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This is a guide on how to create a 3d image using numerous copies of the same photo. By reading this instructable, you will be able to assemble a cool looking 3D shadow-box photo for free. Check out the video on the 6th step or look at the photos below to see what you will soon be creating.

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Step 1: Preparation and Planning

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the first step is to take a picture that has a foreground, a middle ground, and a background.

Next, if you wish, you can turn the picture gray-scale to add a more serious effect to your photo.

Plan out your picture ahead of time, much like I did below.

After figuring out how many different levels their will be in the picture, print out that amount of the previously prepared photo.

My picture had 4 different levels, as you can see in the second photo below.

Step 2: Cutting the Photos

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In this step, you must first cut out the foreground of the first photo, then cut out the foreground and the middle ground in the second photo, and leave the last photo (background) alone.

See the images below to see what I mean.
I know not every one can do this, but, Photoshop, or GIMP would help greatly. to cut them into layers, so that you dont have like 3 copies of everything in the box... for example, I would Have 4 images, and in the first i would remove as much of the rock and person as possible... and then in the second try to get rid of the person from the rock. (some of what i said could easily be done with just simply taking a picture with the person there and one without the person, just for a clean "slate") Maybe I'll do an indestructible.(and credit you for the inspiration) either way, very nice !
Thanks for posting this i did this with a portrait and landscape of my mum for mothers day.
Adnilem6 years ago
Thanks for posting this instructable! I've wanted to do one of these for a LONG time but haven't been able to figure out the best way to do it. I have a plan for a Mother's Day gift for my mom......and I like the video. It shows the 3-Dness of it better!
ugly6 years ago
Great idea but the video was not necessary.
One tip when doing collages like this: Try outlining the pieces that you cut out with a black felt tipped pen. It really takes away from a picture when you can see the white outline from the paper. Just run it along the side of the paper, and you'll see that it gives a much more realistic effect.
Scammah6 years ago
How simple yet very creative I'm doing this tomorrow props on this.
Nice job! I might want to try this out with the Instructables Robot..
ChefAlex6 years ago
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Its better in person though...
Zeppelin37BDF (author) 6 years ago
Thanks for the comments guys! Votes are appreciated. Just go ahead and click the "vote now" button up above. Thanks again!
ChefAlex6 years ago
This is brilliant, I am doing this when I get home!
woofboy1116 years ago
My Grandma is obsessed with making these! She tries giving new 3D pictures of clowns or dogs or a 3D version of some famous painting every time someone visits. You could only have so many of these things! Good Instructable though!
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
looks good!
Very Cool! Great Instructable!