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NEW: 3D Object Capture. Easily create 3D models from images. 

You are now entering the 4th dimension! Well… not quite, but this new feature is a game-changer for easy creation of 3D objects and models. 

For the first time, you can turn 2D images taken on your mobile device into 3D assets to present in JigSpace! 

You can already access a huge library of 3D objects and materials in JigSpace to create amazing 3D presentations, but we’re the first to admit there are always more objects we can create and add to the collection. 

You might have a physical product prototype you want to scan and present to customers in 3D, or you could just really want to show off your sneaker collection from all angles. The opportunities are endless.

We’re so excited to show you how to use JigSpace to easily turn 2D images into 3D models and presentations…


HOW TO MAKE A 3D MODEL FROM 2D IMAGES


Here’s a quick step by step guide to photograph an object for 3D (technically called photogrammetry) with JigSpace:

Step 1: PHOTOGRAPH YOUR OBJECT

Take 20-50 high resolution images of the object you want to model from all angles. Make sure to frame the entire object on each image (see below for useful tips to getting the optimum images). 

Step 2: OBJECT CAPTURE IN THE JIGSPACE APP

Open JigSpace, load up a Jig and tap the “Object capture” button in the model library sidebar


Step 3: SELECT YOUR PHOTOS

Select all your images from your camera roll. (Tip: you can tap and drag to select all of them at once!). After a bit of processing, we will automagically transform them into a 3D object and add it to your Jig.

Step 4: CREATE A 3D PRESENTATION

Your 3D object is now ready to add to a presentation, instructional guide or anything you want to share with the world!  

PHOTOGRAPHING AN OBJECT FOR 3D. 4 BEST PRACTICES:

There is a fantastic, in-depth video, with best practices from Apple on how to create 3D models with their Object Capture, but these are our top X quick tips for the best results: 

TIP 1: PHOTOS

When it comes to your photo resolution, the more detail the better! Check your camera settings will capture images at a high resolution. Make sure there is plenty of overlap between your images. After you take your first image, move a few degrees around your object to take your next picture.

When possible, include the whole object in your photo's frame.

Take photos from every angle. The capture will only generate a 3D mesh on what it can see, if you miss an area, that area will be missing in your 3D model.

TIP 2: LIGHTING 

For best results we recommend to have even lighting across your model.

Outdoors: Overcast days are often best when taking photos of your object because the sky will cast very soft    shadows on your object and the lighting will be even across your object from all angles.

Indoors: It's best to mimic the same lighting as an overcast day. Don't use lighting setups that will cause hash shadows on your object, soften lights by using a diffusers.

TIP 3: OBJECT SELECTION

Pick an object with larger forms. Very small details usually don't show up as well or at times, not at all. Avoid objects that are highly reflective or transparent. Materials like glass don't come out well because of their surface properties.

If you do want to have a glass object scanned you'll need to cover it first in a matte coating spray. Pick something that will be easy to apply but importantly something that will be easy to remove once you've scanned your object.

Pick an object that is rigid, that will retain it's form while capturing. If your object changes forms while you're taking your photos the resulting 3D model can be skewed.

TIP 4: AUTOMATION

It is possible to set up turntables and use 'timed shutter mode' to automate taking photographs of your objects. Which is a whole lot easier than slowly turning it and focusing over and again yourself.

Posted
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November 11, 2021
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Zac Duff
Co-Founder and CEO of JigSpace Inc
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