How to expand your photos using AI on TikTok and CapCut
Credit: Screenshot / TikTok / CapCut

Embracing the unshakeable AI trend on TikTok? Delve into the world of AI filters with this easy step-by-step guide.

A new TikTok filter uses the power of AI to elongate your photos and add artificial backgrounds. Similar to the popular Photoshop AI tool used by AI-focused accounts on Twitter to alter centuries-old paintings, this filter introduces the same technology to TikTok, offering users the opportunity to add an unusual twist to their photos.

This filter is rapidly gaining popularity across TikTok. To join this unconventional trend, you’ll need to download an additional app, CapCut, to create the video. Here’s how you can get started.

Total Time

  • 5 mins
What You Need

  • TikTok app
  • CapCut app
  • a couple of photos

Step 1: Find your template

Given the widespread use of this AI technology, numerous copycat templates are available on CapCut and TikTok. While their appearances may differ, they essentially offer the same functionality. If you’re interested in a specific template you’ve come across, check out the creator’s TikTok video featuring the trend. Look for the option “‘CapCut | Try AI Expand Template.’” Click on that and then “Use template in CapCut.”

How to do the AI expansion filter on TikTok

Many users experimenting with this trend have described it as “creepy,” and it’s not hard to understand why. In fact, one of the most commonly used templates even includes a caption that reads “este efecto de ia no te dejara dormir,” or “this AI filter won’t let you sleep.”


Author: Christianna Silva

Role: Senior Culture Reporter

Bio: Christianna Silva is a Senior Culture Reporter at Mashable. They write about tech and digital culture, with a focus on Facebook and Instagram. Before joining Mashable, they worked as an editor at NPR and MTV News, a reporter at Teen Vogue and VICE News, and as a stable hand at a miniature horse farm. You can follow them on Twitter @christianna_j.


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