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Snap Chatting: 8 Tips and Tricks for Snapchat (iPhone)

Snapchat is a video messaging application that is quickly growing in popularity in Jamaica and beyond. As long as you know how phone cameras work, the app is pretty easy to use and should be most attractive for persons who enjoy taking selfies and capturing those special moments live. The mobile app is exciting to use particularly so for iPhone users on the unique experience that is iOS. With that said, we want to take that experience an inch further for you.

Many of you already know how to use Snapchat (or think you do) but we’re here to give you those secret tips we bet you didn’t know. Here are some tips and tricks that we believe should bring more fun to your Snapping experience.


More colours 

Believe it or not, there are more colours that can be used from the colour reel in your snaps. Take a snap and you will see a pencil icon in your top right corner, tap it and you will see a rainbow of colours available for your selection. What you will realize is that black and white are not exactly visible in the reel. If you place your finger in the rainbow of colours and drag it to the top left corner you will get white. If you drag your finger down and across you will get black. You can try to drag your finger elsewhere on the screen to see what new colours you can find. Not many have actually tried using black, grey or white doodles and if you are like me then you are tired of all the other colours; I sense an opportunity to be a trendsetter!

Here is an image from mplatco (makes snaps for GrubHub and NBCTheVoice) on how you find the two colours.SnapchatThis example aptly shows a tutorial on how to get dark red, black, grey and white colours to doodle with (mplatco, 2015)

Third party Snap-apps

One thing about Snapchat is that the snaps you take have to be sent or uploaded within the moment to get the desired effect from your following. This means you are unable to do more editing than what is allowed on the application (filters, doodling, text). However, third party applications have come to the rescue. There are applications such as Snap Upload and Upload’n’Roll that allows the user to take photos already in your camera roll and upload to Snapchat. These applications also come with custom filters for your pleasure.

Snapchat upload


There is no secret about Snapchat’s reputation for eating up our data usage. Of course, this is very disappointing since we always want to catch the most intriguing moments to share with our friends. With that said, there is a hidden setting called ‘Travel-mode’ on the application that regulates the loading of Snap stories every time you open the application on the go. First, open the application and on the home screen (you should see a view of the camera) tap the ghost at the very top. You should then see a gear at the top right corner. Tap the gear then tap ‘Manage’, from here you can switch the Travel-mode on.





Using back and front camera during recording

The Android users will be very jealous about this one. Using the iPhone, you can take your Snapchat videos and switch between front and back cameras while recording. While recording the video an icon should appear on your screen to swap between front and back camera which gives the option to alternate camera views. Unlike Android users, now you don’t have to twist your wrist in various directions to catch what is front of the phone and behind.


Using two filters at once

Only in recent Snapchat updates have Jamaicans had access to additional filters. With more filters available the next step would have been to achieve a double filter in one snap. The developers have now made that possible by simply swiping across your screen (to the left) to navigate through the various filters available. Once you have found the filter you prefer, press and hold the screen with one finger while using another finger to swipe (to the left or right) to choose your second filter. I know, you can finally take a snap of your unique surroundings using our Kingston filter and the black and white theme – that’s the first snap I tried!


Hands-free recording

Many of us prefer to complete many tasks on Snapchat without holding the screen. Firstly, the developers allowed us to watch snaps without holding the screen. Now you can record all your snaps without touching the screen on the latest iPhone 6 iOS. Go into your phone Settings, tap General and then enter Accessibility then scroll down to Guided Access. You will need to set a passcode which can be any six-digit code. Then re-enter Snapchat app and hold the capture button to start recording, while recording triple tap the Home button after which it asks for your passcode. Hit ‘Cancel’ and you will be able to rest those fingers while recording your videos; tapping the screen will not end the recording, it will end on 10 seconds. Once this is activated, you will be able to record without touching your phone until you disable. To disable this feature, triple tap the Home button and enter your passcode.

Note: This trick may not work on the latest iPhone Operating System.








Using multiple colours in text

This is a great way to customize your text for emphasis. Just tap on your just-taken snap to add text but tap on the capital T in the top right corner to enable special text. The text will instantly get bigger and you are now able to add colour to these words. Now you can use multiple colours for different parts of the text, whether it be different letters or words. After adding colour to all the text entered, tap and hold the entire text then select the area of the text you want to focus on. Choose the colour you want in that portion of the text and you’re good to go!


Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you present it!

Multiple lines of text on Snap

You can type much more on your snap than before – this is probably the most mind-blowing of all the tricks listed here. You can post numerous lines of text in your snap but you will need help from the iPhone notepad. Go into the notepad and press the enter button as much as you want then select (copy) all the space entered. Re-enter Snapchat and paste the empty spaces into the text area. This means you have a large area to type whatever you want. This also means you have defeated those who are attempting to restrict the things you say. #PowertothePeople


Increasing the lines of text you can type into, automatically means more text.

Chatting Snaps: 8 Tips and Tricks for Snapchat (Android)

Snapchat is more than just taking photos and doing short videos. The app allows you to express yourself creatively through your snapstory which is available for viewing for 24 hours. A SnapStory is a photo or video you post to your very own Stories section (or feed) of your account, which is visible by you and all your friends. Here are a few basic tips and tricks to make your Snapchat experience easier.

Tip #1:Use the volume buttons to take a pic or record a video

Finding it difficult to take photos with the main button on Snapchat especially if you have a large cellphone? No worries, use the volume up or down button to record your videos or take your selfie. No setting change, just one click for your photo and press and hold to record your videos.

Trick #1: The 50/50 Filter Trick

If you want to get creative with your snaps, you can apply two filters at one time. To do so, you pick the filter you want and slide the second filter to split the image.

Step 1: Take photo

Step 2: Slide to filters – half, quarter (whatever the contrast you many desire)

Step 3: click the pencil (press the undo button to remove any marks)

Step 4: add caption and post to story

Watch the 50/50 Filter video to see this awesomeness 

Use of the 50/50 Filter Source: Kadeen Brown
Use of the 50/50 Filter
Source: Kadeen Brown 


Tip #2: How to have coloured text

Why have plain boring white captions on your snaps when you can choose from 22 colours available? Having coloured text will definitely make your snaps seem more fun and the text will stand out.

Step 1: Write your caption after taking the photo in the box

Step 2: Hold down on the text button and colours will appear

Step 3: Choose colour of choice

P.S. If you want to use multiple colours, highlight the word or letter and select the colour of your choice.

Coloured Text 

Trick #2: Screenshot without notifying the sender

Snapchat typically notifies the sender whenever a user screenshot their snaps, however what if you could screenshot a snap without the sender knowing? Sure there are apps such as SnapSeeker and SaveMySnaps that can do that for you, but you really don’t need an app to do this.

Step 1: Load SnapStory for the person whose snaps you want to watch or screenshot

Step 2: Put phone on airplane mode

Step 3: Play SnapStory

Step 4: Swipe screen from right to left or left to right or press power button + home button to screenshot.

Gotcha! No notification sent :) #Lurking #CreepSquad

Trick #3. Draw with opacity on doodles

This feature is only available on Android and is very easy to use. You can draw in transparent colors by pressing down on the rainbow color bar until it comes up with the full color bar. Then you can simply select transparent and use that to draw.

Still not sure how to use it after reading the above, watch the video How to use Opacity like a Pro

Using opacity on doodles

Trick #4: Snapchat’s new selfie lenses

Snapchat’s latest update provided 14 selfie lenses which added a creative yet quirky twist to selfies. When you’re using the camera to take a selfie, just press and hold on your face to activate Lenses. You can play with Lenses before taking a Snap — just select one from the row at the bottom and follow the on-screen instructions.


6 of 14 Snapchat’s Selfie Lenses

Tip #3: How to take a selfie from a distance

Sometimes you want to take a selfie without having that awkward hand in the way. Using your earphones (one with the volume buttons)

Watch the video “Long Distance Snapchat Selfies” for more

Tip #4: How to delete Snapchat Account Permanently

To delete your account , there is only one possible option. You must visit the dedicated section of the official website ( and un-subscribe. Once on the website, you just have to login with your credentials and click on the button “Delete my account.” However, be sure to think twice before you “delete my account.” Once it is deleted, you cannot reactivate it and you will be obliged to create a new account one if you want to reuse the application. 

Snapchat Delete Account

Those were 8 tips and tricks to make your Snapchat experience more fun and to make it easier using an Android. Kindly note that most Snapchat Tips and Tricks do not work with the older Android OS. It must have at least Android 5.0. Hope these were helpful..happy Snapping!

P.s We also have a Snapchat, for It’s Pixel Perfect Adventures, follow us on Snapchat @itspixelperfect 



Balance or Separation: Managing Professional & Personal Social Media Pages | Part 2


In a bid to be conscious of our thoughts, actions and followers – persons make the decision to create a “balance” in their lives by separating their personalities, ideas and interests. But is separation balance or dishonesty? As we strive to ensure that the right followers get the “right” information (through the separation of our accounts) are we also in the same breath hiding information?

When you decided to enter the professional world, the world that decided that “”, wild drunk poses as profile pictures and curse words won’t be acceptable – did you delete these things, start new accounts or increase your privacy settings to keep inquisitive eyes at bay?

No matter your response, or your current role in life (personal or professional) you are the representative of your own brand firstly. All other roles are secondary. So is the separation of your personal and professional social media pages really necessary? Some will still say yes, and we will discuss why.

As promised from our previous post, where we discussed balancing of social media accounts – this time around we have to discuss the pros and cons of separating. The concept of setting targets, guidelines and structure to how our online presence is assessed.

Pros of Separating Accounts

  • Focused. Content posted will be inextricably linked to the business – services, deals, tips, news, staff, etc.
  • Once your posts have personality, followers are sure of the type of content to expect, and you are certain that the followers have some interest in the business.
  • You now have a targeted group of persons to which you can share or pitch the services of your business.
  • Targets for growth can be set for the professional accounts.
  • You now have control of the persons who are allowed in your personal space (through privacy settings), while being able to leave the professional account open.
  • Clear work-life boundaries.

Cons of Separating Accounts

  • Hard to manage. Will you always remember to devote equal time to each brand.
  • As a small business, you might need to hire someone to manage the professional account on your behalf. This may not necessarily be very cost effective for a new business.
  • Are you being viewed as being dishonest by separating (hiding) an account from followers.

Social media accounts require a professional human, lol. Weird term, I know. But it’s true. We want to live our lives on social media, socializing and being entertained, but at the same time with enough decorum that when our employers view our pages we can still look them straight in the eyes the next day and not have the slightest embarrassing moment.

So how do we do this?

By separating our accounts or balancing all personalities in the social online sphere? In making this choice, be sure to remember, that whatever you post online is no longer yours. It can almost be likened to sending a text message which you can’t erase from the receiver. And no matter your life long aim to separate your accounts, the right investigator can uncover what you have been trying so ‘hard’ to hide.

It’s Pixel Perfect’s Managing Director, Conrad Mathison, was recently put on the spot by Wealth Magazine, and asked his views on this very topic. He will share pertinent points from his “panel discussion to guest speaker” at Corporate Mingle presentation. His thoughts, as a young entrepreneur, socialite, friend, brother, son should be even more enlightening. Is he balancing or separating? Will he even choose a side? All will be revealed in his blog post.

Balance or Separation: Managing Professional & Personal Social Media Pages | Part 1

Displaying social.jpgHave you ever made an error in posting something on a professional account that was meant for a personal account? 

Do you have two separate twitter accounts, one for personal views and the other for professional?

Is there or should there be a social media etiquette guide for personal accounts?

Do personal accounts need filters?

Is trolling from professional accounts a good thing?

What type of personality should professional accounts have?

Are you sinking in your online presence?

Personal …. Personable …. Automation. Who do your followers want to see?

Is striking the balance necessary for you or your followers?

Do you use social media at work?

Is it against the work policy to use social media on the job?

Is two accounts too much?

Do you follow a business owner’s personal account to (a) hear/read/watch about his business, (b) get to know him personally or (c) both?

To build your best online presence, do you have to be separate people?

As you can see, this blog post had me in a whirlwind of thoughts, and piecing it together even more difficult. So yes, one blog post on this topic won’t do. As one’s social presence evolves, and the necessity and use of it almost inseparable – how do you plan to cope? Can there be a balance in your personal and professional social media accounts? Or is there the need for separation of these two personas?

(Small) business owners are faced with this challenge more than regular employees who are not obligated to devote their lives to their job/career. But then CEOs are the faces of the companies (they don’t even own) and are (more often than not) subjected to the scrutiny and watchful eyes of their followers. Journalists might feel the need to separate their lives to ensure that newsworthy posts are not lost among the traffic of mundane tweets.

How do you decide what goes where? Or are we now boxing everything and shelving them, living by the phrase “there is a time and place for everything”?

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In today’s post, we will examine the pros and cons of striking the balance of managing both professional and personal accounts in one. We will then do Part 2 of this post, with the pros and cons of separating both personas.

Pros of Balancing

  • Individual is able to consciously streamline and control the type of content in their online presence.
  • Individual is able to show a personable side that followers may not see otherwise.
  • Less stressful, in trying to actively maintain multiple accounts
  • Transparent lifestyle. Who you are in person is who people will see online.
  • Followers are interested in both your views on professional and personal encounters.

Cons of Balancing

  • Highly unlikely that you can do this effectively. One persona possibly professional will dominate the social media platforms.
  • Lines of interaction may become blurred, between professional and personal conversations. Not everyone is able to make a smooth transition between the two.
  • Hard to build and maintain personal relationships when all and sundry are able to follow and connect with you.
  • Possibility of becoming so filtered, that you are borderline automated.
  • Possibility of having no filters or limits, that views expressed could affect business interactions.

Even in writing the pros and cons, things got complicated:

In striking a balance with the management of your social media accounts … does that mean using one user name for all platforms and split each persona across the platforms: Facebook (personal), twitter (personal & professional), linkedin (professional), youtube (professional), pinterest (professional)?

Or does it mean balancing both personas on every single platform, so all information posted can be shared across any online interface?

For the purpose of this blog, we took balance to mean the latter, but the above question is still valid, as balance is defined as “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” Now if you use 6 platforms and dedicate half to personal interactions and the other half to professional, that seems about balanced to me. What say you?

As we continue to have this discussion, feel free to chime in on the pros and cons mentioned, answer any of the questions asked at the beginning, or share your general views/experiences on the topic.

Until next time …. are you balancing or separating?


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Say you could go back in time and have a chat with your former self, wouldn’t that be great? You could warn yourself about future mistakes like not flirting with that crazy girl who stole your underwear, or about that time you tried to do a wheelie on your bike, fell off and broke both your arms, or about that elective you failed in your first year of college. If only you had a little guidance, things would be much easier right?

Unfortunately time travel isn’t exactly legal, neither does it exist for that matter, so what do we do?

It was “back to school” time and we at It’s Pixel Perfect, hosted a twitter chat entitled, #DearFreshaz – University myths, facts and everything in between, to lend a bit of advice to first year students, through a panel of student leaders.The chat touched on topics like: problems students may face, preferred eating spots on campus, fashion tips, most shocking experiences, where to find the hottest girls and much more.

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The panelists were asked what was the biggest challenge new students will face.


They all agreed that covering tuition would be a major challenge for incoming students. Other challenges included finding jobs after school.


What about grades?

A student’s success or failure depends on his or her GPA. It is always a constant struggle for some to maintain a decent GPA.


If you can keep your GPA from sliding then you’re golden. So which courses can freshers take which are considered an easy pass?


And the courses you should stay away from or work extra hard in



College isn’t only about academics right?

We wanted freshers to know where to find the hottest girls/guys on the UWI and UTech campuses.


Now that you know where to find the hot girls/guys, its time to consider which parties you want to check out on campus.


Now for some crucial advice. These are the things we wished someone had told us before we embarked on that life altering journey that is university.






You can’t depend on your future self for guidance but that doesn’t mean you’re alone. The most crucial advice, besides not leaving your girl in front of chancellor hall carelessly according to @BloodlineFranco, is don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help.

Too Cool For School: Fashion Do’s And Don’ts For College (Males)

As promised, we are back with more college fashion tips but this time for the guys. The typical male tends to take a more laid-back approach to his college fashion. While college doesn’t require you to wear a suit, men must aim to find the right balance between presentable, well put-together and casual. After all, you do want to make the right first impression (on the ladies) and don’t want to seem like you just rolled out of bed.

Here are our very basic fashion do’s and don’ts for college males to ensure you start the semester right.

DO practice good hygiene.

Though this goes for both male and female, it is more common among males to roll out of bed or leave the gym after a sweaty workout and head straight to class. Do take a shower (this includes washing your hair) and don’t forget the deodorant. It won’t hurt to use some cologne either, as this is the true attention getter.

men batheDO pull your pants up!

The sagging pants era has died out (thank God!), so please pull your pants up. There’s nothing attractive about seeing your underwear, or watching you having fun struggling to keep your pants from preventing you from falling. Wearing a belt is the best solution, or you can purchase pants that (idk) actually fit.  

pull up pants

DO dress up every once in a while.

Guys, we understand that going through the struggle of putting together an outfit every morning is not your thing, but it never hurts to dress up every once in a while. Upgrade that t-shirt to a polo, and throw out the sweatpants for a nice pair of jeans. You’ll be sure to pick up a few compliments throughout the day.


DON’T wear graphic t-shirts bearing profanity, sex, violence,etc.

Graphic t-shirts are the rave, and wearing those containing fun sayings and designs is the in thing. However, though it may not be stated in the rule book that such type of clothing is not permitted, it is unacceptable when your lecturer has to stand in front of you and see some of these inappropriate images and writings. Like the girls and their stilettos, ditch these for the classroom and save them for the parties.  

DON’T wear shorts that are too short

The short shorts trend seems to have slowly been making its way into men’s fashions. Shorts on a guy is fine if the length is appropriate, but when it becomes way too short, it is no longer flattering. The general rule is that your shorts should hit about one to two inches above the knee. Keep it that way.


As one fashion-blogger, Joshua Smith, wrote “always know where you are: flip-flops are for the beach, jerseys are for sporting events and free shirts are for the gym”. Do dress right for the occasion and don’t settle for being just okay.


Be sure to share your comments, thoughts and other fashion tips with us!!


Thank you to our fashion tips contributor:

Ashleigh Em

Writer|Fashion Blogger


Too Cool For School: Fashion Do’s and Don’ts For College (Females)

It’s almost time to hit the books once more, and one of the biggest problems female students face is how to dress for school on a daily basis. Without a doubt, college is nothing like high school, and though you don’t need to create an entirely new you, you will need to make some changes in order to look the part.

The following are some very basic fashion do’s and don’ts for college females to help get through the school year.

DO accessorize

Accessories work like a charm in adding some pizzazz to a plain and ordinary outfit. However, this doesn’t mean you should pile on every single jewelry you have in your collection. Less is really more in this case. Opt for some nice studs or hoops, add a long charm necklace, or get funky with some cute arm candy. You’ll be amazed at how this takes your outfit to a whole new level.


DO keep an eye out for sales

As college students, we know shopping for outfits for school can be quite difficult because of limited funds. One tip, is to take advantage of sales, both in stores and online, which allows you to stay fashionable on a budget while saving money. Be sure to purchase pieces that you can mix and match so you can switch things up a bit and create different outfits.


DO dress comfortably

Dressing comfortably does not mean throwing on a pair of sweatpants or looking sloppy. It is possible to be stylish and comfortable at the same time. The key is to ensure that your clothes fit; not too big, but not too tight to the point where it restricts your movement or reveals too much. Ensuring that your outfit is appropriate for school will make you feel even more comfortable as you won’t attract any unnecessary attention, as well as wearing outfits that express your personal style will leave you feeling confident.

first day outfit

DO use sunscreen

You can use a foundation or moisturizer that has SPF. There is no escaping the sun, so you need to protect your face, especially on campus where one must embark on long journeys in the sun just to get to class. Sun exposure also causes age spots and nobody wants that.


DON’T wear leggings as pants

Substituting leggings for pants should never be done. No matter how attractive you think you look in them, it looks tacky and is inappropriate.  Instead, pair it with a long tunic, an oversized shirt, or even a dress or skirt for a casual look that covers your, uh, ‘lady bits’.

DON’T wear heels on campus

I don’t know about you, but wearing flats from class to class is hard enough, let alone heels. Unless you have an interview or a presentation that you need your heels for (even then, I suggest you bring them in your bag and slip them on when you arrive), you don’t want to be the talk of the town after you wobbled in them and fell flat on your face. Save your six inches for the club and save yourself the embarrassment.

DON’T reveal too much

Yes, I get it. You finally get the chance to say goodbye to school uniforms, and you’re so excited to wear casual clothes to school, you end up wearing nothing at all. Many colleges/universities don’t have a dress code, and so many girls make full use of this opportunity to stroll across campus with their chests and buttocks falling out of their clothes. Cover up and save those revealing outfits for the parties.

DON’T use heavy coverage

Opt for very light foundation and spot conceal where necessary. Too many girls make the mistake of going heavy on the make up. Less is more, also applies in this situation. You never want to look as if you’re wearing plaster on your face.

COVERAGELook out for fashion do’s and don’ts for college males later this week!

Thank you to our contributors:

Fashion tips

Ashleigh Em

Writer|Fashion Blogger

Makeup tips

Sue Gregg

Makeup Artist

IG: @suethemakeupgirl