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The Importance of Lighting

Last Updated: May 16, 2018 03:57PM EDT
Scanning should be done in well-lit conditions. Diffuse, white light from fluorescent tubes, incandescent or halogen bulbs, or a natural light source is best. Be aware that incandescent bulbs can add a yellowish tone to your final scan texture.

Lighting situations to avoid include:
  • Spotlights or shining light directly on the object can cause hot spots in some areas and shadows in others, making it difficult for your scanner to see the lasers.
  • Uneven lighting can cause uneven textures, especially when aligning scans together.
  • Bright direct sunlight can overpower and wash out the scanning lasers, leaving fewer points recorded by the scanner.
  • No lights at all will cause missing and inaccurate data, and textures will appear black.
  • Variable lighting (lighting that fluctuates between bright and dark during the scan) will affect the color information that is gathered, making the textures look striped.


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