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Old 01 January 2013   #1
Create a Z depth mask from a 2d image

Create a Z depth mask from a single 2d image

Hallo everybody,
today a big question... I'd like to know what you suggest to build a pretty Z Depth mask from a 2d Image.
I read there's a way to make it in Photoshop or Gimp:
http://www.3dphoto.net/forum/index.php?topic=2323.0
and here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl4NO6tRBPM
... with a big hand work a Z Depth map.
And this example, state of art about Z Depth Maps hand made...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjAqtI7pqBM
Author says that He made that " just used the displacement feature in Final Cut Express... " (????)
I naturally have already asked to him more explanations: still no answer...

But maybe (today) there's a faster solution trying to extrude 2D image in 3d sw using his greyscale version as displacement map. Obtained a 3d extrusion you can also create a Z Depth pass and so to Obtain your Z Depth Mask.
All this in theory, because in practice I have not yet managed to do it with Maya ...
Any further ideas or suggestions?

Many thanks!

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