update v1.01: should work fine in 2011/2012 now.
update 93b: the projection plane now resizes and sticks to the background when changing the focal length.
A tool to help speed up the workflow for 3d modelling using image reference.
Projector creates a projection image and a camera. The controls allow you to quickly change the camera focal length and the projection distance scale etc. so that you can align images to a model and quickly match the perspective.
- assign shortcut under "Aeron" "projector"
- Often photographs have meta data showing what camera and focal length they were taken at, use Adobe Bridge or a meta data viewer to check. This can be a good starting point for trying to match the perspective of the reference images (if nothing else it will give you a solid relationship between the different reference image focal lengths)
- Create some projections with your reference images, then by changing the camera view (double click the camera to jump to that view) align these roughly to your 3d model , at this point I'll often have a box in the dimensions of the object and use this to get a rough alignment
- Start modelling and at the same time you will be correcting the alignment and focal length of the cameras. Often this will occur for some time into the modelling process, if you need to create accurate models from reference then this is a great solution. It works especially well with symmetrical models like cars and motorbikes