September Showcase: Explainer 1 of 8

Let's edit some images to include in the gallery!

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Edit photos to include in the 3D gallery


Name of explainer: Edit photos to include in the 3d gallery

Creative theme: Showcase month

Software used (for this explainer): Photoshop

User level: BEGINNER

This is explainer 1 of 8 in this series

This series includes:

  1. Edit photos to include in the 3d gallery
  2. Edit video clips to include in the 3d gallery
  3. Create a Unity project and import a gallery scene
  4. Add photos and videos to the 3d gallery
  5. Add 3d objects to the gallery
  6. Add sound to the gallery
  7. Export a gallery tour as an mp4 video
  8. Export the gallery to a VR headset

The Software

This series of explainers uses this software:

Photoshop for image editing. Similar results can also be achieved using Paintshop Pro or GIMP (free). See image editing month for full details about these applications and step-by-step explainers.

Premiere Pro for video editing. Similar results can also be achieved using VEGAS Pro or Shotcut (free). See video editing month for full details about these applications and step-by-step explainers.

Unity for working with a 3d gallery scene. See VR month for full details about Unity and step-by-step explainers for getting it up and running. We’re also using Modern Gallery, a PAID Unity gallery asset to import into our project and navigate in VR:

Additionally, we’re using AMBIENS AT+ videoclip, a PAID Unity asset that lets us export Unity camera movements as MP4 videos at up to 4k resolution:

At the time of writing, the combined cost of these paid Unity assets is approximately 80 GBP / 100 USD. You may also find FREE assets that will work just fine! Have a look at Sketchfab, CGTrader and TurboSquid, being sure to search for FREE or low-cost assets. The Unity asset store has regular sales so keep an eye out for discounts!

The gallery at the end of this series

Here’s how your 3D gallery could look at the end of the project. We’ve chosen to start with two traditional ‘holiday memories’ sections…

…before moving on to commemorate British graffiti artist Banksy’s Dismaland‘ installation…

…and finishing with the beginnings of our very own ‘Arcade Corner’!

If you choose to export a gallery tour as a video file (explainer 7) or send the entire gallery to a VR headset (explainer 8), here’s how your gallery could look! The VR section is streamed from a Quest 2 headset:

The pre-requisities

This is an INTERMEDIATE explainer series overall, though the individual image editing and video editing explainers are suitable for beginners.

If you’re new to IT / computing, the explainers in this series relating to UNITY are not likely to be suitable. To get started with 3d software in a beginner-friendly environment, we recommend the free Tinkercad. See makeuseof for a helpful overview of 3d design.

Why would I do this?

Unless we want a minimalist gallery, we’re going to need creative artefacts to ‘hang’ on the walls! We’ve raided our own photo and video collections and decided to create three distinct installations to create for this explainer series:

  • A ‘memories of Paris’ area. This will include images and a video and will be a clean / simple installation to welcome our visitors.
  • An ‘arcade corner’. This will include themed walls, at least one arcade machine ‘playing’ a game and various arcade / gaming posters. This area will be ‘dark’ themed to evoke the spirit of the arcade from the 1980s and 90s.
  • A ‘Dismaland’ exhibition. In 2015 British graffiti artist Banksy created a dystopian ‘theme park’ on the beach at Weston Super Mare in England. We were lucky enough to go along and will add our photos and videos to this area.

You can select any theme you like, from a WEDDING to a BIRTHDAY or FESTIVAL, or just fill your  gallery with favourite things from your life 🙂

Short of inspiration? If you’d like to work with the actual images shown in this explainer, you can download them below!

Let’s do it!

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Good to know

The explainer above is a recap of how to make simple image edits in Photoshop. Please see image editing month for full step-by-step explainers for Photoshop, PaintShop Pro and GIMP.

There’s no need to use highly detailed, high resolution images unless the detail level will matter for your gallery ‘visitors’. We’ll be using a mix of film and digital images, including low-rez screenshots from retro games for our gaming corner.

Get the image files (and extra ones!)

In this explainer we use a photo of Notre Dame, an epic landscape and a portrait of a senior couple. You can find them below if you’d like to practice with them. You’ll also find our favourite Robot and Synthwave city AI-generated images below in case you’d prefer something a little more 2023 🙂 Right-click on each and ‘save image as’. (The Paris picture is displayed correctly – We rotate and crop it in the explainer)

PARIS – Notre Dame using a film camera with 4 lenses
An epic shot that will need de-hazing and recoloring.
Image of a senior couple saved from a video file
Synthwave robot in the rain!
City of the future!

Where to next?

Image editing is an important skill in many employment roles, including:

  1. Graphic Designer: Even at the entry-level, understanding how to manipulate images, adjust colours and perform basic retouching is essential for creating visual content for print and digital media.
  2. Social Media Manager: Managing social media content often requires creating visually appealing posts. Basic image editing skills can help in resizing, cropping, adding text, and making enhancements to images.
  3. Content Creator/Blogger: Content creators and bloggers nearly always need to include images in their articles or posts. Basic image editing can help with optimizing images for the web, adding watermarks, or making simple adjustments to improve visual appeal.
  4. Marketing Coordinator: In marketing, visuals play a crucial role in conveying a message. A marketing coordinator may need to create or modify images for advertisements, brochures, or online campaigns.
  5. Administrative Assistant: In some administrative roles, employees may be required to create presentations, newsletters, or other documents that include images. Basic image editing skills can help in customizing these visuals to fit the company’s branding or specific project needs.

Remember, this is part of a series of explainers – Join us again for the other explainers in the series 🙂

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video was last updated in June 2022. This page was last updated in September 2023.

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