Just recently I noticed quite a number of photos on Facebook which seemed to just pop up from the screen. These photographs are what Facebook is calling 3D photos.
Some of you wanted to know how to create one for yourself, so here is all you need to know.
You just need two things here, to be able to create your own 3D image for Facebook.
- A smartphone which has a dual camera setup and is capable of taking images in ‘portrait mode’.
- The Facebook app (as of today it doesn’t work with the web interface).
So let’s jump right in.
The procedure for creating and uploading a 3D image on Facebook is nearly identical to how you do it normally except for just one detail.
Just follow the steps below:
- Take an image with your smartphone using the ‘portrait mode’
- Log in to your Facebook profile on the app and search for “Facebook 360“
- Navigate to the page and like it
- Now come back to your own profile
- Under the “Create Post” tab, now you should be able to find an additional option called “3D Photo”
- Click on the “3D Photo” option and your camera gallery would pop up
- Select the image you want to share
- Facebook will now analyze the image and create a 3D version of it for you to share
- Give it a title
- Your 3D photo is ready for the Internet
There you have it, your very own image with a little bit of a parallax effect added to it, making it look like a 3-dimensional object.
When you take an image of a subject using the ‘portrait mode’ you use two of the camera simultaneously to record the image. The cameras not only capture light but also create a depth map for the image processing software to use later.
Once the image is recorded, the software then analyzes the data and tries to locate the prime subject in the image. The edges of this subject are then carefully detected and a blur is added to the rest of the background to make it mimic the bokeh effect of a traditional camera.
What Facebook is doing to create a 3D version of this image is to harvest the depth and distance data already available with the image. So to answer your question…yes, you can use ANY of your previous images which were taken using the ‘portrait mode’.
Tip: To really accentuate the 3D effect of the images, make sure that you maintain a healthy distance between your subject and the background. Also if possible, try to find a background which is as uniform as possible and of a different color than your subject.
Go post your 3D photo now!