Augmented Reality Picture Frames and Portal Art with Unity

Creating Interactive Portal Art with Augmented Reality, Unity, and Vuforia
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In this course we will be learning how to create augmented reality portal art and augmented picture frames.


  • Computer (PC or Mac)
  • Unity Game Engine
  • Vuforia SDK
  • Picture (on your phone or printed out)
  • Webcam (we will not be testing this on a ph one, but if you know how to build to an Android phone or iPhone you can test it out then)


Do you want to learn how to create immersive augmented reality experiences using your own custom picture frames? This course is perfect for you! In this course, you will learn how to use the Unity game engine and Vuforia to create augmented reality portals and picture frames.

Suitable for intermediate creators with some experience with Unity and art-making, this course will take you through the process of creating a basic image, enhancing it with augmentations, and using 3D objects, animation, visual effects, and sound to make your art more immersive. By the end of this course, you'll have a solid foundation in using augmented reality to take your art making practice to the next level.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Setup Unity: In this step, you will learn how to install and set up the Unity game engine, which is the software we will be using to create our augmented reality picture frame.

  • Import Vuforia: Vuforia is a software development kit (SDK) that enables the creation of augmented reality (AR) applications. In this step, you will learn how to import Vuforia into your Unity project, which will allow you to use its features to create AR experiences.

  • Setup Image Target: An image target is a physical object that serves as a reference point for the AR experience. In this step, you will learn how to set up an image target in Unity, which will allow you to anchor your AR content to a specific point in the real world.

  • Make a Scene container with Probuilder: Probuilder is a tool in Unity that allows you to create and edit 3D geometry in your project. In this step, you will learn how to use Probuilder to create a scene container, which will hold all of the AR content for your picture frame.

  • Mask out the scene with a portal: A portal is a special type of object that serves as a gateway between different parts of an AR experience. In this step, you will learn how to create a portal in Unity using Probuilder, which will allow you to mask out the AR content in your picture frame.

  • Build a scene with 3D assets and polybrush: Polybrush is a tool in Unity that allows you to paint 3D geometry with different materials and textures. In this step, you will learn how to use polybrush to build and customize the AR scene for your picture frame, using 3D assets and other visual effects.

  • Adding Animation and Visual Effects: To make your augmented reality picture frame even more immersive, you can add animation and visual effects. In this step, you will learn how to create custom animations and add visual effects such as particle systems and shaders.

  • Adding Sound: Sound is an important element in any immersive experience, and you can use it to add an extra layer of immersion to your augmented reality picture frame. In this step, you will learn how to add sound effects and music to your scene to create a fully-realized audio experience.

Throughout the course, you will be guided step-by-step by a knowledgeable instructor who will provide you with clear explanations and demonstrations. You will also have access to course materials, including downloadable assets, to help you follow along and practice on your own.

By the end of this course, you will have the skills and knowledge necessary to create immersive augmented reality picture frames using Unity and Vuforia. You will be able to take your art making practice to the next level and create engaging, interactive experiences that blend the physical and digital worlds.

Enroll in this course today and start creating your own immersive augmented reality picture frames! Whether you're an artist, marketer, educator, or just interested in exploring the possibilities of augmented reality, this course is the perfect starting point.

So, what are you waiting for? Enroll now and start creating your own augmented reality picture frames! With the knowledge and skills you gain in this course, you'll be able to bring your art to life and create immersive experiences that your audience won't forget. Plus, with lifetime access to the course materials, you can continue to learn and experiment with augmented reality long after the course is over.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from an experienced instructor and take your art making practice to the next level. Enroll now and start creating augmented reality picture frames today!

Who this course is for:

  • This is a course for intermediate creators that have experiences with the Unity Game Engine and creating art.


Certified Unity 3D Artist, XR Creator, Medical Student,
Steven Christian
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 63 Reviews
  • 6,787 Students
  • 9 Courses

Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Steven Christian grew up playing sports and excelled in football where he continued playing at the University of Hawaii and Oregon State University. When injuries sidelined him, he began to explore art, comics, and app development for mobile devices. It became an avenue of self-expression as well as therapy. This path has led him into the augmented reality space where he empowers Black communities to express themselves through creativity, art, and technology. His preferred mediums are comics, podcasts, and animation. He works on a web series called Eyelnd Feevr where he explores visual storytelling through animation, comics, and augmented reality. He lives by the motto: “Create and Conquer!” which means creating opportunities that overcome stereotypes and conquer adversity. He founded Iltopia Studios to give other Black voices a platform. Steven Christian is a MD/PhD Candidate at the Reno School of Medicine where he hopes to integrate the arts and emerging technology into his medical practice.

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