Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we want to Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect on the photo by using different tools in Photoshop.
You can follow along by opening any image into Photoshop.
Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Step 1: Duplicate the Background layer

Start by making a copy of the image. In the Layers panel, click on the Background layer and drag it onto the New Layer icon:
Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Dragging the Background layer onto the New Layer icon.

A copy appears above the original:

Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Background copy layer appears.
Then double-click on the name Background copy to highlight it:Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Double-clicking on the layer’s name to change it.And change the layer’s name to 3D. Press Enter (Win) / Return (Mac) to accept it:

Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Changing the name to 3D.

Step 2: Open the Layer Style dialog box

With the 3D layer active, click the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers panel:

Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Clicking the layer effects icon.
And choose Blending Options from the top of the list:Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Choosing “Blending Options” from the menu.

Step 3 : Turn off the Green and Blue color channels

Photoshop opens the Layer Style dialog box, with the Blending Options in the middle column. In the Advanced Blending section, look for the RG and B checkboxes next to the word Channels:

Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

The R, G and B channel checkboxes.

R, G and B stand for RedGreen and Blue, which are the three primary colors of light. Each primary color gets its own color channel in Photoshop, and all three channels are mixed together to create every color we see in the image. We’ll use these color channels to create our retro 3D effect.

Uncheck the G and B boxes to turn the Green and Blue channels off, but leave the Red (R) channel turned on. Then click OK to close the Layer Style dialog box:

Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Turning off the Green and Blue color channels.

To see what’s happened, go back to the Layers panel and hide the Background layer by clicking its visibility icon:

Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Clicking the Background layer’s visibility icon.

With only the 3D layer visible, and with the Green and Blue channels turned off, the image appears in red:

Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

The image using only the Red color channel.

Turn the Background layer back on by clicking the empty box where the visibility icon normally appears:
Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Turning on the Background layer.

And now we’re back to the full color image:
Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

The full color image returns.

Step 4: Select the Move Tool

All we need to do now is offset the image on the 3D layer so that it’s out of alignment with the original image below it.

To do that, first select the Move Tool from the Toolbar:

Selecting the Move Tool.

Step 5: Nudge the image to the left

Then with the 3D layer selected in the Layers panel, use the left arrow key on your keyboard to nudge the image on the layer towards the left. As the image moves, a red outline appears along one side of each object in the image. And because cyan is the opposite of red, a cyan outline (the other color in those old red and blue 3D glasses) appears along the other side, creating our retro 3D effect.

The further you nudge the image on the 3D layer, the thicker the red and cyan outlines will appear. So adjust the effect until you’re happy with the result:

Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect

Nudging the image on the 3D layer to create the retro 3D movie effect.

Ultimately, you can Create a Retro 3D Movie Effect differently by using a few techniques and editing color.

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