In this quick Photoshop tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a 3D anaglyph effect in Photoshop. This is not only a fun effect but you can also experiment with anaglyph red and cyan 3D glasses. This effect is recommended for black and white photos but also color images with decent contrast.

You can even create a 3D version of your time-lapse video. Let’s see how to create this simple effect quickly.

Tutorial details and resources

Difficulty: Beginner
Apps: Adobe Photoshop (CS3 or later)
Estimated Completion Time: 5-10′ Minutes
Resources: Old Ford car by Leon

Step 1 > Open your Image & Duplicate

First run Photoshop and open the image you want. Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer to create a new copy (image a).

3d anaglyph effect in photoshop step1

Step 2 > Blending Options

Go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Option and uncheck the Red channel in the main tab (image 2b).

Blending options

3d anaglyph effect in photoshop step2

Disable the red channel and press OK to confirm.

3d anaglyph effect in photoshop step3

Step 3 > Move the Layer

Move the second layer by 25-30px by pressing the right arrow shortcut in your keyboard.

3d anaglyph effect in photoshop step4

Step 4 > Crop the Image

Pick the Crop Tool (C) on your toolbox and crop the edges where the layers don’t align.(image 4a).

3d anaglyph effect in photoshop step5

Final Work

Experiment with different images and save the image to create a 3D anaglyph photo. You can also test final work by using your anaglyph 3D glasses.

3d anaglyph effect in photoshop final work

Freebie Details

Size: 200kb
File(s): Atn (Photoshop)
Author: Dreamstale


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