Reliefmod - 2D image to 3D print


Using Reliefmod, you can make 3D models from 2D images. It can be compared to Bas Relief - flat sculptural relief where objects slightly stand out to form a 3D figure. It is one of the most ancient kinds of sculptural crafts and has been around for thousands of years. One can say that this kind of art is something between painting and sculpting (definitely more the latter). The difference in thickness of materials creates shapes and lines. It is also possible to make full colored files. After the 3D model is formed, you can get it manufactured on Treatstock

Step 1. Choose an image

Choose an image you want to be made from 2D to 3D. It should have a clear silhouette on a solid background. In other case background will also become a part of relief and the whole picture can look obscure. If you want to use someone’s photo - be sure that it is well-lit (the less shadows the better). Also be aware if image has too many details, in this case 3D model can look a little bit sloppy.

Step 2. Choose proper settings for 2D to 3D converting

Click “choose an image” and upload a “jpg”or “png” file. After uploading the image your bas relief will be done automatically. If you don’t like a result, you can experiment with 8 features:

1) Relief direction

If you want the light areas of the image to be sunken and dark areas to be raised, then you should select ‘Light areas sunken’. Otherwise leave ‘Light areas raised’.

2) Mode

The second feature allows you to select between monochrome and colored. Monochrome uses only one color and is recommended for standard desktop 3D printers. Colored, as its name suggests, uses all the colors from the image in the bas-relief, but can only be produced by full-color 3D printers.

3) Plate size

If you change plate size, remember that 3D printers have limitations on the maximum size of an object they can print. Don’t overdo it.

4) Plate thickness

The thickness of the plate can be as thick as you want but similarly to the plate size, you it can’t be too thick or else it will be too big for 3D printing.

5) Relief depth from rear of plate

Relief depth feature determines the depth of the relief from the rear of the plate. The minimum setting is 1 mm.

6) Denoise factor

The denoise factor works by analogy with the term of photo editing. It reduces the appearance of noise in an image and makes it more accurate for 3D printing.

7) Smoothness factor

The smoothness factor can be compared to a blur tool in photo editing. It smooths edges and roughness, but some details can disappear as well. The greater the smoothness factor, the smoother the relief will be.

8) Quality

The last feature allows you to choose the quality and size of the file: Small, Recommended and Extra . A small file will be ready instantly. The Extra file will take more time to prepare, but it will also give the best quality as well.

Step 3. Have it manufactured

Once you’re happy with the appearance of the 3D relief, get it manufactured locally and to a high-quality on Treatstock and have it shipped within 5 days.