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How to make 3-D anaglyphs from a single image

Added on Wednesday 22nd of July 2009 05:29 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


I really enjoyed your article in last month’s issue about creating 3-D anaglyphs in Photoshop. In the article, you outlined how to photograph a subject by moving the camera a few inches, yet I noticed you used a few examples that look to me like they’re stock art. How can I perform this technique on a single image that I have currently, without having to go reshoot it so I have two offset images?


Great question—and a great observation! Yes, we did provide a few examples of 3-D images, which we used stock art to create. You’ll need to have last month’s article by your side to run through the majority of the steps, but here’s how to modify the tutorial to accommodate stock art.


To offset a single image for the 3-D tutorial:

1.       Open a stock art image or other single-layer digital photo.

2.      Unlock the background layer if it’s locked.

3.      Rename the layer Shot 2.



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