Nearly anything that can be photographed can be made into a holographic image. However, there are different characteristics that will each produce different results.
There are several holographic effects that can be captured in a foil image:
Holographic Patterned Foils are available in a variety of standard styles. Although not actually three-dimensional, the shimmering, prismatic patterns that cut into these foils create an image of depth and a rainbow of shifting color as the angle of view changes. Because many of these foils are readily available in standard styles, this foil is the most affordable of all holographic foils.
Three-Dimensional Holograms are created from inanimate objects. Here the 3-D illusion is quite realistic, as the object seems to rotate in space as the angle of view changes. This type of hologram also creates the illusion of “looking around” a foreground object to reveal background that was not present in a different angle of view.
Multiple Plane Holograms layer two to four images into separate “planes,” creating the illusion of a 3-D scene. This process is highly versatile in that individual layers can incorporate two-dimensional shapes. This allows even flat, 2-D artwork or photo subjects to take on 3-D characteristics, as the planes will appear to “float” at different depths within the image.
Stereograms are sophisticated holograms of live, moving models that, incredibly, render the illusion of a brief 3-D “movie” on a two-dimensional surface. In most cases, a motion picture camera is employed to capture a sequence of movement. By panning the camera across the subject in an arc, individual frames of motion can be transferred to the foil, creating an illusion of three-dimensional movement that typically moves forward and backward.
2-D-holograms are based on a two-dimensional graphic which contains all information in one single image plane. (Copyright LEONHARD KURZ GmbH & Co. KG 2003)
Heliograms are based on a line graphic in a single plane with good visibility even under diffuse light conditions. The combination of graphic elements with movement effects results in a highly memorable and eye-catching value.
(Copyright LEONHARD KURZ GmbH & Co. KG 2003)
Digital Image uses computer-generated dynamic design components in a single image plane with halftone dot resolution. This makes specially defined color separation and movement effects possible. (Copyright LEONHARD KURZ GmbH & Co. KG 2003)