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Be cheap labor for Cyberpunk 2077

Facebook ran a “Get Superpowered” competition a few months ago. It was pretty fun and I won a small prize from it. I was excited to see that they are running a new competition, but then I read the rules.

Facebook’s new “Cyberpunk” augmented reality filter competition is giving away $715,000 USD in prizes and appears to be open to most of the world. But the catch is that the competition is run in conjunction with Cyberpunk 2077 the game and you are REQUIRED to use an official Cyberpunk 2077 asset in your filter. …


Cool person to follow

If you aren’t familiar with Hart’s Snapchat lenses, you should be. He doesn’t upload a ton of personal lenses, but what he does post is usually mindblowing. Go check out his work and give him a follow on Twitter.

Hart’s finger skateboard lens in action
Hart’s finger skateboard lens in action

Spark AR

In the last newsletter I called out Spark AR for appearing to be at end-of-life. While I wasn’t able to figure out why Spark AR development has been stagnant lately, I did reach out to a couple people on the Spark AR team and they responded! There are indeed some incoming new features for Spark AR and they have the next…


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Tutorial dump

In the last issue I mentioned that I was working on a style transfer tutorial using SnapML, and I’m glad to say I finally got it made. I also made “Big Head” and inpainting tutorials for Lens Studio.

SplitCam and Snap Camera fun

I was inspired by some stuff I saw on Twitter to mess around with Snap Camera some more and I figured out how to use SplitCam to send any arbitrary video into Snap Camera. It’s pretty fun to add lenses to existing videos.

Snap policy updates

A ton of creators add messages like “subscribe to me for more filters”…


In this tutorial we’ll go over how to use SnapML to create a style transfer lens. You can see an example of this by clicking here or by scanning the snapcode below.

Snapcode for lens created with SnapML style transfer
Snapcode for lens created with SnapML style transfer

What is style transfer?

Painters create art in their own particular style — Bob Ross is known for his peaceful landscapes, Picasso for Cubism, you get the idea. An artist’s style is made up of their brush strokes, color palette, shapes, patterns, and techniques they use to create their paintings. With style transfer, a neural network takes an image, “learns” the style, and then applies that style to a new image…


Big Head effect in Lens Studio
Big Head effect in Lens Studio

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to create a “Big Head” lens using texture projection. You can see an example of this by clicking here or by scanning the snapcode below.


Apply a Snapchat lens to ANY video using SplitCam and Snap Camera
Apply a Snapchat lens to ANY video using SplitCam and Snap Camera

Introduction

Snap Camera is an awesome desktop application that lets you apply Snapchat filters and lenses to your Zoom/Teams/Google Meet video calls. While this itself is incredible, you can only apply the lenses to webcam video. But what if you already have a video file you’d like to add a filter too? Not to worry, we can do this with a few free pieces of software.

What do you need?

First make sure you have Snap Camera downloaded and installed. Next, download and install SplitCam.

The setup

Start off by opening up SplitCam. Click the “+” button in the Media Layers section and select “Video” from the…


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Ultimate LUT reference guide for Lens Studio

Lens Studio has a lot of really awesome built-in LUTs. The only problem is that you have no idea what they look like until you add them to your lens. The solution? My comprehensive guide to all the LUTs available in Lens Studio! I created a preview of each LUT applied to all six preview models and to two of the world previews. Hopefully this will take a lot of guesswork out of using the Lens Studio LUTs because now you can preview all the LUTs without needing to add them to your lens.

P.S. I also converted all the…


Multiple post effects in your Snapchat Lenses
Multiple post effects in your Snapchat Lenses

Lens Studio does a really good job of setting things up behind the scenes so that you can focus on your lens. However, some effects will require you to manually create and adjust cameras, layers, and render targets. You can see an example lens using multiple, distinct post effects by clicking here or by scanning the snapcode below.


Creating a Big Head effect in Spark AR
Creating a Big Head effect in Spark AR

The “Big Head” effect is a pretty fun type of filter to create. It is pretty easy to make once you learn the trick of texture projection. You can see an example of this type of effect in action by clicking here or by scanning the below code.


Spark AR “Get Superpowered” Competition

The Spark AR team is running a pretty big competition right now. The theme is “Get Superpowered” and they are looking for anything that has to do with superheros or superpowers. I appreciate the non-specificity of the theme because it allows for some pretty creative filters. So far most of the entries seem to be playing it safe and are sticking pretty close to the theme, but hopefully we’ll start seeing some super imaginative stuff soon.

The prizes for this competition are quite good. Like $160,000 USD worth of prizes going to the top 50 filters good. It is a…

Michael Porter

I make Snapchat lenses and Instagram filters and I love teaching others how to do the same! I started https://arbootcamp.com/ to help everyone learn how.

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