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Leveling the Lenticular Playing Field

(March 2007) posted on Thu Mar 15, 2007

How five wide-format print providers have upped their game in lenticular.

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By Kacey King

The source imagery for this piece included three pencil drawings that Schminke drew by hand: one of the white "energy" lines, one of the black "energy" lines, and the stems and flower. She also painted a background for the piece.

Schminke used her Microtek Scanmaker 9800XL large-format scanner with Microtek ScanWizard Pro scanning software to digitize the artwork. She then assembled all the files into a single Photoshop file, which she used to create the original fine-art piece titled, Allium: Allegro, by adding layers and channels.

When she decided to turn the piece into lenticular, Schminke then split that single file into four quarters to make a four-panel lenticular piece, each panel measuring 24 x 24 in. She utilized Flipsigns 3-D Genius lenticular software to interlace the layers in each of the four files.

"So not only did I pull the image apart front-to-back to make it 3-D, but I also split it into four different pieces," says Schminke. "Each quarter took 45 minutes to interlace."

For output, Schminke used her Epson Stylus Pro 9600 with ErgoSoft PosterPrint RIP to image onto InteliCoat Polyester Frontlit/Backlit Film at 360 dpi. When it came to lining up the lens to the interlaced image on the print, says Schminke, "I really don’t like having to trim down the lens, so I order the lens to size. Normally with lenticular you have an alignment bar along the edge, but I’ve eliminated that and just use my eye to line things up. Then, I use an X-Acto knife to trim the extra film hanging off the edge. But this technique is something I can do because I’m creating my own vision, my own art. If I were creating lenticulars for someone else, it would be impossible to do it without alignment bars."

Once the piece was aligned, she turned to her 26-in. Coda CMP26 MS cold laminator, adhering the 20-lpi 3-D Microlens lenticular material (pre-coated with adhesive by the company) to each of the four panels.

This four-panel version of Allegro was on display at the 2006 Andre Schellenberg competition at the SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. Schminke also has created 24- and 36-in. versions of the piece.


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