Photoshop: When will I be able to export HEIC format?

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At the moment, I can import an HEIC file and play with its depth channel, but alas I cannot export in the same format to be able to see the results. 
It seems like an obvious feature request now that Facebook now converts HEICs into three-dimensional images (which look amazing).
Is there any news on when I will be able to export as HEIC file with included depth channel?
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Hi Simon,

I haven't seen this yet.  Do you have a link to this Facebook feature?  Either on the Facebook developer's page or in use on Facebook?

It sounds similar to the Apple tvOS thumbnail feature that requires two to five layers to create the illusion of depth, but that requires Parallax Exporter Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop from Apple and the Parallax Previewer App for macOS to preview.

If this is what I'm thinking, it would be great to preview it in PS prior to publishing to Facebook.



-Warren
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Hi Warren, here's the link: https://facebook360.fb.com/2018/10/11/3d-photos-now-rolling-out-on-facebook-and-in-vr/

We've done some testing in-house and had some great results. Facebook seems to interpolate the RGB and a greyscale depth channel to pretty good effect. it's still a little rough but an exciting development.
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I hope Facebook rolls this out to all users sooner than later.

Adobe previewed "Moving Still" at Adobe MAX this year, but I'm not sure how soon we're going to see it and how much we're going to be able to edit the results.

But... Simon you're getting at being able to add a depth matte to PS artwork created from scratch and then saving that as HEIC, aren't you?  Something similar to how we can currently create anaglyph 3D by offsetting the red and blue channels (of course, that's easy because it's not tied to an image file format).

That would be awesome.
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That would be very cool, but I am also interested in adding elements to depth photos.
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I have seen some 3D photos posted on Facebook. Not sure which client supports upload though.
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You can upload from anything as long as it's the correct format / image type.