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December 04, 2008

DIY Lenticular Printing

screenshot from snapily.com
Lenticular priniting is an odd little backwater of the graphics world. That technique that combines multiple images with a plastic lens overlay that makes the image appear to change as you move it has long been used primarily for cheezy stuff(*) like Cracker Jack prizes and creepy Catholic art of the Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

But not any more! Now anyone can make their own lenticular images. An online service called Snapily lets you upload your own images and have them turned into lenticular business cards, notecards, notebook covers, etc. (A typical price is about eight bucks for a pack of 20 business cards). In the near future they plan to add the ability to take a short video clip, strip out the frames and make a multi-image lenticular "movie" card.

(*)A big exception are the Panamaps by Urban Mapping. They use lenticular technology to combine transit, street, and neighborhood views of Manhattan and Chicago into the same map. My vote for the cleverest piece of cartography of the last decade.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at December 4, 2008 12:40 PM


Entirely too cool. Now, of course, I'm thinking of combining some unlikely unsuitably-paired images, like maybe one of those Jesus bleeding heart things alternating back and forth with, Idunno, a picture of a loaded jumbo Chicago hot dog? Would this be wrong?

Posted by: G.L. Dryfoos at December 7, 2008 06:17 PM