How do you print a 3D lithograph?

3D Printing Your Photos – Lithophanes

What is a 3d lithograph?

Lithophanes are essentially embossed photos generated by a 3D printer. The print results don’t show much at first, but shine some light through one and you’ll be amazed by the details. The way it works is that light passes through the thin parts while being blocked by the thick parts.

What’s the difference between a lithograph and a print?

The difference between a lithograph and a print is that a lithograph is a hand made original copy whereas a print is normally a reproduction that is made via various printing methods.

Is a lithograph more valuable than a print?

An original piece of artwork by a famous artist is expensive. A lithograph print is more affordable but still carries a tag of exclusivity, quality and value as there is almost certainly not going to be many copies.

How do you tell the difference between a print and a lithograph?

A common way to tell if a print is a hand lithograph or an offset lithograph is to look at the print under magnification. Marks from a hand lithograph will show a random dot pattern created by the tooth of the surface drawn on. Inks may lay directly on top of others and it will have a very rich look.

How can you tell if a lithograph is real?

  1. Look for a signature. Hand-pulled lithographs will typically have a signature on the back while offset lithography prints and reproductions will not.
  2. Use a magnifying glass to look for rows of dots.
  3. Check for discoloration.
  4. Carefully feel the thickness of the ink.

How are 3d pictures made?

A 3D image is created by taking two shots of the same scene, where one is a little offset to the other. This slight difference is enough to trick your brain into thinking you are looking at an image with depth.

Do I need supports for lithophane?

Normally you don’t want to use supports with a lithophane as it can automatically place supports in the lithophane which will screw up the lithophane. But for some lithophane shapes supports are needed, such as for the circular, christmas star and heart shapes.


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