Share your AR creations

Learn how to capture an image or a video and share a link to your AR experiences using Adobe Aero.

Sharing as Augmented Reality (AR)

The unique capability of Augmented Reality is enabling your audience to view and interact with digital content in their own physical spaces. 

Engaging with content this way can be more immersive than watching a video and allows your audience to participate in and contribute to the experience themselves.   

Scan a surface

Scan a surface

Scan a surface

Sharing your creation as AR in Aero

Sharing your creation as AR in Aero

There are four main ways to share your creation as AR from Aero: 

1. Sharing a link

2. Creating a Behance project

3. Exporting a .USDZ file

4. Exporting a .REAL file

Sharing a link

You can share your AR experiences with other people to view on their own mobile device in the Aero iOS app. Share a link is accessible from both Edit and Preview. Tap on Share > Share a link > Create link. 

Share a link

Share a link

Viewing an AR link shared from Aero

Viewing an AR link shared from Aero:

Your audience has to install Aero mobile (iOS) to view the experience from a shared link. By doing so, they will be able to access all the AR features in your content. 

Installing Aero mobile (iOS) for viewers

Installing Aero mobile (iOS) for viewers

If you send an AR link to someone who does not have the Aero Mobile iOS App installed, when they click the link or view the QR code associated with it, they will be prompted to install Aero mobile (iOS)  if they do not already have it installed. 

Aero installation

Recipients of a link will not be required to log in to view an experience in AR but they will be asked to accept camera permissions so that they can use the camera capabilities for AR on their device.

Once Aero mobile (iOS) is installed all links will open the automatically in the app. 
 

Sharing an AR link as a QR code

QR code

QR codes can help your audience to launch AR experiences by simply pointing their camera at the code. This means, they do not need to receive or copy a link on their device through other means – they can make use of the image right in front of them.

A QR code is an image that allows a camera to read data from a picture. With Aero, you can generate a QR code of your link and share it digitally or print it out. Shared AR links and their QR code versions are accessible from both Edit and Preview. Tap on Share > Share a link > Create link > Show QR code> Share QR code.

Triggering a shared AR link using a QR code

Triggering a shared AR link using a QR code

The Camera app on any iOS device can be used to scan QR codes. Direct your audience to open their Camera app and then point their camera at your QR code. When the QR code is picked up by the camera, your participant will be prompted to open the link. 

Scan QR code

Loaded from QR code

AR on Behance

Behance, part of the Adobe family, is the leading online platform to showcase & discover creative work. 

Creative people around the world join Behance, entering a community made with their original work and creative process in mind. Here, users showcase their work in the form of profiles comprised of Projects. 

You can find out more about Behance here

Discovering AR creations on Behance

Behance on Aero

You can see what other creators have made in Aero by opening the Aero Mobile app and from Home accessing Discover.  You can also see the same creations via the Behance web interface. 

Behance Projects published from Aero include AR which can be launched from a Project’s page using the Aero button. This will open up the creation in Aero’s AR viewing mode.

Sharing a Behance project with your AR creation included

You can create Behance Projects with AR directly from Aero mobile (iOS). To Edit or Preview, tap Share > Behance Project.  

Customizing Behance Project details

Customize a Behance project

As well as AR from Aero, Behance projects can contain several media types including:

  • Images

  • Video

  • Text 

You can customize many aspects of Behance projects including:

  • The Project thumbnail

  • Project Category

  • Project Tags 

Unpublishing or deleting a Behance Project

Follow the instructions here to unpublish or delete a Behance project. 

Exporting a Universal Scene Description (USDZ) file

Universal Scene Description (USDZ) files can be opened directly on iOS and iPadOS devices in AR Quick Look without the recipient needing to install an app. Some messaging applications like iMessage will show previews of USDZ files before they are opened in AR. This can be a convenient way to share your creation with others though it does not support all Aero content features. 

From Edit or Preview, tap Share > Export > USDZ (Universal Scene Description) 

Nota:

Currently USDZ does not support these Aero content features: 

  • Interactive behaviors
  • GIF/PNG Sequences

Embedding a USDZ file in a website

Universal Scene Description (USDZ) files can also be embedded in websites by using the usdz file and an image thumbnail.  In Safari on iOS and iPadOS the element on the web page will have an icon that can launch the usdz file in AR Quick Look. In other browser contexts only the thumbnail will show. 

Tips for Success when sharing your creation as AR

AR is a new medium to many people and it helps to account for several factors so your audience can succeed with your content. 

Preparing content for many different physical contexts

By default, recipients can explore your creation with full control over physical setup, lighting, timing, and viewpoint.  This is often a major advantage, but can also create challenges for both you and your audience. It helps to think about the various situations your audience might be in when they discover your experience as you create. 

Helping your audience to install Aero mobile (iOS)

Today Aero mobile (iOS) is the only place where all of Aero’s content features are supported. When you share an AR link or Behance Project, it can be helpful for you to tell your audience that you need them to install the app to see your content. 

Guiding your audience in AR

You can use a range of techniques to guide or restrict how participants situate or interact with your content if your content works best in specific conditions.  

Examples of guidance

  • Share links to AR with supporting media, videos, and text to help convey how the experience works. For example, Behance Projects can contain photos, videos and text alongside your AR content.

  • Create printed QR codes to help your audience trigger their experiences from the real world.

  • Use printed or digital image anchors inside your experience to ensure that your content is always grounded on a surface that you have authored.

  • Add 2D and 3D guides and messages to your experience to orient the participant’s attention to where they should look or interact.

Recording a video or taking a photo

Explore an alternative and simple way to share from Aero. Your audience will see exactly what you recorded as you can control the physical context, lighting, voice-over and camera angles in your frame. When sharing a video, you choose the path through any interactive behaviors in your creation yourself. If you only need a single image, you can also take a photo. 

Take a picture or record a video

You can record a video from both Edit and Preview modes. You can interact with your creation as you record the experience:

  • Under Edit, it is as simple as Edit > Export > Record video
  • Under Preview, tap on the record to start recording a video. You can interact with your creation as you record the experience.
  • You can capture an image only from the Preview by clicking the camera icon. 

The photos and videos are automatically saved to your iOS Photos app. You can share the photos and videos from the iOS Photos app to text message, social media, or any other iOS connected app.

What's next?

We've helped you learn how to capture an image or video, and share a link with others. You can also share your AR experiences by exporting as a .REAL file or by exporting to Xcode.

Have a question or an idea?

If you have a question to ask or an idea to share, come and participate in Adobe Aero Community. We would love to hear from you. 

Don’t forget to showcase your work on Behance and seek inspiration from others' work as well.

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