3D Scanning objects as design assets for Photoshop
Here’s a simple scan of a Nike shoe, yet it is powerful because the generated 3D Model can be imported into software such as Photoshop as a design asset.
My scan setup here is very basic. I’ve got two table lamps illuminating the object.
This shoe has a lot of detail as it is woven fabric of different colors. I have chosen to do a low-res scan with default settings on the turntable. As you’ll see in the result, the point cloud even with low-resolution scan is very dense.
Scan time: ~2 minutes ; Device: iPod Touch 6th gen
Mode: Low-Res fast scan
Scanning with the Turntable generates 10 separate scans. These scans have to be aligned in-app to generate a 360º 3D Model. Eora Studio comes with essential tools for basic clean-up and alignment of 3D Models.
360º 3D Model
To generate a single 3D model we need to align these scans. Within Eora Studio this is simple, you only need two scans with common coverage to align all ten scans.
Here’s a screen capture of what the aligned model looks like:
Export as .PLY
The next step is to export this 3D Model as a raw point cloud file. This lets me generate a high-quality .OBJ mesh in Cloud Compare or similar software. We’ve written about these instructions before. You can use any point cloud processing software.
Import into Photoshop
This is where 3D Scanning stops and your choice of design workflow begins. Photoshop CC has a ton of features that let you position and animate 3D Models, edit textures and lighting, and even render these models.
For more information check out this link: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/user-guide.html?topic=/photoshop/morehelp/3d.ug.js