Facebook introduced 3D photos back in 2018, allowing your photos to appear as if they had depth and “move” accordingly as you scroll. This interesting feature has been available only to phones with multiple cameras – until now. Thanks to AI, Facebook is now unrolling this feature to many more users. From now on, you’ll be able to turn any 2D photo into 3D, even your old pictures.
So, the whole 3D photos thing that’s been getting blasted all over Facebook the last year or so has typically been an iPhone thing (thanks to its depth sensor). And, sure, you can take any image and create your own 3D photos in Photoshop, but it’s a bit of a long-winded hassle. What if there was an app that could let you create 3D photos automatically on any phone? Well, now there is.
The LucidPix app uses AI instead of depth sensors to transform regular flat 2D photos into 3D images for use on Facebook. It’ll either convert a regular flat 2D photos into 3D, or you can add 3D frames to add depth to an otherwise flat looking image.
You know those Facebook photos where you move your phone or your mouse and they move. Kinda like making you feel you are in the photo? Well, Unmesh Dinda totally nails it in explaining to to create those photo directly from your PC (ok, ok, or Mac) and upload them to photoshop.
The trick is done using depth maps. And as you may guess, those are maps that tell Facebook what is the depth of each part in the photo.
After announcing 3D photos and VR memories back in May, Facebook is now rolling out the feature that can turn your 2D photos into 3D. The new feature will work both in the News Feed and VR. The technology captures the distance between the subject and the background, so it brings scenes of 2D photos to life with 3D depth and movement.
Creating a 3D model of someone’s face usually requires multiple shots taken from different angles. But researchers from the University of Nottingham and Kingston University have created an AI tool that makes it from a single portrait photo.
The scientists describe the 3D face reconstruction as a “problem of extraordinary difficulty.” However, they’ve managed to use neural networks to turn any 2D portrait into a 3D model. There’s also a free online demo for you to try it yourself.
A detailed and accurate face mapping is a complex task. It requires a series of photos with ideal and consistent lighting from different angles. If you want to capture all the details and imperfections of the face, you need professional lighting and multiple shots. However, a group of researches is on the way of changing this method.