Photographic Relief is an experimental process generating 3D reliefs from 2D image. The process combining Rhino's (3D modeling program) height field function to generating 3D surface and UV flatbed printer to apply color. This example demonstrates the process of turn photo of the Rocky Mountain into a 3D relief. With further development, such technique could be applied in art and design project as well as data visualization.
Preparing the image: the original photo was processed into a monochromatic image for Heightfield function in Rhino to process it.
A relief surface was generated based on the light and dark from the original photo, which reflects the authentic details of the landscape.
Appling color through UV Printing
Photographic Relief is recently featured in Prototype, an exhibition at Brown Science Center