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Facebook 3D: A New Way To Create A Dental Snapshot

Facebook Rolls Out New 3D Photo Option! Facebook has launched a brand new feature to roll out 3D photos. It’s adding depth, movement and eye-catching material for your news feed!

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Facebook has launched a brand new feature to roll out 3D photos. It’s adding depth, movement and eye-catching material for your news feed! Here at Wonderist, we’re always so excited to hear about new rollouts so we’re excited for you all to see what Facebook has been up to.

They’re describing it as a “new way to share your favorite memories in time with a fun, lifelike dimension in your news feed”. It can capture the distance between the subject in the foreground and the background of a photo to “bring scenes to life with depth and movement”. This could be a create way for dentists to showcase their office, community, and much more.

There is one catch though – you will need to have an iPhone with dual cameras (iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS or XS Max). Unfortunately, Android users will need to wait as Facebook has not released support for their platform.

How to Set It Up

We did some digging, and it’s just not as easy as taking a photo and posting it. You will need to take a photo in your portrait mode. Then start creating a new post on Facebook.

  1. Tap the menu icon in the top right of the post screen and select “3D Photo,” and that will bring you to the portrait photo folder in your phone.
  2. Once you select the photo you want, just post it as you usually would, adding a caption and sharing it to your feed.

Make sure your setting is in Portrait Mode!

Not Seeing 3D Option?

We had that difficulty too. Once we figured out that it was only compatible with iPhones 7 Plus and up, we still weren’t seeing it. That’s when we had to do some digging.

After scoping around, we saw that if you go and search “Facebook 360” and then hit the LIKE button on their page, once the app was restarted, it showed up! Facebook also has a thing for only letting select users use it, so if it’s not there, you may just need to hang tight for it to fully release.

How Do They Work?

What is the science behind it all? Well, Facebook 3D photos use “depth maps” that are stored in Portrait photos to make those images come alive. The dual cameras that are available on select phones create a foreground and background that form that depth map for an image. 3D photos then change perspective when you begin to tilt or scroll on your phone. (That’s why a little box pops up stating you to tilt your phone.)

Search on your Facebook app now to see if you have access!

Where To Post

Seeing as this is made on Facebook, as of right now you are only able to create these 3D images on your personal Facebook page. BUT – that can’t stop you from sharing them on your business page. You can also do what we call a screen record on your iPhone and share it on Instagram.

A quick how-to on screen recording for iPhones:

  1. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls then tap
green plus icon
  1. to Screen Recording.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen. On iPhone X or later or iPad with iOS 12 or later, swipe down from the upper-right hand corner of the screen.
  3. Press on
gray record icon
  1. and tap Microphone.
  2. Tap Start Recording, then wait for the three-second countdown.
  3. Open ControlCenter and tap
red record icon
  1. . Or tap the red status bar at the top of your screen and tap Stop.

Then head over to your Photos app and select your screen recording to share on your social platform!

Tips & Tricks

  1. Remember, you have to take your photo in the “Portrait Mode.”
  2. You cannot have your photo cropped, keep the original size.
  3. Having a filter on your photo will make it ineligible as well.  

This really is a new, fun way to showcase photos! For starters, a really great idea to start off would be showcasing, through 3D photos, the Cerec crown process. They get to see it in a whole new light, right from social media.

Make sure to tag us – @wonderistagency – in your 3D photos, we’d LOVE to see them!

Until then,