Digital holography

Digital Holograms:

An exciting development in the world of display holography is the production of holograms from computer files. The artistic freedom provided by this process has been used to produce unique and very exciting holograms. We are no longer limited in our holograms to items that can be brought to the holography studio. With the ability to record both real and abstract concepts, as well as animations, the artist is only limited by his or her own creativity in the holograms that can be produced.

Short Course:

The IOS Digital Holography Short Course will show you how to prepare the necessary digital files for recording into a hologram. Since we will be using 3D modelling software, to produce the files, participants should have a working knowledge of 3D modelling using software such as Blender, 3D Studio Max or Maya.

After completing the course, participants should have the knowledge to produce the necessary artwork for digital holograms. In collaboration with Muses Visuals Inc. this artwork can be converted into a hologram, as described below.

Course content:

  • Overview of the holographic process
  • Tour of a holographic studio
  • 3D clues in digital holograms
  • Camera position and perspective in digital holograms
  • Animations and fading
  • Further methods and possibilities

Course duration: 4 hours

Dates and Cost:

The next short course will take place on Thursday, December 8, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Cost: $300 per person. 50% of the cost will be credited towards the purchase of a digital hologram, as described below.

Group discounts available.

For more information, please contact Emanuel Istrate,, 416-978-1804.

Note: The teaching and demonstrations will be done using the Blender 3D modelling software. This will be available on computers in the teaching lab during the course. However, participants more familiar with 3D Studio Max and Maya are welcome to bring their laptops loaded with this software, and perform the same steps on the laptop instead of the lab computers.

Digital Holography Printing Service:

In collaboration with Muses Visuals Inc., we are pleased to offer the possibility to print your digital files into a full-colour hologram. Since holograms are usually difficult to display, our holograms are delivered in a custom-built display case that ensures optimal viewing conditions and easy installation. The hologram specifications are:

  • Hologram Size: 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inches)
  • Viewing angles: -18 degrees to +18 degrees
  • Hologram type: Full colour white-light viewable transmission hologram
  • Number of digital views: 120
  • Power requirements: 120 Volts AC, 12.5 Watts
  • Display case dimensions: 47 cm high, 33 cm wide, 14 cm deep
  • Mounting options: can be hung directly on the wall, or placed on a shelf. Ideal shelf height: 120 cm


For customers with 3D artwork already available:

  • Student price: $850
  • Other customers: $1000

Note that 50% of the cost of the short course above can be applied as a discount to these prices.

For customers who do not provide their own artwork, we offer 3D graphics consulting services.

For more information, please contact Emanuel Istrate,, 416-978-1804.

Real-World-Object Holography

For workshops that don’t include computer-generated holograms, please follow this link.

For U of T Students

U of T students can enrol in the Holography for 3D Visualization course offered jointly by the Institute for Optical Sciences and the Department of Physics.