2D Photo Guidelines to create a 3D Figurine

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GETTING THE BEST FIGURINE FROM YOUR PHOTOS

We use your images to build the digital model, which is then used to build the 3D sculpture. So whatever you see in your images you will see in the final product. The quality of the photos you send is reflected in the quality of the figurine we can build.

Guidelines for pictures you send us:

 - No kissing :(   . . . We won’t be able to see your face.

- Keep hands/arms close, preferably touching their body, avoid hands on face

- A hand on a hip, thigh or flat against another person

- Both feet on the ground (otherwise they may break when being shipped)

- Don't worry about curling your hair or getting professional make-up for your photo shoot. While the details of our sculptures are impressive, 3D printers can't print "curls" using powdered sandstone.

- Make-up will show, but because the sculptures are relatively small it's not necessary to have precise make-up.

- Send us the largest file size for each photo (1-5 MB). 

1.    For the best, most detailed figurine                                                                80% realistic

  • Take a full body photo from the front, each side, and the back.Then a close-up of the face.

  • Wear light, bright, colorful clothes with patterns and logos.  All black or white is boring and won’t highlight the folds in the clothes.

  • Do not stand under a bright ceiling light or full sun

  • Certain fabrics and styles are difficult for the 3D printer to print. For instance, dresses with lots of ruffles, netting, lace and are relatively puffy - will print "bumpy". Dresses that are smooth, form fitting tend to print much better

2.    What if you have one photo, and the feet are missing                         60%-70% realistic

We receive many requests to capture a special moment in the past from just a single photo.  We can create the digital model and add limbs or objects, but realize we already missing half of the details about the person (the other side of the photo). So be understanding, work with us by providing comments during the review phase.  It will take longer to create, there will be less detail and may cost a little more photo restoration or adding limbs.

Here is a visual to show the difference in the final print between a low resolution photo and a high resolution photo. The low resolution pixilated photo produces a fuzzy print where the details of the eyes and facial features are lost when printed. The photo on the right is from a clear, sharp high resolution photo.

Here is a visual to show the difference in the final print between a low resolution photo and a high resolution photo. The low resolution pixilated photo produces a fuzzy print where the details of the eyes and facial features are lost when printed. The photo on the right is from a clear, sharp high resolution photo.

3. Photo Restoration

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If a photo needs to be digitally restored, we can restore the photo and return it to you for approval. Once you approve the restored photo, we can then proceed to create the 3D figurine.

We hope you will simply love your unique one-of-a-kind figurine! Your sculpture is custom printed so it is not returnable. Before placing your order, please be aware that 3D printing is still in its infancy. Skin tone, hair color and hair texture is very difficult to print. As such, there will probably be some color and texture variation. They are not photorealistic. It's a good representation of you, but not exact!

 That said, we hope you will be pleased with your 3D figurine.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.