THREE-DIMENSIONAL AND ANIMATED PICTURES

3D Move the mouse over the image and you see it changing.

With lenticular screen (basically a clear plastic screen made of lenses) a realistic depth effect, similar to holograms, can be accomplished. The effect is generated when the left eye sees the target from a different angle than the right eye. In a lenticular 3D image the several included views are spread into various directions by the screen.

To create a true-life depth effect only the 40 lpi (lenses per inch) screen is adequate. A true-life depth means that you can even measure with a ruler that a cube "floating" in front of the picture surface is as deep as it is wide! Of course this is actually just an illusion generated from several flat views, up to 36 of them!

Unfortunately The depth effect can't be demonstrated on a web page. However, by placing the mouse pointer over the image to the left, you can at least see how the image looks like seen from another angle.

Animation

When the lenticular screen lenses are aligned horizontally, the views change when the picture is turned up and down. This way an animation effect can be created, with 12 - 36 animation frames. If the picture is placed on a table, the animation also shows when you move closer or further from it.


You'll see the dolphin swim, when you move the mouse over the image!
Flip
In a flip you just see two or three different images when you turn the picture in your hand. Flip and 3D can be even combined as in the "Heal the Earth" picture.

How is it
made?


The images are either photographed or more often created with a 3D modeling and animation software. Any real object or scene can be photographed from various angles and the views combined into one 3D picture. Also an ordinary flat photo, painting or drawing can be turned into a 3D picture!

The various 3D views or animation frames are joined together with a special technique. The resulting image (including all the views) is printed with a high-quality inkjet printer on a high resolution paper or film. Then the lenticular screen is manually attached over the print. This is a very delicate process, since the screen must be positioned extremely accurately. The adhesive between the paper and the plastic must then be rubbed smooth. Finally the picture is cut into its final shape. Each picture is assembled by hand.