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    Product Images for Complex Product Lines

    Multiple Configurations = A Need for 3D Product ImagesIn the last post, we talked about creating multiple images from one geometry, but what about when your business moves at the speed of thought? In today’s world there is also a need for product images that keep up with:

    • Rapid Prototyping and Product Development
    • Multiple Configurations
    • Just in Time Manufacturing
    • Product Updates

    Rapid Prototyping

    One of our furniture seating clients is constantly designing new products and components, and looking to get them launched in the marketplace as quickly as possible. This means producing images before products are even built. To keep up with development and get the product images needed, they use 3D product images.


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    One Geometry – Multiple Outputs

    One Geometry, Multiple OutputsOne of the great advantages of using 3D product images over traditional photography is that a single piece of geometry can yield many different digital assets. For example:

    • A single model or SKU could have a shot list including:
      • Head on view
      • Isometric views
      • Additional views for packaging (top down, side view)
      • Hero Shots
      • Detail views of the controls
      • Propped and Unpropped
      • Interior Views
      • Cutaways/Exploded Views
      • 360° spinners
    • In addition, more product variations could result from:
      • Finishes and color options
      • Variations for different Brands
      • Special versions for Channel Partners

    Once we have the 3D assets, they can also be used in photo integrations, 3D set shots, and even product animations.

    Best Practice: Creating multiple outputs at the same time increases efficiency and can potentially lower your overall costs. Take the time to consider the different imagery you might need for you and your channel partners. Of course, if you find you need additional images later, those can easily be added to your project.

    A Simple Example: One Geometry – Three Outputs

    In this basic example we worked with Symmons on a new faucet where one file resulted in three outputs, showcasing the different finishes available.

    Benefit: With 3D images, you can ensure that all of your product shots have the same angle, lighting, and brand consistency you are looking for.

    Notice how the geometry stays the same for all three versions of this faucet. The only that changes is the finish.

    Notice how the geometry stays the same for all three versions of this faucet. The only thing that changes is the finish.

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    Study Reveals What Customers Really Think About Online Product Images

    You have a wonderful online product catalog, and your website runs like a dream. Simple to search, easy to navigate—what’s not to love? But you still see room for improvement, both in sales and conversion rates. So what’s next?

    Based on the results of a National Retail Federation study, your product images could be holding you back, playing an even greater role than any of us ever realized. When presented with a list of 26 different site elements, survey participants listed image quality as one of the most important factors influencing their buying decisions, ranking it #4 overall —more important than product guides, short descriptions, long descriptions, and even product reviews.

    An impressive 94% said the quality of the image was “very to somewhat important” to selecting and ultimately buying products. When women’s responses were singled out, that number climbed even higher – with 96% indicating its importance.

    When visiting a merchant’s product page, how important is the following image related information to selecting and ultimately purchasing a product?
    VERY TO SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT TOTAL WOMEN MEN
    Quality of the image 94% 96% 92%
    Alternative views 88% 91% 83%
    Zoom 85% 86% 81%
    Item specific image (i.e. pillow vs. entire bedroom
    or shirt vs. complete outfit)
    77% 79% 74%
    Color change 65% 72% 51%
    View on a model 61% 65% 55%
    View in a room 50% 52% 44%

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