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Igor Kurchavov, Arashan Promotion Copyright 2003 - 2005, www.3DPhotoPro.com, www.3DPhotoStock.com

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Igor Kurchavov, Arashan Promotion Copyright 2003 - 2005, www.3DPhotoPro.com, www.3DPhotoStock.com

Table of contents:1. 2. 3. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Brief description of lenticular technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Parallel stereoshooting with the tripod add-on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 3.1 Description of the method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 3.2 Stereobase choosing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 3.3 Frames quantity choosing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 3.4 Multiple shooting action sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 3.5 Tripod Add-on for multishooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 The frames inclination angle correction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Snapshots alignment by zero point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Printing process calibration, interlacing and printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 6.1 Factors that affect the printing accuracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 6.1.1 Paper deformation caused by impregnation of printer ink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 6.1.2 Printing inaccuracy of a printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 6.1.3 Step deviation of the lenticular lenses from nominal value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 6.2 Calibration of the printing process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 6.3 Interlacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 6.4 The interlaced image printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Example of making 3D lenticular picture using PhotoProjector and ViewsAligner software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.1 Making the pitch test with PhotoProjector software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.2 The frames alignment using ViewsAligner software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.3 Process of interlacing using PhotoProjector software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 40 44 50

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Laminating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 8.1 Alignment lenticular lenses sheet and printed interlaced image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 8.2 Laminating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Making lenticular Flip pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Example of making Flip lenticular picture using PhotoProjector software . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.1 Making the pitch test using PhotoProjector software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.2 Frames preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.3 Process of interlacing using PhotoProjector software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.4 How to reduce the ghost effect using PhotoProjector software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 64 64 66 70

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Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Appendix 1: Appendix 2: Appendix 3: Two steps Pitch Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Printed interlaced 3D picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Printed interlaced Flip picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

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Igor Kurchavov, Arashan Promotion Copyright 2003 - 2005, www.3DPhotoPro.com, www.3DPhotoStock.com

1. IntroductionThe purpose of this book is to show a way as simple as it is possible to make highquality lenticular 3D photos at home, using the usual and not expensive office equipment, which already presents almost in each house. I am talking about such things as a computer, a digital camera, an ink jet color photo printer, a laminator and possibly a cutting trimmer. There are several different ways of 3D pictures manufacturing at present time. The most of these ways require expensive equipment and a lot of extra tools for viewing, such as special 3D glasses. I would like to tell to you about the simple and cheap technology of lenticular 3D pictures manufacturing. I have made thousands of them and now I would like to share my experience with you. A 3D photos creation is a very fascinating process. I know many photo amateurs, who would like to reflect their photos in three dimensions. And, as far as I understand, you are one of them. Well then, I would like to make you happy! There is a simple way to make a 3D photo! I know, that you will be pleasantly surprised when will hold in hands your first 3D photo, and how many joyful moments will be delivered to you by showing the 3D photos you have made to your relatives and friends. It is very funny to see someone observing a 3D picture at the very first time and trying to figure out how can such thin picture look deep (even looking at the back, trying to touch the object, etc). It really bewitches when you see not only depth of a picture, but also when a part of object visually coming out of the 3D picture and lying above the surface. You can use this technology to express your inspiration in a graphic art. This technology opens a new way to create really artistic works, for example you can combine 2D and 3D objects together into one and make the very interesting visual effects. Please, see on the picture below. I have combined a 2D beautiful womans portrait with a 3D object of two roses (picture 1.1). If you will create and present such portrait to your loved woman, I believe she will be happy!

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Igor Kurchavov, Arashan Promotion Copyright 2003 - 2005, www.3DPhotoPro.com, www.3DPhotoStock.com

Picture 1.1 This method of making 3D lenticular pictures can be used by graphic designers who create advertising and promotional pictures. Lenticular technology is a very effective way to increase your sales volume. As is shown in independent research Arka company (Russia), lenticular pictures attract attention of people in 6.5 times more then the ordinary flat promotional pictures. Beside this a lot of people keep lenticular pictures as a souvenir instead of throwing them out into the trash. The graphic designers can add motion or third dimension to his pictures to attract attention of the prospective clients. For this purposes I have made the first and unique at present time 3D Lenticular Photo Stock Gallery in the world http://www.3DPhotoStock.com In 3D Lenticular Photo Stock Gallery you can find the frame sets of 3D pictures like landscapes, for example, or 3D objects, like flowers. You can use all pictures or parts of them in your projects. Each 3D picture frame set consists of a consecution of digital files that were made using "Parallel stereoshooting with the tripod add-on" method that is described in chapter #3 of the present book. All pictures are Royalty-Free and they can be used multiple times for making 3D lenticular pictures, for any usage (advertising, art pictures, CD or book covering, cards and so on). The Royalty-Free license also allows you to alter an image and create unique works of your own. 4

Igor Kurchavov, Arashan Promotion Copyright 2003 - 2005, www.3DPhotoPro.com, www.3DPhotoStock.com

The fundamental principles of lenticular 3D picture manufacturing were developed more than a hundred years ago. Plenty of pictures were made since then all around the world. But years ago it used to take large capital investments to purchase a lot of special and very expensive equipment. It also required the highly skilled personnel presence and a lot of time to manufacture every single picture. Therefore making of 3D pictures was accessible only to large companies for many years and economically itself justified only by producing the large amount of 3D pictures that were mostly used in advertising. Even a few years ago the appearance of 3D pictures manufacturing technology, about which I would like to tell you, was not possible. But, because of the technical progress, occurrence of personal computers, colour photo printers and inexpensive lenticular lens sheets the real opportunity to make photos at home has finally appeared. Now manufacturing of a single lenticular 3D photo takes about 30 minutes of time, and all the expenses including lenticular lens sheet purchase, paper and ink for printer needed to manufacture a single 3D photo of the size 4" x 6" (10 15 ) do not exceed 3.50 dollars. In my work I use the software developed by the talented programmer, scientist, big enthusiast of 3D photography and charming woman E. Wassenmiller. She developed several very useful programs such as: PhotoProjector software that could be use