How to get a good scan.

You’ll need to do 4 things:

︎  Get our free app

︎  Gather scan clothing & supplies

︎  Pick a good scan location 

︎  Learn how to scan 

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1) Get our app.

Click here from your iPhone to download the Beatrice App*. On the day of your body scan, make sure to update your Beatrice app to the latest version. 

Have your customer ID and email address associated with your order available at scan time. You’ll need to enter those when you upload your videos so we know who they belong to. 

*We’re making an important update to the Beatrice App to address a recent issue where very rarely, users are unable to upload their scans. If it would be a serious inconvenience to repeat your scan, we recommend you wait until the update is released (current estimated release date is 9/2/20). Stay tuned here for updates.

2) Get your model dressed.

The scan clothing needs to lay flush with the body because our scanning technology reproduces your model’s shape based on the clothing’s surface.

︎  Carefully select your scan clothing. The clothing must:

    • Cover all the torso with fabric from the neck, shoulders, and below the bum (like close fitting t-shirt and yoga or cycling short). Our scanning tech doesn’t work well with bare skin.
    • Be made of a knit fabric that fits closely to the body, revealing the silhuoette that will be the dress form. We don’t have X-ray vision.
    • Have a matte finish. Nothing shiny.
    • Be patterned or with texture like heathered (we use heather grey for our scan clothing). No solid black. Try to avoid all solids if possible but definitely not black.

︎  Gather the following supplies:
    • 2 yards of 1/4” elastic (1 yard if no bust)
    • 1.5” yards of twill tape + a few safety pins for women
    • Scissors to cut ends

︎ Check the fit. What’s a “good” fit?

    • It’s fairly snug. We are looking for a pretty snug fit, especially under the arms, but not so tight that the clothing distorts your figure.

    • The clothing hugs your curves. Check areas like around the bust, at the arms, and the small of the back for fabric that may pull away instead of hugging the body smoothly.

      To fix this issue, scootch more fabric into the area so it lies flat in contact with the skin. Or you can pin or sew the garment so the fabric lays flush with the body (we can remove the pinned out fabric darts from the scan later during the editing process.) For clear definition around the models curves:

      1. Tie elastic around your underbust and natural waist. If there’s no prominent bust, waist elastic only.

      2. For bust definition, apply twill tape between the breasts, wrapping it behind the neck and firmly securing to the bra with a safety pin as shown below. This helps greatly to achieve definition between the breasts by holding the fabric close to the chest. 

Please let us know if you have any concerns before your body scan session.

3) Pick your scan location.

You’ll need a cleared indoor 7’x7’ space with as much light as possible. Watch a video of a scanning session here to see a good example of a scan location. Things to consider when selecting a location:

  • Indirect natural light is best, but diffused artificial light is good too.
  • It’s ok if there are things outside of the cleared area, like furniture or art on the walls, but mirrors will need to be covered.
  • At the time of your scan, you’ll need to remove or turn off anything that might move in the background (i.e. pets, people, ceiling fans, tv, blinking lights, etc.)

4) Learn how to scan.

Please watch this video of Nathan and I completing a scan. It really helps to get the clearest picture of our body scan process!

(Note: we no longer use the scale marker for our scanning process even though it’s shown in this video.)

Also, here are our top 5 tips on getting a great scan:


That’s it! If you have any concerns or questions, please let us know!

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