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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Apply a 3D Anaglyph Effect

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What You'll Be Creating

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.

Let's take a look at how to create this simple effect in this quick 60-second video below. And check out our selection of 3D Effect Photoshop Actions on Envato Market.

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: 3D Anaglyph Effect

1. How to Create a 3D Anaglyph Effect in Photoshop

Step 1

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.

Setting Up Your Art for a 3D Effect

Step 2

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.

Uncheck the Red Option in Blending Options

Step 3

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.

Uncheck the Green Option for Blending Options

Step 4

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.

Shift the Layers Right and Left to Create a 3D Effect

Step 5

Then use the Crop Tool (C) to crop away the edges.

Crop the Edges with the Crop Tool

Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

More 3D Inspiration

Continue working with 3D effects with these great resources! Find more incredible design assets on Envato Market and Envato Elements.

3D Effects Photoshop Action

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!

3D Effects Photoshop Action

3D Effect Photoshop Action

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.

3D Effect Photoshop Action

Interactive 3D Stereoscopic Effect

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!

Interactive 3D Stereoscopic Effect

Anaglyph 3D Photoshop Action

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.

Anaglyph 3D Photoshop Action

3D Effect Photoshop Actions

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!

3D Effect Photoshop Actions

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:

Or if you prefer to use Illustrator, try this course on creating 3D text in Adobe Illustrator.

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