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1.  What is a lenticular image?

2.  What is a lenticular lens sheet?

3.  What do I need to make a lenticular image?

4.  How much does a lenticular lens sheet cost?

5.  Can I put one of the lenticular lens sheets over a normal image to create a 3D image?

6.  Do I need an interlacing software to create a lenticular image?

7.  Can I tape the interlaced image to the back of the lenticular lens sheet?

8.  What are the standard stock sizes of the Micro Lens lenticular lens sheets?

9.  What is a typical price for a lenticular image?

10.  How should I store the lenticular lens sheets?

 

1.  What is a lenticular image? 

A lenticular image is an image that appears to change as you move in relation to the position of the image.  It is an image created by attaching a printed interlaced image to the back of a lenticular lens sheet.   The interlaced image is typically created with a special interlacing software designed to create flip, animated, and/or 3-D images.

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2.  What is a lenticular lens sheet? 

A lenticular lens sheet is an optically clear plastic sheet with a special pattern (called a lenticular pattern) molded into one side and a polished flat surface on the other side.  The lenticular pattern is an array of identical convex lenses designed to focus the light onto particular spots of the image on the back of the lenticular lens sheet.  This focusing of the many lenses allows more than one image to be seen based on the angle of view through the lenticular lens sheet.

 

3.  What do I need to make a lenticular image? 

To create a lenticular image, you will need:

  • A lenticular lens sheet

  • Optically clear adhesive or mounting film

  • Inkjet printer (300+ dpi minimum resolution recommended)

  • Interlacing Software (recommended)

  • Photo paper (recommended)

  • Laminator (recommended)

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4.  How much does a lenticular lens sheet cost? 

Lenticular lens sheets are priced based on size and thickness of the sheet.  An 8 inch by 10 inch lenticular lens sheet can cost as little as a couple of dollars.  For a complete price list of Micro Lens Technology lenticular lens sheets, please contact us.

 

5.  Can I put one of the lenticular lens sheets over a normal image to create a 3D image?

Unfortunately, no.  The lenticular lens sheet works in combination with an interlaced image to provide either a 3-D image or flip (animated) image.

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6.  Do I need an interlacing software to create a lenticular image? 

No, but an interlacing software is highly recommended.  You can interlace your own image using a photo editing software such as Photoshop.  However, the interlacing software simplifies this process by asking simple questions and generating the interlaced image for you.

 

7.  Can I tape the interlaced image to the back of the lenticular lens sheet? 

Prints must be face mounted directly behind the lens material with 100% face contact. The material has a focal point directly behind the lens and any separation  between the lens and the print will cause the image to be out of focus. You can use a spray mount adhesive for temporary mounting but an optically clear adhesive with a clear release liner is recommended for permanent results. One of the  biggest learning curves will be in mounting the print to the back of the lens. This will take a little practice but you will get it soon thereafter.

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8What are the standard stock sizes of the Micro Lens lenticular lens sheets? 

Typical stock sizes (width x height with lenticules running in the direction of the height) include:

  • 8 in. x 10 in.

  • 16 in. x 20 in.

  • 22 in. x 28 in.

  • 32 in. x 42 in.

  • 36 in. x 48 in.

  • 48 in. x 96 in.

Depending on customer demand, the standard stock sizes and quantities on hand may change. 

 

9.  What is a typical price for a lenticular image? 

Prices for lenticular images are typically $20 per square foot and higher.  The prices are usually based on the type of images interlaced, the amount of image processing time needed to create a proper interlaced image, the size of the final image and the quantity of images ordered.

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10.  How should I store the lenticular lens sheets? 

All plastics shrink and expand with changing temperature and humidity.  Plastic lenticular lens sheets should be stored in a dry, temperature controlled environment not directly exposed to sunlight or heat.  If stored in areas with wide temperature and humidity changes, the lenticular lens sheets may shrink and/or expand causing the pitch of the lenticular lens sheets to change.

 

Plastic lenticular lens sheets should be stored flat to prevent any warpage.  If the sheets must be stored vertically, storage at a slight angle with support under the entire sheet is recommended.  All protective release liners (masking film) should not be removed prior to use.  This protects the surface of the sheet from any abrasions. 

If you have a question not listed here, please check the lenticular help section or contact us.

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