How to Download and Use 3-Sweep, a Creative 3D Modeling Software
3-Sweep is a software that allows you to create 3D models from a single photo. It was developed by researchers from Tsinghua University, Tel Aviv University and The Interdisciplinary Center, and presented at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2013[^1^]. In this article, we will show you how to download and use 3-Sweep to turn your photos into editable 3D objects.
You can download 3-Sweep from the official website[^2^] or from the original software release page[^3^]. The software is available as a Windows 10 executable file (.exe) that you can run on your computer. You will also need a modern NVIDIA graphics card to run the software smoothly.
Step 2: Open a Photo
Once you have downloaded and installed 3-Sweep, you can open it by double-clicking on the 3sweep.exe file. The software will automatically load a sample photo for you to try. You can also open your own photo by clicking on the File menu and selecting Open Image. You can use any photo that contains objects with simple shapes and clear boundaries, such as cylinders, cones, boxes, etc.
Step 3: Select an Object
To create a 3D model from a photo, you need to select an object in the photo that you want to model. You can do this by clicking on the Select menu and choosing one of the three options: Cylinder, Cone or Box. Depending on the shape of the object, you can select the most suitable option. For example, if you want to model a bottle, you can select Cylinder.
After selecting an option, you will see a green crosshair on the photo. You can use your mouse to drag the crosshair to the center of the object. Then, you can use your mouse wheel to adjust the size of the crosshair until it covers the entire object. You can also use the arrow keys to fine-tune the position and size of the crosshair.
Step 4: Sweep the Object
Once you have selected an object, you can sweep it to create a 3D model. Sweeping is the process of tracing the outline of the object along its axis. To do this, you need to click on the Sweep menu and choose one of the two options: Sweep Along Axis or Sweep Along Curve. Depending on the shape of the object, you can select the most suitable option. For example, if you want to model a bottle, you can select Sweep Along Axis.
After selecting an option, you will see a red line on the photo. This is the axis or curve that you need to sweep along. You can use your mouse to drag the red line to match the shape of the object. You can also use your mouse wheel to adjust the thickness of the red line until it covers the entire object. You can also use the arrow keys to fine-tune the position and thickness of the red line.
Step 5: Edit the Object
Once you have swept an object, you can edit it in 3D. You can do this by clicking on the Edit menu and choosing one of the many options available. For example, you can rotate, scale, move, deform, cut or copy the object. You can also change its color, texture or material. You can use your mouse and keyboard to manipulate the object in 3D space. You can also use your mouse wheel to zoom in or out of the scene.
Step 6: Save or Export the Object
Once you have edited an object, you can save or export it for further use. You can do this by clicking on the File menu and choosing one of the two options: Save Project or Export Model. Saving a project will allow you to reopen it later in 3-Sweep and continue editing it. Exporting a model will allow you to save it as a standard 3D file format (.obj) that you can import into other software or applications.
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