How To Create 3D Red/Cyan Photos From Any Image

How To Create 3D Red/Cyan Photos From Any Image

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Do you want to make your images stand out from the crowd? Simply because it’s a lot of fun, create a fantastic Red/Cyan 3D effect that will burst off the page and screen. Take out your 3D glasses and your choice of Photoshop or GIMP!

While complex photographic tactics are typically used to produce stereoscopic effects like Cyan/Red 3D, we’ll be producing one with easy trick picture manipulation today. With a simple version for Photoshop beginners and an optional second section for those who want to give their Image a bit more oomph, dive right in and experience how simple it can be. Continue reading!

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Part 1: A Simple Red and Cyan 3D Effect for Beginners

An Anaglyph is a technical term for a 3D image formed by capturing a subject from two different perspectives and then integrating the photos. Today, we won’t be doing that; instead, we’ll dig into our picture channels to accomplish a similar effect. Let’s get started by opening a suitable image.

  • You can use any image for this tutorial, but it must be in RGB color mode. If you’re working in Grayscale, Indexed Color, or CMYK, go to Image> Mode > RGB Color to convert to RGB (in Photoshop).

Note from the author: This method works in any image editor that allows you to play with channels, such as Photoshop or GIMP. This type of image manipulation is not available out of the box with Photoshop Elements or Paint.NET.

  • Make numerous copies of your photograph to begin altering it (left-hand screenshot). Right-clicking your “Background Layer” and selecting “Duplicate Layer” is one of the simplest ways to do this.
  • Select the topmost of the two copies and go to your channels panel. You may have to enable it by heading to Window > Channels.
  • When you go to the Channels panel, select the Red channel as seen above right.
  • To select the entire canvas, press Ctrl+A (the same keyboard shortcut in Photoshop and GIMP). Your isolated Red channel will appear as a grayscale version of your image, so you’re on the right track if you shot like the one above.
  • Move the red channel to the left, as shown by pressing V to choose your Move Tool (GIMP shortcut key “M”).
  • You should make sure that your “background” color is black while switching your channel, as seen to the left. You may make it black by choosing the background swatch in the tools panel and altering it in the color choices dialogue.
  • Users of GIMP have a very similar tool in their Toolbox. It resembles this one from Photoshop in appearance and functionality.

In Photoshop CS5, press Ctrl+2 to revert to RGB mode. Then, return to your layers panel in other versions and select a new active layer. You may choose to stop here, as this is a halfway nice 3D effect on its own. But let’s take it a step further and give our Image some depth.

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Part 2: Adding Depth to Our 3D Image (Advanced)

At this point, you should have multiple copies of your original photo layer, so let’s go back to the topmost layer where we produced our 3D effect.

  • Select the layer and click How To Create 3D Red/Cyan Photos From Any Imagethe at the bottom of the Layers panel to make a mask, as shown on the right. Right-click your layer in GIMP and select “Add Layer Mask,” then “White for Full Opacity.”
  • Use the brush tool and a delicate round brush to paint out the portions of the uppermost layer that you want masked. Our goal is to restore a portion of our Image to its original form.
  • Here’s what it looked like before and after. First, the backdrop of the layer with the 3d effect is masked out, restoring the layer to the copy below without the 3d effect.
  • Here’s a photo of the mask’s sections that have been painted out. Again, the dark indicates hidden parts, whereas the white represents visible areas.
  • You can safely switch to a lower layer for some extra tweaking now that your 3D effect layer is masked off. Jump to the channels panel and choose the Red channel once more with that layer selected (seen left).
  • This is most likely something you’ve seen before. Ctrl+A to choose the full canvas once more, this time for a little different backdrop effect.
  • In Photoshop, press Ctrl+T to select “Free Transform.” Then, in a unique method, enlarge the Red channel of this layer. It was expanded horizontally in this case.
  • As we did before, you can scale it up, skew it, rotate it, or just offset it. As a result, our foreground and background will appear to be slightly different from one another.
  • You’ll want to use GIMP’s “Scale Tool,” which is accessed by pressing Shift + T.

And with our 3D effect applied individually to the foreground and background, our precisely tailored Image is complete. So you can try it for yourself if you have a pair of Cyan-Red glasses or just appreciate the effect for what it is.


I hope you found this information helpful. Please fill out the form below if you have any queries or comments.

User Questions:

1. How can you create a three-dimensional look in a photograph?

  • CapCut is a free program that you may download.
  • Import a photo into the app.
  • Save to camera roll by selecting “Edit,” “Style,” and “3D Zoom.”

2. What app can you use to make your images look three-dimensional?

Google’s Cardboard Camera app, available for Android and iOS, is one of the greatest 3D picture effect apps for beginners.

3. What is the 3D impact of red and blue?

Anaglyph 3D is a stereoscopic 3D effect created by encoding each eye’s vision with separate (generally chromatically opposing) filters, often red and cyan. Red and blue were controlled by the cheaper filter material employed in the monochrome past for convenience and affordability.

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4. How do you get subdued colors to stand out?

How to achieve muted colors that still pop? from Lightroom

5. Infrared Post-Processing Fundamentals

Basic Infrared Post Processing from postprocessing