How to create an easy 3D effect in Photoshop.

Take images directly from your screen and learn how to create an eye-catching 3D effect in Adobe Photoshop.

Most images are two-dimensional. If you want a way to make your photos stand out (quite literally), why not make it 3D with these simple steps.

What is a 3D effect?

All photographers look for depth in their images, but adding a 3D effect takes the term “depth” to new levels. By duplicating the image and offsetting the copies in different colors, you can easily create some real depth like the 3D movies of the past.

Steps to create a 3D effect in Photoshop.

It’s easy to create a 3D effect in Photoshop. Once you open the image file in Photoshop, follow these simple steps:

  1. Duplicate layer — Find the Layer menu at the top of the toolbar and follow Layer > New > Layer via Copy. You can also drag the Background layer to the new layer icon (+) at the bottom of the panel.
  2. Toggle the green and blue channels — Click on your new 3D effect layer tab to open the Layer Style box. Find the boxes marked “R” for red, “G” for green, and “B” for blue. Uncheck the green and blue boxes. Click OK to confirm your selection.
  3. Move the new layer — With the new 3D effect layer highlighted, click on the Move tool and hold the Shift key while pressing the left arrow key about five times. This action will offset your effect layer from the original layer, resulting in the unique 3D effect.
  4. Crop your image — The offset will make the effect layer stick off the edge of the canvas a bit. Use the Crop tool to remove the overlap and make one cohesive 3D image.

With your image decolored and offset, you’re ready to put on your 3D glasses and enjoy.

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