Making an Instagram Filter with Spark AR (the spooky special)

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Hey, It’s spooky season … Around here. That means a few things pumpkins trick or treat and most importantly, Instagram.

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So last Halloween we had a really great time making our spider-faced Arachne filter, and this year we decided we wanted to do something a little more along the linesof, a classic Hollywood monster.

We also knew we wanted to try out some of the newer features that have been added. So we put our heads together and came up with.

What we thought was a really fun idea based around Frankenstein’s monster, So we’re working with SparkAR Studio, a tool from Facebook, which is made specifically for.

The kind of small-scale augmented reality experiences that are perfect to be published on platforms like, Facebook and Instagram.

So when you’re, making your face filter in SparkAR, the basic component is this: face tracker whichaccurately detects the position of facial featuresand can even detect ..

Facial expressions Once the track is in position. It’S then a case of working out the different assets that you want to attach to the tracker in order to achieve the look that you want.

Really that’s where the fun starts. Sparkar comes with a set of default. Assetswhich contains a 3d model of a standard face and a texture for it.

You can do all sorts of manipulations, tochange the filter according to your needs, But once the base mesh is imported into the sculpting program, I can carve inthe details to make the face.

Look like it’sscarred and the light affects the stitches. I also did some minor tweaks to the facial structure to create some whole cheeks, some more pronounced eyebrows, that are so characteristic of the monster. In this case, these changes were fairly subtle, but you can tweak it more toget, a more pronounced effect.

The software comes with a really artist-friendlyinterface to do some basic programming. If you don’t know any coding, you can still just use a couple of nodes and connect them up together.

So there’s a lot of possibilities: withSparkAR We’re using it to publish toInstagram in this instance, but you can, publish to other platforms too The node-based system allows you to build upsome, really complex and interesting interactions, and the constant support from Facebook means there are new features being added all the time To try the filter for yourself headon over to our Instagram profile and hit that smiley face icon in the middle I’Ll drop, a link, somewhere in the description below and don’t forget to tag us sowe can see all your scary faces And if you want to talk to us about, making an Instagram filter then get in touch by email or drop us a message. If you want to stay in touch with other things we up to in the studio, follow and subscribe.


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