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Having decided on my final selection of 14 illustrations (7 poetry / 7 music) to translate to 3D courtesy of ViewMaster Reels, I then spent a couple of days reworking the designs to conform to the necessary proportions of the 3D template. The final size of each image when located on the reels measures a tiny 11mm which, along with the pixel size restriction,resulted in a fairly small area to work with!

In brief, the 3D process is made possible through the combination of layers and shadows. When working within Photoshop, each layer that you desire to have projected away from the background content requires an accompanying shadow. As a result, the more layers you work with, the greater the Β final 3D experience. The ViewMaster works by translating two separate versions of each image, the layers and shadows, so that when printed at opposite locations on the reel, and looked through the viewer, these images merge together to create a 3D projection of the environment. Even though the image is reduced to such a small scale, the printing process ensures that the quality is maintained, resulting in a vibrant real life three dimensional visual experience.

Taking only 4 days to arrive from America, my package arrived in the post this morning, and the final result is amazing! Although you won’t be able to get much of an idea here, I wanted to post a few pictures of the ViewMaster and reels to further illustrate the process. The 3D aspect certainly adds so much more dynamism to the final illustrations and help to encapsulate the viewer into little worlds where anything is possible.

I am really looking forward to showcasing these at my forthcoming exhibitions in the Summer to see other people’s reactions.

If you are interested in finding out more information on this process or would like your own ViewMaster reels created, then Studio 3D has all the information you need inc. detailed templates and price lists. Ron and his team were incredibly helpful to deal with and offered an excellent service and quality product.


I’ve been struggling for what seems to have been a lifetime with creating an effective yet incredibly simple, stripped down logo for my major project. Although an icon type logo is in no way a necessity, the lengthly title prompted me to investigate a complimentary icon that would be able to be descretly located throughout the design components without detracting away from the layout of the book or illustrations.

Whilst working on another illustration I created a unit of shapes that resembled everything I have been striving for, completely by chance. Don’t you just love it when things like that happen?

Anyway, below is a mini snapshot, I would love to get your criticism (hopefully more positive than negative, obvs.) Needless to say this skill is by no means my strong point, so I will welcome suggestions, namely from the ‘icon man of the moment’, Mr. Thomas Barden I talking to you πŸ™‚

(I know this isn’t really the point when discussing logos, i.e they should be self explanatory, but anyway, its representing the title ‘Image / Word / Sound’ just so you all know!)

Copyright 2011 Dawn Gardner

Thank you ! πŸ™‚