In order to get a 3D effect, the face of the subject has to be straight. Side profile of the face, looking down or up is not acceptable. No shadows or spots on the face area is also very important.
(2) Picture size settings
As plush dolls are hand-sewn, the doll's face has a certain margin of error for each size. We offer 6 different molds to fit most features; 2 large molds, 3 medium molds and a small mold. Therefore not every size toys will fit suggested picture sizes. Some toys have longer opening for longer face and some of the toys have round opening for round face. It depends on your client’s feature.
small toys face area: 1”x1”, print whole picture to be larger than the reference 1”x1”, such as: 1.25”x 1.25”.
medium toys face area: 2”x2”, print whole picture to be larger than the reference 2”x2”, such as: 2.25”x2.25”.
large doll face area: 3”x3”, print whole picture to be larger than the reference 3”x3”, such as: 3.25”x3.25”.
(3) Printing process
The basic requirement is photo inkjet printer. Prior to printing, you need to adjust page setup as 4”x 6” for both film sizes. Since the provided film is 5”x 5” for large toys, 4”x 4” for medium and small toys, you need to make some adjustments on the placement setting. Test print on few pages with regular papers. If you still don’t get it right, the easiest way is to tape the film on to a center of regular letter size paper and then print. Page setup varies depending on printer machines.
(4) Positioning and molding operations
Positioning and molding operations are the most important steps to turn your 2D picture into realistic 3D model. As long as you can align the tip of the nose to the tip of the mold, you can get a realistic result. It only takes about 40-60 seconds to see the film slowly softened, once you are pleased with the result, turn off the heat and turn on the vacuum. While the vacuum suction moves downward, you want to use your thumb to press down on both eyes to make a 3D effect.
If you are not pleased with the outcome, you can turn the heat back on. After a few seconds, the film can be restored back to where it was and you can reshape them again. As long as no bubbles formed, you can repeat the process until you are pleased with the result. Please keep in mind that multiple attempts will result in a darker image.