How to Convert a 2D Photo to a 3D Photo

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Ideally, converting a photo in 3D requires two separate images processed together to provide three-dimensional depth. These stereo photos are "almost identical" left and right photos that are shot simultaneously with cameras that are in short distance from each other. This is similar to how the two human eyes work.

If you only have one photo and you want this converted into 3D, it is also possible to do that by using an applicable 2D to 3D conversion software.

Download and install a 3D-conversion program that can also produce stereo images from a single photo. Make sure you select a program compatible with your operating system. Most programs have versions for both Mac and PC.

Open your photo in your conversion program. In most programs, you can specify the output format and the depth effects you want to use for your photo. If you are a general user who doesn't want to go too technical in the process, you can simply follow the default settings or proceed to the program's automated version to produce the required set of stereo images.

Click "Convert," "Execute," "OK" or any other similar button referring to the generation of the stereo images. The exact button name depends on the program used for the process.

Check the stereo images that appear in your "Stereo Window," then select the 3D system you want to use to produce a three-dimensional version of your stereo images. Most programs offer the simpler 3D system called the anaglyph 3D system. Unlike the high cost and more technical demands of other systems, anaglyph 3D makes it possible to readily create and view a do-it-yourself 3D photo. The red-cyan 3D glasses required for it are also very accessible and affordable whether making them on your own or buying them in an online store, video store or vintage store.

Wait for the processing of the 3D image to finish. The final image will show on the screen, and you can view it using a pair of anaglyph 3D glasses.