For this week’s [FRAMED] episode, with Claudia Kunin, we learned how to make 3D images in Photoshop. For a little more detailed process, here is a quick tutorial you can use to make your own! (Don’t forget, if you try out this process on one of your photos, you can enter it in this week’s contest to win a prize!)
For the original image, I chose “Mysterious Path” from Peter Paunchev on PhotoDune. (Note: I played around with the image’s colors, shadows, and highlights, until I got the color adjustments I wanted, and then was ready to go).
Step 1: Lasso Your Selections
Use the Lasso Tool to select highlights and what would be closest to the viewer. To select multiple selections at once, hold down SHIFT and you will see a small (+) next to the lasso tool as you are selecting. Here is what I selected.
Step 2: Feather your Selections
The next step will be to feather your selections. I chose to feather my selections by 5 pixels, because the image was pretty large.
Step 3: Create a New Layer and Move Right
Once you have your feathered selection, copy and paste it (Command + C, then Command + V). You will then have two layers, one is the original image and the other layer above is ONLY the feathered selection of highlights. At this point, duplicate Layer 1 and name it “Right Eye.” (In my case it is Layer 0). Then hide the Right Eye layer by clicking the eye next to it.
Now, choose Layer 2 and move it to the right 1 pixel (or however many pixels you think, I think I moved it to the right 3 pixels). Then, select Layer 2 and Layer 1 and merge them (Command + E). Name this layer “Left Eye.” (You’ll see I have a layer called “Original,” which I created just incase I don’t like the final of either eye — then I’ll have a starting place to go back to).
Step 4: Remove Red from Right Eye Layer
For this step, open Levels (Command + L) and remove all the red by from the image. Do this by choosing red from the channels drop down, and then put “0″ in both sides of the Output Levels.
Step 5: Remove Green & Blue from Left Eye Layer
For this step, you will use the Layers palette again to remove the Green and Blue channels from the Left Eye Layer. The resulting layer should be a red image. After this, we’re almost there!
Step 6: “Screen” the Left Eye Layer
For this step, first hide your “Original” if you have that layer.
Then, you simply choose the Left Eye, and for your blending options select “Screen,” this should produce a look that blends the layers together but also reveals the Red and Green edges of the 3D effect. If your image is very high resolution, you may need to zoom in to see the effect. I ended up tweaking my individual layers left or right a few pixels to exaggerate the 3D effect.
Final Image + Zoom:
Below is the final image, plus a zoom in to really show the 3D process in effect. That’s it!