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Lenticular Printing
for HP Indigo 5600 Digital Press
and HP Indigo press 5500
How-to Guide
August 2013
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Part Number: CA294-09890
Edition: August 2013
Table of contents
1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................... 1
Who can benefit from reading this document? ..................................................................................................... 1
What is lenticular printing? .................................................................................................................................... 1
Applications ........................................................................................................................................................... 3
Prerequisites .......................................................................................................................................................... 3
Limitations ............................................................................................................................................................. 3
Prepress process ................................................................................................................................................... 4
Substrates .............................................................................................................................................................. 4
Primers ................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Opaque label .......................................................................................................................................................... 5
Tips and tricks ........................................................................................................................................................ 5
2 Procedures ................................................................................................................................................... 7
Configuring the Cleaner Page wizard .................................................................................................................... 7
Enabling One-Shot Process ................................................................................................................................... 7
Creating Ticket Templates ..................................................................................................................................... 8
Creating a new Hot Folder ..................................................................................................................................... 9
Editing the substrate properties ......................................................................................................................... 11
Adjusting the substrate ....................................................................................................................................... 12
Running the image wizards ................................................................................................................................. 12
Adjusting the pitch ............................................................................................................................................... 12
Aligning the center .............................................................................................................................................. 13
3 Troubleshooting .......................................................................................................................................... 15
Substrate transport issue .................................................................................................................................... 15
Substrate jam at the input feed roller (IFR) ........................................................................................................ 15
White ink issues ................................................................................................................................................... 15
Banding issue ....................................................................................................................................................... 15
Centering issue .................................................................................................................................................... 16
Ghosting issue ..................................................................................................................................................... 16
Vacuum belt scratches ........................................................................................................................................ 16
Post-print scratches ............................................................................................................................................ 16
One-Shot Process issues ..................................................................................................................................... 16
Appendix A Service and support ...................................................................................................................... 17
HP Indigo .............................................................................................................................................................. 17
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Overview
Who can benefit from reading this document?
This document provides information on the lenticular process.
If you are currently using conventional methods to produce lenticular items, this document will explain the
short-to medium run, high-quality alternative that HP Indigo digital printing introduces to the lenticular
market.
If you already own an HP Indigo 5600 Digital Press or a HP Indigo press 5500 with Value Pack you are
interested in a new business opportunity, you may be interested in learning more about lenticular printing.
If you are already using your press for lenticular applications, this document can expand your knowledge and
give you new ideas for short-to medium run applications. It will also take you through our recommended
stages of the production process, to help you streamline your production flow for lenticular printing.
What is lenticular printing?
Our eyes are amazing machines, but they are easily tricked. We see our world in 3D because our world is 3D.
When we look at a standard 2D printed image, it appears flat and stagnant. The viewer can see that
perspective intended, but the illusion of reality is minimal.
Lenticular printing with HumanEyes technology has the ability to change this, using substrates with lenses.
Figure 1-1 Lenses
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Who can benefit from reading this document?
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The lenses are curved so that the left eye and right eye focus at different slants. In addition, the curving
means the image changes when viewed from different angles.
Figure 1-2 Interlaced images
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Image 1
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Image 2
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Lenses
Lenticular printing allows the creation of a hologram-like image. The designer has the ability to create an
illusion of reality using depth and special effects. You see 3D-like in a movie, but no glasses are required.
Images can be printed to create animation with effects such as zoom, movement, rotation, flipping, and
metamorphosis. The possibilities are endless.
Figure 1-3 Hologram-like image (example)
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Chapter 1 Overview
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The prepress HumanEyes design software arranges the visuals that create the special effect. The image is
printed on a the non-lenticular side of the substrate using layers of CMYK and opaque white ink, and the
simplex reinstallation technique and the One-Shot Process. In this way, all layers are placed directly on the
non-lens side of the substrate in one printing phase.
Most lenticular printing is performed with the One-Shot Process. For more information, see One-Shot Process
for HP Indigo 5600 Digital Press and HP Indigo press 5500 How-to Guide (CA294-08962).
Applications
Lenticular applications are particularly suited for:
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Business cards
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Labels
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Small packages
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Postcards
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Waterproof artwork
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Magnets
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Event tickets
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Secure printing
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Bookmarks
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Signs
Parameters:
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Image size: 305 mm x 432 mm (12" x 17")
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Substrate size: 305 mm x 457 mm (12" x 18")
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Accurate color registration, starting with the first sheet that comes out of the press.
Prerequisites
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HumanEyes Creative3D
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HumanEyes Producer3D
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Lenticular substrates and primers
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Thick substrate 18 points (450 microns) option kit installed on the press
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One-Shot Process kit installed on the kit
Limitations
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Variable data printing (VDP) is not supported.
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Color adjustment with white ink is only supported by press software v.7.7.2 or higher.
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The maximum sheet length is 464 mm (18.25 in).
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Up to eight images can be interlaced together.
Applications
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Prepress process
Figure 1-4 Prepress process
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Using Adobe PhotoShop or HumanEyes Creative3D, create a design. Save the design as a PSD file with plain layers.
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Using HumanEyes Creative3D, make an .LDOC (lenticular document) file.
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Using HumanEyes Producer3D, prepare the final layout for lenticular printing. Interlace the layout.
Substrates
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Dura-Go Digital Film 14 mil Lenticular 101.6 LPI (lenticules per inch) (can be bought from Tekra
(http://www.tekra.com/)
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457 mm x 305 mm (18 in x 12 in) trimmed and square
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The lines must be parallel to 305 mm (12 in)
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Primers
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Use Digiprime or other HP Indigo-recommended primers.
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You can prime the substrate in-house using screen printing. The substrate can be coated, printed,
varnished, and laminated on the same day.
Opaque label
Make sure that there is an opaque label on the lenticular substrate.
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The minimum size of the opaque label is 15 mm x 100 mm (0.6 in x 4 in).
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Put the opaque label on the top-right corner of the leading edge of the substrate.
Figure 1-5 Opaque label — leading edge
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Leading edge
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Opaque label
Put the opaque label on the lens side of the substrate, which is the rear of the printed side.
Figure 1-6 Opaque label — lens side of substrate
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Opaque label
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Lens side of substrate
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The lenticular substrate is very sensitive to scratches thus, the printed image should be handled with
care.
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The printed substrate should be laminated on the print side in order to keep the image durability.
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It is important to keep the print side clean from dust/particles prior the lamination.
Primers
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Procedures
Configuring the Cleaner Page wizard
1.
Select Consumables > Blanket > Cleaner Page tab. Configure the Cleaner Page wizard to run every 100
impressions (or every 200 impressions for long jobs).
2.
Select Consumables > Substrate > Source/Destination tab. Select Non-color-controlled special jobs.
Define a cleaner page substrate with a minimum of 170 gsm. It is recommended to use 250 gsm.
Enabling One-Shot Process
1.
Select Options > Authorizations. Verify that the press is authorized for One-Shot.
2.
Change press state to Standby.
3.
Select Options > Press Configuration > Mechanical Devices.
4.
Select One Shot Configuration.
Figure 2-1 Press Configuration window — One Shot Configuration option
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Select Get Ready. When the press is ready, you can begin printing using One-Shot.
Configuring the Cleaner Page wizard
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Creating Ticket Templates
You can print simplex jobs. You can also print duplex jobs via manual reinsertion. Both options use the OneShot Process.
Create two Ticket Templates: one for front image (simplex) and one for the rear image (duplex).
1.
For the front image (simplex), create a new ticket template as shown below. Use the default (4-colors)
Ticket Template, and add the white as 5th separation. Make sure that the white masking separation is
the first separation.
Figure 2-2 Edit Job Ticket window
2.
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For the rear image (duplex), create a new ticket. Use the Ticket Template that you created above, but
make the white masking separation the last separation.
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Creating a new Hot Folder
Do this procedure the first time you make a lenticular print.
1.
Select Admin > Input Methods. The Manage Input Methods window appears.
2.
Select a Hot Folder. Click New.
Figure 2-3 Manage Input Methods window
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3.
Enter the parameters as shown below.
Figure 2-4 New Hot Folder window
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Click OK.
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Editing the substrate properties
1.
Select Consumables > Substrate > Edit Substrate Properties. Select the required substrate from the
substrate list.
2.
Enter the parameters as shown below.
Figure 2-5 Edit Substrate Properties window
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Click OK.
Editing the substrate properties
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Adjusting the substrate
Substrate alignment is critical in lenticular printing. Do this procedure before your first lenticular print.
1.
Use HumanEyes Producer3D to generate the alignment mark ruler.
2.
Print the alignment mark ruler on a lenticular substrate.
3.
Move the image placement of the job down by 25 mm. Reinsert the printed substrate on the same side.
Print the job again on the reinserted substrate.
4.
Repeat the previous step until the thick line is centered within the border.
Running the image wizards
Lenticular prints are very sensitive to image resolution and repetitive noise. Therefore, the writing head must
be kept well-calibrated.
Before each lenticular job, run the Image Placement wizard on a standard substrate.
Adjusting the pitch
Perform this procedure:
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Once per substrate batch
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After Adjusting the substrate
This procedure measures the actual lens frequency and sets it in HumanEyes Producer3D. This enables
HumanEyes Producer3D to compensate for frequency tolerances between substrate batches.
1.
Use HumanEyes Producer3D to generate the pitch measurement job.
2.
Print the pitch measurement job on a lenticular substrate.
3.
To evaluate the pitch, tilt the lens. Using a high-magnification loupe, find a black line that goes all the
way across the width of the substrate.
Figure 2-6 Evaluating the pitch
4.
Enter the number of that black line into HumanEyes Producer3D.
NOTE:
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For more information, see the HumanEyes Producer3D user guide.
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Aligning the center
This procedure aligns the lens with interlaced image.
Centering is critical for 3D effects. Animation effects should only appear when you look at the image from an
angle, not when you look directly at the image. This can cause eye fatigue.
Figure 2-7 Looking at the image
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Looking directly at the image (each eye sees a
different image)
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Image A
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Looking at the image from an angle (both eyes see
the same image)
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Image B
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Lens
1.
Use HumanEyes Producer3D to generate the center mark job.
2.
Print the job on a lenticular substrate.
3.
Check the center mark ruler.
4.
Change the image placement in 0.1 mm increments, until the correct position is reached.
NOTE: For more information, see the HumanEyes Producer3D user guide.
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Troubleshooting
If you experience a print quality issue, do the relevant troubleshooting procedure. If the print quality issue
continues to occur, contact customer care.
Substrate transport issue
Symptom — The individual substrate sheets stick together.
Cause — The primer is too sticky.
Solution — Before putting the substrate into the feeder drawer, run your hand along the individual sheets to
separate them.
Substrate jam at the input feed roller (IFR)
Symptom — Substrate jam at the IFR.
Cause — The IFR sensor beam's reflection angle is diverted by the lens.
Solution — Do the following:
1.
Make sure that the opaque label meets the requirements in Opaque label.
2.
If the issue reoccurs, check the substrate definitions. See Editing the substrate properties.
3.
If the issue reoccurs, clean the IFR sensor.
4.
If the issue reoccurs, select Diagnostics > Substrates > Internal Sensors tab. Look at the Input Feed
Roller column. Put a piece of paper under the IFR sensor. Make sure that the Input Feed Roller column
says On. If not, contact customer care.
White ink issues
See Working with HP ElectroInk White for HP Indigo 5600 Digital Press, HP Indigo press 5500, and HP Indigo
press 5000 How-to Guide (CA294-07433).
Banding issue
Symptom — Repeated frequency banding appears on the print.
Cause — The job is not correctly aligned with the substrate.
Solution — Do the following:
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In HumanEyes Producer 3D, make sure that the job has the correct screen and pitch.
2.
If the issue reoccurs, make sure that the substrate is 101.6 LPI.
3.
If the issue reoccurs, check the substrate. See Adjusting the substrate.
4.
If the issue reoccurs, check the pitch. See Adjusting the pitch.
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Centering issue
Symptom — Animation effects appear when you look directly at the image. This can cause eye fatigue.
Cause — The job is not correctly aligned with the substrate.
Solution — Do the following:
1.
Check the center alignment. See Aligning the center.
2.
If the issue reoccurs, in HumanEyes Producer 3D, make sure that the job has the correct screen and
pitch.
3.
If the issue reoccurs, make sure that the substrate is 101.6 LPI.
4.
If the issue reoccurs, check the pitch. See Adjusting the pitch.
Ghosting issue
Symptom — Ghost images appear on the print.
Cause — There are ghost memories on the blanket.
Solution — Run the Print Cleaner wizard in Paper Jam Handling mode, with a minimum of 15 sheets.
Vacuum belt scratches
Symptom — Parallel diagonal marks appear on the print.
Cause — The feeder bridge vacuum belts move while the substrate is at the IFR.
Solution — Contact customer care.
Post-print scratches
Symptom — Random scratches appear on the print.
Cause — For the first few seconds after printing, the ink is not fully fixed on the substrate.
Solution — Do the following:
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Handle the printed substrates with care.
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Avoid sheet-to-sheet scratches. Make sure that the sheets do not rub against each other.
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Keep the work area as clean as possible.
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Laminate the printed area.
One-Shot Process issues
See One-Shot Process for HP Indigo 5600 Digital Press and HP Indigo press 5500 How-to Guide
(CA294-08962).
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