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SnapilyPro is an Online 3D Digital Lenticular Printing Service

May 1st, 2012 · 5 Comments · Shooting in 3D


SnapilyPro is an online lenticular 3D digital printing service for professionals that allows you to print all sorts of products showing 3D depth or movement/animation on a print – this includes things like invitations, name cards, big posters, lanyards, business cards, event promotions, displays, entry tickets and much more. I’ve already mentioned Snapily’s 3D application and photo printing service here on the blog, but SnapilyPro is a more advanced service offering much more options.

Lenticular printing is a process where a lenticular lens is used to produce images with an illusion of depth, change of image or movement. When viewed from different angles, different areas under the lens are shown to the viewer, and since these views are specially arranged under the lens – each eye gets to see a different view and the brain then processes these views to a single coherent 3D, Flip or animated images. This is pretty much the easiest way to make 3D prints that don’t require the viewer to use any kind of glasses to get a sense of depth or movement and it doesn’t cost that much at least for smaller size prints.

Lenticular technology actually dates back to the 1690s when Gois-Clair, a French painter, discovered that he could achieve a dimensional effect on canvas by interposing a grid between a viewer and a painting. Modern lenticular began in the 1930’s with the development of the modern lenticular lens and since then lenticular has been used on and off in various applications. Nowadays the technology allows you to get single prints for a very reasonable price, so that everyone can afford use lenticular prints. And with more 3D cameras also becoming available to consumers, printing lenticular 3D photos is something that interests more and more people, but getting depth printed on a photo is not the only way to use this technology. You can also create Flip images where the image switches between two different photos creating an interesting effect as well as to create prints that represent movement by using a sequence of photos, so you can be creative.

SnapilyPro supports prints with a size from 1.9 x 1.9 inches up to 47.2 x 35.2 inches on prints wth either flexible and inflexible lens with the bigger size available only with inflexible lens great for printing posters in 3D. Using flexible lens and smaller size prints of up to 11×17 (17×11) inches is not that expensive, but going for prints with inflexible lens and similar or even bigger size prints costs quite a lot more, but also brings real attention grabbing effect. There is an easy to use calculator available that you can use to find how much will a print of specific size cost you and there is also a PDF guide with more information about the lenticular printing, what are the requirements and supported formats for prints at SnapilyPro.

Currently SnapilyPro runs a promotion allowing you to get 20% off from any order made between May 1st until 7th by using the promo code PRO20, so you you want to test out the service you can take advantage from that and then don’t forget to also share your feedback in the comments below.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pete // May 9, 2012 at 21:53

    Thanks for this article. I was able to order 3D lenticular pictures from my LG thrill 3D camera for $4 each from snapily.com. I hope they turn out great!

  • 2 marinus // May 10, 2012 at 19:26

    Unless my experience is outdated, you probably should’ve mentioned the crudity of the lenticular process: putting a corrugated vertical screen in front of any image slashes its effective resolution and general quality.
    Lenticular is suitable only for advertising and kitschy postcards.

  • 3 Anton // May 13, 2012 at 10:16

    Marinus, you’re probably referring to the older and thicker lenses. 100 LPI lenses are quite thin and have good resolution.

  • 4 world3d // May 23, 2012 at 06:06

    Tried them, but the quality sucks.

  • 5 3d poster // Dec 14, 2012 at 08:19

    I don’t think lenticular printing is something that should be automated with an online portal. There is just way too much communications. But I did try their service and to be honest it was not that bad. It serves my short-run needs. But for high quality lenticular print I’d suggest go with a traditional offline lenticular manufacturer.

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