Slicing your Lomography Spinner 360° Images for Wonderful Large Prints

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Read the step-by-step tipster on how to slice your Lomography Spinner 360° images for wonderful large prints. The result: a huge fantastic print of your favourite Spinner 360° image to hang on your wall!

Follow the steps in this guide for knowing how to slice your Lomography Spinner 360° images. As soon as you have your files ready you can print out each image separately and then put the whole picture together like a puzzle. The result: a huge fantastic print of your favourite Spinner 360° image to hang on your wall!

1. Open your Spinner 360° image in Photoshop. Make sure you have it scanned in a large enough resolution that allows crystal sharp prints. We recommend to scan your images in a resolution of 1200 dpi.

2. Set the image size to the height of the single sliced prints. Make sure to “Constrain Proportions” and NOT to “Resample Image” (so the pixel dimensions will stay the same).

For all methods of slicing and printing your Spinner 360° image it’s advisable to first find out about the print sizes your lab has to offer. Usually you will be given sizes like 10×15cm / 4×6″ or 13×18cm/5×7”. As soon as you sliced your images into several parts you can choose the size you want your individual prints to be.

3. Set the canvas size. You just need to adjust the width, which should be a multiple of a single print size. If you increase the width you will get blank areas left and right which you can cut away when the prints arrive (in this example the “Anchor” is moved, so the blank area is just on one side). You could also decrease the width, causing parts of the image being cut off.

In this case the Spinner 360° shot would be 3 prints long (each 15,2 cm long). Keep in mind that the ratio of landscape prints is 1:3. If you want to make it even bigger, multiply. You can slice your image in 2×6 prints, 3×9 prints and so on. No matter what you choose, the basic file to use is what you just created.

4. Insert “Guides” to make the perfect cuts. Each “Guide” is exactly positioned where a separate image needs to be cut. For example, when using 10×15cm prints the first “Guide” is placed at 15cm and the second at 30cm.

5. Select the first individual part (left image), copy it and paste it in a new file. The image should now have the right size and is ready to be printed!

6. But what if you want to divide a Spinner 360° image into more than just 3 pieces? Just create more “Guides” at the right positions. Start with the height. Just use half of the single print size (in this case 5,1cm; horizontal) for a “Guide” that cuts the height in two. Do the same for the width and use this number as new base for the “Guides” (example: 7,6cm / 15,2cm / 22,8cm / etc.)

7. Save all the images in a folder and send them to print in your favourite lab, drug store or mail order.

8. Wait a few days, get your prints back and jump in the air shouting “yipiyalahohospinspallahey”. Now put your prints in order and choose the method you want to assemble them. You can use Lomography Fotoclips to clip `em together, you can use adhesive panels to assemble them (like when doing a LomoWall) or invent any other method that keeps those prints stuck together.

9. Voilà! Your Spinner 360° image now exists in all its beauty in the real world!

written by plainjane on 2010-06-09 in #gear #tipster #wall-sized-images #large-prints #how-to #spinner #patchwork-pete #spinner-360

10 Comments

  1. nural
    nural ·

    I wanna try this!

  2. mandi
    mandi ·

    slicing is fun!

  3. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    That looks great!

  4. majorted
    majorted ·

    very, very neat idea guys!

  5. lez
    lez ·

    Can't wait to get my hands on a Spinner!!

  6. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    this is so cool!

  7. kvboyle
    kvboyle ·

    Great idea, and not just for spinner shots.....

  8. bcpintw
    bcpintw ·

    Can anyone recommend an alternative to photoshop? One that can also slice the photos. Preferably free...

  9. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    this makes me want a spinner 360 more and more. i also want a sprocket rocket! grrr

  10. dooby
    dooby ·

    awesome tipster, works a charm on Photoshop! cheers o)-<):

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