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Creating and Managing Projects

Creating and Managing Projects

A screenshot of the Spark AR Studio welcome screen.

Creating New Projects

To get started in Spark AR Studio, you’ll first choose the type of AR experience you want to create. There are three experiences to choose from, simply click Blank Project, Sharing Experience or Video Calling Experience from the Spark AR Studio welcome screen.

If you've already moved past the welcome screen, you can:

  1. Click File in the menu bar.
  2. Select New.

Choosing the experience

Blank Project

Select Blank Project to get started without choosing an experience. You can choose an experience type later in project properties.

Sharing Experience

Select Sharing Experience to create an effect that someone can use on one single device, alone or with other people. For example, an effect to share on Instagram in a story or post. Sharing experiences can be published on Instagram and Facebook.

Video Calling Experience

Select Video Calling to create an effect that multiple participants can interact with on a video call. These experiences can be published on Instagram and Messenger. Learn more.

Editing project properties

You can edit or enable various properties for your project, such as:

  • The experience type and available platforms (Instagram, Messenger, Facebook).
  • Capabilities to add or remove.
  • Compression settings.

To do this:

  1. Click the gear icon in the toolbar.
  2. Select Change Project Properties.

Saving and sharing projects

Your project isn't saved automatically. To save it to your computer:

  1. Click File in the menu bar.
  2. Select Save.
  3. Choose a location on your computer.

Collaboration

When you first save your project, Spark AR Studio creates a project folder on your computer. This folder contains:

  • Every asset you've imported, including objects, textures and your script.
  • A .arproj project file

You can save this folder in a shared location. If you import assets, this project format lets you and the people you work with edit assets independently at the same time. However, you can't add or remove assets at the same time as somebody else, or save the project file when somebody else is trying to save it.

If an asset is updated externally, it will automatically be updated in AR Studio.

Packaging Projects

If you want to send a version of your project to somebody, you can bundle the project folder and file together to create a package.

To package your project:

  1. Click File in the menu bar.
  2. Select Package....

Saving your project in a shared folder is the best way of collaborating over a period of time, but packaging projects is useful for quick and easy distribution of your work.

Missing Folders and Assets

Missing or invalid project folders

Your project must stay together. This means that project file and any assets you've imported must stay in the folder you created when you first set up your project. If Spark AR Studio can't find the folder that your project is linked to, it will prompt you to find the folder or create a new one.

Assets aren't automatically removed from the project folder if you delete them from Spark AR Studio.

Missing assets

If an asset is moved from the folder, it will no longer be rendered in the project. You'll be alerted that an asset is missing next time you open the .arproj file and the missing asset will be marked with a red symbol.

You'll also be able to search for and replace the asset that has gone missing. To re-open the Missing Assets alert:

  1. Click Project in the menu bar.
  2. Select Show Missing Assets.
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