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I am doing some game development and have a sphere that I want to use as a human head. I need an image to attach to the shape, but I'm not sure what to search for.

When I search for "360 photo" I get something like this which seems to be what I want. When I add it to sphere it looks continuous:

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However when I search "360 head" the best thing I see is stuff like this, which does not work:

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Is there a better term for this than "360 photo"? How can I find images like this of objects, rather than panoramas?

  • human head is not spherical :-P and you are going to need much more than just a photo to get realistic effect, see this and related videos to learn what techniques are typically used: youtube.com/watch?v=sZDMFkj8GqA – szulat Dec 17 '17 at 14:05
  • @szulat I don't really care about it being realistic, but thanks for the link anyway. – max pleaner Dec 17 '17 at 22:35
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I think what you're thinking of is an object movie. (See KR Pano's demonstration of object movies).

Object movies are how a stitched panorama created from 2D images of an object (typically on a turntable) can be displayed as a virtual object, usually for product purposes.

But I don't think it's going to work the way you imagine to map one onto a sphere. The equirectangular panorama that you found would most typically be used in CGI software as an environment map or skybox, not onto an object.

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