As a web designer, chances are you are probably well-versed in the best methods for designing a website for all of your clients. This would include all of the tools and tricks of the trade, including all of the strategies and 3D design apps. As human beings, we look at the world in 3d. However, when we are presenting our photos, they often have a tendency to fall flat and only look two-dimensional. How do we add some 3d elements to our web design endeavors? Here are some ways to do that:
Pay close attention to different cues.
If you want to make your design stand out, the first thing you have to do is look at the depth cues. One of the ways this is done is through thinking of the three different dimensions as sideways, up or down, or towards and away. The last concept of towards and away is the most important one in particular, and these types of depth cues can either be in pictorial form (able to be reproduced in a photograph or painting) or non-pictorial (they can’t be reproduced in painting or photograph form). Paying attention to occlusion (objects that overlap), texture, and proper organization through transparency or parallax (occlusion with moving objects) are all good ways to start. Here are some other cues to consider:
Your Scale and Size
Take any basic photography or web design course, and you will quickly realize that larger objects will appear closer and smaller objects will seem to be further away. Thus, if you want a perception of depth, you need to place both large and small objects near each other. If you have similarly-sized objects, then you would do well to experiment with how you place them for the maximum effect.
Take a look at your texture.
Texture can be defined as something that is implied as just having a sense of depth and something that will give you a view of the visual element. A good rule of thumb is that the longer you go from the viewing port, the smaller the textured elements will appear. In some cases, they might even come off as being densely packed together. Moreover, ground texture can provide a good size reference when compared to other objects.
Undergo some stunning linear perspective.
If your design projects a number of closely parallel lines you are off to a good head start. Lines can be an excellent way to show 3-D space simply because they converge easily. Additionally, there doesn’t even have to be an obvious line in your design. Even an implied one will give the viewer a realistic perspective.
Does your design have the ability to cast shadows?
Casting shadows is important because it will increase the depth as well. All you have to do is make the shadow a bit lighter and larger or even place it at a distance from the object. Blurring the edges of some of the shadows in your design can give off the illusion of depth as well.
Make sure you are referencing nearby objects.
Finally, it is to your benefit if you reference nearby objects when you are seeking context in your web design. For example, you should hone in on an object of known size simply because it will give your viewer some perspective on the other objects. In this manner, you will add some context to your subject and you will increase the scale of the picture.
Keeping these tips in mind is a sure-fire way to have solid pictorial depth in all of your web design endeavors.