Animated GIF's to demonstrate the 3D of my Lenticular Work
Lenticular Technology, How it Works
Lenticular printing is a technology in which lenticular lenses (a technology that is also used for 3D displays) are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles.
Examples of lenticular printing include prizes given in some snack boxes that showed flip and animation effects such as winking eyes, and modern advertising graphics that change their message depending on the viewing angle. This technology was created in the 1940s but has evolved in recent years to show more motion and increased depth.
The lenticular effect used in Louis Markoya limited editions is stereoscopic or 3D Lenticular. The method to produce these works starts with an original oil painting by Louis Markoya. This is photographed in very high resolution and the file is carefully examined by the artist to ensure no defects and color consistency, etc. All dust marks, scratches, and brush hairs that appear in the original are removed and the file set aside. A new copy of the perfected digital file is made and in this file Louis must designate where in depth (or the “Z” plane) each element of the picture will fall within the process. This file is used to generate a depth file utilizing very specialized software. The software sets left/right eye separations for the stereoscopic view. A second program converts the left right eye perspective views into strips which will fall below the curved lenses of the lenticular sheet. The diagram below explains how the curved lens separates the left/right views and allows the viewer to see a 3D image on a relatively flat surface. Once the image is printed the lensed sheet must be carefully aligned to the printed strips and cold laminated.