November 17, 2020

How to make a 3D photo for Facebook

We can make posts with 3D photos on Facebook. We need to include a photo and a depth map. How can we easily make such depth maps?

We need two images: a regular image with color (taken by a regular camera) and another, greyscale image, called a depth map. A depth map says, how far is each object from the camera (from its lens). Near objects are bright, while far objects are dark.

An object in front is usually white. The sky is usually completely black.

Phones with two or more cameras can take depth maps and insert them into JPG photos. Open such JPG in to see the depth map inside it.

Create a Depth Map Yourself

When we don't have a depth map from a camera, we can paint such greyscale image ourselves. is a great tool to do it! Start by opening a color photo (File - Open). Make a new empty layer (Layer - New - Layer). Decrease its opacity to 50% (at the top of the Layers panel, which is on the right). Now, when we paint with grey, we will still partially see the colored image.

Choose a Brush tool (press B on the keyboard) and pick the grey color (at the bottom of the toolbar). Now, we can paint with shades of grey to make a depth map. We can use Selections to paint only inside a specific area.

Quickly Preview The Result

We can preview a 3D photo right in Photopea. Press Window - More - 3D Viewer. It will open a special plugin, where we can preview depth maps. First, make sure the color photo is visible, and press "Load Color" in the 3D Viewer. Then, unhide our depth map (set its opacity to 100%) and press "Load Depth" in the 3D Viewer. We should see the 3D image in front of us.

Save Two Images

When the depth map looks well, save it to the computer. Press File - Export As - PNG, and press "Save", while adding the "_depth" to the end of the file name. If our colored image is named "dog.jpg", the depth map should have a name "dog_depth.png". Load both images into a Facebook post and publish your first 3D photo :)

Press Window - More - 3D Viewer, to preview 3D photos right inside Photopea :)

Posted by Photopea on Tuesday, November 17, 2020


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