2D to 3D
CONVERSION

Stereo 3D images consist of 2 images, one for each eye.
Flat images (single) can have a 2nd eye view generated via several methods.

SIMPLE COVERSION from layered Photoshop files
DIFFICULT CONVERSION from photograph or other bitmap



Conversion from LAYERED
PHOTOSHOP
file

Layers make it easy to create the 2nd eye view needed for stereoscopic 3D.
3D created this way will not be fully "rounded", but exhibit a cardboard cutout 3D effect.

Images below showcase the layers and two points of view created.

Starting with a background image, we add two simple text layers, each with a separate shadow layer (in Photoshop, from "drop shadow" effect use "create layer"... shadow should be well blurred). When text is over photography, a stroke in addition to the shadow is recommended to help legibility.

Here we have a background layer with cut-out baseball players- These figures will not appear rounded, but will be separated from the background. Text with dark glow and logo layers are added, and have their own shadow layers as well.

NOTE: the background must be a separate image, you can't cut or copy part of a layer from the background.

You can see how each element in this cartoon is on a different layer. This allows maximum flexibility in creating the stereo 3D image pair.

Similar to above, but this cartoon is more realistically rendered. Again, each layer is flat, but will "float" over the layer behind it. In this example the big tree and the pond are on the same layer, therefore that entire piece would be flat (the pond does not come out toward the viewer in perspective (z-space).

Lots of layers here... the more layers there are, the better potential for great 3D effects. Partial transparecies also work well for stereo treatment.


Conversion from 2D PHOTOGRAPH

Conversion to 3D from a flat photo or other bitmap is an arduous and time-consuming task.
There is no software to automatically do this, just as there is no way to take a black and white image and automatically convert it to color. Each object must be separated, rounded and placed in the z-space, perspective must be created, holes in the background must be cloned in. You can understand why estimates for conversion cannot be given until the image is previewed. In addition, not all 2D photos will make good 3D photos! That can also be judged upon preview, but an image with "layers" (fore, mid and backgrounds) and closeups will usually do well. Distant shots with subjects far away will usually not do well.
This would have been a relatively simple image to convert, but the water splash made it especially difficult. Water drops had to be individually masked... incredibly difficult to extricate!
Unusual mix of layers with 3D conversion. This image would not work without photographic conversion of each element. It's a subtle difference in 2D, but in 3D it's night and day. Note the front foot of the elephant, how it changes in relationship to the shadow behind it (showing the artificial parallax from conversion).

With the aid of digital technology and proprietary techniques,
we can offer stereo conversion of flat two dimensional art.
This technique is recommended when it is not possible to obtain stereoscopic originals..

For more conversions, see our anaglyph page.

This 3D convesion process can be very time consuming,
depending on complexity of image.
Quote for conversion can only be given upon review of photo or artwork.


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