Go 3D in Your Yearbook Design

3D is the wave of the future and that is exactly where you can take yearbook design to the next level!


Why 3D, you may ask? The reason is obvious: You can immediately attract and engage the attention of the viewers with 3D images than with a static image. Your high school yearbook will then be the talk of the town. You have two options in creating 3D images for your yearbook design.


First, you must have a pair of red/blue 3D glasses to appreciate the effect on Photoshop. Your fellow students must also be provided with the 3D glasses upon their receipt of their yearbooks.


  • Use two images in RGB mode. By the way, RGB stands for “Red Green Blue” that can be mixed to form any color in the rainbow and that are used in computer monitors and televisions to create the colorful images on the screen. The two images will be superimposed on each other. The first image, which should have no layers (flat), will be the background while the second image will be the foreground usually the main subject.


  • Work first on the background image. Go to the Channels pallet, click on the Red Channel, and the background image will be in a black-and-white mode. Select Filter > Other > Offset. Set the Vertical Pixels at 0, the Horizontal Pixels Right at -50, and Undefined Areas Wrap Around. Click OK. Select the RGB Channel on the Channels palette. This will make the background image appear off register sans the 3D glasses.


  • Wear your 3D glasses to appreciate the effect in the second part of the process. Drag the foreground image to the background file, which will result in the subject looking like it is jumping off the background. And your 3D image is complete!

Second, you can use a single camera and save the money for a 3D camera for something else.


  • Focus on the subject.
  • Take 2 photos. The first image should be as is but the second image should have a twist. Move your camera 3 inches to the right and take the second photo.
  • Use an image editor to combine the two shots. The first photo should be on the left and the second photo should be on the right.

If the photo still does not have the 3D effect, you should repeat the process. This is a trial and error process but once you get it, you will find that the shot looks as well as that taken with a 3D camera.


Experiment with 3D on your yearbook design and you will enjoy the cool effect! Just make sure that the 3D effect is, indeed, in line with your overall theme. It will look weird when your yearbook has 3D photos in sepia, for instance.
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