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3D IMAGE CREATION

Photoshop Layer-Based/2D to 3D Conversion

The very first step, is to create a Photoshop PSD file composed of multiple layers. These layers will eventually represent  different depth planes within the 3D scene. Below is an illustration / sample file with 4 layers taken from a sequence of 20 to the right of our concept image.

Photoshop Layer-Based/2D to 3D Conversion 1

The layers selected represents the foreground, ( the dancer ) the middle ground colors behind the dancer’s leg, a background floor and a background texture.

backgroundWall Background Texture

Floor Background Layer

Floor Background Layer

Background Color Layer

Background Color Layer

Foreground Layer

Foreground Layer

Layer Cross- Section

Layer Cross- Section

The 3D simulation below was generated once the 20 layers were interlaced together at Softmotion 3D.

Once your final file is processed, we can print the information on a physical 3D animated print for you.



Photoshop Layer-Based/2D to 3D Conversion 2

Photoshop Layer-Based/2D to 3D Conversion 3

Guidelines & Specifications:

  • Layer a 2D image with each element in its own layer using the same size and resolution. For exemple, if your artwork has 3 cars, give each car its own complete layer.
  • The back layers cannot contain empty space below the objects on them.
  •  Produce at least 3 layers: background, middle and foreground, but 24 maximum and provide files in the TIFF format with alpha channel, at 300 DPI actual size. Always add 1/8’’ bleed on 4 sides.
  • As a rule of thumb, more layers will provide better dramatic 3D effect, and a smoother rendering. Place layers in the final position: background, middle and foreground layers.
  • If your concept contains layers with text or logos, they should be placed closer to the key plane ( middle layer ) to avoid blurriness and promote better legibility.
  • Avoid solid colors or white background and replace with a textured background to increase depth perception
  • Brighter colors will render much better and enhance the 3D illusion. However, B & W subjects will also work fine if the background is textured
  • Use CMYK to minimize potential color shifts
  • Avoid Serif, Italic and fancy fonts. Very fine font size will reduce readability.
  • No text, logo or illustrations within ½’’ from all outside edges.

    VERY IMPORTANT!
  • In order to avoid any gaps or voids while the layers are in motion on the 3D print, it is mandatory that the file is ½’’ wider ( on each side ) than the width of the final print. This is referred to as 3D margin. Furthermore, the back layers cannot contain empty space below the objects on them.

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3D Image Sequence

An image sequence is a set of frames usually generated from a 3D photo session, where several views of a still subject is created with a still camera on a rail system. It can also be created in a 3D modeling software.

Render the scene in the TIFF format and provide 10 or 20 views for optimal impact at 300 DPI actual size, with 1/8’’ bleed on all sides. All views needs to be of identical sizes.

As a rule of thumb, use one degree distance between views. Place the views in their sort order.

When previewed, objects in the foreground will be moving to the right and objects in the background will be moving to the left.

Pancake Gif

If your concept contains text or logos, they should be placed closer to the key plane ( Focal Point )  to avoid blurriness and promote better legibility. Avoid solid colors or white background and replace with a textured background to increase depth perception. Brighter colors will render much better and enhance the 3D illusion. However, B & W subjects will also work fine if the background is textured.

Use CMYK to minimize potential color shifts. Avoid Serif, Italic and fancy fonts. Very fine font size will reduce readability. No text, logo or illustrations within ½’’ from all outside edges.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!

  • In order to avoid any gaps or voids while the layers are in motion on the 3D print, it is mandatory that the file is ½’’ wider ( on each side ) that the width of the final print. This is referred to as 3D margin. Furthermore, the back layers cannot contain empty space below the objects on them.


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Flip 2 Phase Transition

The simulation below was produced with the first and last image of the concept. 

Guidelines & Specifications:

  • Upload 2 still images for a 2 phase transition.Provide JPEG or TIFF files only, at 300 DPI actual size. Always add 1/8’’ bleed on all sides.
  • Use CMYK to minimize potential color shifts.
  • Avoid Serif, Italic and fancy fonts. Very fine font size will reduce readabilty
  • All images should be identical size.
  • Avoid extreme contrast such as bold saturated text on a white or light background. High contrast subjects will create ghosting shadows.
  • Privilige images of similar contrast and color saturation to optimize quality results.
  • No text, logo or illustrations within ½’’ from all edges.

Flip Position

Flip 1 Flip 2

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