A tool that lets you create custom face filters and other excellent effects for Instagram, Spark AR Studio is now available to all users. Previously, it had only been available for Facebook and beta testers.
We here at The Verge have already used it to create our first filter, which you can see and share through Instagram’s mobile app by going to The Verge’s Instagram account (@verge) and tapping on the face icon.
How To Make And Share Your Own Instagram Face Filters
If you’d like to know how to make your own filter for use on Instagram, grab your phone and computer and let’s go.
Start your project
It’s always good to start with a sample project as a jumping-off point. In this case, we’re going to create a Face Distortion effect.
Download & install the latest version of Spark AR Studio onto your computer (we’re using v68 for this how-to). It’s available for both Mac and Windows.
You’ll be greeted by a splash screen that has a ton of great starter projects to explore. I encourage you to open them all up and poke around if you want free followers generator.
When you’re ready to start this sample project, go to the Samples tab and choose Face Distortion.
Save your project to a local folder by going to “File” > “Save.”
Modify your filter
Now that you’ve opened up a sample project, you’ll probably want to make a few changes.
On the left side of the window in the “Scene” tab, find and select “faceMesh_distortion.”
On the right side of the window, find “Deformation.” Make sure the Deformation window is expanded.
Your effect should automatically update and be applied to the new face. Make any additional adjustments you’d like then save the project.
Export your filter
Next, we’ll export a final file we can use to upload to Facebook and publish to either Facebook or Instagram (you can only choose one). Here’s how:
From the file menu choose “Export.”
A window will pop up showing how much space your filter will use on different types of devices.
If everything is all green and checked, hit the “Export” button. (Note: You can still export your file if not all the device types are checked, but that may cause problems along the way.)