- Facebook 3D Photos feature is now available to users who have phones with single rear camera.
- The feature, as the name suggests, gives a more life-like effect to photos that users want to upload.
- Until now the feature worked only on phones that had two or more rear cameras.
Facebook came up with a feature called the 3D Photos back in 2018. The 3D Photos feature helped in giving ordinary photos the effect through which these pictures looked more life-like with an additional dimension. They didn't look 2D. They looked 3D. This feature required users to have a phone with two rear cameras. But now, Facebook has changed the technology that powers the feature and it now is supported even on phones with single rear camera.
Earlier, the 3D Photos feature could only be availed by dual-camera users as the second camera in the phone used to determine the distance in an image to give it the desired effect. Now, Facebook has improved the technology behind the feature and can achieve the 3D effect in a photo using data from one rear camera. This has been made possible by using "convolutional neural nets", Facebook said in an official blog post.
These 3D photos work by analysing a 2D picture and by slicing it into tons of layers that move separately when you tilt or scroll the phone. The feature gives the photo a live effect. The dual camera came into play as it helped slicing the photo by measuring the distance.
To bring this new visual format to more people, we have used state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to produce 3D photos from virtually any standard 2D picture. This system infers the 3D structure of any image, whether it is a new shot just taken on an Android or iOS device with a standard single camera, or a decades-old image recently uploaded to a phone or laptop, an official blog by Facebook AI stated.
This means you can create your old photos and give them the 3D effect by using Facebook's feature. You can also give the same effect to a selfie which you may have taken from a front camera.
The purpose of this tool is to make it available for a million users who would want to create a depth effect to their photos or graphics, notes Facebook.
To create a Facebook 3D photo make sure you have the updated Facebook version. Once you have created a Facebook post through the official app, click on the three dots above the post. If your phone does support the 3D feature, it will show an option called 3D photo. In case you have an iPhone, you will have to scroll down to find the 3D photo option.
Tap on 3D Photo to view the phone's gallery section. Select the photo you want to upload in 3D. Facebook will take some time to convert it into a 3D photo. You can preview the results and add a caption to it. You can share the post if you wish to once the transition to the post has been made.