The Lenticular Printing Process

The lenticular printing process uses a lenticular lens to produce images which appear three-dimensional when viewed from different angles. The technology to produce these images has been around since 1940 and has experienced many breakthroughs since. The process was initially used for novelty items, but cutting edge technology has made it an effective form of advertisement. The process itself goes something like this.

It begins by taking two images that the user wishes to blend together and combining them with a lenticular lens, often referred to as a lenticular screen. The images and the lens are then flattened into different frames and digitally combined using lenticular software into a single file. Once the images are combined or interlaced, they can be printed on synthetic paper and laminated onto the lenticular lens.

The combination of lenticular lens with the multiple images give the finished product the illusion of movement based on perspective. Each lenticule on the lens acts as a magnifying glass on the images which create the movement. The lenticules combined with the image compiled by the lenticular software can create 3d imaging and even a short film of about one second with the correct images. Keep reading for the step by step process used to create your lenticular images and art.

Lenticular Finishing
Lenticular Printers
Lenticular Interlacing