These 3D models were created by Anthony Barbieri-Low from digital photography conducted at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 2008. First the objects are placed in front of a special background, and photographed on a turntable printed with a pattern of dots. The photos are then edited in Photoshop to remove the background and base. In a program called 3D SOM (below, right), the different profiles are then combined to create a 3D model, to which a color texture is applied. Finally, the models are exported into flash viewers for use on the web or in presentations.
These models are used in Prof. Barbieri-Low’s lectures, and have been used to created a virtual museum, utilizing video-game engine technology (Unity) as part of his fellowship at the Getty Research Institute in 2011.
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