Tips for Creating a Depth Map for 3D Photos

More and more creators are creating 3D Photos to post on Facebook (and create 3D Photo Display Ads to run across the web).

To create truly stunning 3D effects in a 3D Photo, creators need to master creating a depth map.

As our team continues to test our free 3D Photo Creator Tool by building dozens of 3D Photos and depth maps, we wanted to share our top tips for creating the best depth maps.

Avoid white and keep the overall depth map in gray tone

Use shades of gray to fill in. Black-gray for the farthest object and light-gray for the nearest object instead of white color.3d photo depth map

Blur object edges on your depth map 

Blurring helps avoid stretching the edge of the object when moving.

Our designer shared this: “My trick is to add effect Outer Glow size 10-13px using the same color as the object. The Gaussian Blur Filter can work too.”

3d photo depth map blur edge

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Create fake layers

3D Photos work when your image has a depth-of-field. Even if your image does not have obvious depth layers, create some.

Try to have at least three layers to see the difference: a foreground, mid-ground and background.

3d depth map wreck it ralph
Here’s our depth map from our Wreck It Ralph FB 3D Post

Incorporate any text as an overlay

If you want to incorporate text, we recommend adding text as an overlay in the OmniVirt 3D Photo Creator tool instead. If you place it as part of the depth map, your 3D effect may look distorted because of the sharpness of the edges of text.

Bonus tip:

We’ve seen images with dust splashes over the main object work very well with 3D. See below:

3d depth map shadow

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