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Lenticular Imaging, 3D and Anaglyph

Lenticular images are specially constructed pictures that "move" or simulate depth by presenting "interlaced" pictures through plastic screens made of many "lenticules" or lenses. Common lenticular techniques include combining images so they "flip" between each other, create motion, or simulate a 3D effect.

1. Sign up for a three- or four-hour session (sessions can be reserved one day in advance and on a first-come, first-served basis).

2. If you are bringing data to work with, it must be on a CD (no Internet downloads).

3. Pick up a work slip when you check in for your session.

4. At the start of your session, attend a 10-minute get-acquainted session with the lenticular coordinator to learn the basics of file creation. Choose either a 3D or motion/flip effect and then create your file.

  • Orient your image to match the orientation of the lens.
  • Maximum image size is 8 inches x 10 inches.
  • To speed up the interlacing process, keep file sizes between 300 K and 500 K (compressed jpeg).

For 3D lenticulars with Galileo:

  • Launch Galileo from your desktop.
  • Import your images from right to left, as if they were photographed along a virtual rail.
  • Interlace the file. These images are ONLY interlaced for a 40 lpi lens in the landscape orientation.

For 3D motion/flip effect with Galileo:

  • Launch Galileo from your desktop
  • Drag and drop your file into the appropriate two or three flip areas to run the software.
  • Flips default to an up/down animation and toggle between images to see how they flip together.

For 3D lenticulars from 2D images with Motion Magic/3D Creator:

  • In Photoshop, flatten your file down to four layers. Layer one will sit at the very background of the image. Layers two and three will sit in the respective mid-points, and layer four will be closest to the viewer.
  • Interlace the file using Motion Magic/3D Creator Photoshop action. Select and run the action on the four-layer Photoshop file. This will take awhile, so be patient. Photoshop will beep and display a message when the action is finished.

5. Save the file, using the unique number on your work slip, as #.(file type extension) and submit a work slip for lenticular printing to be approved by Studio Staff prior to output.

6. Ask a Studio staff technician to check that the viewing distance and other important settings have been properly selected. Ask the technician to validate the file and submit it to the lenticular print queue.

7. Leave the submission part of the work slip with the technician and keep the receipt part.

8. Later, pick up your output at the information area near The Studio entrance (you will need to present your receipt). Pick up both your print and the lenticular lens.

9. Laminate the print to the lenticular lens using the burnishing tools. The lenses come with the smooth side coated with adhesive, so this process is easy. On the edge of the print, a black line helps you align the print. It's important that line be perfectly straight. Any shifting will cause the image to "jump" when viewed side to side.


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