Download a customized image of a model

Feature availability

The BioDigital Human challenges and surpasses traditional modes of learning with its embeddable, interactive 3D visuals. But static, 2D images still play an important role in educational and promotion materials. For example:

  • An educator may need to insert an image of the anatomy or a medical procedure into a slide deck for a lecture.
  • A marketing manager may want to showcase the 3D models found in their new online Anatomy & Physiology course in printed promotional materials.
  • A web designer may want to create a gallery of images where visitors can select from a collection of 3D models that are available to open and explore—similar to the experience on the BioDigital Human's Explore page.

To support these scenarios and any others where 3D models or iframes are not supported, we make it easy to capture and download customized, high-quality images from any 3D model in Human Studio.

Note: Downloading images is only available with a School or Business plan. To access this feature, contact our sales team so they can help you choose the plan that is right for you.


How to download an image

To capture and download an image from any 3D model, follow the steps below.

  1. In Explore or My Library, browse or search to find a model that you would like to use for your image.
  2. Hover over the model and click the  Customize in Studio button at the bottom of the model's tile.
  3. (Optional) Rotate, pan, and/or zoom to position the model as desired.
  4. (Optional) Use our customization tools to modify the appearance of your model as desired (e.g., hide structures using the Hide tool or Anatomy Tree, add paint or effects to specific structures, add or remove labels).
  5. When you are ready to capture your image, select the    Image icon in the toolbar at the top of the page.
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  6. (Optional) In the Image panel on the right, adjust your image settings as desired. See Image settings below for details.
  7. Click the Download button at the bottom of the Image panel to download the image to your device's Downloads folder.

    Tip: If you would prefer to embed or link to your image, click the    caret next to the Downloads button and select one of the following options:

    • Copy Embed: Copies an iframe of the image and its source 3D model to your browser's clipboard. When embedded, the iframe will display the 2D image, and when clicked, the fully interactive 3D model will load in a new browser tab.
    • Copy Link: Copies a link to the hosted image to your browser's clipboard. Now you can hyperlink to the image in a presentation, document, or website.

Image settings

There are several settings available in the Image panel that you can adjust to ensure your final image meets both your own expectations and the technical requirements for your digital or print solution. See below to learn more about these settings and our recommendations for each.


Image Size

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  • Pixels (default): Best for most uses. Choose from one of our preset sizes (Canvas Size, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, or Maximum), or select "Custom" and enter a custom width and height.
  • Inches: Best for print use. Enter a specific width and height.



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  • PNG (default): Highest quality, best for print and offline use.
  • JPEG: Smallest file size, best for most uses.


Label Visibility

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Check the box next to Hide all labels remove the labels from the current chapter. This setting is ideal for creating thumbnails for an image gallery and promotional images; in both cases, removing the labels ensures the viewer's attention focuses on the 3D visuals.


Label Size

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The Label Size tool enables you to increase the size of the current chapter's labels. To use it, click and drag the slider to the right to make the labels bigger, or enter a number between 1 and 5 in the box to the right.


How to download a high-quality image for print

Note: Please confirm that your License Agreement covers Print Use before incorporating images into your print materials. If you are unsure, reach out to your Account Manager for help.

If you plan to use your downloaded images in print materials, such as a textbook or printed brochure, we recommend using the settings below to capture high-resolution images that satisfy the needs for print:

  • Image Size: If you have a specific size requirements for your print materials, select Inches and specify your width and height (in inches). If you do not, select Pixels and then select the Maximum setting from the drop-down menu.
  • Format: Select PNG.
  • Label Visibility (optional): Select Hide all labels if you would like to produce a cleaner image for thumbnails, marketing banners, etc.
  • Label Size: If you choose to retain labels in your image and you have selected Pixels > Maximum in your Image Size settings, set your label size at 3.7.


How to download an image with a transparent background

To download an image with a transparent background, you will need to change the background color of your 3D model itself first by taking the following steps:

  1. Select the    Background icon in the top toolbar.
  2. Select the Custom tab in the dialog.
  3. Select Transparent from the drop-down menu.
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Once you have updated your background color, take these steps to complete the process:

  1. Select the    Image icon in the toolbar to return to the Image tool.
  2. Under Format, make sure you select PNG.

    Note: JPEGs do not support transparent backgrounds.

  3. Adjust the remaining image settings as desired. See Image settings above for details.
  4. Click the Download button at the bottom of the Image panel to download the image to your device's Downloads folder.