How to Create Anaglyph Fonts

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How to Create Anaglyph Fonts
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3D imagery has become popular in recent years, being used in a number of major motion pictures and in print ads, posters and websites. These images are technically known as anaglyphs and appear 3D when viewed with special coloured glasses. One of the more interesting uses of this effect is in creating 3D letters. There are several 3D modelling programs you can use to create 3D letter images for anaglyphs. You will also need a graphs program like Adobe Photoshop to process the resulting images.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Adobe Photoshop

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Instructions

    Vue Infinite

  1. 1

    Open Vue Infinite. Select the "Text" tool from the toolbar and type in the text you want to use in the scene. Go to the camera controls on the right and aim the camera directly at the centre of the letters.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Render" button at the top to render the image in the view. Click on the "Save" icon above the view to save the image. Name it "imageleft."

  3. 3

    Move the camera slightly to the right, aim it at the letters again, and render the image again. Save this one as "imageright."

  4. 4

    Open Photoshop. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialogue, locate the "imageleft" image and open it. Then open the "imageright" image and copy and paste it into the first document.

  5. 5

    Go to the "Layers" palette and reduce the "Opacity" of the top layer to 50 per cent. Use the "Move" tool to make sure the focus point is aligned. Return the "Opacity" to 100 per cent. Use the "Crop" tool to trim the edges.

  6. 6

    Select the "imageright" layer. Select "Image" from the menu and choose "Adjustment." Choose "Levels."

  7. 7

    Click on the drop-down menu in the dialogue and choose "Red." Make the 255 in the output level 0 and click "OK." Repeat this process with the "imageleft" image, but change the "Blue" and "Green" 255 number to 0.

  8. 8

    Go to the "Layers" panel and change the top layer to "Screen." Save your image as a JPEG.

    Poser

  1. 1

    Download some text props from a site like Renderosity or Turbosquid.

  2. 2

    Open Poser. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Import." Import the letters you want to use into the program and position them.

  3. 3

    Position the camera so it focuses on the centre of the letters. Click on "Render" and save the resulting image as "imageleft." Move the camera to the right, reposition it and render the image. Save it as "imageright."

  4. 4

    Open Photoshop. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialogue, locate the "imageleft" image and open it. Then open the "imageright" image and copy and paste it into the first document.

  5. 5

    Go to the "Layers" palette and reduce the "Opacity" of the top layer to 50 per cent. Use the "Move" tool to make sure the focus point is aligned. Return the "Opacity" to 100 per cent. Use the "Crop" tool to trim the edges.

  6. 6

    Select the "imageright" layer. Select "Image" from the menu and choose "Adjustment." Choose "Levels."

  7. 7

    Click on the drop-down menu in the dialogue and choose "Red." Change the 255 in the output level to 0 and click "OK." Repeat this process with the "imageleft" image, but change the "Blue" and "Green" 255 number to 0.

  8. 8

    Go to the "Layers" panel and change the top layer to "Screen." Save your image as a JPEG.

    Daz Studio

  1. 1

    Download some text props from a site like Renderosity or Turbosquid.

  2. 2

    Open Daz Studio. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Import." Import the letters you want to use into the program and position them.

  3. 3

    Position the camera so it focuses on the centre of the letters. Click on "Render" and save the resulting image as "imageleft." Move the camera to the right, reposition it and render the image. Save it as "imageright."

  4. 4

    Open Photoshop. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialogue, locate the "imageleft" image and open it. Then open the "imageright" image and copy and paste it into the first document.

  5. 5

    Go to the "Layers" palette and reduce the "Opacity" of the top layer to 50 per cent. Use the "Move" tool to make sure the focus point is aligned. Return the "Opacity" to 100 per cent. Use the "Crop" tool to trim the edges.

  6. 6

    Select the "imageright" layer. Select "Image" from the menu and choose "Adjustment." Choose "Levels."

  7. 7

    Click on the drop-down menu in the dialogue and choose "Red." Change the 255 in the output level to 0 and click "OK." Repeat this process with the "imageleft" image, but change the "Blue" and "Green" 255 number to 0.

  8. 8

    Go to the "Layers" panel and change the top layer to "Screen." Save your image as a JPEG.

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