Is there any software that will assist me in the distortion described in 2 below. Another way of doing this is numerical, which is likely to be labourious, error prone, and exceptionally time consuming.
I am trying to produce large scale prints of some of my landscape format photographs which are going to be placed on complex 3-D surfaces. The approach I am taking is:
- Create a 2-D pattern from the 3-D surface to create a shape that will cover the 3-D surface. This picture shows the type of shape that might arise.
- Distort the picture in such a way that it maps the rectangular shape of the picture to the irregular pattern created in stage one. The second picture shows all the features that might appear on a pattern, though no pattern will have all of these features.
A Obtuse angles at corner B Acute angles at corner C Convex curved sides D Concave curved sides E Edges that are straight and curved F Right angled corners G Straight edges H 'Darts' to fit the 2-D pattern to the 3-D surface
The features shown in this picture are gross exaggerations of reality - in fact most of the features are likely to be subtle, though not necessarily small scale. When distorting or resizing, I can obtain as many measurements as necessary as shown by 1 and 2 on this picture.
I cannot obtain any mathematical description of the surface to be covered. The intention is to ensure that the picture looks normal once it is in place on the 3-D surface.
Resize the distorted image to the intended size.- approximately 1600 mm x 600 mm. The initial size of the images is 4288 x 2848 pixels. The likely viewing distance of the finished image is likely to be 1-4 metres. The answers to this question may provide assistance in the process of actual resizing and printing.
Have the image printed - this would be of the distorted, resized image, within the minimum bounding rectangle of the image so the print would be rectangular with spare white space round the image. The print will them be laser cut to the pattern.