How is a lenticular image made?
The genesis of every animated piece of interactive wall art is first created by using an original sequence of images captured by an extremely high resolution digital camera. Each frame is then hand picked by Jim Dooley to maximise the drama of the subject matter. The selected images are then converted into an HD GIF by computer modelling.
The Lenticular Lens
Once the GIF is received by the printers, the lenticular conversion process can begin. Firstly, the correct lens pitch needs 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 is pivotal and needs to be accurate within 1/100mm tolerance. Weather and temperature changes can affect image quality, so every Living Picture is 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.