Anamorphic 3D Image With Photoshop

I had seen this done in the past and wanted to give it a try myself. This is essentially a 2D printed image that is manipulated in such a way that when viewed an a specific angle, it looks “3D”, or simply like actual object.

I started with a picture I took of a large gear I have sitting on my desk (it’s an actual transmission gear from an Indycar).


Utilizing the help from this video ( and the Photoshop template file it also provides, I came up with this manipulated image:





The final effect looks like this:



The actual printed and cutout image:




A quick video of the effect: