Fast Focus Tutorials
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Fast Focus Tutorials . . .

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The Fast Focus Tutorials are mini-manuals, tightly limited to a specific aspect of 3D (stereo) photography. The tutorials are available only as downloadable PDF files to give you instant access. This benefits you many ways:

1) Very affordable, because you can order just the information you want.
Each manual focuses on one aspect of 3D Stereo and provides complete and comprehensive coverage of the topic.

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Fast Focus Tutorials currently available:

Smart Buys (PDF Only)
This is a newly developed, fast and simple 2D to 3D conversion method that uses the tools in the FreeWare, StereoPhoto Maker. A "must have" technique for 2D to 3D conversionists.
Calculating Stereo Base Made Easy
Take away the stress and learn the easy ways to select your stereo base, plus the reasons why your stereo base sometimes "seems right", but is disastrous in the finished stereo. How to "Keep it Simple."  This is a smart buy.
2D to 3D Conversion with SPM
Mastering the 3D Cha-Cha
Sounds simple, doesn't it? It's not. You will learn surprising facts about creating easy to align stereo pairs and solve many of the problems that plague you with difficult or impossible to align pairs. This is a smart buy.

This Fast Focus tutorial, Mastering the Cha-Cha, is an extract from the Digital 3D Stereo Guide. Methods of repairing the misalignments caused by failure to adhere to these guidelines are not discussed here, but they are covered in another publication - the Digital 3D Stereo Guide (book) - that includes complete information on aligning and correcting distortions in stereograms.

Save yourself a lot of misery and lost 3D's by learning and applying the techniques in this manual.

3D Stereo Alignment with Photoshop
If you want to learn more about the secrets of proper stereo alignment than you can in any other way, you will find the information in this manual to be priceless. This powerful manual will give you the understanding and skills you can rely on to solve virtually any alignment problem. At the same time it will empower you to solve any window violation or framing problem.
Stereogram Assembly with Photoshop Actions 
3D Stereo Alignment with SPM
How to rapidly and reliably align 3D stereo images with Adobe Photoshop. This comprehensive lesson will remove the mystery from 3D alignment and give you some special insights into how to do alignments. In it you will learn the true basics of 3D stereo pair alignment and, once those basics are firmly in mind, you will never have trouble aligning stereo pairs again. Topics covered include "upper" images, rotated images, magnification disparity, trapezoidal defects and more; plus how to cure those defects with Photoshop. Setting the stereo window, setback aesthetics and how to avoid window violations are fully explained. Figures are provided in three formats; parallel, cross-view and anaglyph.
Conversion of 2D images to 3D has been for me always a favored aspect of stereography. It is invariably a source of great pleasure to see an image in 3D that could not be captured in any other way. Examples might be; a treasured family photo, a painting that you like, or a photo which you originally made in 2D and now wish was 3D.
The "Actions" feature is one of the better time saving Photoshop features. It saves time by "remembering" how you do repetitious tasks and then replaying them whenever needed. Using the actions function can slash the amount of time required to create stereo pairs, anaglyphs, or any other multi-step repetitive activity. All you have to do is use the actions palette to record your commands as you create a stereo pair. Once that is done, you can apply those steps automatically, mistake free, to any other image.
In stereography, nothing is more important than a clear and sound grasp of the basics of stereo alignment. But, at the same time, nothing is more poorly understood by many. Many stereographers rely upon automatic alignment programs to perform the alignment task for them. That is fine, when it works. However, until the actual mechanics of correct alignment are known, you cannot consider yourself a stereographer.

Fortunately, the actual process is really quite simple if one just takes a few minutes to absorb the rudimentary requirements and 3 stereo rules. This tutorial will provide you with a solid understanding of the stereo alignment process and a procedure you can rely on to give you consistent, high quality results.This Fast Focus tutorial is an extract from the book, Digital 3D Stereo Guide. This tutorial only covers the steps to align properly photographed stereo pairs.

Please refer to the Digital 3D Stereo Guide if you require information about correcting the more complex image distortions which can occur if you fail to follow good stereo practices while taking the photos.This tutorial covers stereo alignment, and how to do it manually with StereoPhoto Maker (SPM), but it is not a comprehensive manual for the use of all the features of SPM.
In this easy to follow explanation, all the factors are described. Then, a keep-it-simple-stupid (KISS) method is provided that you can use to get close enough with ease in 99 out of 100 situations. As in horseshoes and grenades, close enough can work just fine for the stereo base. Regardless, it is often hard to get close enough. For that reason it is important that all stereographers understand what happens in various scenes and why the stereo base sometimes has to be reduced by 50% or even doubled. Guess wrong and the base can be off by as much as a factor of 4 times, resulting in either flat looking stereos or, worse, stereos that are difficult or impossible to fuse.