I have been smitten with learning how to make Anaglyphs, stereo 3D images viewable with red/cyan glasses. I stumbled onto a Flickr pool for Anaglyphs and was taken by images by afficiandos including this one that is my current FAVORITE OF ALL TIME IMAGE. If you have a pair of Red/Cyan's get'em out and go see>>>It's a deep, magical image of a forest that when viewed with Red/Cyan 3D glasses becomes so dimensional I feel as though I could touch the trees and walk onto the misty path.
I've been rabidly researching the principles and various methods of anaglyph creation and was thrilled to discover it's incredibly easy to at least get some sort of 3D effect. Simple to learn, bit longer to get really good at it, no doubt.
When I found this super simple video tutorial for one Photoshop method by Open Tutorial's Photoshop Anaglyph Demo I couldn't run to try it out fast enough.
Who better to test techniques with than the Halfland character sculpt for goat woman, Rana... a RANAglyph, if you will. I attached my camera to the SmooMoo dolly and moved it about 2.5" between the pair of shots, angling the lens towards the puppet for each. I used Open Tutorial's technique and then added some PS sketch filters to see if a modified image would still hold the effect. (This hints at some cunning plans I have.)
This RANAglyph used Frans (3Djavu.nl)'s Pop Out (3D) technique, also for Photoshop, yet entirely different.
There are several free software applications available for PC and Mac that are specifically made for creating Anaglyphs. There are good insights into the logic of how Anaglyphs are made in this translated French tutorials with gif animations. There are even methods of making them that don't require taking two images.
Taking all of that into account and studying this little hand-drawn Anaglyph Key, that Frans also made, makes it easy to get how to make different parts of images recede or come out from the screen by adjusting the red and cyan channels to the right or left of the original image/art.
I'm not sure how this effect might figure into Halfland, but it's definitely a stimulating new toy to have...
Today's Art Bonus: Wooden Lace Necklace (click through for more details)