Creativity

Learning AR: Using Lights in Spark AR Studio

By: Spark AR Team
November 6, 2019
Creativity

Learning AR: Using Lights in Spark AR Studio

By: Spark AR Team
November 6, 2019

Light surrounds us everyday — whether it’s sunlight, room light, screen light, or otherwise, a variety of lighting sources are constantly shading and shaping the world around us. Now, when you think about adding creative or realistic lighting to your AR effects, how you choose to apply lighting is an important consideration. Here are just a few examples of what’s possible with lighting in Spark AR Studio:

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From left to right: Dreams by @joshbocanegra; Neon II by @nahir.esper; Crystalize by @wardyworks

To help you quickly test lighting variations for your effect, Spark AR Studio includes five lighting options with controls to help you find which style of lighting you like best:

  • Ambient light which lights an object from all sides. Think of it like the general light you get from indirect sunlight, however you can control the intensity and color of the light.
  • Directional light which mimics light coming from a specific direction, but from a distance. Think of the way direct sunlight will light one side of your face (or an object) more than the other.
  • Point light which mimics a light source that is shaped like a sphere. This type of light becomes less intense with distance, like a lamp or flashlight.
  • Spotlight which shines a focused beam of light. Think of the type of light produced by a torch or a stage spotlight.
  • Environment light which creates lighting across your whole scene that mimics a real world setting - for example an office or the beach.

If you’re interested in learning more about using lights in Spark AR Studio, please watch our latest video tutorial below, or head over to the Spark AR Learning Center where you’ll find more instructional how-to articles and resources on lighting.

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