This paper presents a rapid 3D face data acquisition method that uses a color-coded pattern and a stereo camera system. The technique works by projecting a color coded pattern on an object and capturing two images with two cameras. The proposed color encoding strategy not only increased the speed of feature matching but also increased the accuracy of the process. We then solved the correspondence problem between the two images by using epipolar constraint, disparity compensation based searching range reduction, and hue correlation. The proposed method was applied to 3D data acquisition and time efficiency was compared with previous methods. The time efficiency of the suggested method was improved by about 40% and reasonable accuracy was achieved.