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Combining a portrait with 3D flowers

Dear 3D Photo Friend,
The most desirable and the most difficult thing in 3D lenticular photography is to make 3D Lenticular Portrait. And in my opinion if we will learn the technique how to make 3D lenticular portrait, it will be a huge benefit to our lenticular business. Really, the people always like to have their portraits, especially 3D portraits, but for making 3D lenticular pictures we have to shoot from 6 to 12 and sometimes even more frames. Hence process of multishooting is too long for people, it can be lasted during 2 - 5 minutes. Of course, it is difficult for people to stay absolutely motionless during that time.

Today I would like to share with you one of the idea how to combine the flat portrait with 3D flowers. This method adds more liveliness to flat portrait and opens the wide prospects for your imagination and creativity. Using this idea you will be able to expand your service for your customers.

For this project we need:

  1. "PhotoProjector" interlacing software.
  2. Lenticular sheet 8"x10" (20x25 cm) with lenticules run parallel to short side.
  3. "Ulead PhotoImpact" photo editing software.
  4. Tripod Add-on for multishooting.

I have the portrait of pretty woman (picture 1) and two roses were taken for 3D with 12 frames from different angles (picture 2).

Picture 1

Picture 2

The idea with that particular project was:

  1. The first look has to be concentrated on flowers.
  2. The portrait has to become visible at the second look, after several seconds on the view.

The portrait has to be placed on background. In such a way let's make a background. At first we have to crop the face from picture. For that we can choose the Magic Wand Tool in Ulead PhotoImpact with Similarity - 11 and select the grey area at the left of face (picture 3).

Picture 3

Then clean up the areas marked by yellow color and add the areas around the face using Standard Selection Tool. Then invert selection area and convert the chosen area to Object. We have gotten the object that we can place to any other picture (picture 4).

Picture 4

I wanted to make the picture with size of 8"x10" (20x25 cm). The proportion of that picture is 4:5. I have chosen the size of each frame as 2400x3000 pixels. Hence let's make New Image with white color and size of 2400x3000 pixels (picture 5).

Picture 5

Then we choose Path Drawing Tool and make the rectangular object with size of 2400x3000 pixels and choose the filling color as Gradient from dark to light grey (picture 6).

Picture 6

Now we can drag and drop the "Face" object to this picture. The object is too small for our picture. Hence we have to choose Transform Tool and enlarge the object (picture 7).

Picture 7

Drag and drop the object to the right side of picture. Now it is better to blur the object using Effect button and make this object as half transparent, using object properties. We got the background like shown on picture 8.

Picture 8

Now we have to place the flowers to this background. For that we have to crop the flowers from one of the frame the same way as we did already with face and place the "flowers" object on background. We have to choose the "Zero point" of our 3D object. It can be visible on all frames. I have chosen the leaf inside the yellow area (picture 9).

Picture 9

We have to cut of this small area using Standard Selection Tool, place it to background and merge this small object with background (picture 10).

Picture 10

Now we have to crope the flowers from first frame, transform it to object and move this object to the background picture. Click on right button of mouse and choose the Properties... (picture 11).

Picture 11

Make the object transparent (picture 12).

Picture 12

Now we can move the object to align it with our "Zero point" as shown by yellow arrow. Enlarge the picture for accurate alignment (picture 13).

Picture 13

Then we have to make that object opaque, merge the object with background and save the picture to computer hard drive with name 1.jpg. We have gotten the first frame of our portrait with 3D flowers.

Now we have to repeat the same consecution of actions with all other flower's frames and make other portrait's frames. You can see the animation that was made from that frames (picture 14).

Picture 14

As you conjecture you will be able to use this method for different projects where you will be able to combine 3D object or even several objects with flat picture. As example you can see my other pictures that I have made using this technigue (picture 15 and 16).

Picture 15

Picture 16

Sincerely yours,
Igor Kurchavov