Creating a 2D Print that MOVES

Skill Level: Beginner / Views: 67 / System Requirements: DAZ or Poser, a photo retouching program like GIMP

Wouldn't you like to see some of your 3D creations shown off in a 2D media that moves? This is how to create amazing moving prints (well, they look like they move), that are 2D. Some may remember these from childhood days, but you don't see them around any more. I'm going to tell you the easiest way to create them. These are fun. Children love playing with them. There's lots of uses for them.

dbwalton on 6:23PM Thu, 17 June 2021

Advanced DIY Linticular prints

If you want something larger than 5x5, you can get 11x17 inch linticular lenses online for doing just that.   Here's what to look for...

Lines per inch - for prints, 40 or 60 is a good choice.

Image Prep...

When doing it yourself, you better know your way around GIMP or whatever you're using.

You're going to want to create two layers - one for image 1 and the other for image 2.  It doesn't matter which one is on top.

Next, based on the orientation of your linticular lens material, you are going to want to create a layer mask that is alternating strips of black and white set EXACTLY to the lines per inch of your lens.  I mean EXACTLY.   I created a texture and do a texture fill to accomplish the mask  Pretty easy.  The texture is 2x2p, the left 2 black, the right 2 white.

Once you apply your mask, your it will look like both images, but are actually alternating strips of image 2 and 2.  Thus, if you have an eye winking, it will look like the eye is open and closed as if you set the opacity to 50% on the top layer.


Print as you normally would at 100%.  You don't want ANY deviation as that will throw your lpi out of register and it won't work.


Now comes the hard part and this is why I choose to order small prints.   But, if you need a large one, here's what you have to do.

Some of the lenses have a peel off adhesive back that is clear.   Before you peel it off, line it up with your print to check the registration.  Note where the lens and paper line up.  Then peel off the backing and start at one end, bending the lens, making sure bubbles don't get trapped, and walk the lens down on to the paper.

You might ruin a few before you get the hang of it.  DIY can be costly.  I knew professional photographers who did sports linticular prints.  I remember hearing about their frustrations.

Tutorial Comments

PetuniaPetals  9:07PM Wed, 11 August 2021

Thank you for the tutorial :-)

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