Sanjeel Sunny


October 15, 2021

This tutorial will take you through the process of converting Lightroom presets into Instagram filters on Spark AR Studio. It is our goal to show how easy it is to convert Lightroom presets into Instagram filters on Spark AR Studio with just a few clicks.

Hi Guys, I am Sanjeel Sunny. A few years ago when I opened Instagram some filters and effects appeared in the Story section. Some of them were either pretty or funny, which I really liked. At the time I was wondering how these filters are created, but now if I click on the same story tab, a variety of filters and effects appear, which are also being created by Instagram users. I was just as surprised as you. Whether Instagram story filers and effects are created by Instagram officials or their developer’s team. But now how are Instagram users creating.

I did a lot of research on how they are creating. I also learned by watching some youtube videos and reading some other blog posts. And I experimented with a Lightroom preset called Moody Dark in my Lightroom presets and successfully created an Instagram filter. If you want to try that filter you can see it in the Story tab on my Instagram profile.

How to convert Lightroom presets into Instagram filters on Spark AR Studio

So guys in this article, I will explain to you how to convert Lightroom presets into Instagram filters using Spark AR Studio as Instagram filters. Creating Instagram Files is Very Easy. All you need is a speed internet connection, laptop or pc, a Facebook (Instagram) account, and some software, lightroom presets, and some files that I will give you.

Step by Step Guide: Convert Lightroom presets to Instagram filter

Step 1: Download Spark AR Studio on Your Computer

First, go to the Spark AR Studio website and download Facebook’s Spark ar Studio software and install it on your laptop or computer. You can download this software for free.

Step 2: Open Spark AR Studio and create a blank project

Open Spark AR Studio. You will see the interface as shown below.

Spark AR Studio Interface
Spark AR Studio Interface

Click on create a new option, click on New project and select Blank project.

( Create New > New Project > Blank Project )

Step 3: Preparing the lightroom preset for Spark ar Studio

If you have Lightroom presets, load them in Adobe Lightroom CC. The zip file I provided contains a PNG image called ‘Base LUT Image’. Import it into Adobe Lightroom CC. Now copy the settings in your preset and paste them on the Base LUT Image. Turn off the Details and Effects option and export the image. (When exporting Base LUT Image, select Image Format: PNG; Color Space: sRGB.)

Step 4: Import Base LUT Image and FastColorLUT.arp in Spark ar Studio

Now the Base LUT Image is exported from lightroom and, I have provided a file called FastColorLUT.arp in the zip file. Import them into your blank project. From the menu above, click on File, then click on Import> From Computer> Import Files.

(Click on File> Import> from Computer> Select Files> Import.)

Now we have imported all the files required to create the Instagram filter in our project. Now we need to create an Instagram filter.

Spark AR Studio Interface

  • Workspace: Here you can add or remove canvas, texture, and patch editors for our Instagram filter.
  • Cameras: In this tab, we have real-time simulation characters. Here we have human characters with different skin tones. All the effects that we add to the Instagram filter can be applied to these characters and we can test it in real-time. We can also add and test that effect to our face through our webcam.
How to convert Lightroom presets into Instagram filters on Spark AR Studio
Project Interface
  • Test On Device: Through this tab we can send the filter we have applied to facebook or instagram app on mobile and check if the filter works real.

(Test On Device> Instagram> Send> Open Instagram App> Tap on Notification> Try preview.arexport by your username> You can check the filter by tapping on it.)

  • Mobile Screen Preview: Here we show you the entire mobile preview of our effects in real time.

Step 5: Insert the canvas

Click on Workspace and then on the Camera option. Now, right-click and select ‘add‘ and select ‘Canvas‘.
(Workspace> Camera> Right Click> Add> Canvas)

The canvas will be added to your workspace on the right side. Now right click on the canvas, select right again on the ‘add‘ option, and select Rectangle. On the right side come all the options related to Rectangle. In it, click on width and height and set the size to fill the width.
(Canvas> Right-click> Add> Rectangle> Hight: Fill Hight; Width: Width

Then there is an option called Materials. Next will be the + symbol. Clicking on the plus symbol will create the material0 for us. That material0 will be added to us in the Assets tab.
(Properties> Matirials> plus symbol)

Now click on material0 in assets and the arrow button will appear next to the texture options in the shader properties on the left side. Click on it. Now we see it under a panel called patch editor. The material0 in it appears there.
(material0> Single Click> Texture Arrow Button)

Drag and drop the Imported Presets and Fast Color LUT files into your Patch Editor. Click once on your lightroom preset and select no compression options in iOS, Android, Older Android options in the Manual Compression tab in the right-side options.

Step 6: Create Null Texture

Click on Camera in Workspace. Next to the right side Texture Extraction tab is a plus symbol, click on it, cameraTexture0

Link your lightroom preset RGBA node to the LUT node in Fast Color LUT in the patch editor. Connect the RGBA node of cameraTexture0 to the Texture node in Fast Color LUT. Now connect the color node in Fast Color LUT to the diffuse texture link in material0.

  • cameraTexture0 – RGBA connects with FastColorLUT – Texture
  • your preset – RGBA connects with FastColorLUT – LUT
  • FastColorLUT – Color connects with material0 – Diffuse Texture

Step 7: Testing your filter

You have successfully transformed your Lightroom preset into Instagram filters. Now click on the Test on Device option to test how your filter works, transfer the preset to your mobile, and preview the test.

Step 8: Publish your filter

After creating your filter successfully click on the Publish button. Redirects to the Spark Hub website. Fill in the filter name and details there and click on submit. In a few days, your filter will be published on Instagram and Facebook and will appear on your profile.

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