggle at the bottom of the screen after you take your picture, video, or Loop and find a whole new set of drawing tools. Tap the color wheel to open the color bar and choose your desired hue. You can get real nitty-gritty with how concentrated you want the color to be by pressing and holding on the color bar to bring up more detailed options. There’s an eraser tool, three different types of tips, and tapping that little dot all the way on the bottom left side of your screen reveals the ability to change the width of your lines.
- Filters! Up until yesterday, you could only use one filter at a time. Now you can layer two on top of each other. Big change? Nah. Just better.
- Ghost overlay! When you’re in Stitch mode and you want to line up consecutive shots for a seamless transition, just tap the ghost overlay icon for a ghostly frame to pop up in your camera’s view. The icon will be on the left side of your screen and kinda looks like a sandwich with a transparent piece of bread on top.
- Adding text! The fonts are updated to match the fonts you can use in posts and you can add background colors to make them easier to read.
- Stickers! Some stickers that were hardly used are gone, but all of the favorites remain. (We could never get rid of thicc corgi.) We added a few new ones, too. Just tap that smiley face pal at the bottom of your graphic.
Questions? Head on over to our Help Center for those sweet, sweet answers. As always, we’re still tweaking and finessing behind the scenes. There’s more to come for this creative canvas. Keep your eyes peeled for more creative tools to help you, ya know, create. We just wanted to get this quick update out to you as soon as possible. Play around with it and let us know what you think. We always keep our eyes on the notes of these feature update posts. If you make something you’re proud of, post your creation with the tag #TumblrCreates. We’ll promote the best of the best on Tumblr or our social media.