Brainstorm Technology LLC
3D Photography Software Solutions
FAQ
What is PhotoSketch?
Who Uses PhotoSketch?
How does PhotoSketch work?
How do I learn more about PhotoSketch?
How does PhotoSketch differ from the Match Photo tool that is native to SketchUp?
What versions of Google SketchUp are compatible with PhotoSketch?
How much does PhotoSketch cost?
What is the availability of PhotoSketch now?
How do I download and install the free 30-day demo version of PhotoSketch?
How do I download and install the commercial version of PhotoSketch?
How do I download and install the academic version of PhotoSketch?
Where can I find additional answers?

 
What is PhotoSketch?

PhotoSketch is a plugin for SketchUp that assists the user in creating 3D models of buildings directly from photographs.
PhotoSketch simplifies the 3D modeling workflow by leveraging the SketchUp push-pull interface with computer vision and photogrammetry techniques. The PhotoSketch plugin merges the benefits of automatic feature extraction, camera pose recovery, an intuitive sketching interface, and texture mapping to produce lightweight photorealistic 3D models of buildings. These models, which typically consist of a few hundred polygons each, makes them well-suited for use in high-performance visualization, online gaming, and web-based applications such as Google Earth.

 
Who Uses PhotoSketch?
PhotoSketch is used in any domain in which lightweight phototextured 3D models are useful. Architects, designers, real estate agencies, and entertainment content creators can now employ a new approach to create lightweight 3D models of existing buildings.

 
How does PhotoSketch work?

Conventional modeling tools often use photographs as a postprocess to phototexture a model after the model is generated. PhotoSketch, however, uses photographs as the starting point before the
model is constructed from multiple views. Indeed, our workflow treats photographs as tracing paper upon which 2D shapes are defined prior to extruding them into 3D models. The very photographs that serve as the basis for the models automatically serve as the texture elements for them as well, thereby facilitating photorealistic visualization.

 
How do I learn more about PhotoSketch?
Download the PhotoSketch user manual to learn how to take full advantage of all the PhotoSketch features. Pay careful attention to the suggested guidelines for camera calibration and image acquisition. Calibrating your camera and taking a good set of overlapping photos of the scene play pivotal roles in your ability to create compelling 3D models with PhotoSketch.

 
How does PhotoSketch differ from the Match Photo tool that is native to SketchUp?
The main difference between the native tool and PhotoSketch is that the native tool operates on one image at a time and requires the user to laboriously manipulate vanishing point grips and perspective bars to properly orient the axes upon the image. PhotoSketch, however, spares the user from this task by operating on multiple images taken from a calibrated camera to infer these axes automatically. The benefit of using multiple images is that they provide a more complete surrounding texture for the scene. It also permit PhotoSketch to leverage state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms to automatically determine the position of the cameras that took the photos so that drawing on one image is seamlessly registered in the other images, upon which additional editing may take place to further refine the model.

 
What versions of Google SketchUp are compatible with PhotoSketch?
To run PhotoSketch, you must use the free or Pro versions of SketchUp 2015 on Windows 10 and Mac OS X (10.7+).


 
How much does PhotoSketch cost?
A single-seat commercial license for PhotoSketch is US$100. A full-featured single-seat academic license is US$50 per year. Discounts for commercial and academic licenses are available according to the price schedule listed here. Try out PhotoSketch with a free full-featured 30-day demo version.

 
What is the availability of PhotoSketch now?
The Windows 10 and Mac OS X (10.7+) versions of PhotoSketch are available here. Both versions work on the free or Pro versions of SketchUp 2015.


 
How do I download and install the free 30-day demo version of PhotoSketch?
  1. Visit this link and click the "Try It Now" button.
  2. Download and run the PhotoSketchDemo executable file to install the plugin files.
  3. Open Google SketchUp and an activation dialog window will appear.
  4. Click on the blue URL link to take you to an activation request page.
  5. Submit the completed form to receive an activation code by email.
  6. Copy and paste that code into the activation dialog window to unlock the plugin.
  7. Run the full-featured plugin for up to 30 days.
No additional demo version may be downloaded and run on that machine thereafter.

 
How do I download and install the commercial version of PhotoSketch?
  1. Visit this link and click the commercial "Buy Now" button (on the left).
  2. Purchase a commercial PhotoSketch license using a credit card or a PayPal account.
  3. You will immediately receive a receipt from PayPal by email. A second email containing your serial number and a link to the PhotoSketch executable file will arrive within one business day.
  4. Wait to receive the second email before you uninstall any demo version of PhotoSketch on your machine.
    On Windows, click Start > Programs > PhotoSketch > Uninstall.
  5. Download and run the the PhotoSketch executable file to install the plugin files.
  6. Open Google SketchUp. A registration dialog window will appear prompting you for your serial number.
    Copy and paste your serial number to activate the plugin.
  7. Enjoy PhotoSketch!
 
How do I download and install the academic version of PhotoSketch?

  1. Visit this link and click the academic "Buy Now" button (on the right).
  2. Purchase an academic PhotoSketch license using a credit card or a PayPal account.
  3. You will immediately receive a receipt from PayPal by email. Forward a copy of the receipt with a scanned copy of your academic ID (in pdf or jpg format) to sales@brainstormllc.com
  4. A second email containing your serial number and a link to the PhotoSketch executable file will arrive within two business days after we receive a scanned copy of your academic ID. You will get a full refund if we do not approve/validate your ID.
  5. Wait to receive the second email before you uninstall any demo version of PhotoSketch on your machine.
    On Windows, click Start > Programs > PhotoSketch > Uninstall.
  6. Download and run the the PhotoSketch executable file to install the plugin files.
  7. Open Google SketchUp. A registration dialog window will appear prompting you for your serial number.
    Copy and paste your serial number to activate the plugin.
  8. Enjoy PhotoSketch!
 
Where can I find additional answers?

Please direct technical questions to support@brainstormllc.com
Sales questions can be directed to sales@brainstormllc.com