How to make 3d sculpture from photo on iPad- Quick Guide

How to make 3d sculpture from the photo on iPad- Quick Guide

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Quick Guide

Nomad Sculpt is a sculpting app available for both iPad and Android. If you have an iPad, you’ll have to purchase it to download it.

On Android, however, you can download it for free and unlock the tools via in-app purchases. (let me tell ya’ll The free version is limited.)

The full set of features includes several brushes, primitive shapes, polygon cutting tools, and loops; the tools are also sensitive to pencil pressure.

You can separate your modifications into different layers to easily go back and forth, and avoid damaging certain areas.

How to make 3d sculpture from the photo on iPad- Quick Guide. To accomplish this we need to use an app called Nomad Sculpt.

What is Nomad Sculpt?

If you have not heard about Nomad sculpt app yet.. here we go..

Nomad Sculpt is the first-ever iPad application that allows you to make 3D sculptures from your favorite photos in minutes.

Let’s start with the app… This software contains a lot of features that other similar programs don’t have.

It’s simple to use, very adjustable and produces high-quality renderings with a large number of faces. Easily the greatest app on the iPad Pro available.

One small flaw is that the software doesn’t allow you to fine-tune the topology of your models.

Often, I’ll discover quad formations that aren’t necessary, or that intersect in strange ways, resulting in obvious seams on my models after smoothing.

Overall an amazing software (nearly on par with some professional sculpting software I’ve worked with before) but is not very optimized in terms of power usage.

If the character you’re sculpting doesn’t need to be animated, though, employing dynamic topology is a simple fix.

To make a 3d Sculpt on nomad using. a photo is quite simple.. All you need to do is take a picture with your iPad and use the application as by turning it into a 3D sculpture that you can manipulate and make interactive!

The UI of Nomad sculpt is simple and intuitive, especially if you’re at all familiar with desktop sculpting applications.

I never spent more than a minute figuring out how to do anything I wanted to, and usually, the tool or option I was looking for was either right in front of me or a tap away.

Even more important than that, the sculpting simply feels good. It’s quick and responsive.

All the basic brushes you might expect are present, and at least for me, they cover 99% of my needs. I have yet to dive into the brush options, but they seem quite in-depth.

I obviously have not fully explored the limits of the app, but I know that I’m going to spend some time with it over the next couple of weeks and figure out how best to use it.

I can easily see myself using this app for basic work to export and finish in Zbrush.

make your own 3d sculpt and You can send it out as wallpaper, email it as an animated video, even use it as your iPhone or iPad lock screen or home screen!

The only limit is your imagination! If you want to make awesome 3D sculptures out of pictures on your iPad, check out Nomad Sculpt.

My Creative- 2D to 3D using Nomad Sculpt

Step 1. Download the Nomad Sculpt App

The Nomad Sculpt app is available on iTunes for $14.99. It’s a basic app but does its job well of creating 3D sculptures from photos in your library or taking pictures with your iPad.

The images are then turned into a sculpt that you can share with others or save for later use.

For example, I used my friend’s son’s 3D sculpture of his favorite toy as part of his Christmas card last year.

Of course, you can also create your own sculptures using family photos, creating something unique and personalized that you can print out and give as gifts!

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Importing Reference image On to Nomad Sculpt

Step 2. Import Your Image

This is Interesting, huh!.

Use your iPad or computer to create a new image. Import your chosen photo, and crop it so that it is square (the app will allow you to crop your image).

Depending on how large you’d like your sculpture, set a square boundary around the object.

This can vary depending on what you are sculpting but for most purposes, we recommend about 6 inches.

Also, select the front and mirror, as we want both sides of our sculpture as identical as possible.

Finally, save/sync your image into iCloud Drive or Dropbox and transfer it over to Nomad Sculpt for sculpting.

2D- 3d using Nomad Sculpt

How to Import Reference Images in Nomad Sculpt

Here is how you import a reference image using nomad sculpt

1. what you do is go ahead on the Nomad Sculpt App and tap on Background reference image Button and tap on the +

2. You will see Import Image from your photos at which point you are going to go ahead and select that option.

3. This will bring in all of your images from your photo library, but we don’t want those, we want one specific image, Import it from the Pop-up

4. Click on the checkbox for reference Image

5. Once you have the image you have selected you can play with the Opacity as well as the Alphas. You can change the position X & Y axis. You can even rotate the image and as well as scale..

Viola, your reference image is ready to Sculpt.

Good going.. happy sculpting..

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2D to 3D using Nomad Sculpt App- Sculpt this “totoru” character and also texturize it in nomad Sculpt

How do you create a New shape in Nomad Sculpt?

1. Tap on the scene Menu at the Top of the Nomad Sculpt App

2. Click on the primitives– there are many different kinds of primitives. let’s focus on the basic ones

3. Before doing anything hide the Default sphere and activate it symmetrically

4. Click on any shape – for instance, you are making a 3d Ice cream cone.. so select cone shape

5. When you select a shape even though it looks like 1 shape- you actually have 2 there as you have activated the Symmetrical button.

6. Activate the mesh

7. Go to the scene menu again and you can change the Overall subdivision.

8. keep the topology Number Low and Increase the number of subdivision

9. Once you are happy with the Topology, You need to tap on it. validate

10. Remember…Once you validate you can’t make changes to the topology

This is because Nomad Sculpt uses augmented reality technology that allows us to see our sculptures as if they were in front of us in real life!

Step 3. Now start making the Sculpt..

Nomad’s process is pretty simple. There’s no fancy laser scanning or anything like that, just take a few photos of your subject from a variety of angles and use them to create a 3-dimensional figure.

The first step is taken when you take three or more photos with Nomad Sculpt for iPad.

You can snap your photo on a flat surface like your desk or in front of a plain wall – it doesn’t really matter as long as it has good contrast so that Nomad can tell what parts are its background and what parts are its sculpture.

One thing I noticed while using Nomad Sculpt is that it works best when there aren’t any shadows behind your subject as they tend to confuse its object detection algorithm.

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Bringing Life to 3D Sculpt( Nomad to 3D Printer Journey)

Step 1. Sculpt & Render a Character on Nomad sculpt- Check out my eBook You can sculpt anything – eBook to learn Nomad sculpt

  • Decimate your Model
  • Size & Scale Your 3D Model

Step 2.- Send to Procreate for coloring and Augmentation( Optional)

Step 3. Send it to Lychee Slicer for slicing( Optimizing your 3D Model for 3D printing)

Lychee Slicer( You can download the latest version of Lychee slicer here)
Lychee Slicer is, all things considered, a well-organized program that features a “Magic Mode” button that makes it the easiest tool to rapidly get up and running.

Magic Mode is simply an optimization technique that can be activated with the push of a button and works to automatically orient, support, and hollow any object that you have opened in the software.

The user interface of Lychee Slicer places controls for object movement and manipulation on the left side of the application window, the main menu at the top of the window, and context-sensitive settings on the right and bottom of the window. This layout is intended for users who prefer to complete tasks manually.

What you need to do: Upload your .OBJ or STL file to Lychee slicer software and Optimize your 3d Model for printing. Your 3D Model is Optimized and ready to be printed on a 3D printer.

Step 4: Send to a Printer Like Anycubic Photon Mono X( For miniature 3D Prints only).

Happy Sculpting! & Happy 3D Printing!