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Instagram Filters + Spark AR artwork

Instagram Filters + Spark AR

$149
Beginner
Short

Everything you need to create your own augmented reality filters for Instagram and Facebook Camera using Spark AR, from the start.

Overview

What you'll learn

Course syllabus

Instructors

Learn everything you need to create your own augmented reality filters for Instagram and Facebook Camera using Spark AR from scratch.

In this course, SuperHi has collaborated with some of the world's best creatives to produce 13 different filters which we'll show you not only exactly how they were made but how to add many different variations to them.

From working with textures and materials, to adding your own interactions to trackers within the Patch Editor, to testing and launch, we'll give you everything you need to create your own filters.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at creative people who are interested in learning how to make augmented reality filters for Instagram or Facebook Camera.

While there are a few concepts that may be familiar to designers or coders during this course, this is a beginner course so you don't need any previous experience of AR (augmented reality), 3d, design or coding to join this. All you need is a creative mind!

What do I need?

A computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with the latest version of Chrome installed and a broadband internet connection. You’ll also want to set up a Notion and Figma account (they're free and we'll walk you through setup in the course). That’s it!

What you'll learn

How to work with Spark AR to make filters for Instagram and Facebook Camera.

Working with textures, materials and animation sequences to create your own augmented reality experiences.

Using the Patch Editor to add interactive elements and triggers to face and plane trackers.

Working within a 3D environment and how to add 3D-rendered models to your project.

How to extract and draw textures to create your own samplers and color shaders.

How to test, submit and launch your own filters to Instagram and Facebook

Course syllabus

8+ hours of video lessons

Practical, go-at-your-own pace learning

Access the community

Join our Slack and connect with thousands of SuperHi students and alumni

Continued help

Help from our expert teachers and educators with years of experience in the industry

Real world projects

Projects and code that you can alter and remix to add to your own sites and portfolio

Resources

Resources to get you started and going post-course

New romantic

In the first project simulating a bold and romantic makeup look, we explore Spark AR and Figma, the two programs we'll be using together to make filter effects!

Color Splitter

In the final project, we will take everything we've learned to make our own reusable patch assets to split out the red, green and blue color channels to remix them into a new color effect.

Super LUT

Who needs VSCO? Look Up Tables are the perfect way to add our own color grading and tones to our filters. In this project, we'll talk about how to use a 3D look up table (or LUT) to map our camera pixels to a reference texture.

Warhol

Time for soup! Just like Andy, we dig repetition so in the Warhol filter we repeat ourselves over and over and over again by taking our camera texture and multiplying it!

Gradient Sampler

A common technique in filter effects is to use a reference texture when it comes to changing our color schemes. In this project, we'll add a gradient texture so as to sample colors based on their real-world lightness.

Duotone

How do we play with color when it comes to our camera? In this lesson, we'll take our camera texture, take every pixel and change its color to something brand new!

Bingo

We don't always want to look at our face. We may want to look into the real world. In this project, we'll talk about the alternative trackers, plane and fixed target, and add particle systems to them both!

Which Coding Language Are You?

The SuperHi spin on a popular filter... find out exactly how the What X Are You filters are actually made using a combination of pulses and switches!

Eggs Is Eggs

In our effects, we may want to cut out our users from the camera, and add them to an eggy background. In this project, we'll talk about camera segmentation, animation sequence and how to change backgrounds on tap.

Cone Head

Ever wanted to look like a cutie with a cone on their head? Now's your chance. In Cone Head, we add an ice cream cone to our heads, add facial distortion and pitch-shift our input audio.

Popout

In Popout, we layer up several masks with alpha textures and an extracted face texture, then hook them all up to the Patch Editor to pop out when we're surprised!

Metal Mask

In this lesson, we talk about metal materials and how we make them reflective. We also add a loop animation so we can spin our lighting to show off our 3d metal mask.

Happy vs Chill

We discover the Patch Editor for the first time to make our 2d text change from Happy to Chill whenever we smile!

Your instructors

Our instructors have decades of professional experience, have spoken at international conferences and have won countless web design awards.

Rik Lomas

Rik is a Mancunian coder, teacher and CEO of SuperHi. He was the co-founder of Steer (a code school in London) and has taught several thousand people to code. He is a bit too old to be posting memes on our social media and recently featured as a Sour Patch Kid in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

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Course FAQs

Yes, we do! All you'd need to do is send the links to your completed projects over to [email protected] at the end of your course. We will review them, provide feedback if necessary, and then issue your certificate!

If you're comfortable working with a computer, then yes!

Learning new and improving your existing skills is about being patient with yourself, building up your knowledge, developing confidence through practice, and with time. We've seen our students around the world do it, and so can you.

Our beginner courses are designed for people new to the subjects. They grow your understanding so you grasp everything you need to start applying your new skills and will also give you a path to dig deeper if you want.

Our teaching style is practical and straightforward and you'll have support from our expert instructors and community for as long as you need.

Still not sure if learning to code is right for you? Take our free Plan, Design + Code Your First Website course or dive into our First Steps to Code guide.

All our course videos are taught using the SuperHi Editor, but you'll be able to apply everything you'll learn to a code editor of your choice. Many students go on to use other code editors, for example, if their workplace has an existing standard.

Our SuperHi Editor is designed with many smart features to help avoid wasted time looking for things like a typo or missing bracket (which is why we made it!), but the same code concepts apply to any editor.

Yea! After the course is over, you'll still have our support when it comes to things like career questions, resume, and portfolio reviews, etc. all to help you get the job and career you want.

We also provide 1:1 sessions for some of our courses! The number of sessions depends on the course that you signed up for.

If you'd like to arrange a 1:1 session after you've completed your course, email us at [email protected] and we'll happily arrange that for you!

Yes! You can use your own custom third-party domains and connect them to your sites built with our SuperHi Editor. Additionally, all SuperHi sites come with free SSL Certificates for added protection.

Here's more information on how to connect a third-party domain

The proof is in the pudding. Our students go on to make their own beautiful sites and some of their stunning work have won digital design awards.

Take a look at our Hall of Fame to see some of the sites our students have built, many of which had only taken our Foundation course!

If you're a SuperHi student or alumni and would like to submit your project to be included in our Hall of Fame, please feel free to submit here.

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Super Shapes – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, have no fear! We recommend you start off with our Advanced CSS + Javascript course.