A 3D Anaglyph image is one that contains two different colored images, one for each eye, using filters of typically red and cyan.
To experience that pop-out stereoscopic effect, make sure to use
3D red cyan glasses to see this cool trick in action. Though it's known
to be used for photography and film, you can incorporate this look into
your designs and illustrations for an interesting twist.
1. How to Create a 3D Anaglyph Effect in Photoshop
Double-click the background layer and Name the new layer, Left, then hold Control-J to create a Duplicate of this layer, renaming the new copy, Right.
Select the right layer and Right-click to go to Blending Options. Under Blending Options, Advanced Blending, uncheck the Red option for the RGB channels and hit OK.
Repeat this process with the left layer, Right-click and go to Blending Options but this time uncheck the Green option for the RGB channels then hit OK.
With the left layer still selected, grab the Move Tool (V) and press the Left Arrow key between five to ten times to shift the layer to the left. Now select the right layer and press the Right Arrow key several times to shift the layer to the right.
Then use the Crop Tool (C) to crop away the edges.
Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!
More 3D Inspiration
Master the 3D look with just a few clicks. This first Photoshop action features eight different color options with separate distortion settings. Adjust the effect even more for 17 total filters that will make your images pop. Check it out!
Need a quick and easy 3D effect? Check out this awesome Photoshop action from Feelfreestudio. Designed for Photoshop versions CS3 and above, this action works makes an intense 3D anagylph you can customize with new colors. Get it for just $6.
Make a special interactive version for your 3D effect. This exclusive Photoshop action comes from mrcharlesbrown for just $4. Grab it to enjoy a perfected anaglyph effect that works with Type A and B 3D glasses. Add it to your design arsenal!
Stereoscopic 3D effects work brilliantly for movie posters, websites, and videos. Create content you love with this great action that includes a total of eight actions. Easy to use, this non-destructive action will produce professional results without damaging your photos.
Or check out this simple 3D action for a trippy effect. Made by designer ClauGabriel, this action includes well-organized layers that can be customized to your preferences. Style any portrait, object or landscape photo with a cool 3D effect!
More Photo Effect Inspiration
This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!
Want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop and how to create awesome photo effects? Check out the following tutorials below:
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Or if you prefer to use Illustrator, try this course on creating 3D text in Adobe Illustrator.
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