This article demystifies the process of producing lenticular designs and describes how modern imaging technology simplifies the associated workflow.
By Jeff Miller
You also need production software. HumanEyes Technologies, Imagiam, ProMagic, and PowerIllusion all provide such tools. If you want to move into true commercial lenticular production, you will want to do your homework and purchase the most robust production solutions available. The strength of your design tools, interlacing engine, and production assets play a big factor in your true production speed and limit the time involved in content creation, file correction, and basic modification. A streamlined workflow means faster production and greater profits.
Once you’re in the lenticular 3D business, you can begin to explore other lenticular effects, such as flip, motion, zoom, and morph. These eye-catching effects can add a whole new dimension to your lenticular design.
If you are new to lenticular design and production, you might consider training for your team. There are independent consultants in the market and software specialists that provide remote and on-site lenticular design and production-workflow training around the globe.
Printers and production
Possibly the biggest improvement in successful lenticular printing production has come with the latest flatbed UV inkjet printers. These new printers give a print shop the ability to reverse print the interlaced digital file directly to the backside of the lenticular lens without lamination or special coatings. This brings labor and material costs down significantly and delivers improved productivity. The flatbed UV inkjet printer was a game changer for lenticular-display printing.
Registration of the interlaced file to the lenticular lens is a critical step in the production process. These new flatbed printers make registering a lens for application of the interlaced file much simpler and much faster.
The process becomes even easier when you couple the newest printer technology with robust software. The combination of direct printing on lenticular lenses with software that creates a registration file with a series of registration lines based on the necessary pitch-test measurement is powerful. Pitch-testing the lenticular lens to the imaging device will determine the interlacing pitch. Each imaging device can, and will, have a bit of variance. This means you may see a slight difference between printers from the same manufacturer and even the same model type. Use the same device for production that you used to perform your pitch test.
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