It can be difficult to configure a model for AR without 3D skills and knowledge, as most softwares are very technical. However we found out an easy process which allows you to easily create flat artwork models correctly configured.
To do so, you will need to download the free software pCon.planner.
In the top toolbar (Start tab), click on Image and select your artwork image.
Let's focus the front view (bottom left view).
When moving the mouse in the views (without click), a thumbnail of your image should now follow the pointer. A colored line showing an axis should also appear, in extension to the tick in the middle of the view. There are 3 axes, blue, red and green. The axis which will be used in this tutorial is the blue one, for height.
When moving the pointer along this axis, a dimension appears in blue which allows you to select the desired height. If you need more precision you can scroll up in the view to zoom.
Once the desired height appeared, just click in the view to place the image. You can use either the height from the floor to the bottom or top of the image, as we will select how to place it just after.
Then move the pointer around to place the artwork, on top or bottom of the first chosen position. The position of the pointer on length axis (red) and height axis (blue) are displayed to guide you in defining the dimension of the artwork. Please notice that to get the correct dimensions only one axis information is needed, as the image isn't warped when placing.
You artwork should now be correctly placed. Then we will create a very small rectangle placed on the floor to simulates the distance from the floor in Augment.
To do so, scroll in the perspective view to visualize both the artwork and the axes tick, and in the Start tab select Rectangle. Click on the red axis, somewhere below the artwork, to place it on the floor.
Exactly as the artwork, scroll up to get closer and click again to choose the shape of the rectangle, it should be as small as possible (1mm or less), the aim is that it doesn't show in Augment.
Once placed, a panel appears on the right : set the Filling parameter to Solid.
The artwork is now ready for export.
Click on the tab File > Export > Geometry. In the Save as window, add a name (without special character, accent or space) to your file, and select the OBJ file format.
You can set the export parameters as below :
Don't forget to tick Alternative rotation or your artwork will be lying down.
If you wish the artwork to display on both side, tick the option Create double sided faces.
Besides the 3D file obj file, a .mtl file with matching name will be generated. A new image will also be generated during the export, it is a resized version of the original artwork (it may appear warped but it's not a problem, it will display correctly in the app).
You need to zip the .obj + .mtl and the new image file together.
The artwork is ready for upload in Augment.
Do you want to check how this model displays in the app ?
Click below, then on "View in your space" and scan the QR code
To learn how to upload a 3D model, check here