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Anamorphic 3-D Images with Photoshop

First of all. What are anamorphic 3-D pictures?
Anamorphic pictures are 2 dimensional pictures that, when viewed from a certain angle, appear to be 3 dimensional.
This concept is nothing new, The street artist Julien Beever has been doing it for years.
GreaseTattoo already has a great instructable on doing this technique as well as a ton of great examples of the type of things you can do with this. But there is no explanation on doing this technique in any other programs other than Corel Draw.
So after many hours mucking about with GIMP, then Inkscape, then GIMP again, then photoshop I bring you this instructable.
 
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Step 1: Make A New Document and a Grid

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Open up photoshop and make a new document to whatever size you want. I made mine
A4 so it would easily fit my printer paper size.

Now go to Image > Image Size and see how many pixels wide your document is and memorize it.

Now make another new document that is a division of your previously opened document.
An A4 document at 300ppi is 2480 pixels wide so I made my new document 248 pixels square.

Now go to Select > All (Ctrl+A) and then go to Edit > Stroke and select any color and make the width around 2 pixels.

Finally go to Select > Deselect (Ctrl+D) and then to Edit > Define Pattern and call it whatever you want and then close the grid square document (You don't have to save it).


aebeutel1 year ago
Hello! I am attempting to do this project so that I can teach it to my high school graphic design students. I have been unable to get the 3d effect. When I place my grid back in its original place the transform part changes the grid, it elongates it when I try to put it back in line. I see that on yours it snaps back together nicely. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Cant get the grids to come out please help
hatchlaw2 years ago
Now on one of the layers go to Edit > Transform > Distort and grab the middle top drag thingy (Technical Name please?)

The click and drag thingy is called the Bounding Box
antboy3 years ago
(Becuase the top 2 corners of the page are further form your eye than the center point of the top edge)
antboy3 years ago
I think if you did a subtle negative "spherize" distort filter to the image layer it would correct the persective further. Very slight but entirely necessary.
Hold_out, GREAT Job... Now, hopefully people without Coreldraw can master this technique. Thanks, for including me in your instructable, too! Just wish I had more time on my hands. Let's see more!!