Creativity

Learning AR: Face Tracking Effects in Spark AR Studio

By: Spark AR Team
October 16, 2019
Creativity

Learning AR: Face Tracking Effects in Spark AR Studio

By: Spark AR Team
October 16, 2019

Augmented Reality is at its best when our digital and physical worlds blend in believable ways. A digital object layered over the real world is fine, but when that object looks and reacts like it’s really part of the world, or part of us, our faces or hands — that’s when the magic happens.

To achieve this effect, you need to be able to understand the physical world the camera detects. In Spark AR Studio, you’ll use objects called trackers to do this, here are just a few examples:

  • Plane trackers allow you to find flat surfaces so that a digital object can sit on the floor, table or bench, just like a real object.
  • Hand trackers allow you to track hands so you can trigger effects using gestures, or make objects respond to hand movements.
  • Face trackers allow you to track, you guessed it, faces so effects track or respond to certain facial expressions or movements.

Face tracking effects are popular and widely used across Instagram and Facebook, so let’s focus on this today. As you can imagine, the uses cases for something that tracks eyes, noses and mouths is nearly limitless. Here are a few examples of face trackers in action:

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Interested in making your own Face Tracking effect? Watch our new video tutorial here or jump over to the Learning Center and follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll be well on your way.

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