The Interlacer module combines several input images to generate a single output image to be printed on the plastic. The type of effect achieved will depend on the content of the input images. The lenticular interlacing, therefore, is a key process in achieving any kind of effect, whether flip, animation, 3D or any other.
Suppose we want to make a flip effect with these three images:
- In the Interlacer module, click the Add button to load the images into the application.
- Select More > Preview Images and click the Preview button to display the content of your input images on the screen.
- Slide the control at the bottom of the Preview window to display the different images. This action shows on the screen the type of visual effect that would be obtained once the result is printed on the plastic.
- Enter the visual pitch. The visual pitch is the result of the calibration test, which must have been performed previously.
- Select the Lenses direction. Typically, Horizontal for image change effects (flip, animation, etc.) or Vertical for 3D effects.
- The Registration border is a frame that is added to the output file to help align the interlaced image with the plastic lenses.
- Enter the native Resolution (in pixels per inch) of the printing equipment.
- Select More > Preview interlacing and click the Preview button to show the lenticular output file on screen. This file is a combination of all previously loaded input images. The registration border is also visible. When this file is printed on the plastic, only one input image will be seen at a time, depending on the viewing angle.
- Click the Generate button to generate the output interlaced file.
- Multiple saving options available. TIFF is recommended for images with width and height less than 30,000 pixels and whose expected file size is less than 2 GB. For larger images or output files, PSB is recommended.
- You can open the output image with Photoshop to view the fine lenticular interlacing in detail.
- Once the image has been printed on the plastic, the desired final effect will be obtained.