3D Truth in Old Masters - A New Side of Da Vinci

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There's a viral video going around featuring some clever 3D effects on classic paintings. It's pretty funny, and has me wondering about the potential of 3D a well as ideas for fun video effects.

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Stunning stuff! I realize

Stunning stuff! I realize it's meant as a gag, but I love the effect! I have using Adobe After Effects to create 3D effects on my to-do list for my next AA TV episode whenever the heck I catch some air...

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I experimented with the

I experimented with the technique in my last matt chat (Tunnels of Doom). It's very subtle, but watch closely what happens when I show the game box.

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Matt Barton wrote:

I experimented with the technique in my last matt chat (Tunnels of Doom). It's very subtle, but watch closely what happens when I show the game box.

Ah, I see it now. Yes, very subtle. I'm going to try a more dramatic effect, but who knows how it will come out.

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LOL. Yeah, I had it more

LOL. Yeah, I had it more extreme before, but wasn't happy with it. I think the image just didn't lend itself to that technique very well. You really need something with clearly defined layers to begin with.

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LOL. Yeah, I had it more extreme before, but wasn't happy with it. I think the image just didn't lend itself to that technique very well. You really need something with clearly defined layers to begin with.

Yeah, it certainly wasn't a criticism, it was that it was so subtle I didn't notice it until after you told me. I agree that an image with larger elements, rather than the elements within the interior border of the box, would have probably been more noticeable. I also notice that whenever it's done on the documentaries, the effect lingers a bit, so I think if it's done it needs to be done for more than a few seconds (maybe double that).

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The most impressive one I've

The most impressive one I've seen was that one for Munsch's Scream. Obviously, you'd need something like that more if you had no video to work with and were limited to photographs. It almost felt like I was just doing it just to do it. I am sort of itching for a chance to really do it right, but need the right context.

I was looking at game box covers to try to find something to work with. Something like this would be ideal.

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I was looking at game box covers to try to find something to work with. Something like this would be ideal.

I think it might be tough to define the edges on that. I was going to try it on some old ads with people in them.

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I notice that some of them

I notice that some of them are also using some sort of "depth of field effect." That looks great but is starting to get into professional territory. The concept seems to be to blur the background layers in a way so that you appear to be focusing on different parts of the image. Gives it a 3D like quality.

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Matt Barton wrote:

I notice that some of them are also using some sort of "depth of field effect." That looks great but is starting to get into professional territory. The concept seems to be to blur the background layers in a way so that you appear to be focusing on different parts of the image. Gives it a 3D like quality.

Well, like I said, I can try it in Adobe After Effects, which I'm pretty sure is what is generally typically used anyway, no matter how sophisticated. I have that YouTube video favorited that shows the steps how it was done in the program. Of course, I still have to learn my way around the program. I haven't even cracked the book yet.

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Bill Loguidice wrote:
Matt Barton wrote:

I notice that some of them are also using some sort of "depth of field effect." That looks great but is starting to get into professional territory. The concept seems to be to blur the background layers in a way so that you appear to be focusing on different parts of the image. Gives it a 3D like quality.

Well, like I said, I can try it in Adobe After Effects, which I'm pretty sure is what is generally typically used anyway, no matter how sophisticated. I have that YouTube video favorited that shows the steps how it was done in the program. Of course, I still have to learn my way around the program. I haven't even cracked the book yet.

This new Adobe PS CS5 feature would make achieving the 3D zoom effect even easier, since it's based on removing objects to create layers: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2362423,00.asp . Too bad I only have CS4.

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