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    How to create Instagram story filters

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    Mart铆 Micolau
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    Preliminary information

    Before explaining to you how to create instagram story filters, let me provide you with all the preliminary information relating to the correct completion of this operation. First of all, you need to know that filters for Instagram stories are nothing more than two-dimensional or three-dimensional effects that can be applied to your face in real time, via the Instagram camera.

    That said, to create filters for Instagram stories, you need to have a Facebook account, to which the Instagram account must be connected. As for the creation of the filter, however, this must be designed to be used in an Instagram story and, therefore, must be created starting from an image with 1080 脳 1920 px resolution characterized by transparent background.



    In this regard, to succeed in this intent, I suggest the use of a professional graphics software, such as for example Photoshop or any other digital graphics program or app (eg. Adobe Spark for Android / iOS / iPadOS). If you don't know how to proceed, refer to my tutorial regarding the use of the main apps for making graphics.

    For augmented reality processing, on the other hand, from the moment they don't exist app to create filters in Instagram stories, you must use the official software Facebook Spark AR Studio for Windows and macOS, following step by step the instructions that I will give you in the next chapter of this tutorial.

    Furthermore, after exporting the filter to your computer, it is necessary to send it to Facebook for approval, by completing the submission form presented on the Spark AR Hub website, which I will tell you about in detail in the chapter dedicated to the operation. question. The filter, if approved, will be visible in the Instagram effects gallery and can be shared and used by all users of the social network.



    For the purpose of sending and approving the effect achieved, however, the publication guidelines indicated by Facebook and Instagram must also be respected which, among other things, require that aeffect icon with a PNG or JPG file with a minimum size of 200 脳 200 px, as well as a presentation video of up to 15 seconds, recorded via the Instagram camera.

    Finally, do not forget that, in case of doubts or problems other than those raised so far, you can consult the official guide in English relating to the use of Spark AR Studio and the necessary requirements for creating and publishing filters on Instagram.

    Download Spark AR Studio

    As mentioned, to create filters in Instagram stories you have to make use of Spark AR Studio, digital graphics software developed by Facebook available for Windows and macOS, which allows the management, processing and modification of the imported effect. In this regard, I indicate below what are its system requirements.

    • Operating System: Windows 10 (64-bit) or macOS 10.14+.
    • CPU: Intel Core i3 2.5GHz, or AMD Bulldozer / Jaguar / Puma / Zen with SSE4.1 instruction set.
    • RAM: at least 4GB.
    • Display: 1280 脳 768 pixels or higher screen resolution.
    • But by the full GPU acceleration tech: HD Graphics 4000 / Nvidia GeForce 710 / AMD Radeon HD 6450 or better video card.

    If your computer meets the above requirements, download Spark AR Studio by connecting to its official website and clicking on the button first Download Now and then Download. Then wait for the executable file to download to your computer.


    When finished, double-click on the downloaded file to launch it and begin installing the software, following the instructions I am about to give you.


    To install Spark AR Studio su Windows, click here Next, then check the box indicating the acceptance of the terms of service, click the button again Next three consecutive times and then click install.

    Adesso, premium pulsating Yes in the window of User Account Control, in order to start the download of all the files necessary for the correct functioning of the program. Finally, when done, click the button Finish, to conclude the installation procedure.

    Su MacOSinstead, to install Spark AR Studio, double-click the .dmg file downloaded, then drag the software icon to the folder Applications say macOS.

    When the software starts, log in with the Facebook account that is connected to Instagram and with which you want to send the publication of the filter that you will import and modify in Spark AR Studio following the indications that I will give you in the next chapter.

    Create Instagram stories face filters

    The first step to take to use Spark AR Studio it is related to the opening of a new graphic project in augmented reality, in which to import the effect created previously.

    However, please note that the Facebook software is only available in English language and it is a rather advanced tool; for this reason, the procedures to be carried out for processing and editing filters may be different, depending on the imported filter. That said, in this guide I will show you the steps to take to import a basic two-dimensional static filter, as its creation and modification is simple and within everyone's reach.



    To start, then, when the software starts, press the button Create New and then click on the entry Blank Project, to open a new empty project.

    Now, first of all, create the "base" on which to import the filter: in the main menu of the software, click on the item Add object, click on the wording Face Tracker and then click Insertion. Now select the level Face Tracker just added and right-click on it. Then, in the menu that is shown to you, press on the item Add and select the wording Plane.

    Once this is done, load the previously created filter, selecting it from your computer: press the button From computer located at the bottom of the menu Assets. After importing it, rename it by double clicking on it, to be able to find it faster.

    At this point, click on the layer Plane0 and, in the right side menu, expand the menu Materials, then double-click the entry Material0.

    Now, expand the menu item Texture and select the filename for the filter you have already uploaded and renamed. Then go back to the menu Plane0 (by clicking on it) and change the filter settings, for example by adjusting its size, via the menus Position, stairs e Rotation.

    Once you've finished editing, all you have to do is export the filter. To do this, click on the entry Fillet (top) and select the item Export in the drop-down menu that is shown to you. If everything went well, you will be shown gods green check marks, confirming the correct processing of the filter and its optimization for Android and iOS. In that case, click on the button Export, to export the file and save it on your computer.

    When the export is complete, click on the item Open Spark AR Hub, to immediately open the Facebook website of the same name through which, following the instructions I will give you in the next chapter, send the filter for approval.

    Upload Instagram Stories Filter

    To upload the filter in Instagram Stories please login to the website Spark AR Hub with your account details Facebook connected to the profile Instagram. Done? All right, now press the button Upload creative effect, located at the top right, to get started.

    Fatto ci貌, first prize Start and, in the next screen that is shown to you, indicate all the requested data, in order to fill in all its parts the form relating to sending the filter for approval (the Facebook and Instagram teams could reserve 10 days or more for the test).

    Now, upload the exported file with Spark AR Studio or drag it to the text field that is shown to you on the card Effect details. Then select the profile or Facebook page to which to attribute the property of the effect, through the menu Effect holder and also indicates the relative destination, choosing between Facebook e Instagram.

    Then import the image related to theeffect icon and, after also indicating the effect name, award-winning Upload and continue.

    After that, on the screen suggested, indicates the category filter, load the demo video, in the relevant section and click the button NEXT, when required, so that you can check all information (Check the information) and, if everything is correct, send the filter for analysis.

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