Lenticular (changes When You Tilt) Movie Art




About: I have had a few careers so far, soldier, school teacher, arborist, millwright. I love change and I love learning.

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I have a good friend who is an awesome artist. She has given me all sorts of great paintings in the past few years. I wanted to give her a piece of art that would really stand out as different.

I wanted to experiment with lenticular sheets because I have always been amazed by them ever since I dug the first one out of a cereal box as a kid. These are the sheets that make an image change whet you alter the angle you are viewing it at. To learn more about lenticular lenses - wikipidia

We both have the movie "fight club" as one of our top 5 all time movies so I decided to use this as a theme.

Please note that the animated gif below is a composite image because my camera takes horrible images of the picture with the lenses in front of it.

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Step 1: Getting Images

The first thing I did was watch the movie "fight club". I was looking for usable screen captures that I could use for the picture. VLC media player has a snapshot feature. I took the best photos and used fireworks (I don't use photoshop) to crop them and clean up the backgrounds.
For the backgrounds I wanted for my picture I found two panning shots from the movie. I took several screen captures and stitched them all together to create an extremely wide screen image. One of the narrators apartment with his IKEA like catalog descriptions floating in the air. The other was the debris outside his apartment after his stove blew up. Note the ying yang table in both images. I was having some trouble finding a second good shot of Tyler Durden (aka Brad Pitt). All the screen captures that were good were to dark. Luckily I found a promotional photo that was just about perfect.

Step 2: Creating the Images

Once again using fireworks, I assembled the images how I wanted them. I also put in my own text like the floating IKEA text, but on the image with the debris. For this I used a few quotes (clean ones) from the movie.

At first I tried to experiment with some lenticular sheets by trying to peel the plastic off of some novelty ones I had but they are glued on very well. I found a place in California that sold the sheets. They had a minimum order and with that plus shipping, handling, and customs it cost me about $60. The positive side is that I will never run out of the sheets in my lifetime. I used 30 lpi (lenses per inch) sheets.

I then downloaded a trial version of some software that "interlaces" the images. There are a few programs available, some pay and some free, just google it. Set up takes a while and calibrating your printer can take a few sheets of paper. It took me about 20 test prints to get the spacing perfect. You eventually end up with the last image in this set. It doesn't look like much but the lenticular sheeting will focus one part of the doubled image at a time, creating a clear and clean picture.

It took a bit of playing to get the image lined up right. I just used tape to hold it in place because I was going to sandwich the image and the sheeting between a piece of glass and a piece of wood. The people who sold me the sheets strongly advise using a spray adhesive but you would have to get the image lined up really fast and carefully.

Watch out for text when creating lenticular images. It is hard to read if it is not a decent size.

Step 3: Mounting the Image

I cut a piece of glass from and old window to the size I wanted. On the glass I chemically etched a border leaving it a little rough to match the theme. To further it I created a border using electrical tape. It makes a pretty cool look. I cut a piece of wood to match it and just used the electrical tape to hide the wood edges. I bought a picture frame from the dollar store with the little metal hooks of it (pictured below) and pillaged the hooks from the frame. I had to cut four slits in the back of the wood for the hooks to grab. I did not have to many tools that cut thin slits into wood so I used my angle grinder with a thin zip cut blade. Be sure to do this outdoors if you are going to try. These grinder disks were not meant to cut wood and it gets very smoky fast.

Also pictured below is the best :P shot I could get of the ridges in the lenticular sheeting

Step 4: Finish

There are at least a half dozen metaphors in the two images. If you are also a fan of the movie I hope you will appreciate them. I know my friend enjoyed the unique piece of art I gave her.

I also included a real photo of the picture here. Like I said the camera does not do it justice. Just enjoy the composite animation again.



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    21 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Lenticulares Bogota Empresa Lider En Capacitacion
    Sobre Tecnologia (SOL) Sistema Optico Lenticular.
    Es Una Tecnica, Para Crear Animacion 3D, 
    Consiste en Entrelazar Varias Imagenes y Colocarlas
    Al Reverso De Una Lamina de Plastico
    Para dar la Ilusion de Movimiento, y Diferentes. 
    Efectos Visuales como 3D, Flip, Zoom, Morph. 
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    Bogota - Colombia

    10 years ago on Introduction

    which programme did you use to interlace the pictures? I have just started exploring this as a potential special effects medium and want to play a bit. Also, if you want to de-stash some of your sheets, convo me privately. Thanks


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great Instructable. The fact that Fight Club is one of my all-time favorite movies doesn't hurt either.


    11 years ago on Step 1

    Wow what a great idea. Lenticular printing is expensive. I work for a ad studio and you can never get just one copy of anything so your left to make it yourself. Good Job

    2 replies
    dave spencerSodathief

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I can see how expensive it is for a production shop. Set up is very finicky and time consuming ($) but once you nail it it would not matter if you did 1 or 10,000.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I made a few of these out of novelty ones back in the day. I've been meaning to do a better writeup with more pictures, but I have some ramblings about it up at . It also has source and halfway working software for it, not grandly written just a quick homeroll - I couldn't find any more serious software to do it at the time. I'm sure most links are expired by now, but that's how it worked when I did them.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool idea. However, it would be useful to know where you got the sheets from in the States and if you made your image vertically or horizontally lenticular. Awesome job though.

    1 reply
    dave spencertriefy

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I aligned my lenses so the lines go horizontal. My sheet was 19 inches wide. If I had run the lines up and down the pitch would have to be adjusted a lot to be able to look a the picture up close. The angle of view would be different from one side of the picture to the other. By running them horizontal you can see the picture across the room and then approach it to look close and it all looks good. You have to move your head up and down to shift images but once you are close, everyone recognizes the bumps and starts moving their heads around.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome instructable. Can you post the name of the supplier you used for the sheets? I tried did some googling and all I can find are services that want to make the images and not sell the lens sheets. Also, did you find a formula for finding out the correct spacing/interlacing for the lens you used?

    1 reply
    dave spencereasement

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    It took me a long time to find a supplier. I lost the link a while back in a computer crash and looked for it again. I only found a few really expensive sites. One wanted $120 for ten 8x10 sheets. Way too expensive. Luckily I looked on the box that mine came in and it still had the packing slip.

    The companies name is Micro Lens Technology http://www.microlens.com/

    It was about a year ago that I dealt with them but I remember them being very helpful on the phone. They are also in NC, sorry, I think I said CA before.

    My order was 5 sheets of 22" by 28" 30 lpi for $47.00 before shipping and taxes. (remember it was a year ago, prices may change)

    Most if not all of the software that will interlace your project will print out test sheets to help you find the right pitch. It is very precise and measured in the thousandths of an inch.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    It might be possible to get the sheets on Ebay, though a quick search did not turn up anything. Also might be a good place to get rid of your excess sheets :)

    have been looking to do a lenticular project myself, but can't seem to find a supplier for the sheets -- could you point me in the right direction? PS - Fight Club rules.

    Office Viking

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I love this movie too! Definitely one of my favorites. I'm a graphic designer and I love this art you put together. Very nice. Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.


    12 years ago on Step 2

    This was really interesting. I had no idea they were called 'lenticular' sheets; I've always called them 'holographs' (Sp?). I think it's amazing the way you put them all together. Thanks for all your hard work (although I'm sure it was fun) and for sharing. Cheers!