Structured annotations for 2D-to-3D modeling

Yotam Gingold, Takeo Igarashi, Denis Zorin

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We present a system for 3D modeling of free-form surfaces from 2D sketches. Our system frees users to create 2D sketches from arbitrary angles using their preferred tool, which may include pencil and paper. A 3D model is created by placing primitives and annotations on the 2D image. Our primitives are based on commonly used sketching conventions and allow users to maintain a single view of the model. This eliminates the frequent view changes inherent to existing 3D modeling tools, both traditional and sketch-based, and enables users to match input to the 2D guide image. Our annotations - -same-lengths and angles, alignment, mirror symmetry, and connection curves - -allow the user to communicate higher-level semantic information; through them our system builds a consistent model even in cases where the original image is inconsistent. We present the results of a user study comparing our approach to a conventional "sketch-rotate-sketch" workflow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2009, SIGGRAPH Asia '09
StatePublished - 2009
EventACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2009, SIGGRAPH Asia '09 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: Dec 16 2009Dec 19 2009


OtherACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2009, SIGGRAPH Asia '09


  • Annotations
  • Image-based modeling
  • Interactive modeling
  • Sketch-based modeling
  • User interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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