How to create Facebook 3D photos from your designs:
- Create your 3D scene in Vectary
- Render the scene with the Depth Map and export it from Vectary
- Send the exported images to your iPhone
- Open the DepthCam app or Omnivirt online 3D photo creator
- Import the render
- Import the Depth Map
- Export the 3D render
- Upload as a Facebook 3D photo
Scroll below for more detailed instructions.
How the Facebook 3D photos feature works
Announced already in May at their F8 conference, Facebook has recently rolled out its new 3D photos feature to all of its users who own an iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus or above. Although it’s more of a “3D render” than a real 3D photo, this functionality works by giving the appearance of depth to a static, flat image and allows users to pan, scroll or tilt the photo to scroll its background.
Facebook’s new feature makes use of the depth maps generated by newer iPhone models (iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max) in their Portrait Mode. Basically, the two lenses on these iPhones are configured in such a way that they can capture the same image from two slightly different angles of the subject, and then these two source images can be used to create a depth map. With this extra data, you can upload your Portrait photos to Facebook and turn them into a 3D photo.
How to use Vectary to create a Facebook 3D photo
If you want to post more complex and original visual content, there’s also another way you can create a Facebook 3D photo without using the iPhone’s dual camera to take a picture. Instead, you can create a beautiful 3D scene in Vectary and export it both as a 3D render and a depth map image.
What you need:
- A laptop or computer with an internet connection
- the online 3D design tool
- iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus or above
- or Omnivirt online 3D photo creator
- Facebook app (installed on your iPhone)
- Open your 3D scene in Vectary. Make adjustments (if needed) and set the viewing angle that you like. Also make sure to set the resolution to a recommended 1600x1200px. Learn how to create an isometric 3D room like in the image in this tutorial on our Youtube.
- In the panel on the right, click the Export tab and then click to enable the Depth Map.
- Next, click Download image. This will export your image as two files (zipped): a normal render (the diffuse image) and a depth map image.
- Unzip the two files and send them to your iPhone (you can use AirDrop for this, if you’re on a Mac).
- Open the DepthCam app on your iPhone. If you don't want to install a specific app to do this, use Omnivirt's Online 3D photo creator
- Tap the Library icon.
- In the "All Photos" folder that opens, tap on your render (do not tap on the depth map).
- Tap the Import Depth Map button. You will find the depth map under your render on the same screen.
- Tap the Download icon in the bottom right corner and, from the menu options that appear, tap Save Facebook 3D Photo. This saves your image in the All Photos folder as well as in your Portraits folder.
- Open the Facebook app, and tap to create a new post.
- Tap the 3D photo option from the dropdown list, select your image from the photos folder and share it.
How to create 3D photo without an iPhone : Apps and tools
If you don't have an iPhone 7 plus and above to with the dual camera in the back, you can still create 3D photos from your normal photos or illustrations. However, you are still going to need an iPhone 7 plus and above to post them.
These tools will merge your photo with the depth map:
Paid iOS app that lets you capture or create photos with depth. You can load your normal photos / renders and your depth map and export the 3D photo format intended for Facebook.
Free online tool that creates the 3D photo for you, when you upload the normal photo / render. It can predict the depth map or you can upload your own file. Pretty handy!
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