Note: These tools are only available in the Tumblr app.
Taking a New Photo or Video
From the dashboard, swipe right or tap the camera icon in the upper left to open the camera. Within a post, tap the camera icon. If you're accessing the camera for the first time, you will need to allow Tumblr to access your camera.
When you open the Tumblr camera, you’ll see a button at the top of your screen that says "Normal." You can tap this button to cycle through three different modes of content creation:
- In Normal mode, just tap the shutter button to take a photo, or hold the button to take a video.
- Stitch mode allows you to take and string together a series of pictures or videos into one video file. After taking the first photo in a stitch you can tap the layers icon to display a transparent frame over your camera’s current view. This will help you line up each image for a seamless transition. The layers icon is located just below the flash setting.
- GIF mode creates a moving image that plays in a loop.
Editing Photos and Videos from Your Device
To post photos or videos from your camera roll, tap one of the thumbnails along the bottom of the post form. If you don't see the one you're looking for, tap the album icon to open your device's camera roll. Tap the image(s) and/or video you'd like to add, then tap "Add" to insert them into your post. From the post view, tap the palette icon on your image or video to open your editing options.
To apply filters: Tap the disco ball to view available filters. Tap a filter to apply it to your photo or video.
To add text: Tap the Aa to add text. Use the icons above the keyboard to change your text’s font, alignment, color, or highlighting. Once you’re ready, tap the checkmark to approve your text. You can also move and resize your text by dragging and pinching.
To add stickers: Tap the smiley icon to access the sticker drawer. Tap to add a sticker, and drag and pinch to move or resize the sticker. Repeat the process to add as many stickers as you can handle.
To use the drawing tools: Tap the squiggle on the side of your screen to access the drawing tools. You can tap the color wheel to choose a color; press and hold on the color bar to bring up more detailed options.
Tap and hold the pill slider on the bottom left side of your screen to change the width of your lines. There’s also an eraser tool and three different types of drawing tips. Tap them to select and use.
Posting Your Content
Once you're done editing your image or video, tap the arrow icon.
On this screen, you can do things like: Add relevant tags, select the blog you'd like to post to, schedule or queue your post, save your post as a draft, and add source info for your content.
To publish your post, tap "Post now."
If you want to learn more Tumblr tips, check our Lesser-Known Features article