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What is Stereogram Texture

From a visual standpoint, a stereograms are created from vertically repeated image throughout its structure (see image, texture is repeating 10 times vertically). The algorithms employed in constructing stereograms adjust the vertical strip in each iteration to include 3D content.

Background strips within stereograms can feature random dots, text, or images. The prevalent choice in stereograms involves using images in the background, resulting in outcomes that are not only more visually appealing but also easier to discern compared to text or stereograms with random dots.

Aspect ratio of Stereogram texture image

You can use any aspect ratio of texture. If height of texture is less than result stereogram image, texture will be tiled vertically for each strip. Therefore, seamless textures are recommended at least in the vertical direction. Use long vertical texture strips if you want to make the content of the stereogram more interesting and not repeating.

Minimal width of Stereogram texture

Minimal width is recommended at least of separation stereogram distance. It can be calculated as value of result stereogram width divided by number of repeats/strips (usually from 7 to 12).  For size of full HD stereograms 1920 x 1980 pixels is result 1920 / 12 = 160 pixels width of texture. For smaller stereograms you need at least 100 pixels. If you want print high quality stereograms, use textures with a minimum width of 200 pixels. Stereogram software scales texture to correct width, but if the texture is not wider than the required width, the stereogram will not be sharp enough to display a 3D object in high details.

Seamless Stereogram texture

Seamless textures have the best effect because they eliminate sharp edges throughout the image. But there are applications like Stereogram Explorer, which can adjust the texture in horizontal direction and improve the resulting texture effect.

What textures works with Stereograms

Technically there are no limitations on texture content such as color, method of creation (hand drawing, painting, photo). What is decisive is texture detail and local contrast. The content of the texture depends on the detail requirements of the displayed 3D object. For detailed objects, textures with fine detail and high contrast are needed. Textures with diagonal objects or lines are working good and the same for textures with small objects or patterns. In the horizontal part of the image where there is no 3D object, mostly in the top and bottom part, there are no special requirements for texture content.

What textures NOT works with Stereograms

Textures with blank or large single color areas, horizontal or vertical lines are not recommended. Also textures that are too symmetrical horizontally are not recommended. There are no exact rules about which textures don’t work for stereograms. If the texture content is homogeneous, separate contrasting objects or distinct colored objects can have a adverse effect on the perception of the stereogram content.

Sometimes it can happen that for a simple 3D object, e.g. text, a texture is usable that doesn’t work for other content. Therefore, it is useful to try textures that may not work at first glance with other content.

Using a photo as a texture for a stereogram

If the photo contains enough details, small objects (flowers, leaves), textures, it is possible to use the selected part as a texture for stereograms. If you want to use the whole photo, then it will be vertically repeated in individual strips. Therefore it is possible to create a vertical collage of the photos and use it as a texture.

Stereogram Explorer software allows you to use any image including photos, select the appropriate part and adjust the magnification as needed.

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What works as stereogram texture?

  • Abstract texture
  • Flower texture
  • Stone texture
  • Furry texture
  • Small objects
  • Doodle art
  • Randomly placed objects

Stereogram generated with Stereogram Explorer software

Sample dinosaur 3D stereogram, for more stereograms, check stereogram gallery

If you don’t see stereograms, try our simple stereogram training gallery for beginners

Stereogram Explorer installation includes 100+ Stereogram textures

Main Stereogram Explorer features

  • User-friendly interface
  • Import 3DS (3D Studio) models
  • Support for pattern or textured stereograms (SIS)
  • Support for random dot stereograms (SIRDS)
  • Generate video animation from 3D model
  • Calculate best depth distance
  • Full manual controls for depth and stereogram rendering
  • 100+ textures included in installation

100+ Stereogram Textures included in installation

Textures can be used with Stereogram Explorer only

Depth maps included in installation

Stereogram rendering

  • Hidden-surface removal
  • Complete absence of artifacts (ghosts)
  • Really smooth 3D images with oversampling
  • Blur effect to avoid sharp depth edges
  • Automatic texture and depth image billinear resizing
  • All options are configurable
  • Video stereogram rendering with object rotation
  • Texture size and crop options

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100 stereogram textures included in installation

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If you’re looking for a software solution to create stunning stereograms, the Stereogram Explorer is an excellent choice. This software is specifically designed for creating stereograms and offers a wide range of customization options to help you achieve the look and feel you want.

One of the key benefits of the Stereogram Explorer is its versatility. The software allows you to create stereograms using a variety of techniques, including texture images, depth maps, 3D objects. This means you have a lot of flexibility in terms of the type of stereogram you can create.

In addition, the Stereogram Explorer offers a range of tools to help you fine-tune your stereograms. You can adjust the depth of the image, add text or 3D objects, apply different texture settings, and much more. This makes it easy to create exactly the look you want.

Another advantage of the Stereogram Explorer is its user-friendly interface. The software is easy to use, even for those who are new to stereogram creation. The intuitive controls and helpful tips make it easy to get started, even if you have no previous experience.

Overall, the Stereogram Explorer is a powerful and customizable solution for creating stunning stereograms. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a beginner, this software has everything you need to create beautiful 3D illusions.

Stereogram Textures sources

Where I can get free textures for stereograms or autostereograms?

If you’re looking for free texture images for use in your creative projects, there are many websites that offer resources for this purpose. Here is a list of some of the best sites for finding free texture images:

  1. aolej.com – free texture pack download
  2. Pixabay.com – This well know website offers millions of high quality images including textures https://pixabay.com/
  3. Textures.com – This website offers a wide range of high-quality texture images for use in 3D modeling, graphic design, and other creative projects. You can find the textures at the following link: https://www.textures.com/
  4. Texture Haven – This website features a collection of high-quality, seamless texture images that are free to use in any project. You can find the textures at the following link: https://texturehaven.com/
  5. CG Textures – This website offers a large selection of texture images for use in 3D modeling, graphic design, and other creative projects. You can find the textures at the following link: https://www.cgtextures.com/
  6. Free PBR – This website offers a collection of high-quality, PBR (physically based rendering) texture images that are free to use in any project. You can find the textures at the following link: https://freepbr.com/
  7. Texture King – This website features a collection of texture images that are free to use in any project, including 3D modeling, game development, and graphic design. You can find the textures at the following link: https://textureking.com/
  8. Texture Library – This website offers a wide range of texture images for use in 3D modeling, graphic design, and other creative projects. You can find the textures at the following link: https://www.texturelibrary.com/
  9. Texture Ninja – This website features a collection of high-quality texture images that are free to use in any project. You can find the textures at the following link: https://textureninja.com/
  10. Sketchfab – This website offers a large selection of texture images for use in 3D modeling, game development, and other creative projects. You can find the textures at the following link: https://sketchfab.com/
  11. Free Textures – This website features a collection of texture images that are free to use in any project, including 3D modeling, graphic design, and game development. You can find the textures at the following link: https://www.freetextures.com/
  12. CG Textures – You can download for free and is good for grungy style type textures. I think there is a limit on the amount you can download and sizes but is pretty reliable https://www.textures.com/
  13. Architextur – This one I found on reddit. A kind student created one that is FREE and unlimited. Only problem is you have to download them individually. http://architextur.es/
  14. Texturrer.com – this is a very easy site to navigate that has a very good amount of textures of all kinds. What I like about it is that it’s organized with categories and sub-categories, it also lets you know with a label when a texture is seamless, which is very handy. http://texturer.com/
  15. TexturesForFree.com – is a library of high resolution and quality textures and backgrounds from various categories – signs, fabrics, sky, buildings, ground, roads, nature, sea, wood, water, tiles, soil, walls, rocks, doors, debris, concrete, bricks, bokeh, etc). All licensed Creative Commons CC0.  http://texturesforfree.com/
  16. FreeStockTextures.com – this one has big thumbnails and you can see similar photos when you’re about to download one, so your options quickly multiply. Also, you don’t have to register or login to download, just click the download button when you find what you want, and you’re done. https://freestocktextures.com/
  17. Texture.ninja – this one is great looking, easy to browse with tree navigation, categories and subcategories, lovely masonry thumbnails, and direct downloads that require no registration. https://texture.ninja/
  18. 3dtextures.me – this site offers free seamless PBR textures with Diffuse, Normal, Displacement, Occlusion, Specularity and Roughness Maps. It’s organized in categories, easy to navigate and has lovely renders of the material using all the maps. http://3dtextures.me/
  19. Texturelib.com – with one of the largest collections of the bunch, this site has all the qualities I look for when it comes to navigating and finding content: tree navigation, categories, nice thumbnails and direct downloading. http://texturelib.com/
What I need to create animated stereogram?

You only need 3DS model. Load 3DS model, set starting position and select animation properties. Animation will be rendered to AVI file. Now is supported only random-dot rendering. SIS (textured) stereograms are not good for animations. Human brain is not ‘ready’ for moving objects without textures.

What is textured (patterned) stereogram (SIS)?

Single Image Stereograms – Textured stereogram is created from tiled image and depth map. Recommended are asymmetric textures with good contrast and some small objects as stones, balls. You can find many free textures on Internet.

What is random-dot stereogram (SIRDS)?

Single Image Random Dot Stereograms – Random dot stereogram is image created from dots. It is older rending method. Random dot stereograms were created from black&white dots. Now are SIRDS colorful. You need only depth map for creating SIRDS. Drawback of random dot stereograms is that 3D shapes are not smooth and there are visible depth layers. Stereogram Explorer corrects this problem with light blur. There is not recommended use this rendering method. If you want to render dot stereogram, use dot texture for SIS method. Render SIRDS and use it as texture for SIS.

How to create stereograms for beginners?

You can use Stereogram Explorer to create easy visible stereograms for beginners.

See our stereogram training set gallery.

Recommend stereogram configuration:

  • Stereogram type – diverging/parallel SIS type (textured stereograms)
  • Content – use simple 3D object or 3D depth map without small details and without large plain shapes, try to avoid content with near min 3D depth and max 3D depth
  • 3D Depth – use medium size of 3D depth, small depth is not the best for beginners, high depth is recommended for trained eyes and may burdens the eyes 
  • Separation – use separation in average values, think of the medium on which the image will be displayed (display or paper), stereogram printed on paper in high resolution need different separation value as displayed on monitor display
  • Texture – use high contract texture with small elements, don’t forget about color-blind people
  • Anti-aliasing (Stereogram Explorer specific) – enable anti-aliasing  (from 4 to 8)
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