January 5, 2021

How To Scan Your Denim Fabrics [Camera Specifications Included]

Capturing the intricate details of indigo fabrics can be challenging, and the quality of your 3D scan hinges on the equipment and techniques used. This comprehensive guide will help you start on the right path towards creating accurate 3D prototypes of your fabrics. 

Key Equipment for Effective Denim Scanning

  1. Denim Material (1.1 x 0.6 metres scanning area)
  2. Printed Bandicoot Chart
  3. Handheld Camera with a prime lens and external flash
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Camera Specifications and Settings

To optimise your denim scanning process, it's crucial to use the appropriate camera equipment and settings. A DSLR or mirrorless camera with at least 24 megapixels and a prime lens is recommended for capturing high-quality scans. Additionally, an external flash, such as a Nikon Speedlight or Canon Speedlite, is crucial for achieving the correct exposure.

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Preparing the Bandicoot Pro Chart

Preparing for the scanning process involves printing the Bandicoot Chart on matte, heavyweight A4 paper using an inkjet printer. The chart should then be placed on top of your denim material, leaving at least 1-2 metres of clear space around it. Take a test flash picture of the chart from above and ensure the exposure is bright but not over-saturated.

Source: Bandicoot Imaging Sciences

Setting Up the Scanning Environment

When setting up your scanning environment, avoid direct sunlight and opt for a room with normal or dim lighting. It's essential to keep the material and chart stationary during the process to maintain consistency.

Camera and Lens Recommendations

Although it is possible to use a phone or compact camera, a DSLR or mirrorless camera is highly recommended for superior scan quality. Prime lenses with a fixed focal length are preferable, but zoom lenses can also be used if necessary.

Final Steps

Once you have prepared for the scanning process, book a demo with us, and we will guide you through the remaining steps to create accurate and detailed 3D scans of your denim fabrics.

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