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  • How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

    Attached is a bump map image created by Ed Harris that has been used for creating golf ball dimples on a 3D sphere. When I apply this to a sphere in Swift 3D the dimples are perfectly distributed around the sphere.

    What I would like to do is use this same concept for applying other wraps to spheres. I am assuming Ed started with a rectangular matrix of "dimples" and then ran some sort of distortion on it to get this resulting map that can properly distribute the dimples around the sphere (especially at the poles). What I would like to be able to do is apply this same distortion technique to create other types of image wraps. For example, assume I have an image that is 6x3 matrix of photos that I want to wrap a sphere with. Or pehaps, I just have a text phrase I want to use to create a belt of text around a sphere.

    I have Photoshop Extended CS4 and have tried the Richard Rosenman Spherical Mapping Corrector filter, but it doesn't give the same results. Any suggestions?

    Jerry
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    Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

    If you have CS4 then load your 3D sphere - paint it how you want and save the texture map .

    Christine
    Last edited by Xaran; 05-20-2009, 09:57 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

      Not a 3D guy, but I did find this cool site with models when I was in my Space Art phase. They have a really cool Cinema 4D of a golfball too by the way.

      http://planetpixelemporium.com/objects.html#row1

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      • #4
        Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

        OK; I'll play. I used Mathmap to map a texture that I created using your bumpmap (used GIMPs bumpmap filter on solid color with your bumpmap relief on top to create the dimple texture). I then blended in some shadows and highlights and then added PS's Plastic Wrap filter (which I ran using Irfanview; kept my PS 7 filters; CS/2 filters don't work with Irfanview) and copied the result back into GIMP for additional blending.

        Just having fun.
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        • #5
          Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

          Thanks all for your help, but I am still a bit confused. Attached is a mockup 4x4 picture wall, or matrix of photos. What I wish to do is distort this in a manner similar to the way the golf ball bump map in my original post is, so I can then use the image to wrap a sphere in Swift 3D.

          When I apply the distorted golf ball bump map to a sphere there is no distortion around the poles. That is what I would like to achieve with my picture wall image. How can I turn the attached image into a properly distorted image that will then wrap properly?

          Jerry
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          • #6
            Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

            Is this what you wanted? Note, it is a PNG file with transparency, but you need to download the original since the preview doesn't show this.

            http://cid-924d59d1561f4c34.skydrive...ic/dimples.png

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            • #7
              Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

              To use this image you would need to distort it in the same way that the golf ball texture is distorted. How it works on your 'ball' would depend on the UV Mapping of the 3D object.

              Christine

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              • #8
                Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

                Lyle, not exactly. I want to retain the rectangular shape of the images more like this spinning Christmas ornament I made several years ago.

                I did this ornament in Cool3D, starting with a flat image similar to the one in my last post. If it can be done, I would like to do this without so much distortion at the poles. Your example does accomplish that so I think your approach is a definite step in the right direction.

                How did you do your example?

                Jerry

                Originally posted by lkroll View Post
                Is this what you wanted? Note, it is a PNG file with transparency, but you need to download the original since the preview doesn't show this.

                http://cid-924d59d1561f4c34.skydrive...ic/dimples.png

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                • #9
                  Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

                  Even easier. Thought you wanted a Bauble (too lazy to put by topper on it). I think you mean facetted not dimple. Anyway, I distorted and then multiplied the number of tiles before feeding the result into Flaming Pears Sphere Warp B filter (free by the way). I then used GIMP's map object to map the result into the shown sphere. Quality isn't that good with this result, but the tile you provided wasn't that good to start with.
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                  • #10
                    Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

                    Exactly Christine. How to do this distortion has been my question from the start.

                    Originally posted by Xaran View Post
                    To use this image you would need to distort it in the same way that the golf ball texture is distorted. How it works on your 'ball' would depend on the UV Mapping of the 3D object.

                    Christine

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                    • #11
                      Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

                      Lyle, this is what I am looking for. Thank you very mucy. I am downloading the filter and will give it a try.

                      Originally posted by lkroll View Post
                      Even easier. Thought you wanted a Bauble (too lazy to put by topper on it). I think you mean facetted not dimple. Anyway, I distorted and then multiplied the number of tiles before feeding the result into Flaming Pears Sphere Warp B filter (free by the way). I then used GIMP's map object to map the result into the shown sphere. Quality isn't that good with this result, but the tile you provided wasn't that good to start with.

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                      • #12
                        Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

                        Ok, I tried it and Flaming Pears Sphere Warp B filter is working for me. Thanks much Lyle!

                        Jerry

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                        • #13
                          Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

                          Just found out that Flaming Pear's Ornament does a much more realist job (why I never played with this one I don't know) at making realistic baubles out of seamless square textures.

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                          • #14
                            Re: How to turn images into a wrap for sphere?

                            For some reason, I can't get the "Sphere Warp" filters from Flaming Pear to work. It doesn't display in the filter menu. EVERY other filter from the "Freebies" package works just fine...
                            Anyone else have the problem?
                            (Mac OS X, CS3 and CS5)

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