Fast Focus Tutorials
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Fast Focus Tutorials . . .
Rapid and Easy 1-Hour Lessons
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The Fast Focus Tutorials are mini-manuals, tightly limited to a specific aspect of 3D (stereo) photography. The tutorials are available only as downloadable PDF files to give you instant access. This benefits you many ways:
1) Very affordable, because you can order just the information you want. Each manual focuses on one aspect
of 3D Stereo and provides complete and comprehensive coverage of the
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Fast Focus Tutorials currently available:
Smart Buys (PDF Only)
This is a newly developed, fast and simple 2D to 3D conversion method that uses the tools in the FreeWare, StereoPhoto Maker. A "must have" technique for 2D to 3D conversionists.
Calculating Stereo Base Made Easy
Take away the stress and learn the easy ways to select your stereo base, plus the reasons why your stereo base sometimes "seems right", but is disastrous in the finished stereo. How to "Keep it Simple."
This is a smart buy.
2D to 3D Conversion with SPM
Mastering the 3D Cha-Cha
Sounds simple, doesn't it? It's not. You will learn surprising facts about creating easy to align stereo pairs and solve many of the problems that plague you with difficult or impossible to align pairs. This is a smart buy.
Focus tutorial, Mastering the Cha-Cha, is an extract from the Digital
3D Stereo Guide. Methods of repairing
the misalignments caused by failure to adhere to these guidelines are
discussed here, but they are covered in another publication - the Digital
3D Stereo Guide (book) - that includes complete information on aligning
and correcting distortions in stereograms.
Save yourself a lot of misery
and lost 3D's by learning and applying the techniques in this manual.
3D Stereo Alignment with Photoshop
If you want to learn more about the secrets of proper stereo alignment than you can in any other way, you will find the information in this manual to be priceless. This powerful manual will give you the understanding and skills you can rely on to solve virtually any alignment problem. At the same time it will empower you to solve any window violation or framing problem.
Stereogram Assembly with Photoshop Actions
3D Stereo Alignment with SPM
How to rapidly and
reliably align 3D stereo images with Adobe Photoshop. This comprehensive
lesson will remove the mystery from 3D alignment and give you some
special insights into how to do alignments. In it you will learn the true
basics of 3D stereo pair alignment and, once those basics are firmly in
mind, you will never have trouble aligning stereo pairs again. Topics
covered include "upper" images, rotated images, magnification disparity,
trapezoidal defects and more; plus how to cure those defects with
Photoshop. Setting the stereo window, setback aesthetics and how to
avoid window violations are fully explained. Figures are provided in
three formats; parallel, cross-view and anaglyph.
of 2D images to
3D has been for me always a favored aspect of stereography. It is
source of great pleasure to see an image in 3D that could not be
any other way. Examples might be; a
treasured family photo, a painting that you like, or a photo which you
originally made in 2D
and now wish was 3D.
"Actions" feature is one of the better time saving Photoshop features.
time by "remembering" how you do repetitious tasks and then replaying
whenever needed. Using the actions function can slash the amount of time
required to create stereo pairs, anaglyphs, or any other multi-step
activity. All you have to do is use the actions palette to record your
as you create a stereo pair. Once that is done, you can apply those
automatically, mistake free, to any other image.
In stereography, nothing is
more important than a clear and sound grasp of the basics of stereo
But, at the same time, nothing is more poorly understood by many. Many stereographers rely
upon automatic alignment programs to perform the alignment task for
is fine, when it works. However, until the actual mechanics of correct
alignment are known, you cannot consider yourself a stereographer.
Fortunately, the actual
process is really quite simple if one just takes a few minutes to absorb
rudimentary requirements and 3 stereo rules. This tutorial will provide
with a solid understanding of the stereo alignment process and a
can rely on to give you consistent, high quality results.This Fast Focus tutorial is
an extract from the book, Digital 3D
Stereo Guide. This tutorial only covers the steps to align properly
photographed stereo pairs.
Please refer to the Digital 3D Stereo
Guide if you require information about correcting
the more complex image distortions which can occur if you fail to follow
stereo practices while taking the photos.This tutorial covers stereo
alignment, and how to do it manually with StereoPhoto Maker (SPM), but
it is not a comprehensive manual
for the use of all the features of SPM.
In this easy to follow
explanation, all the factors are described. Then, a
(KISS) method is provided that you can use to get close enough with ease in
of 100 situations. As in horseshoes and grenades, close enough can work
fine for the stereo base. Regardless, it is often hard
to get close enough. For that reason it is important that all
understand what happens in various scenes and why the stereo base
to be reduced by 50% or even doubled. Guess wrong and the base can be
off by as
much as a factor of 4 times, resulting in either flat looking stereos
or, worse, stereos that are difficult or impossible to fuse.