It is finally here! Possibility to turn your images into Facebook 3D images without a phone. Previously Facebook 3D images could be done with iPhone cameras that had portrait mode but now you can upload them yourself using your browser facebook application.
Here is a quick tutorial on how this is done (this image was done for local brewing company Rock Paper Scissors):
- First, find an image that you will want to turn into a 3D image. I prefer my PSD images where I have layers already cut out to make the depth map.
Here is one example image where I had all the people and background already on separate layers. You can always use an image that doesn’t have layers, but in that case, you need to cut out the wanted elements to separate layers before you continue making the depth map. And you can create a detailed depth map as you want, all depending on your image. You can use also gradients for example to floors and ceiling to get better transitions between depths.
2. Then in photoshop, I created the simple depth map by just filling wanted layers / areas into shades of gray, darker shades layers I wanted to be in the back and the lighter layers that are in the front. Shades of gray determine the distance of the different elements. And here is the result:
3. Then naming / saving of the files. The first image was named rps.png and the depth mask as rps_depth.png. So just add the _depth to the depth map image and save them as 16bit PNG files or jpeg files will work also.
example: imagename.png & imagename_depth.png
Both images have to be the same size and I think images in portrait 3:4 ratio works the best.
4. And then just create a Facebook post and select both of these images to add that post(or drag both files to facebook post field) and Facebook will generate the 3D image out of these two files automatically. Amazing!
And this is how you can create 3D images without using iPhone!!