It’s not very often that I do design tutorials. But, since Jupiterimages sent me my 3D glasses and nearly everybody has a piece of design software capable of doing this, I figured that some of the community may want to create their own 3D images. I would say the difficulty level is for an intermidiate user, but a basic user may be able to do this too.

You will obviously need a design software, and you can either pull and image of an image search engine such as Google or Flickr, or you can grab your camera and take some snaps. Either way works fine, but you may be more slightly amazed if it’s an image of yourself, your dog or something similar. If taking pictures of still life or items, then you can get the best results by taking a couple or more shots of the same thing, slightly differentiating where you place the camera. You will, however, only need to shots, but by taking more, you can try and get the best quality ones.

Once you have taken the shots or have downloaded them from the internet, export them in Photoshop or your similar photo editing software with similar capabilities, although Photoshop probably works best for this. However, there is a great little tool for Windows only (sorry), created by some 3D professionals who seem to know what they are doing. You can download that software, completely free, HERE. Their website will also show you how to create 3D video and webcams (pretty cool, there’s an idea for Chris!). However, you will need 3D glasses to individually focus your eyes, and you can make these yourself.

For this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do this in Photoshop. The guys above have a tutorial how to use their software, which is equally effective (unless you’re running on a Mac, that is). Open both the images in Photoshop, or your respective editor, and change their colour scheme to Greyscale. In case you don’t know how to do this, move your cursor up to and click on Image, hover on Mode and then click Greyscale.

Then, the first photo you took shold be converted to RGB, or red, green, blue, and this is where we begin to create the 3D image. Select the first image, and then repeate the above cursor movements but instead of selecting Greyscale select RGB. Don’t worry about any changes or non-changes in the photo, and move your cursor over to the Channels tab, and click the word Red. Once you have done this, we are ready to merge the inages together, so that we can make them appear 3D.

Highlight all of the first image and copy it, either using the keyboard shortcuts or by select all and copy, and then paste it on top of the second image. Go to Channels again, and click on the box next to RGB. Now you should have quite a low quality image in black and white with some blue and red. Although the two images are at slightly different angles, you must try to align the main focus of the image as much as possible, even though it will still be slightly out of focus for the naked eye. Use the move tool in Photoshop, although the above software for Windows may help, and do some trial and error with the alignment. Try looking through the glasses when you are finished to see if the image looks OK at a glance.

Now export the image as a typical file, try it out with your glasses, and there you have it. What do you think of 3D glasses? Have you seen many 3D films? Have you checked out the new 3D gallery at Jupiterimages or do you know of any similar galleries with some or dedicated to 3D images. Let the community know, whatever you think. Leave a comment.