Creating 3D from 2D


Creating 3D from 2D

Here are a few software options, either existing or in the pipeline, for those wanting to create a 3D model from a photo that you can print out using a 3D printer and hold in your hands. Some options are set up so that you create your 3D model, which you then buy back from the company. In other cases you can print them out using a 3D printer.


To begin, there is 3-Sweep, which is a program that creates a 3D-model from a 2D photo.


Creating 3D from 2D

The software user defines the shape of the object with three selections. It can then be rotated in three dimensions, edited and moved into other photos.

This experimental software was developed by scientists from Tel-Aviv University in Israel and Tsinghua University in Beijing. The 3-Sweep technique is to be made available to the public, free or for sale.

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Here you register to upload your photos to create 3D images from your 2D photos. This is a pay for use service. You buy the 3D image or model you create from 3Defy. For more information go HERE

123D Catch

This software can be downloaded free for PC, iPhone or iPad, or launched from your web browser Here.

Check out this 7 minute video by Ehsan Noursalehi  on creating a model using 123D Catch from photographs:


For simple 3D model to printer aps, Google and Lego teamed up to make one that lets you create and print out models using lego ‘bricks’. Called Build with Chrome you can access the link here.

Then you can make 3D models using hand gestures using MakeVR. If you want to find out more go here.

There is a lot more software on offer, I have only listed a few, as written above some of the software out there is free, but you buy the model you create, and others cost a bundle, such as 3DF Zephry pro, which costs $2300! But if you want you can take a look here.

-Val Cameron/Dreamlight

PS: Want to make your photos and renders POP? Master Photoshop and become a 2D Postwork Master HERE.



One Response to “Creating 3D from 2D”

  1. Denice Thomson November 22, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Hi Val
    Having trouble getting around your suit ,want let me sing in on web sight. Im just confused please help Dee

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