Lenticular Image Interlacing

The first step in the lenticular process is deciding the effect that the interlaced images will produce. 3D and animation are the two major categories, but there are plenty of sub-categories under the animation column. The animation option will act as a flip-book, while the 3D effect is pretty straightforward. The template can flow either horizontally or vertically on the lenticular lens, although better results are generally produced with a horizontal flow.

Lenticular images are better transposed onto the lenticular lens in they are high resolution and have plenty of color and texture within the background. The lenticular software is capable of creating decent effects with lower resolution images, but the more vivid the original images, the easier the transition onto a lenticular lens will be. The 3D effects can be used to mimic the illusion of popping out of the surface as well as creating a drop shadow. Users of Photoshop can imagine the effects that can be utilized using lenticular art.

The end result of lenticular printing is a lens that produces a rounded look and takes advantage of human vision which processes images from two different angles. Binocular vision that humans possess is what makes the lenticular images pop out of the flat surface and create an illusion of motion and 3D effect. The interlacing of the images combined with the column-like lenticules give the images the visually deceptive yet appealing aspect of coming to life.