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Lenticular Imaging with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

 

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What is 3D lenticular imaging?

Lenticular printing is a technology in which a lenticular lens is used to produce images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended now supports the creation and printing of 3D lenticular images. This original lenticular technology was created in the 1940s, but has evolved in recent years to show more motion and increased 3D depth.

Originally used mostly in novelty items, lenticular prints are now being used as a marketing tool to show products in motion and 3D. Recent advances in large-format presses have allowed for oversized lenses to be used in lithographic lenticular printing.

(More information can be found on Wikipedia)

How to create lenticular images on an inkjet printer

1 - Review all the lenticular tutorials on this site.

2 - Experiment with Dr. Brown’s Lenticular Panel.

3 - Order a basic 8X10, 40LPI sample lens kit from MicroLens.com.

4 - Print your images on a standard desktop inkjet printer.

5 - Laminate your final results.

6 - View a bit of 3D humor.

Equipment and software

1 - Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

2 - A Canon, Epson, or HP desktop inkjet printer

3 - High-gloss, quick-drying printer paper

4 - Lamination equipment

5 - 3D red-blue anaglyphic glasses

Special Note: These tutorials will help you create lenticular images from inkjet printers. Creating multiple images in a prepress workflow may require additional third-party software to complete your project. Photoshop is very good, but it is not perfect for large lenticular print runs.

 

 

 

CS5 Lenticular Imaging Updates!

   
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CS5 Extended: Dr. Brown’s Lenticular Panel 1.0.4

Posted 08/22/10

This update is designed to work with Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended. The tutorial movie explains the installation and workflow for CS4 users, but the techniques are very similar for CS5. However, you must use the Adobe Extension Manager CS5 for the installation process.

This panel will convert 2D layered documents into 3D lenticular images. Be sure to watch the tutorial movie before installing the panel.

For Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended

View QuickTime tutorial; 9.4 MB

Lenticular Panel Installer
Download panel; 2.2 MB

   

Lenticular Imaging with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

   
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CS4 Extended: Basic 3D Lenticular Workflow

Posted 10/27/08

Get started with this first 3D lenticular tutorial. It introduces you to the basics of working with 2D layered documents and turning them into 3D art.

For Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

View QuickTime tutorial; 26 MB

 

Sample Image
Download Double Identity image

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CS4 Extended: Dr. Brown’s Lenticular Panel 1.02

Posted 10/27/08

Introducing my first Configurator panel! This tutorial discusses how to install and use this amazing utility to accelerate the process of creating 3D lenticular images.

This special panel is designed to work with simple 2D layered documents and turn them into 3D lenticular images. Be sure to watch the tutorial movie before installing the panel.

Warning! This script will not work with CS5. Also, this panel and installer will only work on an English-based operating system.

For Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

View QuickTime tutorial; 9.4 MB

Lenticular Panel Installer
Download panel; 2.2 MB

Adobe Configurator 1.0

More information

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CS4 Extended: Advanced 3D Lenticular Workflow

Posted 10/27/08

Discover the true wonders of 3D lenticular imaging with this tutorial that demonstrates how to work with 3D models in CS4 Extended. Download the sample DAZ3D dinosaur file and try creating a 3D image of your own.

But wait! – There’s more!

Thanks to this special offer from DAZ3D, you can receive a 50% discount on the purchase of a select set of dinosaur models. Check out the available dinosaurs in this set. Remember, this special code can only be use once to redeem this discount. So be sure to order all your dinosaurs at the same time!

Code # DAZDINOS

For Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

View QuickTime tutorial; 31 MB

 

DAZ 3D Dinosaur Sample File
Download dinosaur image; 16 MB

 

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CS4 Extended: Adding 3D Depth to 2D Images

Posted 10/27/08

Learn the secrets of adding 3D depth to standard 2D images. This tutorial demonstrates how to create an advanced grayscale depth map and turn it into a 3D mesh. The results will make images come to life with eye-popping 3D effects.

For Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

View QuickTime tutorial; 9.4 MB

 

iStock photos used in this tutorial:
Flying Turtle (#565886)

Coral Garden (#3390786)

Swirl of Fish (#3390786)

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CS4 Script: Flip Animation Creator 1.0

Posted 12/23//08

This script is designed to interlace multiple images and create a flip animation. Then, when a special flip lens is applied to the interlaced image, the viewer will see the images transition from one to the other.

This new script currently only supports a Micolens 30 LPI Flip lens and a Vue Thu 60 LPI Flip lens. Also, be advised that ghosting of the images can easily occur when using 60-lpi or higher lenses. Watch the tutorial video for more information. This script works only with CS4 and CS4 Extended.

Special Note: These tutorials will help you create lenticular images from inkjet printers. Creating multiple images in a prepress workflow may require additional third-party software to complete your project. Photoshop is very good, but it is not perfect for large lenticular print runs.

For Adobe Photoshop CS4

View QuickTime tutorial; 13.8 MB

Easy Installer For CS4 Mac and PC

Download flip script; 12 KB

Pictorico Papers
Pictorico Hi-Gloss Film

iStock photos used in this tutorial:
One Oak - Four Seasons (#35448056)

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CS4 Extended: Printing 3D Depth Charts

Posted 10/27/08

Discover the quickest and easiest way to understand the relationship between Focal Plane and Parallax settings with these print-ready charts. Just download the appropriate resolution for your target printer.

After you have printed and laminated the results, you will quickly start to understand how each of these settings controls the 3D depth in an image. Be sure to watch the tutorial movie before you attempt to print these depth charts.

 

For Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

View QuickTime tutorial; 9.4 MB

 

Sample Images HP & Canon Printers
Download 600-ppi depth charts
; 47 MB

Sample Images Epson Printers
Download 720-ppi depth charts; 61 MB


Default Layered Image
Download master depth chart
; 34 MB

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CS4 Extended Scripts:

Creating a Pitch Test 1.0.1

As you begin to work with lenticular imaging, you will quickly notice that sometimes your lenticular prints do not match the lens you are working with. The prints will not align correctly and the 3D effects seem out of phase.

To solve this problem, the lens and print need to be calibrated with a pitch test. This advanced tutorial will discuss how to use the Adobe Pitch Generator and Adobe Pitch Converter. Using these scripts will help solve this issue and give you better results.

Warning ! This script with not work with CS5.

For Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

View QuickTime tutorial; 13.1 MB

 

Easy Installer For CS4 Mac and PC

Adobe Pitch Converter 1.0

Adobe Pitch Generator 1.0.1

Download installer CS4; 32 KB

 

Additional Information

Microlens pitch test information

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CS4 Extended: Printing and Lamination

Lenticular printing should be done at the maximum resolution for your inkjet printer. These resolution settings can be found in the Print dialog under Image Quality.

Also, your interlaced Photoshop documents must be at 600ppi for HP and Canon printers, and 720ppi for Epson printers. Be sure to print on the glossiest and quickest-drying paper possible. Following these steps is critical to getting your best results. For more details on lamination techniques, check out the information at Microlens.com.

For Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended

Microlens lamination information


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Lenticular Imaging Resources

Lenticular Lens Supplies and Training

Microlens

Vue Thru 

Specialty Papers

Pictorico High Gloss Film

3D Anaglyphic Glasses

Star Magic Plastic glasses

Star Magic Paper glasses

 

Laminators

Pacific Mount Laminators

Nasco Heavy-Duty Soft Rubber Brayer - 8'

De Luxe Soft Artists Rubber Brayer - 8'

 

Additional Lenticular Software and Tutorials

Flip Signs!

Power Illusion

Pro Magic Software

 

High-Resolution Offset Lenticular Printing and Information

World3D Lenticular Printing

RR Donnelley

Vue Thru 

IGH Solutions and Xtreme Graphics

Mallard Press

Big 3D Printing

DPI Lenticular Printing

Tre D (Italy)

Lenstar

Lantor, Ltd.

Special Note: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended can help you create lenticular images on inkjet printers. Creating multiple lenticular images in a prepress workflow may require additional third-party software to complete your project. Photoshop is very good, but it is not perfect for large lenticular print runs.

3D Artists and Photographers

Bonny Lhotka

Michael J Brown Photography

Miggs Burroughs

Mark Ruff

Super Easy T-Frame Stand

Available from Vue Thru

702-897-6185 (8a.m. - 6p.m. Pacific Time)

This is the ultimate 40-lpi two-sided display stand that anyone interested in lenticular imaging should own. Just slide your 8x10 prints directly into this frame and you’re done! This is a great way to proof images before they’re laminated, or just use it as your final display stand. Trust me – order one today!

 

Pacific Mount Laminator

 

Nasco Heavy-Duty Brayer for Lamination

 

Star Magic 3D Glasses

 

Lenticular Effects Sample Book

from Lenstar.org

 

Two-sided 40-lpi T-Frame Stand

 

 

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