What is Shopify?

Shopify is an all-inclusive, cloud-based eCommerce platform that helps you to build both offline or online stores. The Shopify platform helps to sell your products online or directly to the customers in person with the use of Shopify POS. It is a SaaS-based (Software as a Service) shopping platform. Shopify offers a wide range of premium and free templates that you can choose from to set up the store.  

The Shopify platform offers a free 14-day trial plan to make sure that you get familiar with the platform. After that trial period, you can choose from the different plans offered by Shopify, which best fits your needs.

Shopify Plus

Shopify offers an enterprise version of its plans for large-scale and growing businesses named Shopify Plus. Some of the features that make Shopify Plus different from the other versions of it are:

  1. Reporting feature
  2. High priority customer support
  3. Account management
  4. Capacity to handle multiple order requests
  5. Reliable and scale
  6. Implementation of Agile marketing, and more.

Shopify Lite

Shopify Lite is one of the commonly used and affordable plans of Shopify that helps you to sell products on an existing website. It also helps to sell products by using the ‘Buy’ button, even if the product is not hosted on the Shopify platform or without maintaining an eCommerce store. This plan is best for the customers who are looking to sell social media or add a shopping cart to the existing website. The Lite Plan of Shopify costs $9/month.

Shopify Basic

The Basic Shopify plan allows the customers to sell an unlimited number of products. It is one of the cheapest plans if you have a wide range of products. This plan offers ‘Abandoned Cart Recovery’ and telephonic support. But customers of the Basic Shopify plan won’t be able to generate gift cards and professional reports.

Shopify POS

Shopify Point of Sale (POS) is an application that helps the user to sell their products offline, such as physical stores, pop-up shops, trade shops, and other events in-person. The POS application helps you to accept payments via your phone.

3-D Modeling

3-D models are the three-dimensional visual representation of surfaces or objects. In Shopify, the 3-D modeling and video technique helps customers to visualize the products that they are about to buy from all angles. The Shopify users can submit their 3-D model of the product or can hire experts to create these models via Shopify Experts Marketplace. The Shopify merchants can use these 3-D models of the product for different experiences, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, marketing, and product rendering.
The Merchants can use some of the following 3D modeling software to create a 3-D model of their product.

  1. Maya
  2. Blender
  3. 3ds Max
  4. ZBrush
  5. Photoshop
  6. Substance Painter

Characteristics of High-Quality 3-D Model

The following are the essential practices that one should follow while creating an accurate and high-quality 3-D model of a product.

Visual Accuracy

The product and the 3-D model should look identical.

  • Make sure to build the model with the exact units and size of the product.

Mesh Quality

  • Use only required geometry in the model.
  • Avoid black polygons on the model. Black polygons are a symbol or sign that represents something wrong with the model.
  • Make sure that the individual pieces of the product get modeled separately and then combined as that of the real product.
  • The edges of the product must be beveled.

Material Quality

  • The reference photo and the materials assigned to the geometry must match.
  • Assign only one texture map for each characteristic of the model, such as metalness, ambient occlusion, and roughness.
  • While maintaining resolutions, make sure that the texture files are small.

Modeling for Revisions

  • The mesh must use a quadrangular model unless a format prefers a triangular model.
  • Always maintain a version of the model file before the transformation gets frozen or the history gets deleted.

Product Origin

  • Always maintain an origin for the product at the center of the product’s base.

Technical Requirements

  • The experts must send the model in the GLB format to the merchant.
  • The total file size should be 4 MB or less.
  • Use the optimized JPG files as the textures.

That’s it. I will discuss the process of creating GLB files using different 3-D modeling software in the next episode of this blog.