What is colorizing and what do I get from it?

The Short Answer

Colorizing uploads your colorless 3D model which adds color, enhances the overall reconstruction, and allows you to view, measure, and share your scan with our 3D Web Viewer. It is free for all scans.

Uploading/colorizing scans is also a great way to upload scans for safe-keeping before they are ready to be converted into CAD via Scan To CAD (and any fees paid for reprocessing are deducted from your Scan To CAD order for that scan). 


The Long Answer

While scanning, Canvas creates a scale-accurate 3D model of the space. Once you finish, you have a colorless 3D model you can measure and view. This is a powerful tool on its own, but the colorized scan is usually much more effective for measuring, annotating, and sharing with others. 

Here is an example of what you'll see on-device:

To colorize, we use more powerful algorithms than we can run in real-time to both enhance the scan, as well as add color (also known as textures). Not only does this make it easier to visualize the space as-is, but it can make it easier to take measurements (as details are easier to differentiate, e.g., you can see where hardwood ends and the carpet begins).

Here is an example of what you'll see after the same scan is colorized:

You can view the difference more interactively by comparing "Original" and "Reprocessed" in our 3D Web Viewer:

Colorizing also gives you access to our 3D Web Viewer through the Canvas Account Portal. The web viewer lets you view and measure your scan online (instead of just on the iPad or iPhone). You can also share the web viewer with anyone — only a browser and internet connection required! You can read more about how to use the 3D Web viewer here: What is the Canvas Web Viewer and how do I use it?