We asked and you guys hit it out of the park into a whole new dimension! Thank you to everyone who put in the hours to nail the free seven-hour Spark AR training course and then put their new skills to use to complete our latest brief. These brave creators took the step from 2D to 3D to see some cool results. Want to follow in their footsteps? It's not too late! Take the course today.

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So without further ado, here are our 10 selected creators, all taking home $500. They've even been so kind to share some of their wisdom with us, so read on.

Gabriela Gómez

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Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hello! I'm Gabriela Gomez, I'm a Venezuelan photographer and food stylist based in Mexico. For my AR filter, I was inspired by the times that we’re currently living in, the world with the pandemic, but also combining it with the beauty of life and birth of new beginnings, hence the flowers growing out of the face mask. I also wanted to add an interactive aspect to my AR filter and you can change the color of the face mask by tapping on it.

How did you find the Facebook Spark AR experience?
My experience creating my first Spark AR filter was amazing, the course lessons were very easy to understand and to carry out. By the end of it, I had plenty of ideas to choose from, so I started to design my filters following all the tips and best practices that were presented to us in the class and I fell in love with the result.

Have any tips for other people wanting to give AR a go?
My advice for first-time AR filter makers would be to try out as many effects and functions in the app as possible. That'll give you a grasp of what's possible and get your creative juices flowing for making your first Spark AR filter.

 

Orlando Toledo

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Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hello from Paraguay! My name is Orlando Toledo, I am a graphic designer and illustrator. I just want to say that discovering the filters broadened my creative landscape, I couldn't be happier.

How did you find the Facebook Spark AR experience?
Incredible, you know? We always have a lot of loose ideas floating around, but managing to execute them feels great. Even better is having the possibility to share it with other people so that they connect and use it in their own way.

Have any tips for other people wanting to give AR a go?
Always be curious about everything, that curiosity develops creativity, and do not despair, take the time to explore and become familiar with the Spark AR software, which seems complicated but is actually super intuitive, easy to use over time.

Paula Casado

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Tell us a bit about yourself!
My name is Paula Casado, and I'm based in Seville. I have always been very interested in the audiovisual world. I started taking my first steps about 10 years ago, through photography at music events. Later, I decided to make wedding videos, which I combined with my undergraduate studies in graphic design. I find the filters super fun and interesting and since I discovered the creation of filters with Spark AR I have been experimenting, creating personal projects, and learning 3D to make the filters more attractive, it is a great world that I love to explore since it has infinite possibilities.

How did you find the Facebook Spark AR experience?
The experience of creating the first filter is great because you don't know what will end up coming out because there are a thousand possibilities to discover. My process when creating is to have an idea and make a sketch of it, then create the graphics in Photoshop or Cinema 4d, and then import them into Spark AR to play with.

Have any tips for other people wanting to give AR a go?
Yes! Do the free facebook course, which is great, and then let their imagination come back combining all the techniques they have learned! It is possible that the first result will not be the best but it will be fun and it is something that is improved little by little.

 

Holly Simple

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Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hey! I’m Holly Simple, a full-time artist, and designer in Philly, PA. My work ranges from wild hand-painted clothing to inspiring and soul-searching oracle decks and books with SO MUCH IN BETWEEN. It is my duty to create work that brings joy and ignites others to find their highest and greatest purpose. If Marilyn Manson and Lisa Frank had a lovechild, it would be my art :)

How did you find the Facebook Spark AR experience?
I was so excited to give this a whirl… I have always wanted to create filters and the Spark classes literally walked me through it. Being a visual learner, it was cool to be able to watch the videos and pause wherever I needed (often!). The end result was absolutely THRILLING and I plan on making many more!

Have any tips for other people wanting to give AR a go?
Yes, patience and giving the process the time it deserves. For me, I found it difficult to be a “novice” at something LOL but humbling to work with a new medium as a beginner. It was super helpful to download the templates for each type of filter to use with Photoshop and my iPad.

Mateo Baldasare

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Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi! I'm Mateo Baldasare, I'm a graphic designer and illustrator from Argentina. The idea for my Spark AR filter actually came from brainstorming ideas midway through the course. I thought, what if you could have an AR experience about brainstorming ideas. I combined that with the open mouth trigger and face tracker to make an idea appear over your head.

How did you find the Facebook Spark AR experience?
My experience with my first Spark AR filter was surprisingly seamless. Before taking the course I was a little intimidated by the software but, once you understand how it works, it becomes a very intuitive and accessible program for beginners.

Have any tips for other people wanting to give AR a go?
My advice for people attempting their first Spark AR filter would be to not only watch the lessons but to do the exercises yourself on the program to practice. That way, you'll get used to the UI, and it'll be much easier for you when you're ready to create your first filter.

 

Adhil Suresh

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We haven't been able to get further details from Adhil about his work and process (is it something we said Adhil?!) but we'll be sure to add them in when we do. Meanwhile, we hope he's as happy as his filter about being selected!

 

Thomas Balducci

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Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi, my name is Thomas Balducci and I am a digital artist. I am a graduate student at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy. My research areas include experimenting with digital techniques such as 3D graphics, photogrammetry, programming, AI, and augmented reality works.

How did you find the Facebook Spark AR experience?
My first experience using this platform was totally fulfilling and hugely artistic. The enormous potential and the simplicity with which it is accessible make the use of Spark AR an excellent artistic resource not to be missed.

Have any tips for other people wanting to give AR a go?
The only advice I can give based on my professional experience is not to be afraid to experiment and invest. Making mistakes is not a problem, you learn really fast and navigate beautiful worlds.

 

Vishal Yadav

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Tell us a bit about yourself!
I am Vishal Yadav. I Identify myself as a designer, an engineer, and an augmented reality enthusiast. I live in India. I love augmented reality because it can give a new life to any of your illustration, 3D model, song, or ideas. I made this AR experience called Dive in Lake, in which a user can, as the name suggests, dive in a lake while being in the comfort of their home. In this experience, the user sees a small lake with fishes, placed on the ground. To dive into the lake, the user has to flip the phone into the water. With that, the user dives into a cool lake with fishes swimming around.

How did you find the Facebook Spark AR experience?
Creating starts with imagining and that is what I did. Imagining that AR filters are more than a color or beauty enhancement, but are experiences that can change reality. Spark AR made it super easy to do so, without writing any code. Simply, connecting patches like lego blocks I was able to turn my imagination into a reality. All the triggers, pulses, and flow of control in Spark AR are available visually, making it easier to rectify the errors or even modify the experience.

Have any tips for other people wanting to give AR a go?
To people who are starting or have never tried creating AR filters. I want to say learning new things look scary at first sight. But once we start exploring the things that AR can do, it gets more and more exciting and fun. No matter what you know or do. You can add your knowledge, ideas, and imagination into the real world using AR. Follow the Spark AR course which gives a simple overview of how Spark AR or any tutorial you can find, you will learn to create something cool and exciting, that too for FREE!

 

Alexandr Mityaev
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Tell us a bit about yourself!
I work as a project manager, regularly participate in various competitions, and generally love life in its various manifestations. That's what life is for, to live it in as interesting and versatile ways as possible.

How did you find the Facebook Spark AR experience?
There were certain difficulties with the interface and other things, but since I have a lot of experience with different software, after some time everything turned out almost as I wanted, yet there is no limit to perfection.

Have any tips for other people wanting to give AR a go?
Read the instructions and lessons, watch the video tutorials. Patience in the work.

 

Andrés Prado

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Tell us a bit about yourself!
I'm Andrés Prado an enthusiast of fashion design and illustration. I like to create transgressive designs and illustrations with a dystopian touch to create new forms of fantasy.

How did you find the Facebook Spark AR experience?
At the time of creating my first AR effect, I went through several stages, but without a doubt, the excitement of knowing what I could be capable of was the strongest. I felt like a professional despite it being my first time. Several times I felt stuck because my imagination was running a thousand minutes per hour, but it was an experience that I want to repeat many more times.

Have any tips for other people wanting to give AR a go?
The tips and advice that I can give to all those who want to enter the world of AR effects are DON'T BE AFRAID, all new things, every moment or unknown experience can always be a little scary, but once we get into them we can learn from those things. Have fun, I think is the main thing in all this, imagining and letting go is the fun part. And finally, don't forget to always think ahead, don't forget to start a conversation, don't be afraid to take risks with your designs, many people outside are waiting to be surprised by you.

 

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