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EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY LENTICULAR PHOTO SOUVENIRS
Yes, it's true, you can create Amazing 3D (Green Screen) and Flip Lenticular Photo Souvenirs with your existing Event Photography Software and Dye Sub Printers using our Lenticular Lens. Improve Capture Rate, Discover how Easy it can be to Create and Sell 3D Lenticular Souvenirs! But what lens, what printer, what software, what process, how long does it take?
All excellent questions! The only question that can be answered without more details below is how long. A 6x8 3D Event Photo using one of our 3D Event Photo Frames will take roughly 30 seconds to complete. Attaching the lens to the 6x8 3D Photo will take roughly 1 minute and a 6x8 Flip with an attached lens using the SuperFlip software with presets will take roughly 90 seconds to complete. More details on all the questions can be found below.
LITHO LENTICULAR LENS
The Lenticular Lens sheet is probably the most important part of the Lenticular Photo Souvenir. Without the lens the process would not work. The lens we use was originally created for the commercial print industry where multi-million dollar UV litho presses, like the Heidelberg Speedmaster CD-74 UV press are used to print hundreds of thousands of the same image lenticular postcards at a time.
These sheets were designed so that the commercial printer could print directly on the backside of the lenticular sheet using a UV litho press at speeds of up to 9000 sheets per hour. (each sheet holds 20 plus 4" x 6" lenticular postcard). With huge business potential several manufacturers invested many R&D hours and thousands of dollars designing the perfect Lenticular Lens sheets. Some sheets were designed specifically for 3D applications where the narrow viewing angle and thickness increase the illusion of depth. Other sheets were developed for Flip / Animation projects where a wider viewing angle helps with ghosting and the thinner material reduce sheet cost. There were a few developed as a universal lens that would be OK when used for either 3D and Flip, but there were trades offs.
Briefly, in the early days VueThru was involved in the R&D of large and grand format outdoor printers using the lenticular process which lead to working with other commercial printers and suppliers. Over the years we tested many of Lenticular Lens sheets. Outdoor and indoor, from 1 x 1inch to 4 x 8 foot. 6, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 48, 50, 60, 62, 75 and 100 LPI. Thin lens, thick lens, even the newest 2 piece lens. We developed a process using an inkjet printer to allow mom and pop kiosk operators to add to their existing business or start a new lenticular business. We have printed hundreds of thousands of the same image UV litho lenticular postcards as well as made large format lenticular 3D prints up to 8' x 8'. We have years of experience, but there is always room to learn. The lenticular field is constantly changing.
(See Lenticular Lens Chart below for our recommendations)
WHAT LENS - RECOMMENDATIONS
From our experience the thinner lenticular lens (75 LPI .018" & 60 LPI .020") are excellent when printed directly to the backside using a UV litho press but we caution using these thinner lens with your Dye Sub Photos. Aligning the photo to the lens can be very difficult and because the lens is so thin it can curl after the photo is attached. For this reason we recommend our thicker 60 LPI .028" 3D lens which works excellent with 3D photos up to 16" x 20" and work well with smaller hand held Flip photos up to 5x7 inches. Our 40 LPI .033" Flip lens is the same lenticular lens that is used to produce the greeting cards found in many department and grocery stores today. Event Photographers using the Kodak 6850 and DNP DS-40 have successfully created 3 image Flip photos using the 40 LPI .033" lens.
Can you use other Lenticular Lens? Sure, we know of a photo company that uses the 60 LPI .020" Flip Lenticular Lens on their 3D produc to save money! (Update, this company no longer offer lenticular products, can't imagine why!) The 60 LPI .020" Flip lens is about 2/3's the thickness and weight of the 60 LPI .028" 3D lens and costs about half as much per sheet. So what if you use the wrong lens? There are trade offs, quality being the most important. Compared side by side with an actual 3D lens these products will not have as much 3D depth. Creating a Flip using the thinner or wrong lens could result in a photo that does not Flip correctly, pitch issues, ghosting, and more. If you have not heard the stories already, you will, from your customers who have seen terrible (being kind) Lenticular Flip and 3D products. Don't be the source of these stories. It only cost a little more to do the right job right the first time and have a satisfied customer. At VueThru, we have a vested interest in your success. We believe the more you know, the more you will sell and as a result we hope, the more Lenticular Lens you buy from VueThru.
WHAT PRINTERS - RECOMMENDATIONS - TEST PRINT
Most Dye Sub Printers work. Some work better than others but we have found only one that did not work. The chart below shows a few of our findings. The best thing to do is test your printer. If it works great, if not we recommend the DNP DS-40 or DS620A. To the left, we have added a couple of 6x8 3D test photos to test your printer and software. Click on the image and it will open in a new window. Save the photo to your desktop. Do not resize, the photo is 6x8 @300 DPI. If you do not print 6x8's, you can open the image in Photoshop or another photo editing software and crop (not resize) the image to the size you need. To print, open the photo in Photoshop or add to your Event Photography software as a background. Make sure your software does not resize or scale (uncheck borderless print) the image to a larger size. You can order a Lenticular Lens Sample which will include printed examples attached to lens and a couple of blanks that you can compare your printer / software results. (sorry the actual 3D test photos will have type on them to protect the image)
If you need a dye sub printer or supplies check our website links or contact our friends Ruben@fotoclubinc.com or visit their website at www.fotoclubinc.com) or contact Steve@imagingspectrum.com or visit their website at www.imagingspectrum.com.
WHAT SOFTWARE - RECOMMENDATIONS
3D - Photoshop CC or CS6 Extended. Visit www.RussellBrown.com for initial instructions on creating 3D using Photoshop. Then call us for some Tips and Tricks. A couple of things to remember. 3D must be in RGB not CMYK and your canvas must be either a square or portrait orientation, not landscape when doing the 3D postcard (conversion) process. Again call us for Tips and Tricks.
EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY - RECOMMENDATIONS
SuperFlip or Dark Room or Photogra or PhotaMate.
3D Backgrounds - We have used Photoshop, Photo Elements, Express Digital Sport and Dark Room, Photogra Green Screen, and PhotaMate to print photos on location. Dark Room, Photagra and PhotaMate are by far the best choices. SuperFlip! does not work to print out 3D images on location.
Flip Backgrounds - We have used SuperFlip!, Photogra Green Screen, and PhotaMate to print Flip photos on location. Photagra and PhotaMate are by far easier choices over SuperFlip!
Have questions about Dark Room Software, contact Steve@imagingspectrum.com phone number 800-342-9294. For information about Photogra Software contact SKraus@photogra.com 914-288-6159. For information about PhotaMate contact firstname.lastname@example.org 855-FUN-PICS.
STEREO SOFTWARE - RECOMMENDATIONS
Triaxes.com - Stereo Tracer
ATTACHING TO LENS OR NOT?
Another great question. For over 10 years we have tested, considered, and played around withdifferent concepts and ideas of how to make a great Flip or 3D photo without actually having to attach the photo to a lenticular lens. Why, another good question. For anyone who has attached a Flip or 3D photo to a lenticular lens this is an easy question to answer, for everyone else, except for correctly reading a Pitch Test, attaching a photo to a lenticular lens can be the hardest part of doing lenticular. You can throw hours of prep time and work in the trash when you find after aligning and attaching the lenticular lens that the alignment was incorrect, or there are bubbles or God forbid a spec or dirt. Anyone who has done lenticular long enough knows what I am talking about.
So what are the alternatives?
By far attaching the photo to the lenticular lens is the best in overall lenticular quality. There are several methods of attaching the photo to lens. Using an permanent optically clear adhesive like we do is probably the most widely preferred method. Once you have attached a few dozen you get the hang of it and it is really not too bad. Another method we have tried is using a repositionable adhesive. In every case we found the photo eventually came off the lens which is no good. Another method we have heard about is using a UV liquid glue. From what we have read, the smell, the bubbles, and what really happens years down the road from using it make us stay away. So for us if we have to attach the photo to the lenticular lens using the permanent optically clear adhesive is the way to go, but what about not attaching the photo to the lenticular lens at all.
We are sad to say that still after many attempts we still have not found a way to make a Flip or Animation photo work without attaching the photo to the lenticular lens. The alignment is just too critical and any bumping and it does not work. We will keep looking.
But for 3D, Yes, we have create a 60LPI 3D Event Photo Frame and after selling 10,000 6x8 3D Event Photo Frames we are adding a 6x4 and a 5x7 3D Event Photo Frame. Our next project is working on an 60LPI 8X10 3D Frame 40 LPI 8x10 3D Frame. A sample 3D Event Photo Frame has been added to our Sample Pack.
Bare with us...
This page will be a work in progress for a few weeks. I will get as many details as I can on this page about the process we came up with to create Lenticular Two Image Flip Photo Souvenirs and 3D Photo Souvenirs in Event locations in the US, Canada, Ireland, Puerto Rico and many more. If you can not wait, I understand, I answer calls and questions daily on how you can use what we have learned to duplicate the process at your locations. Order the sample kit, it contains sample blanks and Kodak 6850 printed examples. Download the Free SuperFlip interlace software, (free to our customers, a $10,000 renewable value annually) We sell the lens, so we need you to be successful and are willing to help every step of the way.
Lenticular Lens Sample
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More to come.... 3D and Flip sample prints you can download and test on your equipment, and much more.
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