DIY 3D Transparency Paper Photo Art Tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. I have to admit when I saw this tutorial I was a little taken aback. In my past, besides selling to a major retailer, I also made my name known in the tiny art world for making life size photographs with layers of transparencies placed on top in a very different way to make them appear 3D. Note: I did not sort them into CMKY exact replicas of each and my art looks nothing like this very cool tutorial. TIP: You can also print out a black and white photo on transparency film (make sure there is lots of contrast) and tape it to a bright (think neon) colored piece of paper.