Saturday, November 23, 2013

How to add parallax depth effect to a photo

If you saw any documentary in the past year, you've probably come across a curious effect in which a regular 2D photo seems to have extra depth, with some of its elements popping out of the image. With a little bit of patience and the right tools, you can add the same effect to your own photos.

Showing a static photo in a video is... to put it simply... boring! You have easy ways to reduce that boredom, like resorting to the popular Ken Burns effect, zooming and panning around the image; but if you want to truly stand out, there's nothing like using the parallax 2.5D effect. However, if in the Ken Burns effect you can simply select it and its done, with the parallax effect you'll need to select each element by hand so you can later apply animation to create the illusion of depth and movement. Thankfully, with Photoshop and After Effects... it becomes a bit easier.

Once you're comfortable with this technique, nothing stop you from going even further. As you have the different elements in individual shapes and layers, you can distort them and create an even bigger illusion. When done properly, the results are truly astonishing. Check out the following video... and keep in mind that each scene you're about to see was made using nothing but a single photo!

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