Features Creating 2½-D Effects


What is 2½-D?
These effects are called 2½-D because they are almost 3-D.

To create 2½-D you need access to Photoshop or other software that enables you to 'extract' and 'heal' images.
Listed below, you will find a description of the creation process, alongside the images used in the demo video.

These effects might seem complex and time-consuming to create, but the end result is worth the effort.
If you are not familiar with 2½-D, have a look at the video (below right) which demonstrates the effect as used in Producer.
How to Create 2½-D Effects in Producer

These effects are created by adding 'treated' images of the same photo onto separate layers in Producer.
Once in Producer, each image has a different amount of Zoom and Pan applied to it, giving the impression of 3-D movement.
The demo video above shows examples of both 2 and 3 layer effects.

  This is the original photo used to create the new images used in Producer.

This photo is not required in its present form in the final effect.
  From the photo above, extract the subject (as shown left) in Photoshop and place it onto a transparent background.

This image is then used in Producer and is positioned on the top of the Layer stack.
  Once you have extracted the subject, reload the original photo into Photoshop and create a new background image (as shown left).

You do this by using the 'Content Aware Tool' or the 'Healing Tool'. Note that it is not essential to create a perfect background. Only the section of background photo immediately behind the edge of the original subject will be seen in the final effect.

Save this image and use it in Producer as a background - placing it on the Layer below the extracted subject image.

You now have all the elements required to create a 2 Layer effect.

You can now apply trail amounts of Zoom and Pan to the two Layers until you achieve the desired effect.

To create a 3 Layer effect, you will need to extract part of the original photo. Pick a subject that sits somewhere between the main subject and the background. In the demo, I have selected a couple of plants.

Once you have made the extraction, make sure it is saved with a transparent background and use it in Producer - positioning it on a Layer between the main subject and the background.


To complete the required elements for a 3 Layer effect, you need to create a new background.

Load the background you created earlier (without the subject) into Photoshop and remove the part you chose as a mid-point image. (as in the photo left.)

When you have done this, save it and use it in Producer - replacing the original background image (ie the Layer at the bottom of the Layer Stack).

You should now have 3 Layers.

By altering the amount of Zoom and Pan on each of the Layers you will be able to create a sort of 3-D effect, which is known as 2½-D.