View-Master Reel Requirements
Slots = 7 different images per reel
View-Master reel will hold 7 images per reel. Although there are
14 slots do not assume this means 14 images. When the View-Master
is used for 3D viewing, 3D viewing requires 2 images per view. This
is also known as a “stereo pair”. This is because a slightly
different image is viewed by each eye when viewing 3D. This still
results in a maximum of 7 different images per reel.
using the View-Master for a two dimensional, or flat image presentation
we will use the same image for both the left and right eye. In this
case you need to only supply us with 7ea. 35mm slides or digital
files for production. The viewed image will not appear to be three-dimensional
unless you are also requesting additional NVT services for text
or special effects.
For 3D viewing, we will require a “stereo pair” of images
for each view. In this case you need to supply us with 14ea. ( 2
for each view ) 35mm slides or digital files for production. For
all three-dimensional projects we individually measure the parallax
of each image, and adjust for the stereo window accordingly. You
can learn more about this by reading “3D Photography”.
Positioning & Cropping
Cropping The Image
View-Master transparency measures 11.5mm wide and 10.5mm high resulting
in a basically square format. The above images show how a typical
35mm image would be cropped for vertical and horizontal formatted
images. Please be sure to indicate cropping instructions on the
slide mount or a tissue overlay.
addition to the quantity of image loss due to cropping be sure to
allow for some additional loss due to bleed requirements of left/right
for a vertical format, and top/bottom for a horizontal format.
Using The Entire Image
required, the entire image can fit into the View-Master format providing
you are not concerned with the required black edges.
Files - for images or text
We do accept digital files, which will be converted to 35mm slides,
for View-Master reel production. Digital files may be sent via CDRom,
Zip or Jaz disk, formated either Mac or PC. The file format should
be *.tif, *.psd, *.jpg, *.eps, or any other format accepted by Adobe
Photoshop. Adobe Illustrator files are also accepted. For Adobe
Illustrator files please make sure that you convert all text to
"outlines", or provide the specific font files with the
You can download
our Photoshop template for laying out your digital images. This
will insure that your image is positioned properly, and the proper
amount of bleed is included.
bitmap digital files is usually not acceptable because e-mail requires
that you either send a very low resolution image or a highly compressed
image. In either case the image quality is usually not acceptable.
We can arrange to have these files sent via FTP if requested. E-mailing
vector images, or Adobe Illustrator files is usually acceptable.
more information regarding digital files please read the “Special
FX” and "Text/Copy”
All of our custom View-Master reels are produced optically, directly
from 35mm images on our Forox animation camera. Optical duplication
results in superior image quality and resolution as opposed to digital
duplication. Should you not require any special effects, text or
copy, it is best and more expedient if you can provide us with 35mm
slides of your images. Please provide cropping instructions and
numerical order for all images provided.
Film Formats or Media
Occasionally a customer will require that we work with film formats
other than 35mm (i.e. 2-1/4", 4x5". etc.), prints or art
work. To accomplish this we must first transfer or duplicate the
images to the 35mm transparency format. Although we are fully capable
of offering this additional service it is may be best for the customer
to have this work done at a local photo lab to eliminate additional
time delays and /or possible proofing of the transfer or duplication.