Colin Maxwell
Lecturer in Digital Media & photography

3D stereoscopic images in Adobe Photoshop

Technical Tutorial Published 10/11/10 Last updated on 5/16/18
Step by step instructions on making 3D stereoscopic images from photographs using Adobe Photoshop.
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    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

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Nicole Dalesio

Posted on 9/6/11 6:10:51 PM Permalink

Or, for those who have the extended version of Photoshop, you could just you could just edit the video in Photoshop! I love editing short clips in Photoshop.

Colin Maxwell

Posted on 9/6/11 5:42:28 PM Permalink

Nicole - yes two video cameras side by side. I taped 2 flip video cameras together. Use a clapperboard or some other device to ensure that you have a starting point for synchronising your two videos. Use the blending in Premiere just as you would in Photoshop. I seem to remember it wasn't exactly like Photoshop, but have forgotten what the problem was - something to do with using a different blending type or something...its been a while. Also check out

Nicole Dalesio

Posted on 9/6/11 5:32:40 PM Permalink

Colin, I love this! I was just thinking about how I might do this, and here it is. Will definitely try it! Now, do do this with video, I'm thinking that you'd need two cameras, side by side, right?

Ermina Waters

Posted on 9/6/11 4:42:16 PM Permalink

Lovely idea. A great way to teach layers, channels and blending modes.

Meredith Blache

Posted on 2/20/11 11:49:31 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this Colin. I have students doing research on 3-D glasses, 3-D cameras and 3-D tvs right now. This will be a great assignment to share with them so they can better understand how simple the actual concept is and they can try it themselves.


Mike Skocko

Posted on 10/13/10 9:36:30 AM Permalink

I second, Carolyn's comment. Haven't seen or tried this, but certainly will be soon. Thanks, Colin!

Carolyn Zellers

Posted on 10/11/10 3:56:12 PM Permalink

Thanks, Colin, for this great tutorial. The fact that it's short and simple means it is much more do-able in the time we have with our classes! With 3D everything going on around us, kids will get a better understanding of how it works, when they create their own 3D image.