Create a Stunning 3D Stereo Poster Using Photoshop and iClone


Light, Shadows and Image layers.

Now we will add light and shadow effects to add realism to the Photoshop project. If you want to have text on your final printout, then you may use the image layer feature inside iClone.

Select one light from the ‘Scene Manager’ (bottom left) and change it to ‘Spotlight’ in the ‘Modify’ panel on the right.

Right click in the working area, and select the Motion Menu>Look at item – option. Click on the dog. Now, no matter how you move or rotate the light, the spotlight will always cast on the dog.

Adjust the spotlight to the desired position.

Now, in the ‘Shadow Setting’ section of the ‘Modify’ panel, select the ‘Self-cast Shadow’ from the drop-down list. Then adjust the ‘Opacity’ of the shadow.

This will cast a realistic light and shadow effect on the entire scene.

Drag (with right mouse button) an image file containing text and alpha channel information from a Windows Explorer folder, and drop it straight into the iClone working area. Then select the ‘Image Layer’ item in the pop-up menu so that the text turns into an image layer.

Export as a Regular Printout.

You may now turn the whole scene into an image file for printing as a flyer, brochure or full-screen billboard since you can control the resolution and output size. You may also go back to quickly modify or tweak the entire project if needed.

Go to the Export tab and choose to export as an ‘Image’. Then, select the format type.

Adjust the Output Export size and choose the Final Render option below. Then click the ‘Export’ button.

Create 3D Stereo Printouts.

The best part about using iClone for graphic design is that you can always export your scenes as a 3D stereo image or video. This works magic on any audience you intend to impress and cannot be quickly done via Photoshop alone.

To export as a 3D Stereo image you first need to check the ‘Enable Stereo Vision Output’ box. Then adjust the ‘Convergence Distance’ value. This value defines the distance between the view camera and the zero parallax plane, also known as the convergence point. The zero parallax plan is where the Z-order equals 0 (zero). Any object in front of the plane will pop out, while any object behind the plane will fall behind the scene. Anything standing close to the zero parallax plane will appear neutral without a 3D Stereo effect.

In this tutorial, the grey photo frame is set to the convergence point. The convergence distance value can be measured by counting the grids between the camera and the photo frame.

Finally, we select the ‘Anaglyph (Red/Cyan)’ option button and export the whole scene as a 3D stereo image. (To view the final image below you will need a pair of Red/Cyan Glasses)

Note: Anaglyph is a traditional and low-cost 3D Stereo format but you can also export in any other high-quality 3D Stereo format you need.

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