The Green Screen Scan filter on TikTok superimposes users into photos, making them look like they were part of the photo all along. Originally, teens took advantage of the filter to lie to their parents about their whereabouts. But now, some people are taking advantage of the filter to create photos of themselves alongside departed friends and family members — and the results are heartbreaking.
The idea to use the Green Screen Scan filter in such a sentimental way seems to have come from 19-year-old user Alexis Puckett. On Jan. 5, Puckett used the effect to superimpose herself into a photo with her dad, who passed away when she was 17 years old.
Users were equally moved by Puckett’s video.
“That just broke me,” one person said.
“This made me cry,” another added.
After Puckett’s video went viral with more than 1.3 million likes, many users followed suit and created photos with their own parents and loved ones.
User @maddieeliza used the Green Screen Scan filter to create a picture of herself with her dad, who died 11 years ago.
“I’m sobbing now,” she said in the caption.
Another user named Adrianne Taylor used the effect to take a photo with her late father, who died from brain cancer in 2012. The 21-year-old told BuzzFeed News that she “became overwhelmed with emotions” after seeing the photo for the first time.
“It was nice to see a photo of us with me grown up rather than being a little girl,” she said. “When losing a loved one there’s no time limit on your grief. You just learn to live with it.”
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