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First Impressions from Snapily’s Lenticular 3D Photo Prints

September 17th, 2012 · 13 Comments · Shooting in 3D

Taking 3D photos is not that hard anymore, but sharing them with people that don’t have a 3D-capable display device is still a bit of a problem and the easiest ways to ensure that they can see the photo in 3D is to have them printed. Of course printing a 3D photo is not as easy as with a 2D photo and is more expensive, but the results can also be more impressive and it certainly makes a nice gift for someone, especially if the photos are from some kind of an event like a birthday, wedding, anniversary etc. The question here is where and how to get your 3D photos printed as it turns out that there are not that many places where you can easily have your pictures printed in 3D. One of these places is Snapily, and I’ve already mentioned their Snapily3D app for iOS devices as well as their lenticular 3D printing services here on the blog. Now it is time to share my personal experience printing some 3D photos with Snapily them and having them delivered outside of the USA.

Snapily’s order process is very simple and easy, you just register at their website and start uploading the 3D photos, no need to edit them prior to uploading them, unless you want to do some adjustment of course. YOu upload one photo at a time, then you see a wiggle preview, select the photo size (4″x6″, 5″x7″ or 6″x9″) and the number of copies you want from each photo. Snapily is based in the USA, but they deliver prints in the whole world, it just takes a bit more time for them to be delivered, so if you want to make a present with 3D photo prints don’t wait for the last moment to order them. It took about to weeks for the printing and delivery of my 3D photos from UsA to Europe, though you may get them faster. The 3D photo prints were very well packed in a special package to keep them from bending and arrived in perfect condition with an extra paper envelope for each photo contained in the package in order to have them stored properly to keep them from being damaged. Lenticular prints are ticker than normal photos and you need to be careful not to scratch the plastic lenses on top of the actual print that are creating the 3D effect without the need to wear special glasses as this can make them unusable. Now regarding the print and the 3D effect, the resolution you get is a lower than that of a 2D photo, so very fine details may not be very clear and the photos may not be very sharp, seeming blurrier than what you see when reviewing the photos on a 3D monitor for example. The light and distance you view the 3D photo prints from are also very important for getting the best possible experience – you need to look at them in a well lit environment and not put them in your face, but instead hold them at a distance similar to the one you hold a book when you are reading. Also have in mind that not all 3D photos may look as good as on a 3D display when printed in 3D, though some might look more impressive on lenticular print. Just a piece of advice, don’t print multiple copies of a 3D photo you are not sure will look as you expect it printed in 3D, start with a single copy and if it is Ok then you can order more copies for it.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Johnny // Sep 18, 2012 at 08:32

    All commercial lenticular prints I’ve seen so far did not have proper depth and looked quite flat. This was because they need more than two stereo images to get the effect and auto-converted the images in the middle, making the 3D effect quite bad. Can you tell if the stereo image on the print is exactly the one that you uploaded or are there still conversion processes involved that drastically reduce the effect?

  • 2 Black Rat // Sep 18, 2012 at 09:16

    I wonder if the impression of the photos and the depth is better on small size or big size prints?

  • 3 Bloody // Sep 18, 2012 at 09:53

    I’ve uploaded photos directly taken with Fuji W1 camera in MPO format, they were accepted and the result is quite good. I suppose they do some kind of conversion, because the Snapily3D app for iOS devices takes multiple views. The depth is generally Ok, however as I’ve mentioned the level of detail is not that good and some of the images may seem a bit blurrier (especially if not that sharp when taken). This should be better for larger prints I suppose. Because I’ve tested with smaller ones, the lenticular lens size is the resolution limiting factor, so with larger prints you should have more details visible.

  • 4 Kitarolivier // Sep 18, 2012 at 10:53

    @Johnny : read my post about Fuji print process (http://3dvision-blog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=555)

    I suppose they use same technique to generate extra frames.

  • 5 Thereisnomouse // Sep 18, 2012 at 13:10

    Did you ever tried the Fujifilm 3D print solution. If yes, which one is the best to your opinion ?

  • 6 Bloody // Sep 18, 2012 at 19:00

    No, I haven’t tried the Fujifilm’s service for 3D photo printing, but I expect that it is pretty much the same as they don’t recommend to print 3D photos containing a lot of fine detail. The size of the lenticular lenses, at least for the more common and affordable options available is probably not small enough to show finer details. Going for smaller lenticular lenses probably increases the cost a lot, making in not very attractive to use compared to normal 2D photo prints. But if you don’t expect to get mega detailed 3D photos on print, even this is fine. Going for larger size prints should generally produce better results, so for example printing a 3D lenticular poster can look great watched from the right distance. But with the most common small size 4″x6″ 3D prints there is more to be desired… ;)

  • 7 Luis // Sep 19, 2012 at 21:32

    Would be a good idea a capture for a photo original and after printed taking a 3d photo from it to give a good idea of the result.

    More: in film avatar appear a photos in a fridge, this seem 3d photos, is near this?


  • 8 Xavier // Sep 24, 2012 at 19:23

    A long time ago I tried the Fujifilm service for 3D printing. A big deception. I sent pairs of hyperstereo pictures, and I got a very very flat result with the printing. useless.
    I would be curious to know if this solution is better.

  • 9 Thereisnomouse // Sep 26, 2012 at 14:55

    @Bloody & @Xavier : Thanks for your answers and feedback, I think I’m gonna try both of them to compare by myself.

    @Xavier : Did you asked them not to correct the hyperstereo effect ? Cause if you didn’t, I think that they correct your shot automaticaly.

  • 10 Xavier // Sep 26, 2012 at 17:19

    @Thereisnomouse : I didn’t ask anything. It seems strange that they should have applied a so strong correction to all the pictures. for addition, the hyperstereo effect wasn’t so much important. If they did it intentionaly, they are blind or dumb professionals. In my opinion, I blame the lenticular sheet used for these pictures.

  • 11 bmg // Oct 4, 2012 at 21:10

    No coupon code for us ? :)

  • 12 Pavel // Oct 13, 2012 at 03:38

    we’ve got a special technology from Fujifilm and we’ve got one of four printers located in Europe at this time. I have to say, if the picture is not absolutelly unusable, final output will be perfect. Of course, we have to “correct” some parameters to get the best 3D effect. Maybe, you should try our “czech printer” for comparisson. As you know, final 3D effect depends on DPI resolution of the final lenticular print. As lower thea are, the 3D effect is growing (but against resolution). Our prints are >300DPI, so the final quality is really very hight. Sorry for my English, I believe you will find a some mistakes. Regards,

  • 13 Folker // Apr 8, 2016 at 13:54

    Today i got my printed lenticular flip-business-cards from snapily (Made in Israel). The quality is less than poor. The cards a all very dirty with scratches, lines, like they have fallen on the dirty street. I have never got such a bad print quality my whole life. The flip itself was okay but it is just the opposite from a high quality print. If i could upload fotos here you wouldnt believe what you see!!

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