3D Mountain bike racing

3D Mountain bike effect with Adobe Photoshop.

I really like Mountain biking, mainly watching of course. It’s one of the greatest sports brought to us in the last decade.
I’ve made lots of 3D effect photos for people but they have always been of this ilk, see here. I wanted to try something different and maybe include my favourite sport into the bargain.
I have seen others try this method but most don’t really capture the idea of a 3D popup style effect. So here’s my attempt and it turned out a little more difficult than first imagined. Something I missed with this 3D Mountain bike effect was perhaps to include a little shading on the photo itself. By that I mean giving it some depth by adding shade to the border as it moves into the background. Definitely something I will add next time. I would also like to find a photo with the bikers head slightly more prominent so I can give that the same treatment too.

3D effect Mountain biker

Photo below is the original I used.

3D Mountain-Bike racer

3D snow scene

3D Snow scene for Christmas

I really enjoyed making this fun 3D Snow scene for Christmas. I came across a tutorial on making a scene like this using any Photoshop type software, Cs6 being the most favourable thing to use.
I simply had to have a go at it as it gave me an idea for using local landmarks in future projects. The tutorial was a massive 7 pages long and required you to register on several websites to get the necessary project files. This did not deter me and once all that was done I made a start of putting this photo below together. There was some very clever steps for getting the 3D effect, not just the way I normally do things either, lots of layers and time consuming masking etc’.
Some mistakes were made and I simply was not prepared to go back to repair them. I knew it was going to turn out great even after omitting some of the details the original author had included. I hope you like what I have created and that you keep your eye open for more to come. If you have a suitable photo taken at eye level (Which is best), send it in to me and we can have some fun with it.

3D snow scene for Christmas.

Halloween 2013

Unique Halloween 2013 video for the kids.

My contribution to Halloween 2013 was this video below using a 3D tunnel effect. Putting the basic settings together is a simple formality but once you start adding effects it can get quite complicated.
I didn’t consider rendering time as everything I have done like this before hasn’t taken more than say 2 hours. However this particular project stunned me when it required 11.5 hours and that was before adding sound effects.
I was in a rush to get it finished so I had to remove some of the best effects I had, like lightening and quite a few animations. For me it spoiled the end result though viewers may find it a bit of fun as they wouldn’t know about all the missing elements. Needless to say that in future I need to allocate my time better to finish something of this nature. I also need to learn more about pre-rendering. After removing everything I dared it still took 8.5 hours to render and the process messed up a couple of things that I just didn’t have time to go back to.
Book your calendar for the new and improved 2014 Halloween version, I’ll have learned my lessons by then.

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3D effect on Galleon

3D effect on an original drawing by Ramon Bruin.

This 3D image of a galleon was an original sketch by a guy called Ramon Bruin. He’s a fascinating chap that sketches on three sheets of a4 paper and almost brings his drawings to life, you will have to click the link to see what I mean. The galleon was not sketched particularly well and if you look carefully there are plenty of errors that he’s made whilst executing his 3D effect. He has a great imagination though and has the ability to put his ideas into practical use.
The Galleon sketch he made was quite striking and reminded me of the technique I use to make my Photo Fun pictures that you can view in my gallery here. Just like Ramon Bruin’s sketches, my photos aren’t meant to be taken seriously but they look pretty good and I get a lot of requests to do these for other people.
I’m currently working out how to make 2D paper cut-outs of people and objects then sticking them into a 3D environment but I haven’t quite got it yet. Perhaps you don’t even know what I’m talking about but I am sure it will look great in the end.
So anyway, this photo you are looking at is my humble attempt to bring more life into Ramon Bruin’s  3D Galleon using my own techniques as I have mentioned earlier. I was really tempted to correct his sketching errors but thought it best to keep it simple. After all, my idea is to make a flat picture look 3D so changing things might be kind of cheating. Hope you like it and if you have anything similar that you would want to use my skills with just let me know. You can post in this blog or maybe go over to my Facebook page and comment there.

3D  galleon effect

3D effect on Galleon