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Want to Make a 3D Comic?

Matthew Bogart writes with news of a simple 3D comic he made the old fashioned way: two frames which viewers can merge by crossing their eyes.

Not everyone can see the effect, but when I was a kid I loved making 3D pictures this way using colored pencils and small-grid graph paper, so this made me smile.

These days, the most efficient way to get this effect might be using layers in a program like Photoshop or Illustrator, but anyone, using even the simplest tools, can pull this same trick with a little planning.

Anyone else want to try?


Discussion (17)¬

  1. David says:

    See also Jason Little’s “The Abduction Announcement” which uses the same technique: http://beecomix.com/comics/abduction.htm

  2. Erik says:

    I never managed to work those things out c.c I think i just can’t cross my eyes =/

  3. only slightly related, my t-shirt design on threadless…What if 3d glasses actually worked in the real world….kinda.
    http://www.threadless.com/submission/283864/I_m_In_3D

  4. shMerker says:

    Another cheap way to get the effect would be to use a model posing program like Garry’s Mod and then just capture every frame from two angles.

  5. Isaac says:

    A while back, I made a stereoscopic cosmic ukulele using Photoshop and a doodle by Ben Towle.

  6. cr8dv8 says:

    Sadly, I’m legally blind in my left eye and no sort of 3D works for me :(

  7. gabriel says:

    Off the top of my head, the french duo Ruppert & Mulot and Vincent Giard all worked on stereoscopic comics, both on the screen and in print.

  8. Steve W. says:

    I imagine there isn’t any dialogue in these comics, as it would require you to focus your eyes on the page? These require you to keep your eyes unfocused, right?

    • Scott says:

      There’s dialogue.

      And focusing is definitely possible (I can) though as mentioned, some have trouble doing it.

  9. This is amazing. I tried making one. Please find it at
    http://notnarayan.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/stereoscopic-mami/
    and let me know what you think about it.

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  11. I put up a guide to my workflow for creating these comics. I forgot to mention Jason Little’s comic as well. I had that in the back of my mind when I did these. It’s a great one.
    Here’s the link to the workflow breakdown for anyone needing a hand getting started. http://thedaysarelongandshort.com/post/786279050/how-to-make-a-stereoscopic-illustration

  12. I was pleased to hear that others have attempted 3D images free hand. Cross-eyed play has always been fairly easy for me, so I would draw them “free hand” as a young guy. Recently I did a series for a client, in which I created 3D versions of drawings for their web site. Lot’s of fun. The initial viewing “crashed” their server when the newsletter with these images was promoted.

    http://www.hartworks.net/3d-animation.htm