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How To Series: Creating an AR Mural
Our "How To" series are meant to share the knowledge on creating immersive content and break down the magic behind Augmented Reality. Here are some guidelines for you to create an AR mural yourself!
We know it might seem complicated, but creating an AR experience is just a matter of a few steps. We promise after this you'll transform your art in unimaginable ways!
Welcome to our "How To" Series where we are going to walk you through the creation of the Augmented Mural.
The first step is to establish the vision for the combined mural and AR experience. Ideally, the physical artwork and the digital content will be linked, sharing a common theme and aesthetics, so that the overall experience is cohesive.
Consider whether elements of the mural will feature in the digital content, and plan how they will appear in both mediums.
Develop the mural concept on paper and prototype with the SQUARS platform. The image target can be updated at any time with a new version of the mural design. Although the final mural may be very large, it can be prototyped on a standard piece of paper.
Test the quality of the image target tracking as the design develops. Aim for high-quality tracking for the best user experience.
Once the design is painted at the location, a final image target file can be created by taking a photograph of the completed artwork. The photograph will capture any additional details and textures, such as brickwork, pipes, and so on, to aid tracking on site.
Any unwanted parts of the mural location, such as windows, can be masked by filling them white on the tracking image.
Placeholder content can be used for the augmentation, and updated as it develops.
Animations, sound, and video can be triggered by tap events within a scene.
Multiple scenes can be used to present completely different content, much like chapters in a story. The user can transition from one scene to the next using tap events.
Consider depth, utilizing the space in front of and behind the plane of the mural.
Once you're ready to share your AR creation with the world, simply tap "Publish" and share your AR story with your audience.
Remember that the experience can be viewed from different angles. If there is an ideal viewpoint, consider marking it on the ground to guide viewers where to stand.
Consider where to place the QR code. Will it be part of the artwork? Is it large enough and clear enough to activate from a distance?
We're suggesting publishing a “coming soon” scene early so that viewers will have something to see when they activate the experience, and will know more is on the way.
Now you know how to create an AR mural experience. Start with an image on squars.io!
AR Creation Steps
Are you ready to start creating your own AR experience? You can do it in 5 simple steps:
Step 1: Sign in or create your SQUARS account
Step 2: Choose an image and create your first scene
In order to start working on your project, you have to choose a Target object. This can be a QR code or your image of choice.
The image chosen will serve as the 'target' for the augmentation. In other words, it is the base for your 2D animation or 3D elements. These will be connected to the image and overlaid on it, in the final AR experience.
The image you choose can be a painting, an illustration, a mural, a photograph, or any other image you have in mind or you have already worked on.
You can also change your target choice later on while working on your project.
To ensure the AR content works as intended, check out these guidelines when selecting an image target.
Step 3: Import assets to your scenes
If you're creating your own 2D and 3D assets, feel free to choose programs you're most comfortable with.
Our platform supports the following formats:
Step 4: Add interactions to your assets
Step 5: Publish the project on SQUARS
During the creation process, you can always preview your AR content.
The Preview Mode allows you to see what your augmented content would look like if it were already published. You can rotate, pan, and zoom your camera to see your AR experience from all sides and angles. There are 2 types of preview: Desktop Preview & Mobile Preview (recommended browser - Google Chrome).
Once you feel like you're ready to share your AR creation with the world, simply tap "Publish" and share your AR story with your audience. No apps or long explanations are needed. Just send the link (or the automatically generated QR code) and enjoy the AR experience together!
Congratulations, now you are an immersive storyteller!
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