Pop Up Photo Project

Pop Up Photo Project

Use one of your own photos (not one from the internet).  It does not have to be a person, it could be a building, tree, animal, etc.  The more the subject is in the center of the frame, the easier it will be. 3d effect original     3d efffect Make an object pop out of the photo by giving it a 3D effect:

  • Open your file in Photoshop
  • Go to Image—>Image size
  • Change the largest size (in my case, it would be the height) to 10 inches and the resolution to 200
  • image size
  • Make two copies of the background (press COMMAND J) twice
  • 3d pop up step 1
  • Rename Layer 1 to ‘Flat’ and Layer 1 copy to ‘Pop up’
  • 3d pop up step 2
  • Make the Flat and Pop up layers invisible and select the Background layer
  • 3d pop up step 3
  • Select ‘New Fill or Adjustment Layer’ on the bottom of the Layers Panel to add a gradient to the background (select ‘gradient’)
  • 3d pop up step 4
  • Select the ‘Black White’ gradient (NOT the foreground to the background gradient)
  • 3d pop up step 5
  • Edit the gradient from a black starting point to a mid gray.  This is done by double clicking the ‘black color stop’ (the one on the bottom of the scale) and selecting a gray replacement.  Press OK when finished.
  • 3d pop up step 6
  • Your Layers Panel should look like this:
  • 3d pop up step 7
  • Turn on the ‘Flat’ layer and select it (make sure it’s highlighted)
  • 3d pop up step 8
  • Select the Rectangular Marque Tool (M) and make a selection around the part of the image that will be flattened
  • 3d pop up step 9
  • Go to Select—>Transform Selection
  • Press ‘Control’ while clicking inside the rectangle and then select ‘Perspective’
  •  3d pop up step 10
  • Select one of the top corners and move it inward towards the center (do not drag it up or down).  The other handle should automatically start moving as well.
  • Select one of the bottom corners and move it outward towards the edges (do not drag it up or down)
  • 3d pop up step 11
  • Press ‘Control’ while clicking inside the rectangle and then select ‘Scale’
  • Select the top middle square and draw down towards the center
  • Select the bottom middle square and draw upwards towards the center
  • Repeat the Scale and Perspective steps until the selection looks as if it’s fading back
  • 3d pop up step 12
  • When you are finished with your selection, release it by pressing enter/return
  • Add a layer mask
  • 3d pop up step 13
  • Your project should look like this
  • 3d pop up step 14
  • We need to add a border by clicking of ‘fx’ on the bottom of the Layers Panel
  • Choose ‘Stroke’ from the list
  • Change the color to white and press OK
  •  3d pop up step 15
  • Change the position to ‘inside’
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  • Change the Size of the border anywhere between 14-20 and press OK to close the box
  • 3d pop up step 17
  • Select the ‘Pop up’ layer and make it visible
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  • On the ‘Pop up’ layer, make a selection around the portion of the image that is going to have the 3-D effect.  Use any of the selection tools.
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  • Add a Layer Mask to the ‘Pop up’ layer
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  • On the ‘Flat’ layer, press COMMAND and click on the mask thumbnail (make sure your selection reappears)
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  • Add a new layer and place it under the ‘Flat’ layer and rename it ‘Shadow’
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  • Make sure the ‘Shadow’ Layer is selected and go to Edit—>Fill
  • Change the ‘Use’ to ‘Black’ and the ‘Mode’ to ‘Normal’ and press OK
  • 3d pop up step 23
  • On the ‘Flat’ layer, select the link icon to remove it (it’s located between the thumbnail of the large image and the thumbnail of the mask).  This unlinks the mask from the layer and allows us to edit it.
  • 3d pop up step 24  3d pop up step 25
  • Go to Select—>Deselect (or COMMAND D)
  • Make sure the layer mask thumbnail is selected from the ‘Flat’ layer and go to Edit—>Transform—>Warp
  • Drag the corners upward to curve the corners.  This will create a shadow.  Release the selection by pressing ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’
  • 3d pop up step 26
  • The shadow will appear sharp and look unrealistic.  To fix that, select the ‘Shadow’ layer and go to Filter—>Blur—>Gaussian Blur.
  • Change the Radius between 8-11
  • 3d pop up step 27
  • To make the shadow blend even more, adjust the opacity in the ‘Shadow’ layer in the Layers Panel between 50-80
  • Go to Edit—>Free Transform to resize the shadow so it lines up better with the edges of the photo
  • On the ‘Gradient Fill 1’ layer, double click on the thumbnail to change the color of the gradient.  Click on the gradient and then the gray square to change the color.  Use the Color  Picker to select the color that the gradient should be.  You will do this by moving the Color Picker over the photo and click on the color you want.  Press OK to close the box.
  • 3d pop up step 28
  • Go to File—>Save
  • Go to Layer—>Flatten Image
  • Go to File—>Save As—>Check the ‘As a Copy’ box—>Format—>JPEG
  • Post to your blog and write a description of your process.  If it is having the ‘404’ error, post it ‘large’ or take a screen shot and post it (COMMAND SHIFT 4)