How To Make Classic Red/Cyan 3D Photos

Prefer to arrive at photographs genuinely stand out? Create a fun Red/Cyan 3D effect that leave croak the page and screen, just as it is a heck by a lot amusive. Grab your 3D glasses, and either Photoshop or GIMP!

While stereoscopic effectuates like Cyan/Red 3D is often produced with fancy photography tricks, we’ll be making one today with simple-minded trick image editing. Diving right on in and see how simple it can be, on an simple version for Photoshop founders, and an optional secondly part for users that prefer to give their image a little more than oomph. Go along reading!

Part 1, Beginner: A Simple Red & Cyan 3D Effect

The technical foul condition for a 3D image is an Anaglyph, which is normally created by photographing a subject area from two separate vantage points, then combining the images. Today, we won’t be doing that, only we’ll achieve the same effect by digging through and through our image channels. Open up a worthy image and let’s get going!

You can use any kind of image for this how-to, but you’ll need to be in RGB Color mode. So if you start in Grayscale, Indexed Color, or CMYK, you should convert to RGB by going to Image > Mode > RGB Color (in Photoshop).

Author’s Note: This method is appropriate for any image editor that lets you mess around in channels, like Photoshop or GIMP. Photoshop Elements and Paint.NET do not allow this sort of image editing out of the box.

Start editing your image by making multiple copies of your photograph (left hand screenshot). One of the easiest ways to do this is by right clicking your “Background Layer” and picking “Duplicate Layer.” With two copies made, select the topmost one, and jump to your channels panel. You may have to show it by going to Window > Channels.

When you’ve reached your channels panel, pick your Red channel as shown above right.

Grab the brushing tool and a soft around brush to blusher out the arenas you want masked out of this topmost layer. Our destination are to return key part of our image to the originative appearing of the photo.

Here’s the ahead/after. The background signal are blocked out away by the layer on the 3d effect, relapse it to the copy below without the three-D effect.

This is probably looking very familiar. Ctrl a to select the entire canvas again, this time to add a slightly different effect to the background.

Ctrl t to select “Free Transform” in Photoshop. Blow up the blood-red channelise by these layer in more or less fantastical way. In this exemplar, them was stretched along horizontally. You’ll be able to scale leaf it up, skewed, rotate, or plainly offset it as we did before. These will allow our highlight and background to appear within reason a different from one another.

In GIMP, you’ll want to use the “Scale Tool,” shortcut key Shift + T.

And our finely tuned image is complete, with our 3D effect applied separately to the foreground and background. If you have a pair of Cyan-Red glasses, you can test it for yourself, or just enjoy the effect for what it is. For those of us that don’t have a set of 3D glasses but want a pair, you can always check out youtube for some tutorials on how to make your own.

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