How to Make a 3D Photo Crystal
Picture it: A memory. A photo your mother took of you on your first day of kindergarten. Your front tooth is missing, but that smile– ear to ear. The light in your eyes, beaming with excitement, ready to take on the world, knowing everything and nothing all at once in the way only a child can. The picture’s old now, just beginning to show signs of fading, its corner bent from all the times your mom has taken out the picture to show everyone, even when it was embarrassing. “Oh, they were just the cutest kid. Look.” For friends, partners, and even family members who have seen it dozens of times, your mom just pulls out that photo at every opportunity. But it’s gotten harder for her to do so. The last time you visited, you noticed her hand shaking as she pulled the photo from the binder sleeve. “Oh, I had a sip of coffee earlier, and I just can’t take caffeine the way I used to! I used to have six cups a day; can you believe it?” But you know it’s not just the caffeine. And the picture itself only fades more and more with each passing day. Enter ArtPix 3D, where you can get a crystal with a picture etched inside the glass.
Today we can store thousands of photos on various devices and never have to worry about them fading over time. However, the one downside to digital photography is that it’s an intangible medium. We can look at the screen, but cannot hold the photo in our hands. ArtPix 3D is here to change that. We combine advanced digital technology with impeccable artistry to produce a wide variety of crystal mementos adorned with intricate 3D laser engravings. These productions safeguard your cherished photos against fading and elevate them into mesmerizing three-dimensional artworks with remarkable precision. Simply put, we make captured memories last forever. Yes, that means you in all your toothless glory!
So, how do we make those crystal glass ornaments with a 3D picture inside? There’s a meticulous, creative process that goes into every custom crystal we create. Our talented team of designers starts with top-quality, optically clear, and highly durable K9 crystal. When you upload an image to our website, the designers carefully screen it for anything that could potentially cause a flaw in the crystal engraving, like blurriness or poor lighting. Once approved, they then begin optimizing it for our etching process with state-of-the-art conversion software that transforms your 2D picture into a 3D model. The light points in your 3D model become the coordinates for your custom engraving!
Unlike a 2D engraving, where the light points are mapped on a flat plane, the light points of a 3D model are plotted at varying depths, forming a convex model on the front and a concave effect on the back. This makes it so, once it’s engraved in the crystal, the front side of your image will look almost like a suspended statue, while the back side creates a beguiling 3D illusion; no matter what angle you view it from, your image seems to move to meet your gaze! We affectionately call this “the following effect.”
At ArtPix 3D, we have a wide variety of shapes and sizes of stunning art pieces, so you can create the crystal that best suits you! Once you’ve made your selection and approved your 3D model, our designers load your crystal into one of our cutting-edge subsurface laser engraving machines that reference the map of your image’s light point coordinates as it creates tiny etchings in the crystal, bringing the photo to life in breathtaking detail.
Of course, the image you upload doesn’t have to be you and your missing tooth, and it doesn’t have to just be for Mom! We designed our personalized crystals to make it easy for you to create the perfect custom gift for any person, for any occasion. Mom, Dad, sister, brother, friend; birthday, graduation, anniversary, or just because. Our products are designed to complement the distinctive beauty that makes you, you. Simply upload a pic, use our online tools to customize your item by adjusting your image, adding text, and choosing a light base, and you can have a photo of a person etched into glass just like that. So why wait? Start customizing today!