You may have noticed 3D pictures popping up all over your Facebook feed recently. This feature is relatively new and is unique to Facebook. The technology allows users to upload portrait mode photos to the platform to view in 3D.
OmniVirt’s free 3D Photo creator tool gives users the ability to turn photos that they already have stored in their camera roll into interactive 3D pictures.
Learn how to use portrait mode on your iPhone to upload a 3D Picture to Facebook. (Must have an iPhone 7 plus, 8 plus, X, XS, or XSMax.)
Learn how to transform your images into 3D pictures in this step-by-step tutorial!
Or keep scrolling to learn how to transform your existing 2D images into 3D pictures in this step-by-step tutorial!
How to Use Portrait mode to Upload a 3D Picture to Facebook
1. Open your iPhone’s camera
Open up the camera app on your iPhone and click “portrait” on the bottom of the screen. Snap your picture! Try to capture one that has an object in the foreground so that the depth in the 3D picture will appear more realistic.
2. Upload your 3D Picture to Facebook.
The 3D Photo option is within the status update box. Go through the motions as if you were posting a status update and you will see an option that says “3D Photo.” Select the portrait mode image that you took.
3. Enjoy interacting with your 3D picture!
Upload your photo and have fun with it!
How to turn a 2D picture into a 3D picture
1. Choose a 2D image from your camera roll.
This is your chance to get creative! Choose any photo from your camera roll that you want to see in 3D. Try to choose one that has an object in the foreground so that the depth in the 3D picture will appear more realistic.
2. Generate a Depth Map.
You can either upload your own depth map, or OmniVirt’s tool will use AI to generate one for you. Just be sure to select what the image is about in the drop-down menu. If you’d like to make your own depth map but aren’t sure how to do it–check out this step-by-step tutorial.
3. Preview your 3D Picture
Now that you’ve created your depth map, you can preview your 3D picture. Note that your 3D picture might look a bit different once you upload it to Facebook because the OmniVirt website uses a different renderer, but this will still give you a good idea.
4. Generate your 3D Picture
Check the terms and services box and generate your 3D picture! Wait for the check mark to appear so that you know when your 3D picture is ready to download.
5. Save your 3D Picture.
Click on the link below the blue checkmark to see the photo that you’ve just created. This image will be a still photo–don’t worry. Save this image to your camera roll. It should save as a “portrait mode” picture. That is how you’ll be able to tell that it’s not just a still image.
6. Upload your 3D picture to Facebook.
The 3D Photo option is within the status update box. Go through the motions as if you were posting a status update and you will see an option that says “3D Photo.” Select the image that you just saved to your camera roll.
7. Enjoy interacting with your 3D Picture! Trust us–your friends and family will too!