4. Exploring the Lens: Augmented Reality at Your Fingertips

Hello up & coming Lens Creators!

In this unit, you will build a Lens using the Face in Picture feature. 

You will also learn to ask for and incorporate feedback gathered by testing your Face-in-Picture Lens with a user. 

By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to ...

  • Build a Lens using the Face in Picture feature
  • Gather and process feedback from a user who is using your Lens


Estimated time: 1 hour

Step 1: Explore

📱 Start by scanning these Face in Picture / Face in Video Lenses in your Snapchat:

Step 2: Create

You have seen examples of Face in Picture / Face in Video Lenses. 

Now, it’s your turn to create your own Face in Picture Lens.

To begin, design a 2D image of your choosing. This will be the image that will be featured on your Lens. You should think about an image that can have a hole in the middle where your user can show their head. Remember to be creative and not worry about making it perfect, since it’s only a draft. 

When you are finished designing your image, you will use it in your Face in Picture Lens. 

1. 👻 Open the Lens Studio software.

2. 👻 Find and open the “Face in Picture” template.

3. 💻 Watch this Face in Picture tutorial video below by Lens Creator Roman Jaquez. Follow along the tutorial with these sample assets (optional).

4. 🎨 Develop your own Lens using the Face in Picture template.

5. 👻 Spend a few more minutes finishing up your Lens and trying it directly on your Snapchat app!

6. 💬 If you have any questions, try these resources or submit your question on the Unit #4 Padlet:

📎  Face Insert Resource📎  2D Image Resource

7. 💻  Save your progress on your computer.

8. 📤  Save a screenshot of your Lens as a .PNG to upload to the on the Unit #4 Padlet.

If you'd like, you can also preview the lens and save a video copy.

Step 3: Test

Next, you will ask for meaningful feedback from a real-life user.

1. 🤳 Find a friend or family member who is willing to try your new Lens. This person is now your “user.”

2. ✏️ After they have tried it out, ask them the following questions on the Meaningful Feedback Worksheet and record what they say in your journal.

  • I LIKE: What aspects of the idea did you like?
  • I WISH: What aspects of the idea do you wish were different?
  • I WONDER: What are some other directions for consideration?
📎  Meaningful Feedback Worksheet

3. 👻 Modify your Lens based on the feedback that your user gave you.

Step 4: Share

That’s an awesome new Lens you made there! Make sure you share it with the rest of the AR Lens Challenge community.

1. 🤳 You can upload the screenshot (.PNG) of your Lens to the Unit #4 Padlet

2.✏️  In the caption of your photo, write your answer to the following question: 

  • What was it like receiving feedback from your user?
  • What did you learn by receiving feedback from your user?
💬  Unit #4 Padlet

Extra Credit

Want to take your Lens to the next level? Try adding interactivity: https://lensstudio.snapchat.com/guides/scripting/helper-scripts/behavior/