Browsing through some old photos, I noticed that there was a pair taken centimeters apart from one another, and flipping through them rapidly created that pseudo-3d effect (turns out that’s called wiggle stereoscopy). Which got me thinking about perspective, which got me thinking about stereoscopy, which got me to open Photoshop and start putzing around.
So here’s my first perspective test:
The cluster of two circles at the top is pretty straightforward. The two more subtle and uncertain things I spent more time playing with were the background and the sphere at the bottom. The background cloud has a bit of distortion that Should make the bottom clouds seem closer, but I’m not really sure if that’s happening. And for the sphere, I’m trying to play with lighting to make it seem like you’re looking at the same object from the perspective of each individual eyeball. Because the lighting is on the left side of the ball, your right eye should be seeing a little less of it. Playing with this has been weird, as the further I take the light from the same spot, the more confused the image gets. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong yet.
Ok, so I got all into the wiggle stereoscopy idea after typing all this up, so I decided to go ahead and learn a little more about Photoshop. Yes, folks, I have clearly caught up with the rest of the internet. I’m coding like it’s 1997, and here I present you with my first ever animated .gif. Enjoy.