How to use Facebook’s new “3D Photos” feature

Facebook has newly released a new feature called 3D Photos that clicks an additional layer of photos’ depth to give them a third-dimension on both news feed and VR mode. In order to bring lifelike senses having depth and movements, the new feature captures the distance between the foreground and background.

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This feature is now available on Apple iPhones, and what the users need to do is simply capture a portrait image using a compatible dual-lens smartphone and then look forward o share it as the 3D photo on Facebook.

3D Photos feature

The 3D picture posted on FB lets your friends and followers scroll, pan and tilt in 3D. When you upload a 3D photo, users can tilt or twist their phone to get a 3D effect. Also, one can view your 3D photos in the VR mode using Oculus Go, Firefox on Oculus Rift or Oculus Browser. That’s credits goes to the depth data captured from phones through dual-lenses!

If you are wondering on how to create and share 3D photos on Facebook, following steps as mentioned below will help you in doing so.

Pre-requisites for 3D Photos feature

  • To get the 3D Photos feature, one must be using iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
  • The photo you want to share as a 3D Photo on Facebook must be taken in Portrait Mode.

Step1. Open your camera and switch to the “Portrait” mode and take a good picture you want to share. Or else, you may choose one from already taken portrait photos.

Step2. Head to Facebook app and start creating a new post.

Step3. Here, in the top-right corner, click on the three dots and select the “3D Photos” option to open your iPhone’s Portrait folder.

Step4. Now, choose the portrait image you want to share in 3D. Also, you can add captions or other details like location, etc. to the post.

Step5. Tap the Share button to post the 3D photo. You’re good to go!

Bonus Tips

To get the best of 3D Photos feature on your device, follow these tips:

  • The subject present in the image must be at least 3 feet away.
  • The subjects with contrasting colors provide a superior sense of depth.
  • Also, you can use texture, solid edges to enhance the portrait image.
  • Remember that the depth sensors don’t tend to be that accurate with transparent objects.

Joe Martin is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Joe has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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