How Mirror, Instagram’s secret filter, works

The Mirror filter that allows you to use kaleidoscopic effects will soon arrive on Instagram: here's how it works

If we had to make a list of the social trends of recent years, Instagram Stories would definitely be in the top positions. This content started off a bit quietly: many people didn't bet on it so much, also because it seemed absurd that users could engage in making videos destined to disappear within 24 hours.

Instead, the feature gradually took hold and appeared on Mark Zuckerberg's other platforms. Gradually they have been enriched with filters, stickers and effects that make them really appealing. And today we are here to introduce you to yet another filter for Instagram Stories. Its name is Mirror and is part of a category much loved by users: the kaleidoscopes, or those effects that transform images taken by the camera in games of figures, lights and colors. The effect is not yet available, but it will surely be appreciated by the most creative users.

Instagram Stories: how the Mirror effect works

The news related to the publication of the new effect appeared on the Twitter account of Italian leaker Alessandro Paluzzi. This is an official filter, namely those specially created by the platform. In fact, let's remember that now even users can make their own custom filters and effects and share them with others, so as to increase the possibilities of the platform.

According to the source, Mirror includes at least 6 variants and is designed to turn a simple photograph into a small work of art. To start using it, all you have to do is point the camera towards a subject, even better if it is colorful and peculiar. Those who have the artistic vein will enjoy using it and publish their own Stories.

How to use Mirror in Instagram Stories?

We still don't know when it will actually be released for users of the application, but thanks to rumors we can already reveal the procedures that would be needed to use it. First of all, you need to access Stories from the main screen of the app. You have to tap on the circle with the + sign that shows your profile picture that appears in the first position at the top of the screen. Next to it are the other circles with all the Stories posted by your contacts.

The Stories screen shows all the effects available to edit the footage at the bottom. We find for example, Boomerang mode, Superzoom and also the button for Directs. Soon, in this very section should also appear the Mirror mode, as announced on Twitter. We'll find it between Boomerangs and Layouts. Tapping on the effect will open six possibilities. The image will change according to the variant touched. Once you have found the one you like best, you just have to take a photo or film the clip for a few seconds. Later, you'll be able to add stickers, gifs or writings according to your tastes. Finally, by clicking on Publish, the story will appear among those published. And that's it. This is still a secret filter: we'll just have to wait for the official release of the function to have fun trying it out.