Tutorial: How to Create 3D Photos For Facebook

Want to create a 3D Photo using your own 2D image? Use the OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator.

Skip our intro and read the step-by-step tutorial 

Facebook launches 3D Photos

Facebook recently launched 3D photos for News Feed, VR, and Stories (which rolled out in April 2019).

3D Photos bring image content even closer to being more realistic and engaging. 3D Photos transform regular images into ones with depth and movement.

See this example of a 3D Photo of Albert Einstein below:

3D Photos are cool …
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Albert Einstein. Original photo by unknown
Depth by Luck Nawaporn (OmniVirt – VR Advertising Platform)

Posted by OmniVirt on Thursday, October 25, 2018

For marketers, 3D images represent a world of possibility because the format allows for sharable visual content that is inherently more engaging.

A Solution Outside of iPhone + Samsung Portrait Mode

However, there is a catch.

Facebook allows you to create 3D Photos using a dual lens smartphone capturing images in Portrait Mode…aka the iPhone 7 Plus and above. It announced support for Samsung devices started in May 2019.

While nice and simple for consumers, marketers and businesses are using high-quality marketing images with text, graphical overlays, etc. that aren’t necessarily captured in iPhone’s Portrait Mode.

Which is why we created the 3D Photo Creator. We want to help you create 3D Photos using any of your 2D content.

See examples below:

So, we created a tutorial to help you convert your 2D images into 3D Photos for Facebook. Now you can create 3D images quickly and easily. You can also create 3D Photo Ads to distribute across the web if you’re an advertiser!

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OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator Tutorial

1. Prepare your 2D image

Mona Lisa 3D Photo
Sample Photo [Download]
Ensure your photo is in JPG or JPEG format. We recommend a photo with dimension 3024 x 4032px (portrait) or 4032px x 3024 (landscape).

2. Upload your 2D image to the OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator

3. Upload a depth map

Mona Lisa Depth 2
Sample Depth Photo [Download]
A depth map is a layer of information that captures the distance between the foreground and background of the image. This is what enables the movement and dimension in a 3D Photo.

To learn how to create a depth map from our image, you can use any photo editing tools such as Photoshop. Read a tutorial on how to do this here.

If your image features a face, you can use OmniVirt’s Predict Depth Map feature to auto-generate a depth map for you. Additionally, our tool also extracts depth maps from photos taken on iPhone and Android devices.

4. View your Live Preview and Save your 3D Photo

After uploading the depth map, you’ll see the live preview of your 3D Photo. You can Save 3D Photo on your local machine to then post onto Facebook.

Merge 2D Photo with Depth Map to Create 3D Photo
Merge 2D Photo with Depth Map to Create 3D Photo

5. Post your 3D Photo on Facebook

Once you’ve generated your custom 3D Photo, simply transfer the file to your phone. Log into your Facebook account and select “3D Photo” from Facebook’s Post menu.

(If you couldn’t find your photo listed as Portrait photo, you might need to check at the top and at the bottom of your photo album).

For more info, please follow the instructions below to share on your Facebook profile and/or Fan Page.

Posting 3D Photo to your Facebook Profile

Note: To upload your 3D photo, you can use Facebook’s web upload option (for images not taken on an iPhone) or you can upload a Portrait Mode photo from your  iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max.

      1. Like the OmniVirt Facebook Page
      2. Open the zip file generated from the OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator –this will contain your source image and depth map.
      3. Ensure your file naming convention is “image.jpg” and “image_depth.jpg” for source image and depth map image respectively.
      4. Drag and drop the files in Facebook’s Create Post box!

Ready to start creating 3D Photo?

Use the OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator tool now.

Or use our infographic as a handy visual guide:

how to create 3d photo on facebook infographic

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