Projection mapping can be terrifying because there are so many variables associated with each project, which can make the experience stressful for a developer of any level. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, some projects can cause fear but there are certain tips that will make complex projection mapping projects a lot less terrifying, so be sure to keep the following in mind:

Separate each job and understand the project thoroughly

There are a lot of steps involved in projection mapping and this is what makes the process so tricky. You have to make the 3D model of the object being mapped (building, car, etc.), create content for the actual job, deal with projectors, build the setup and more, and every one of these tasks needs to be done thoroughly, which can make the process overwhelming. Don’t try to figure it all out in your mind at the same time because that would be terrifying and list all the steps separately instead. Separating them will allow you to tackle each job on its own and focus on it directly to make the project more manageable. 

Simplify the geometry for UV unwrapping

Certain 3D models can be slow to load and overly complex because they’ll include every detail, including unnecessary ones that will not be useful in any stage of the process. UV unwrapping is often one of the toughest parts of a projection mapping project and these complex models can make things even more difficult. This is especially true if you do not have a strong 3D background, so start deleting all of the extra elements from the model to make the process less scary. Deleting unnecessary details and objects will make the project a lot easier and your work will be far less terrifying, so go through the model and delete all of the extras that won’t be seen during projection anyways.

Be relative

Everything in the 3D space is relative, meaning there is usually a way to proceed, even if you happen to use the incorrect unwrapping method. For example, if you use the box method instead of cylindrical or cubic, it is very possible that it can be worked within other stages of the process so that you don’t have to start over again. In some cases, the method you choose may not be the ideal UV unwrap job but the chances are it will still work. This does not mean that it is acceptable to randomly attempt to complete a project but it is a way of learning, so if you are in a situation where your entire team and money are not on the line, you can get through by being relative. This will prevent you from getting stuck with one aspect you don’t entirely understand, which could negatively impact the rest of the project.

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