Introduction: Make 3D Pictures Without Glasses

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Have you ever wanted to make your own 3D pictures, but didn't know how? If so, keep reading. These are the kind of pictures that are next to each other. You cross your eyes, and you see 3 pictures, the middle being 3D. It's not very difficult to learn and doesn't take much experience.

Step 1: Gather Stuff

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These are the things you will need, in order of importance.

1. A picture of a basset hound named Sassafras.
2. A camera.
3. A really bad sculpture or something else with 3 dimensions sitting on a phooseball table..
4. A computer with something like Paint to open and resize pictures.
5. A real human (can be yourself).

Step 2: Take Pictures

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Now, take your camera and go to your subject (bad sculpture on phooseball table). Hold the camera like you're about to take a picture. Put you finger on the button. Now, shift your weight to the left. Take the picture. Then, shift your weight to the right and take a picture. You want the difference between the shots to be as close as possible to the distance between your eyes' centers. I guess this is around 3 inches. You can also put the camera an a surface, take a picture, then move it to the right 3 and take a picture. These 2 pictures represent what our eyes see. (You could even attach 2 disposable cameras together next to each other with popsicle sticks...)

Step 3: Upload and Show the Pictures

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Now, you've taken the pictures. Hook your camera up to the computer and get the pictures or develop the film. You might need to shrink the pictures with Paint or a similar program. Now, put the picture you took from the right and put it on the left. Put the picture from the left to the right of the right picture.

Step 4: Look at It

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Now, cross your eyes until the 2 pictures look like one. As you cross your eyes more, they get closer until they are one, 3d picture. If you cross your eyes too much, they pass each other. Try it with this picture. Just slowly cross your eyes. If your own (not this one, it's fine) doesn't seem to work, but you see three images, try swapping the images (put left on right, right on the left) then try again. If it still doesn't work, you didn't take them correctly. Try moving the camera to side less (or more).


techknowdroid (author)2014-04-21

Locofocos, here is a link to a 3D viewer which can be made very easily, to view Cross eye side by side photos like the one's you have clicked.

This simple viewer is for those of us who find it difficult to cross our eyes to view such cross eye photos and videos. Make one and see how easily you can now view such 3D images and videos. Here is the link to the instructable :-

Happy viewing! :-)

account3r2 (author)2011-10-06

I'm terrible at crossing my eyes :P

Negdub (author)2011-10-06

I have been making cross-eyed 3D images for years, using the method stated in this Instructable and have folders of them, images numbering in the hundreds. (A lot of my friends can't see them either, unfortunately). I have got so good at looking at these 3D images while holding my eyes crossed, that I can change images without losing 3D focus. The big problem has always been photographing water or moving objects- there is always an image difference caused by the time delay, which causes a blurriness in that part of the 3D image when you visualise it. However, recently I purchased a Fuji W3 3D camera. This is amazing- the lenticular screen gives very clear 3D. Under the 2DA option you can produce 2x 2D images, which when printed side by side (I always use Irfanview - the horizontal Panorama option), I can now produce amazing, clear cross-eyed 3D images under any conditions. Yeeha!

casey321b (author)2008-08-22

I crossed my eyes and saw 3 pictures rofl oh and N ROCKS N WAY FTW

tubbychick3n (author)2008-08-16

darn, i can't cross my eyes without concentrating on my finger in between them =/

Erik Andersen (author)2008-05-25

Neat, I came up with idea on my own (picture below). And tried it and was amazed by the results. Look "through" the picture until the two images merge and the cube looks really deep.

implaxis (author)2007-06-09

If you are making 3D pictures, you are better off displaying them for both the "cross-eyed" and the "parallax" view. I have never been able to see a cross-eyed view but the parallax view is very easy for me (and it is what they used for those crazy dot stereograms).

For the parallax view, simply swap the pics so the one taken from the right is on the right side, and the left one on the left. This requires you to then look "through" the display, which brings the pics together. This is a lot easier for some people.

BluryBlue (author)2007-05-04

Woah! This is awsome! It's a shame lots of people can't focus their eyes, though.

Dorkfish92 (author)2007-03-21

I can't cross my eyes =(

locofocos (author)Dorkfish922007-03-27

Try to hold out your finger in front of you, then look at it- nothing else- the whole time and slowly bring it closer to your face. Then move it away quickly without watching it. You should two of everything when your finger is close to your face (except your finger) and after you move it away. Eventually if you do it enough, you will be able to control it.

Dorkfish92 (author)locofocos2007-04-25

cool, thanks!

rimar2000 (author)Dorkfish922007-03-21

"You persevere and you will triumph." Imagine that you look at a stopped fly in the tip of your nose, and then it flies going away forward slowly.

locofocos (author)2007-03-27

Okay, are you happy, LasVagas? A phfoozeball table! MY phfoozeball table! Not somebody else's! MINE! NO PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS! MY PHOTOGRAPHS!

LasVegas (author)locofocos2007-03-27

Okay. I stand corrected and apologize for my statements. I would have liked to see more detail as to the carefull positioning to take the photos and the process you went through from the initial photos to adjusting and cropping to get just the right alignment. This would have given everyone an idea about how to replicate your work. Had you shown the original photos and these steps, I would have never doubted the validity of your claims Again, I stand corrected. And let me praise the quality of photos you acheved with that "very old" camera!

weebl (author)LasVegas2007-03-27

see look even some one else hates you mother%$%%

LasVegas (author)2007-03-21

It would be a nice instructable if it were real. It's a fake! Unless you've got a perfect eye, and move yourself to the exact correct position, this is not going to work. That is why we don't see a 3D picture of the foosball table, but instead a picture of someone else's dining room! Yes! It's a great effect. But this intructable does not tell you how to do it!

lemonie pointed out klinstifen's legit Instructable demonstrating how to do it correctly with a tripod and careful alignment.

locofocos (author)LasVegas2007-03-27

I'm sorry if you think my instructable doesn't explain how to do this properly. I just tried to make it simple and how I learned to do it- without any special gear- just a camera and computer. This isn't a fake, and if you really think I did such a bad job, then go make your own instructable for this and stop complaining about mine, who countless people have done successfully.

rimar2000 (author)LasVegas2007-03-21

Las Vegas, if the scene is still, it is perfectly possible to make it. I say this with all security, because myself has made it many times.

LasVegas (author)rimar20002007-03-21

As I said, if locofocos had actually done this, we'd be looking at a stereoscope of a foosball machine, not of a professionally photographed dining room.

rimar2000 (author)LasVegas2007-03-25

I do'nt speak english, so I do'nt understand many words. Example: "foosball". I can see very well a 3D phtograph, it is all.

mrmath (author)rimar20002007-03-26

Foosball is a game based on football (what American's call Soccer). Here are some pictures that may help you.

locofocos (author)LasVegas2007-03-26

I took the picture of MY dining room with a cheap camera we've had for 4 years at least. That picture I took is anything BUT professional. I'll make one of that foosball table if you want or the dining room at a different angle or something, but these are all taken by me.

VIRON (author)LasVegas2007-03-23

True. I can't make that dining room out of the dog and foosball table. I've run them through "The Fly Transporter" a hundred times and now I have a big 8-legged thing from that movie about bug spray and talking typewriters that had a silly name like "Natural Lunch".

locofocos (author)VIRON2007-03-26

No! You don't make the dining room out of the dog and foosball table. The dog was just a joke, and the foosball table was juts an example of something to use. You would need pictures of either one to do this. Anything will work, but pictures with objects at different depths work best. I figured many people wouldn't understand how I explained it, so I'm trying to do my best.

VIRON (author)locofocos2007-03-26

Just joking. I'm very familiar with this method and use it all the time.
What you forgot is stuff like this. A 3D foosball table might be nice to see!
some DIY 3D pictures

mrmath (author)2007-03-21

Can't see it. I stink!

locofocos (author)mrmath2007-03-21

You can cross your eyes, right? (some people actually can't). If you can, just look between the two pictures. While looking there, just slowly cross your eyes more and more. The two images look like they are moving towards each other and eventually the kinda merge together. If they go past each other, start again, but go a little slower. You may also have to get closer to the screen. If you see 4 images, you went too far.

mrmath (author)locofocos2007-03-21

Not only can I cross my eyes "the normal way", but I can cross them independently. I can bring my right eye in to the center while the left stays put, or the other way around. I can even make my eyes do "figure eights". I just can't see this in 3d. Could be my progressive bi-focals getting in the way.

rimar2000 (author)mrmath2007-03-21

You are MISTAKEN. I can see perfectly in 3D that image. I don't understand what you look for when denying it.

mrmath (author)rimar20002007-03-22

I guess it's just what I said before. I stink Seriously, I can't see it. I have problems with those ones that were popular back in the early nineties as well. Can't see them unless I stick it right on the end of my nose and move away slowly. Tried that here, and it didn't work. I stink.

rimar2000 (author)mrmath2007-03-25

I do'nt speak english, so I do'nt understand many words. Example: "I stink". Please, look my response to Dorkfish92

mrmath (author)rimar20002007-03-26

I stink means that I am not good. I'm saying that because I can't see it, I'm not a good person. It is a joke of sorts. :) Also, you shouldn't say you don't speak English. You are very easy to understand. I would say you speak it very well.

erfonz (author)mrmath2007-03-22

it's easier to see when the image is smaller

locofocos (author)2007-03-26

This actually does work. I didn't use a tripod, so they aren't always perfect. And yes, the misspelling was a joke, as well as needing a picture of a basset hound (although it is good luck).

mtxe (author)2007-03-22

wow I have that camera from who knows when

crestind (author)2007-03-21

I'm not one of those special (not as in retarded) people that can see it :(

tyeo098 (author)2007-03-21

YEA! I can do it! Awesome!!!

PetervG (author)2007-03-21

And then I get a blob of blurry nothing.

Bouka (author)2007-03-21

If you are having trouble getting the image to look 3d you should separate the images about a quarter of an inch and hold the image about six inches from your nose and put your hand flat out between your eyes to split your focus. Great instructable.

LasVegas (author)2007-03-21

If you'd actually done this, wouldn't we be looking at the 3D image of your "phooseball" table (I think it's spelled "foosball"), rather than someone else's dining room?

Aeshir (author)2007-03-21

WOAH THAT'S TRIPPY! Holy crap! Nice Instructable! Oh and for other people it might take some practice.

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