Avro Lancaster Over Beachy Head. The Lenticular Process


Avro Lancaster Over Beachy Head Animated Image

Picture of an Avro Lancaster Bomber flying over Beachy Head.

How was the lenticular image made?

The genesis of this unique piece of interactive wall art was first created by using an original sequence of images captured by an extremely high resolution digital camera. Each frame was then hand picked by Jim Dooley to maximise the drama of this Avro Lancaster flying over the iconic white cliffs of Beachy Head. The selected images were then converted into an HD GIF by computer modelling.


The Lenticular Lens

Once the GIF was received by the printers, the lenticular conversion process could begin. Firstly, the correct lens pitch needed to be chosen (how many lenses to use per inch) in order to project the best and most realistic movement across the entire picture. This part of the manufacturing process was pivotal and needed to be accurate within 1/100mm tolerance. Weather and temperature changes can affect image quality, so this unique Living Picture was created within a controlled environment

Printing Lenticular Images 

Once the correct lens width has been selected, they are individually laid by hand across the entire length of the picture (this is always the most time-consuming part of the manufacturing process). It is then ready to print using a UV flatbed printer. In order for the UV ink to bond with the individual lenses, they are secured by using a powerful vacuum. The inks are printed and cured to the back of the picture, the final colour finish for the Living Picture being white. The 3mm resin print then needs to harden for a further 24 hours before the picture is ready to be cut, sized and framed.

This Living Picture doesn’t require any power cell to project movement, this is achieved by using just optics and natural light.

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