How a 3d butterfly was created from a photo of the moon.
If we are going to make a butterfly out of a photo from the moon, we need to have a photo of the moon! and whallah! above!. The photo of the moon was lassoed in Photoshop and the black background of the night sky cleared, leaving just a moon and a transparent background. And we are going to need some magic! See below.
.What better way to come up with a magical way to turn a photo of the moon back into 3d than a program named MagicaVoxel!. Here the photo is imported in and painted, a very simple thin shape, yet is now a 3d file and can be exported for further morphing into a butterfly. After all, that is what butterflies do right: Morph? Metamorph! good enough for my amateur work!. Now the moon goes into the lab, just like a cocoon metaphorically speaking! Enter Meshlab!
And through reproduction, "you didn't know the moon might reproduce? " we create three children moon and flip them around as such into a basic butterfly shape And it needs some color. Meshlab has many ways to morph, change, paint, resize and manipulate 3d objects. So we will return it later for paint. But it needs antennae! We could do this in Meshlab but I want to tinker with it more. What better place to tinker with a butterfly than Tinkercad.com!!! See below!
Now we tinker with it and use the shapes that Tinkercad has readily available and add a boy and antennae to the moon butteffly. Or Moonfly to be exact. While meshlab can generate shapes, Tinkercad makes a easy way to make other adjustments. But the butterfly needs clothes, "Paint" and back into Meshlab it goes. There are many ways to paint and many programs for 3d, but Meshlab is free as well as every program listed but Photohop. Also when painting and exporting as an object in Meshlab then importing into Sketchfab, , which is the final viewer we will use to see this butterfly in 3d, the paint stays with the object during the transfer. Below: Moonfly goes back into Meshlab for painting.
Now that we have fitted the butterfly, I mean Moonfly with clothes, "color" we are ready to upload it to Sketchfab.com where we will be able to let it fly! "Show it in 360 degree 3D viewing. Below is shown the butterfly 3d object in the Sketchfab 3d editor "behind the scenes of Sketchfab.
Above. Tweaks in Sketchfab.com 3d editor allow for backgrounds, color and light reflecting from the object and various other adjustments such as position and size.
Below: The actual 3d viewer of Moonfly, a 3d butterfly created from a photo of the moon. Use the mouse to spin Moonfly around and the scroll wheel to zoom in and out.
The rough finish of this particular one was purposely done by using manipulations in Meshlab.
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