© 2012 Shalaco Sching

Cardburg… in 3D!!!

My friends over at The Cardboard Institute of Technology (C.I.T.) make amazing things out of cardboard. Their most recent project The Supertrack is on display at The Bedford Gallery (in Walnut Creek) through August 2012.

I love their hi-tech / low-tech cardboard sculptures. I brought along my Nishika N8000 3D camera and some infrared film to the opening. Below are the 3D animated GIF’s I made as well as a tutorial on how to make them yourself.

The Nishika N8000

The Nashika N8000 is about the most hipsterific camera you will ever see. Vincent price gives the low-down in this amazing promotional video. A clone of the classic Nimslo stereo camera. With it’s 4 lenses it takes 4 simultaneous shots from slightly different angles onto 2 frames of film.

Originally these four images would have been combined to create a 3 Dimensional lenticular print. However, I like to make animated GIF’s out of them.

Making Animated GIF’s

If you have some minor Photoshop skills it’s relatively easy to do.

  1. First I scanned the negatives full frame with all four images in a single file.
  2. In Photoshop(I used CS5) I make any desired adjustments and then
    duplicate the background layer
  3. Then change the blending mode of the copy to difference and slide the layer over
    one frame until your subjects align. I like to use specular highlights in the eye to align my picture.
  4. Return the blending mode to Normal, duplicate the top layer and repeat.
  5. Reveal the Animations window in the menu under Window » Animations
    *Photoshop has changed how this menu works between CS3 & CS6
    so your steps may vary based on your version
  6. Turn off all the layers except the first one(changes to the first frame of animation effect all frames)
    • Create a new frame and turn on the second layer.
    • Repeat for the 3rd and 4th layer.
    • I wanted my gifs to loop, so after I hit play and made sure everything looked right I added a new frame for the 3rd and 2nd frames so my animated GIF went went through frames 1,2,3,4,3,2
  7. Now save for web. Use the GIF preset and upped the colors to 256.

Now you should have an animated GIF you can share with your friends. If you upload your photos to Flickr or WordPress you will have to use the largest version of your photo for the animation to work.

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments below.

You can see more of these 3D animated GIF’s here.

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