How to Create a 3D Anaglyph Effect in 4 Easy Steps

Want to make any photo look like an awesome 3D movie? In this tutorial, learn how to create a 3D anaglyph photo effect in Adobe Photoshop. It’s as easy as 4 steps, let’s begin!

Software: Adobe Photoshop CC

Difficulty: Beginner

Completion Time: 20 minutes

Images Used For This Tutorial:

Image ID: 20567370 © Olga Ekaterincheva

Create the 3D Effect

Step 1

A 3D anaglyph is a stereoscopic effect that contains two different filtered colored images, one for each eye. To create this effect, first open your photo in Photoshop. Choose a photo with a clean, simple look because anything too busy doesn’t work as well. Here I’ll be using this portrait of a woman with dramatic makeup. Double click the background layer to bring up the New Layer box and name it Layer 1.


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Now press Control-J to duplicate the layer.


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Select the duplicated layer and repeat the same steps. Right-click the layer and go to Blending Options. This time, uncheck the box next to R, which stands for the Red Channel.


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Time to create this awesome effect! Grab the Move Tool (V). Select Layer 1 and hit the left arrow key about 5-15 times to move the image to the left.


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Get Your 3D Glasses Ready!

Step 4

Last but not least, use the Crop Tool (C) to trim the edges. And that’s it! Grab your 3D glasses to see this effect in action.

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Try this simple trick on a number of different photos like the ones below. Experiment with different subjects and play with how far you move the filtered layers for cool results.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed creating this easy 3D effect! Show us your results and let us know if you like this tutorial in the comments!

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