Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Museum (Partial Anaglyphic Images And Digital Trompe L'Oeil)

The animation above is a partial red-blue anaglyph designed to be viewed with 3D glasses, red left, blue right.

In this case only the framed picture within the picture is anaglyphic while the background is non-anaglyphic 2D, from a 3D render, then animated in Sqirlz Lite.

In effect this is a kind of digital trompe l'oeil with the anaglyphic section giving the impression of projection and depth in selected areas.

The first step was the larger anaglyphic image below--click on the image to view full size:

This image was constructed by yet another variation of mixed 2D-3D anaglyphization.

In this case the original was made by the 3D method, with images from two different camera angles as input into Anaglyph Maker, which automatically constructs the 3D anaglyph. The resulting 3D anaglyph was then separated into its red and blue elements in Corel Photo-Paint, and the whole image reassembled as an anaglyph with no masking. This intensified the depth and projection of the whole anaglyph.

The next step was the image below:

In this case, the anaglyph was framed in a 2D program--Photo-Paint again--and the shadow outside the white framing was added, another kind of trompe l'oeil, giving the impression of a picture peeking out of its ground or frame.

This image was then applied as a texture to the flat objects in the 3D render below, from which the animation above was constructed.

It is theoretically possible to construct such images using only 2D programs, as might have been done before 3D programs became readily available in 3D graphics. Though the process for anaglyphs is complex even using a combination of 2D and 3D methods and appointments, it is still much simpler than in 2D alone.

[copyright EAC]


wattee said...

your last posts are outstanding, Eugene - one is tempted to imitate!
by the way, houdini master 10 offers the possibility to make anaglyphic renders)-
the result is very interesting, even without glasses, which is my case -

Thorndike Pickledish said...

Stellar work here ..the depth and realism is amazing and the lessons in text are very enlightening--this is a treasure of information and visual beauty--it IS worthwhile to get glasses--comic book stoes have them--and as mentioned movies like CORALINE (recomended) have them in the rental discs--those are usually allowed to be kept after the disc goes back..Burmato fans should avail themselves of glasses to see these EAC gems.