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Articles and Tutorials on Lenticular Printing

Although lenticular printing has been around for over a century, it never becomes popular until the last few years. Part of the reason is that people are keeping the knowledge to themselves and do not want to share. With the unselfish desire to promote this industry, ViCGI is releasing a series of articles, from the basic to advanced. We encourage college students in both art and computer science majors group together to write a free software for the industry. An open source lenticular printing software will definitely help enlarge the size of the industry. For those who are interested in this field and need more informaiton, please feel free to contact us. We also grant the rights for you to quote the contents of our articles as long as you give us the credit.

3D Lenticular Printing Interlacing Algorithm Illustrated Using Photoshop
This article tries to demystify 3D lenticular printing by explaining the underlying working of interlacing algorithm. By understanding how pictures are interlaced you will be able to appreciate the principles of lenticular printing better. This knowledge will also help you identify with the terminology used in many other lenticular software products.

Converting a 2D picture to a 3D Lenticular Print - Theory and Tutorial
In this article the author explains the theory on how to convert a flat 2D picture into layered images for 3D lenticular printing by using only the basic functions of pre-CS4 Extended Photoshop in a systematic manner. By understanding the theory behind the conversion you will become confident in creating successful lenticular prints; whether you are using ad hoc software or Photoshop CS4 Extended. Users of pre-CS4 Extended and other graphics editing software such as Gimp or PhotoImpact will also benefit from this tutorial.

Creating Lenticular Printing Pitch Test Pattern Using Photoshop
Pitch test is a critical step for calibrating the deviation of specifications of lenticular lens and printer. This article teaches you how to create the pitch test pattern or stripes using the basic functions from Photoshop.

The Quantitative Analysis of Stereoscopic Effect
Through the analysis of changing patterns among different anaglyphic images and the relationship of their focal planes, this paper derives a way to measure the stereoscopic effect of an image. By using statistical analysis, an empirical value of stereoscopic effect is then defined. Based on the principles of photographic camera in 5 different scenarios, the author infers that the stereoscopic effect formulas derived are most suitable for mid range photography. With some simple assumption and approximation, the formula can also be extended to short distance and micro distance photography. The suitability and the impact of the parameters are then further discussed. All the topics discussed in this paper are applicable to 3D effect on lenticular printing.

The Relation between viewing distance and perceived depth in 3D Lenticular Printing
This article provides a quantitative analysis of the relationship between viewing distance and perceived depth on any 3D lenticular printing project.

Simplest Method of Making Anaglyph Images with Photoshop
People in the 3D industry, especially in lenticular printing, normally use anaglyph image as a tool to test and fine tune their 3D rendering. This article presents a very simple way of making anaglyph image using most basic functions in Photoshop on two similar images with binocular disparity..

Choosing the Right Lenticular Sheet for DIY Lenticular Printing on Ink-jet Printers
Before buying your lenticular sheets, it is always a good idea to know their technical specifications. It is the purpose of this article to describe their attributes so that you can determine which spec is most suitable for your DIY lenticular projects.

How to Prevent Ghosting in Lenticular Printing
The main focus of this article is to address the ghosting challenge in lenticular printing and introduce a simple method called “Finger Finding” to detect the area where potential ghosting shadows will occur most often. It concludes by discussing ways to avoid potential ghosting issues in lenticular printing.

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