Retro-View package

//Retro-View package

Retro-View package


A package of custom reel and viewer – all you need for a fun and novel gift or keepsake.

A “Retro-View” custom reel created from your own 2D or 3D images, ready to drop into our well built focussing 'retro-red' viewer.

For the complete package you need to order one reel and one viewer but you can order more than viewer and/or reel if you wish (reels come complete with a retro-looking protective sleeve).

Estimated despatch date: On or before Thursday 24, August 2017

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Product Description

3D stereo reel viewer

Supplied in retro-red colour only. This high quality viewer is engineered to function smoothly and effortlessly with our Retro-View reels and features lens focusing bringing images into sharp focus for almost all eyes (and is suitable for spectacle wearers).

The viewer is supplied in a clear PVC presentation drum. The build quality compares very well to the original View-Master viewers of years gone by, and are ideal for PR events, product promotions, novelty gifts and so on.

Retro-View reel

You can supply 2D or 3D images for this View-Master compatible reel, although of course only 3D images view as 3D in our Retro-View viewer – ordinary 2D photos look great though. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Flickr and iPhoto photos work fine and if you have higher resolution images, so much the better.

We will need seven images (or seven stereo pairs) to make up one reel.

Please read this page before uploading unsuitable images! Retro-view-reels

Image suitability

  • The format of viewer images is landscape only, upright images won’t work well unless severely cropped.
  • The final images on these reels are very small – just 11.5mm x 10mm – and work best with bold and colourful photos.


Our Retro-View reels have images that are a very square-ish rectangle in landscape orientation. This can’t be varied, it is part and parcel of the venerable View-Master system.

Therefore, care should be taken when choosing your images. While it is possible to use other shaped images without cropping, they don’t look great as they don’t make best use of the very small image space.

If you can find your way around Photoshop then you are welcome to pre-prepare your own images. Otherwise, we will, by default, intelligently crop your images to fit the Retro-View format. You will be sent a PDF proof of the images for your approval before we produce your reel.

If you are a Photoshop wizard then you can prepare your images to the correct size: 1240px wide x 1125px high @ 300dpi.
You might find this template handy for image preparation: Retro-View template

Here below are some examples of what sort of images work and don’t work.

Girl on carousel

A nice photo but the wrong shape and orientation

Girl on carousel

Without modification, this is how the image would appear in the viewer

Girl cropped

With our intelligent cropping the image fills the view and still makes a great image


This photo looks promising but the important central figures fill a wide space

family bad crop

Uh-oh, this doesn’t work well, important detail is lost when cropping, making this image unsuitable


Great photo but this shape is going to present problems


Without modification, this is how the image would appear in the viewer

Panorama cropped

Even with careful cropping this image has lost the drama and is therefore best avoided


This looks promising – it is a wide picture but the important content is central

Kids cropped

With our intelligent cropping this makes a great photo for a reel


This square image looks like it will work well

Redhead cropped

Yes, it crops very well and makes a great reel image – bold, colourful and important detail away from the edges