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Convert Face Images To 3D Model Using Software

A 3D model that is made by multiple images has more details and is very close to reality. If you are interested in making a more accurate 3D model of objects, use the following tools. Take note of the fact that for getting an excellent render of your 3D model you should have some high-quality photos taken from different angles.

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1. Looxis Faceworx

faceworx software

An easy and amazing application capable of obtaining a tree dimensional figure of a face. It needs 2 photos to create a real representation. This tool supports photos with BMP, JPEG, GIF, EMF, WMF, TIFF, PNG or ICO format. It has a good response time, uses low CPU and RAM, and works well on newer operating systems. No error dialogs were shown in our tests, and the app did not hang or crash.

Cost: Nothing! It's totally free.
The main problem is about the angles that photos have been taken: one front and one side. If the position of photos isn’t exact, the result is not desirable. When exporting in OBJ format, the texture may be fully black. This is due to OpenGL issues. To solve this, update your graphic card. The application does not include image processing tools, such as rotation, color adjustment and brightness.

2. ContextCapture


The principle of ContextCapture is to analyze several photographs of a static subject taken from different viewpoints, and to automatically detect pixels corresponding to a same physical point. Its application is most for architecture and manufacturing modeling, but you can use it to make a 3D model objects. It requires a simple camera for acquisition instead of an expensive special device. ContextCapture is the only 3D photogrammetry solution on the market automatically generate 3D meshes with level-of-detail (LOD).

Cost: Use this link: ContextCapture price
Limitations: It's usaually used for big size projects.

4. ReCap Photo

ReCap software

Use ReCap photot software to convert reality into a 3D model or 2D drawing that’s ready for further design. Recap Photo has a paid version, But it has a free version can also generate 3D model and upload it to STYLY.

Cost: This software costs $40 a month or $350 a year.
There is a limitation of 250 photos which can be processed in ReCap 360 Pro Photo. Also with free version of ReCap you can only process 50 photos. For the counts of projects there is no limitation but you should be aware that your A360 drive storage is used for ReCap 360 web projects. So that might be limiting, depending on how you use your storage. ReCap Photo “Object” mode allows you to upload maximum 300 photos and requires 12 cloud credits per project.

3. Agisoft Photoscan

Photoscan software

After Autodesk ReCap and ReMake it’s now time for Agisoft PhotoScan. It’s a professional photogrammetry software includes comprehensive tools for editing the point cloud before generating a 3D mesh. Agisoft Photoscan appears to be a complete software, useful for various applications. You will have the choice between the professional version and the standard version. The standard edition is still quite complete, you will get all the basic software tools that you need!

Cost: The Professional Edition which costs $3,499 and the Standard Edition at $179. Both versions can tested during a 30 days free trial.
There are some technical requirements on your computer to work it properly (ex. RAM more than 256GB)

5. 123D Catch

123D Catch software

AutoDesk 123D Catch is just one of a range of free software from the CAD and modeling powerhouse Autodesk and it's free software for processing a group of photos taken from objects, converting to 3D model and then exporting the result in DWX, FBX, RGI, OBJ, IPM and LASS formats. This tool is available for IOS, android, and windows.

Cost: Nothing! It's totally free.
123D Catch works on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 operating systems.

6. Memento (ReMake)

Memento software

Memento is a software solution for “converting any reality capture input (photos, scans) into high resolution 3D digital mesh replicas.” Todays, Memento solution is available as a commercial release with a new name: ReMake. Notably, ReMake is also the latest Autodesk software to receive cloud treatment. Since Autodesk’s cloud-computing resources handle the heavy computing load, this means the software will run on a wide variety of internet-connected devices. It’s not just for spec’d-out computers anymore.

Cost: It is available for $300, although it is free for college and university students.
The free version of ReMake imposes a processing limit of 50 photos per 3D scan. The PRO version is able to process up to 250 photos per 3D scan.

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