How to Create a 3-D Lizard Using Textured Ink and Acuity Advance

Fujifilm created a raised ink, textured print on the company’s line of Acuity UV printers, utilizing ColorGATE Productionserver RIP software. The process consisted of two basic steps: laying down as much ink as necessary to build the texture and then printing a full-color image on top.

The piece was created as a sales sample and display piece at Fujifilm’s national demonstration center in Hanover Park, Illinois. Here are the 7 steps used in creating the textured images on the Acuity Advance HS wide format printer:

  • Step 1: Open the lizard image in Photoshop and converted it to black and white.
  • Step 2: Press “Ctrl+1” to invert the colors.
  • Step 3: Using the levels slider or burn tool, adjust or focus where you’d like the darkest areas to be (the darker the area, the more raised the printed image will be in that area).
  • Step 4: Erase areas you don’t want to have any depth. In this case, it’s all around the lizard as well as the left arm.
  • Step 5: Open the black and white file in the ColorGATE RIP and choose the “Quality Layered” mode: Color Management/Advanced Settings/Print Mode/Quality Layered. In the settings drop down menu under “Special Colors White,” select “Pixel.” In the drop down menu for “Layers,” configure the layers as desired. This will establish where the ink piling will build to create the raised feel of the image.
  • Step 6: Also under “Color Management” is the “Color Correction” tab. Create two points on the curve and set properties simultaneously for all channels. The first point properties should be Input 50 and Output 0. The second point should be Input 50 and Output 100.
  • Step 7: RIP the color version of the file at any mode you like and simply print directly on top of the first. For more depth, repeat printing of the first file before proceeding to the color version.
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