How to Make 3D Photos

Two Methods:Photoshop MethodFree 3D Photo Maker

Curious about 3D technology and visual effects? Did you know that you can easily make your own 3D photos on your own computer? With a pair of red-blue 3D glasses, a digital camera, and some photo editing software, you too can make your very own three-dimensional photographs, also known as anaglyphs. See Step 1 below to get started!

Method 1
Photoshop Method

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    Find a subject. If you cannot take two pictures at once (say, with a stereo camera, or with two similar cameras), then make sure your subject has almost no movement between shots. Scenes that have a lot of depth and that are photographed without blur in the foreground and background make the best 3D shots.
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    Take two photos of the same scene, moving the camera at least 2 inches horizontally. It's not critical that you make the boundaries exactly match, but it is critical for many shots that both photos are close to perfectly horizontal. It would be a good idea to use a tripod with a level.
    • Name your files "right" and "left" for easy distinction.
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    Open your images separately in Photoshop.
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    Select the right image by clicking the Select tab at top and clicking All, or by using CTRL-A.
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    Copy the right image. After you've selected the right image, you can copy it either by clicking the Edit tab at top and clicking Copy, or by using CTRL-C.
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    Open the left image. You can close out the right image by clicking the smaller, gray X in the upper right corner (but not the large red X).
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    Paste the right image onto the left image. Click Edit at the top and then Paste, or use CTRL-V.
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    Know your layers. Now that you've pasted the right image on top of the left image, the left image contains layers, which you can see on your right-hand toolbar under the layers tab. The right photo is Layer 1; the left photo is still listed as Background.
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    Double-click Layer 1 to bring up the Layer Style Box.
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    Under Advanced Blending and Channels, uncheck R. This will keep all the Red in the right photo unblended. Click OK. You'll notice red-cyan strokes on your photo now.
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    Double-click Background. You're going to make this into Layer 0. Just click OK on the box that comes up.
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    Grab the move tool. This should be the top-most arrow on your toolbar at the left.
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    Choose a focal point. Where you place your focal point will affect how your photo looks 3D. To have a sort of "backwards and forwards" depth, choose one that's at about the middle - not too far in the background, but not directly in the foreground, either.
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    Using the move tool, drag the red portion of your focal point over to its counterpart in the other image. Your focal point shouldn't have any crazy red or cyan strokes directly around it.
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    Crop off the leftovers. Grab your crop tool and select the portion of the image that includes both colors. Exclude the strip of bright red or cyan around the border that you generated when you matched up focal points.
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    Save your file.
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    View the photo with 3D glasses, keeping the red lens over the left eye. You should be able to view the image on your computer or on a printed sheet.

Method 2
Free 3D Photo Maker

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    Download a free 3d photo maker online.
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    Select input images. You need to take two shots of a still set object captured with a small horizontal shift. Usually the distance must be about 2 to 3 inches to create the correct effect.
    • Exclusive feature: You can make a 3D picture out of one source image file. Just check the "Use single image" box.
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    Select the output location. Name your new file.
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    Select True Anaglyph on the drop menu.
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    Click the Make 3D button.

Tips

  • Having a stereo camera, or two identical cameras, to take two pictures side-by-side gives you a lot more flexibility, because you get full color results, and you can take objects in motion, even ones moving very fast.
  • You should ideally move the camera 2 cm for every 1 m to the subject for the best effect. For instance, if your subject is 3 meters (9.8 ft) away, move your camera 6 cm for the next shot.

Warnings

  • While increasing the distance between the two images may be more dramatic, the stereo effect may become unrealistic.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital camera
  • Computer with photo editing software, such as The GIMP, Adobe Photoshop, Jasc Paint Shop Pro, Photobie, or Paint.net
  • Tripod (optional, but recommended)

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Categories: Three Dimensional Photography