Stereoscopy creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth from images on a two-dimensional plane. 3D animations are the current craze in visual communication technology. Loads of research and developments are being made in the ways of creating and displaying better 3D visuals. Ranging from anaglyph glasses to 3D screens, all efforts are being made to make 3D viewing more pleasing and more accessible to every person. People like to manipulate visuals. Interactive 3D visuals are attracting more and more audiences. Being of the latest visual communication technology which gives a deeper sense of realism, interactive visuals and animations, as the term implies, allows the audience to interact with the animations or the visuals through clicks on the mouse, tracking, keyboard buttons, joysticks, etc. The audiences are able to control the visuals, develop a way of communicating with them and as result, these 3D visuals and animations enrich their experience.

There are different types of 3D visuals. Computer generated imagery is very popular and is used to create virtual characters and worlds for animated films, video games and cartoons. One example is the 3D animated film Monsters versus Aliens. Such visuals do not need glasses or any other special accessories for viewing. These types of visuals are called 3D visuals or 3D graphics because they have been created using a 3-dimensional representation of data through 3 processes: 3D modeling, Layout and Animation, and Rendering. These 3D animations require creating a mesh and giving it a digital skeletal structure which can be modeled and manipulated by an animator. Such 3D animations can be highly interactive in the form of video games. 3D visuals in video games allow the players to control each of their character’s movements and see the result of their actions. Fans and lovers of video games find 3D video games more pleasant to play as the actions resemble real life more closely than 2D video games.

Another type of 3D visuals is the anaglyph visuals used in jewelry manufacture for designing the jewelry model, visit Anaglyph visuals create the illusion of depth in an image by displaying two offset images to the right and left eye respectively. Both 2D images then combine together in the rain to give a 3D perception of the image. This effect is called stereoscopy, also known as 3-D imaging. To view anaglyph visuals properly, there are three options: the viewer has to wear anaglyph glasses to combine the two offset images, or the viewer has to wear anaglyph glasses to filter offset images from a single source separate to each eye, or have a lightsource split the images directionally into the viewer’s eyes (no anaglyph glasses required). Stereoscopic or anaglyph images can be produced using digital photos, drawings, computer generated graphics and even graphics made using 3-dimensional representation can be converted into stereoscopic visuals. The illusion of depth caused by stereoscopic or anaglyph images/visuals create an impressive 3D effect on a 2D screen which appeals greatly to viewers. If used as interactive animations or visuals, for example in video games again, it has great impact on players who receives enormous delight with the visuals.