Instagram AR filters are computer-generated effects that help create new and exciting ways to interact with your followers. Initially, Instagram did not have the option to help you make your filters. However, after the collaboration of Instagram and Facebook, users can now create their custom filters with the help of Spark AR Studio Player.

Spark AR Studio Player is an in-house AR filter application created by Facebook to let you make and customize your filters. You can find this app on all platforms, including the Android Play Store and the iOS app store.

Read on to know how to make an Instagram filter.

How Spark AR Studio Player works:

how can you make an Instagram filter

Spark AR Studio Player uses a codeless design to drag and drop items to create your custom filter quickly. From animals to hats to make-up, you can add just about anything you want in your custom filter and choose how these items interact with the person using the filter.

To build your custom AR Instagram filter, you will need to add many objects and features to your filter. Spark AR Studio allows this by letting you add your sound effects to the filters. This can be a song or a random sound that you feel gives your filter that desired feel.  

Spark AR Studio has a free library that has a variety of different objects that you can use. This is to make it easy for first-time creators to build their AR Instagram filters.

Spark AR Studio Player sends your completed filter for review for safety reasons and following community guidelines before approving it. This process can take a few days to complete. Once it is approved, your filter will be ready for use.

How to make an Instagram filter:

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make an Instagram filter:

Step 1:

First of all, you have to download Spark AR Studio Player. This player is an application that is compatible with both Mac and Windows users.  

Step 2:

Learn how to use the application properly. You can go over a few tutorials to get familiar with the application to get the optimum use out of it. The Spark AR Studio Player’s welcome tour is quite helpful in helping you understand the different aspects of the platform.

Step 3:

After learning how to use the platform, you can now start adding your objects. Choose what type of AR filter you want to create follow along with the relevant things. There are different types of AR filters distributed into several categories such as:

  • Make a face: This allows you to create filters that use facial tracking
  • Sync movements: This will enable you to use gestures such as hand gestures to activate the filter.
  • The connection between effects and objects: This uses plane tracking functionality to track surfaces and recognize objects.
  • New Places: this allows you to change the background into any image or video you want.

Step 4:

Once you add all your desired objects to your preferred AR filter type, it is time to add sound effects. You can even import sound clips from your music library as well.

Step 5:

Adding effects will let you see how user manipulation can affect the objects that you have added to your filter. This enables you to understand how your filter will function in the real world with real users. In this step, you can also add animation to your object to make it more realistic from all angles. You can even add materials and textures that are available in-app.

Step 6:

If you are happy with the way your filter looks, you can send it to Instagram, which will give you a preview of how your filter looks. Once you can confirm that the filter is what you want it to look like, you are ready to publish your filter for the public. Click on “upload” to finally post the filter.

Watch this video to learn more about how to make an Instagram filter.

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