How to Measure Marine Canvas with a Camera

The Concept

Replace physical canvas templating with digital templating by using your camera.

From photos to canvas measurement

The Steps

‣ Place targets and dot tape on the boat in key areas

‣ Take photos from different angles and positions.

‣ Load photos into the PhotoModeler software and process.

‣ Pick out additional points and model the canvas frames and tubes in 3D on the photos.

‣ Export to CAD/CAM to complete your work.

Learning More

There are a number of ways to approach canvas measurement with a camera.  This also depends on the end goal - a loose cover vs an accurate bimini or dodger/sprayhood. We suggest customers have a good CAD background and some experience with digital workflows. To receive a document on how to measure marine canvas please submit the following form: 

Example Canvas Projects

Here are three examples of boat canvas covers done from photography with PhotoModeler.  This demonstrates the potential. These projects are courtesy of Dustom Sails.

Sailboat Full Cover

PhotoModeler 3D Canvas Templating 1

PhotoModeler 3D Capture

3D Panels in CAD

PhotoModeler 3D Canvas Templating 3

Flattened Panels in CAD

PhotoModeler 3D Canvas Templating Result

Final Result

Pleasure Craft Full Cover

PhotoModeler 3D Canvas Templating Photo

A project photo

PhotoModeler 3D Canvas Templating Project

3D Line Work in PhotoModeler


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