Your Lightroom Presets as Instagram Story Filter

Your Lightroom Presets as Instagram Story Filter

Videos are all the rage at the moment, especially on Instagram. With billions of minutes of footage being posted daily, how can you make yours stand out from the rest?

Well, there is a way. All you have to do is use a unique filter on your video using Lightroom and Spark AR. You might be wondering how this is possible considering Instagram has pre-built filters in place. It certainly is easy to apply a filter to a photo, but what about a video?

Creating a unique look to your video is super easy. All you need is some software, a little creativity and know-how and you will be well on your way to making something. So how do you go about it?

The answer is simple: all you have to do is follow a step by step guide to apply your Spark AR Lut filter to your Instagram video. There are various tutorials online to show you how to do this. Ultimately the easiest way is to purchase a pre-built Spark AR Template, which will take countless hours of fiddling to get the desired result. Alternatively, if you have the time follow this guide to create your own.

What you learn in this Tutorial:

  • How to make your own Instagram Face Filter
  • How to convert a Lightroom Preset into a LUT
  • How to use the LUT Patch in Spark AR

Step by Step Guide: Converting a Lightroom Preset into an Instagram Story Filter 

Want to skip all the hustle in Spark AR?

Our Preset Template Bundle for Spark AR with 3 pre-made face filters got you covered. You can use the templates with your own presets or just use the ones that are included in the bundle. You find the bundle right here.


Step 1: Download Spark AR

To begin, you will need to download the free software that was created by Facebook called Spark AR.

Step 2: Add Your Lightroom Preset to Spark AR

If you are a photographer, you most likely have Lightroom and might already be using presets. At this stage, navigate to your presets and then export the preset you want to use on Instagram as a png file. Then create a Blank New Project in Adobe Spark.


Step 3: Insert a Canvas in Spark AR

The next step is to create a canvas in Spark, AR. This will turn your png file into a canvas. To do this, go to: “Add” > “2D Objects” > “Canvas”.

Step 4: Turn Your Canvas Into a Rectangle

Select "canvas0" located on the side of the screen and right-click it. Go to "Add"> "Rectangle"

Step 5: Create a Material for the Rectangle

At this stage, select "rectangle0" and navigate to "Materials". Click to expand the Material section, and you will see "material0".

Step 6: Create a Patch Node for the Material Texture

Select "rectangle0" and on the right where it says "Materials", click the plus sign right next to the word. Here you will notice "material0" as a subheading under "Materials".

Step 7: Creating a Patch Node for Your Preset

Under the assets section select "material0" again. Then on the other side of the screen look for "Shader Properties", before clicking the arrow next to the word "Texture". By doing this, it will create the patch and the patch editor is going to appear with the material0 now showing.

Step 8: Extract the Camera as a Texture

To do this, select "Camera" (located in the "Scene" section under "Devices"). Once you have found “Camera”, click on the symbol next to "Texture Extraction". Once you do this, you will notice "cameraTexture0" appears in the "Textures" folder.

Step 9: Your Camera Texture Needs a Patch Node

Drag the newly created "cameraTexture0" into the patch editor.

Step 10: Add the FastColorLUT

Drag your Lightroom png file that you exported into your "Assets" section. A new folder will appear called "Patches". It's here that file will appear.

Step 11: Patch Node for the FastColorLUT

Drag the FastColorLUT from the "Assets" section into the Patch Editor.

Step 12: Link the Patches

The patches should be connected as follows:

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

Final Thoughts

See, wasn't that easy? Following the step by step guide may have made sense, but if it didn't, that's okay. As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, there is another way to apply a Spark AR lut filter to your video. All you need is one of our pre-build Spark AR Templates. Simply install one of many as filters, and you will be the ultimate creative director in no time. To browse our vast gallery and purchase some pre-build Spark AR Templates click here.