Sourcing Assets

The foundation of any successful AR experience are great assets. There are countless online libraries offering both free and paid resources. This article is designed to point you in the right direction for finding common asset types that you will need when using ZapWorks. This article details sourcing assets for the following components:

3D Models

Some of the most popular AR experiences involve 3D models due to the interactivity and immersive nature of the end result - you’re no longer a passive viewer of your project, you can now see your final creation in the real world.

Below is a list of websites that we often use to source 3D models for projects. You may need to use a 3D model editor such as Blender (free), Maya or 3ds Max to make sure that your models work correctly in ZapWorks tools. For further information about importing 3D models, check out our 3D documentation for Studio and Designer.

Recommended websites for sourcing 3D models:


Your experience's target image is a very important feature of your AR experience: if your design does not entice the user to scan your project trigger, then they will not experience the content you build.

For imagery, most sourcing occurs at the design phase after a concept has been developed. A designer may also be responsible for putting together UI, target images, and layouts using a wide variety of sources. You may need to use image editing software such as Photoshop to make sure that your images are optimised.

Recommended websites for sourcing imagery:


Audio is crucial in adding to the atmosphere of your AR experience. From sound effects to background music, audio adds a further level of depth which will help build the connection with the end user.

To get the most out of your audio you may need to use popular audio editing tools like Logic, Cubase, or Audactiy.

Recommended websites for sourcing audio:


Using icons instead of buttons allows you to design for all languages at the same time by minimizing the use of text. This provides a bit more flexibility and reduces the requirement for localisation.

Recommended websites for sourcing icons:


Using the correct typography is crucial in ensuring that your AR experience communicates your brand’s personality. For most projects, we recommend sticking to a clear and robust font and to avoid fonts like Comic Sans.

Recommended websites for sourcing fonts:


One of the most powerful ways to connect with your audience using AR is through the use of engaging video. Here are some video editing software that will help you create your own video content: Final Cut, Premiere, and Lightworks.

Recommended websites for sourcing video:

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