Create an Awesome 3D Effect in Photoshop – EASY!

Today I will be walking you through how to make a cool 3D effect to any photo. If you don’t know Photoshop very well, don’t worry, this tutorial is very easy so it is best suited for beginners. To do this, you will only need a version of Photoshop (I am using Photoshop CC 2018 on Mac), and a black and white picture.

Step 1: Open your photo in Photoshop. You can do this a few different ways. In Photoshop, click File>Open>(your picture). Or you can just right-click on your photo and click Open With>Photoshop. This is the photo I will be working with:

Step 2: First, you need to duplicate the background. In the Layers tab at the bottom right, click on the background layer and duplicate it by pressing Command+J. You should have 2 layers now. Double click on the name and rename it “Red”.

Step 3: Click the eyeball next to the Background layer to hide it. Now select the “Red” layer and click the  button at the bottom of the Layers Tab and select “Blending Options”. In the Layer Style window that opens up, simply uncheck the Green and Blue boxes. Then hit OK.

Step 4: Select the Red layer and duplicate it by pressing Command+J. Name this new layer “Cyan”. Click the eyeball next to the Red layer to hide it.

Step 5: Now we will basically repeat Step 3 with a minor change. Activate the Cyan layer by clicking on it. Click the  button and select “Blending Options”. Uncheck Red and Check Green and Blue. Then hit OK.

Step 6: Unhide the Red layer and activate it by clicking on it. Now Command+Click on the Red layer to select it. Select your Move Tool  on the left sidebar. Press the right arrow key 10 times to slightly move the Red layer off the original. Now press Command+D to deselect it. It should now look something like this:

Step 7: Now we will do the same thing to the Cyan layer but to the other side. Click on the Cyan layer, and then Command+Click on the Cyan layer to select it. With your Move Tool  still selected, tap the Left arrow key 10 times to move it left. Press Command+D to deselect it.

Step 8: Finally, unhide the background layer. And that’s it! You did it!