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How To: Tik Tok Effects

Color Selector and Green Screen

Tik Tok: The ever-growing user-generated social media platform taking the world by storm. Whether you’re on board or not, it looks like the popular app won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Craving little bursts of entertainment, young people eat the short-form video content up. According to wallaroommedia.com, Tik Tok is available in over 150 countries, has over one billion users and has been downloaded over 200 million times in the United States alone. Now seems to be the time to get in on the action and see what it’s all about. Of the many unique and creative features on the app, Tik Tok’s myriad effects set it apart from other social networks. These effects allow you to completely transform the aesthetic and quality of your video.


Tik Tok effects fall into 9 main categories: Animal, Beauty, Editing, Funny, Green Screen, Interactive, New, Trending and World. Each category offers an extensive amount of ways to make your video stand apart from the rest. Adding production value of this magnitude allows creatives to produce content like never before. As a new user just getting into the world of making Tik Toks, I have been having a field day exploring and navigating all of the effects the app has to offer. Until I was on the creator side of this app, I had no idea the full scope of what you can do with your videos. I’m fascinated and blown away by the effects’ sheer ability to metamorphose the setting or overall look of the content. Effects like green screen and color selector allow you to completely alter the background of your video, or even customize the color scheme.


In the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more difficult than ever to gain access to locations that cater to the concept of your video. Using the green screen effect, you don’t have to worry about that! The green screen effect allows you to take any picture from your personal camera roll and use it as the background of your video. This has proven to be an incredible way for creators to make “event-style” videos, without having to leave the comfort of their own home. Whether you’re looking to provide videos from the streets of New York or the coastlines of Cali, this effect is a game-changer for those of us who have been unable to travel. Simply hit the plus sign to create a new post, click the effects box in the bottom left corner and click on the category “green screen.” Creating new and exciting content has never been more accessible.


Another effect that I’ve personally had a lot of fun playing around with is the color selector. The color selector effect allows you to isolate one color in your video, while the rest of the scene turns grey. According to popsugar.com, many TikTokers use this effect to settle debates involving users’ hair or eye color. Another way to think of it is as a preset, streamlining the look of your personal grid. Whatever you’re using it for, this is a really entertaining effect to play around with, as you can pick any hue to isolate. The easiest way to access the color selector is to type the former into the search bar, and find a video that used the effect. Click the color selector option above the user’s name and get to playing!


Tik Tok has no doubt revolutionized the way that we’re able to create content, making crazy and unique effects available to every user, for free. With many videos on my to-do list, I will no doubt continue to play with the endless amount the app has to offer. As an individual who has always felt that video editing was out of my reach, Tik Tok has allowed me to easily learn and professionally create impressive and aesthetically pleasing posts. I believe that it has opened the door for a whole new breed of creatives to explore their potential in content creation. User-friendly and creator-driven, Tik Tok can be a playground for those striving for new and inspiring content. Whether you’re looking for tarot readings, cooking videos, music, advice, etc., there is truly something on the app for everybody.


Abbey Brown is a 21 year-old conversationalist creative writer dipping her toes into multiple facets of media. Incredibly passionate about her work, Abbey seeks to learn from, reach and inspire people through her words and content across many platforms. Follow her journey on Tik Tok and Instagram!

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