iPhone Portrait Photos

Looking Glass Studio can make holograms from iPhone portrait mode photos that contain depth data.

Taking Portrait Mode Photos

To take Portrait mode photos with your iPhone, visit Apple's website.

Note: Looking Glass Studio does not yet support HEIC photos. In your iPhone, browse to Settings -> Camera -> Formats and selecting Most Compatible to take photos in .jpg. If you have already shot HEIC photos, browse to Settings -> Photos -> Transfer to Mac or PC and select Automatic to transfer photos as .jpg.

Transferring your Portrait Photos

When transferring iPhone Portrait Mode photos to your computer, you can use any of the following transfer methods:

  • iCloud

  • the Native iPhone mail app (Make sure to send "Actual Size")

  • Google Photos (if syncing full quality photos)

  • Android Gmail

Do not use the iPhone Gmail App as it will delete depth data in the transfer.

Import into Looking Glass Studio

To import Portrait photos into Looking Glass Studio you can:

  • Drag & Drop the file into Looking Glass Studio, then select the iPhone Portrait Photo option.


  • Select the "Add Hologram" tab and click anywhere on the panel, this will open a file explorer window where you can select the photo(s) you want to import.

Editing with the Properties Panel

  • Depthiness changes how depth / flat the hologram appears.

  • Focus changes which depth plane is in focus for the hologram.

  • To pan and zoom, place your cursor in the Looking Glass Portrait window and scroll wheel to zoom, and click and drag to pan.

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