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.
The layers selected represents the foreground, ( the dancer ) the middle ground colors behind the dancer’s leg, a background floor and a background texture.
Wall Background Texture
Floor Background Layer
Background Color Layer
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.
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.
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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