In this instructable I'm going to walk you through creating a Catch using the 123D Catch web app. 123D Catch is a totally free piece of the software that turns photos into 3D models.
It's available (as of right now) for PC, on iPad and also as a web app, which is what I use!
To see what other people have made using Catch, please check out the 123D Gallery - tons of amazing stuff on there. The portraits and buildings are especially neat! It might give you some inspiration to make your own Catch!
Step 1: Go out and take some photos!
The most important part of your project. I recommend starting with smaller objects around your house to get a feel for the software!
Here are some tips for getting good photos:
Step 2: Open up the web app
Go to http://www.123dapp.com/catch and scroll down the page until you see the download/app options.
Click on "try it online" to launch the web app!
Step 3: Create a new capture
You'll be greeted with the choices shown above. Click on "Create a new Capture" to get started.
Step 4: Fill in the prompts and choose your photos
Be as descriptive as possible! Try to tell us as much about your project as you can:
Once you're done filling in the fields, choose your photos to upload. I like to go through my photos before I upload them - if you have any that cut off part of the subject, are out of focus, or where the subject is to one side of the photo, remove those! They can seriously skew the finished model.
For more tips on how to take photos for your Catch, visit our learning and tutorials page.
Once you've culled your photos, click add photos and select the photos you would like to add. Once you click open, it might take a minute or so (depending on your internet connection) for them to appear in the "photos" box.
When all your photos show up, click "Create Project."
You'll then be shown an upload progress box. Now you will wait.
Step 5: The waiting game
This could take a little while. Depending on the quality you chose and how many images you uploaded, it can vary a ton! You'll need to keep checking back - it can take as little as a half hour or as much as two hours from what I've seen.
To check the status of your project, log in to the 123D Gallery and hover over "my corner" and go to "models and projects."
You should see a screenshot of the model in your projects. Click on the model, and if you see a "preview" button you are good to go! Click it like you've never clicked anything before! Oh the excitement!
Note that you can also edit the model information from this screen. :)
Step 6: And here's your finished Catch!
If all went well you should be looking at a very fancy Catch made from your photos once the viewer loads!
You can rotate, pan and zoom in/out to check everything out.
At this point, you can decide you like your project as-is or do a little editing. I'll be doing some editing and posting that as a separate instructable. :D
Step 7: Publish your model to the gallery!
If you're happy with your model and you want to share it make sure to click the "Share in the Gallery" checkbox and save it. This will publish your model to the gallery and allow others to see it. :D