Adding instructions to your effect in Spark AR is important because it tells the user what he or she has to do in order to activate the effect. For example, the instruction will read on the screen “Raise your eyebrows”, or “Tap to Change”. This post will give you a step-by-step guide on how you can add instructions in Spark AR.

In case you want to find out how you can actually create your own effect for Instagram Stories, click here.

Adding instructions in Spark AR

The following step-by-step guide will teach you how to add instructions in Spark AR. For this example, I am simply using a “Tap to change” instruction.

1. Add instructions capability

Click on “Project” in the top bar and select “Edit Properties”. Select “Capabilities” on the left and click the little plus sign in the bottom-right corner. In the search bar, type “Instructions”, select it and click “Insert”.

2. Add custom instruction

Click the arrow next to “Instructions” and then click the plus next to “Select Instructions to use”. In the search bar, enter “tap to change”, select it and click “Insert”. Afterwards, click “Done”. (This instruction only makes sense if your effect is activated via a screen tap. If your effect is activated differently, search for the instructions that fits your effect).

Spark AR Instructions

3. Add instruction patch

On the left side under “Scene”, select “Device”. On the right side of the screen under “Instructions”, click “Create”. Two patches will be added to the patch editor.

4. Delete tokens patch

Select the “Available tokens” patch in the patch editor and remove it.

5. Add “less than” patch

Right-click into the patch editor, search for “less than” and insert the patch.

6. Add “runtime” patch

Right-click into the patch editor, search for “runtime” and insert the patch.

7. Connect the patches

The “runtime” patch needs to be connected with the “less than” patch. Then, connect the “less than” patch with the “Instruction” patch.

Your patch editor should look like this:

Instructions Spark AR


Pretty easy, right? Adding instructions to your effect is most often the last step when creating your effect. This means you are probably ready to upload your effect to Instagram. If you are not sure on how to do that, you can find out here.

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